Tag Archives: Holidays


Christmas Tree Trend Alert: Mad for Plaid

It’s no secret that plaid & flannel are making a serious style comeback. Fashion gurus are rocking gingham, buffalo check and tartan designs every where you look. The latest trend has creeped its way into our homes and is bringing a warm, cozy vibe to holiday décor. And we aren’t mad about that one bit!

A few of our talented Michaels Makers hopped on the holiday plaid train and made absolutely gorgeous trees for our Dream Tree Challenge.

DIY Playbook Pretty and Plaid DIY Playbook Pretty and Plaid

This Pretty and Plaid Tree from DIY Playbook uses a classic plaid ribbon and lots of plaid presents mixed with a little kraft gift wrap.

Simple As That

Rebecca from Simple As That blog used the oh-so-popular black and red buffalo check to add character to her Outdoor Adventure Themed Tree.

By Stephanie Lynn Tartan Plaid Tree

Lots of tartan ribbons cascade down By Stephanie Lynn’s rustic tree while shimmering red berries and grapevine ball ornaments give it a beautiful and natural look.

Love The Day Dream Tree

Lindi’s tree from Love The Day is a winter wonderland village! Tiny cottages are nestled in the flocked tree while classic red and green plaid ribbons intertwine with snow frosted pine cones and berries.

Just Destiny Dream Tree

We love the way Just Destiny pulled the pattern into her holiday décor with plaid wrapped gifts and stockings. Not to mention those cute Santa marquee lights!

Design Dazzle Mrs. Claus Tree Design Dazzle Mrs. Claus Tree

Toni from Design Dazzle went with a classic red and white gingham that puts any picnic to shame. Can you believe that she hand-painted that ribbon??

Positively Splendid Plaid Tree Positively Splendid Plaid Tree

And finally, we can’t get over this Traditional Plaid Tree by Positively Splendid. The deep navy & red and white candy striped ribbons mixed with classic flannel plaid give this tree a luxurious and rich look and feel.

If plaid isn’t your style, be sure to check out our exclusive holiday collections. You’re sure to find something that matches your style. Show us how you’re decorating this holiday season by using #MakeItWithMichaels on Instagram!


Michaels Makers December Challenge: Make It Merry

The holidays are a time for family, friends and memories. The twinkling lights of the tree, the aroma of cookies fresh from the oven or the perfectly wrapped gift – these are things that make the holiday merry.

And it’s the time of year when the personal touch matters most. Michaels is the place that helps you fill every moment with love, joy and the pride of making it yourself. This month, we challenged our Michaels Makers to show us how they Make It Merry during the holidays. From DIY décor and ornaments to making family memories, our Makers have lots of easy and fun ideas to share with you!

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Let us know how you Make It Merry during the holidays in the comments below!



3 New Ways to Decorate Your Gingerbread House

One long-standing tradition for the holiday season is decorating a gingerbread house. When it comes to decorating, the possibilities are endless – you just have to use your imagination! We can help get your creativity moving with these three new ways to decorate your gingerbread house.

1. Color Mist

Silver Gingerbread House

Give your gingerbread house a fresh paint job with Color Mist Food Color Spray. Make your house shine bright for the holidays with a beautiful silver finish, or use red for a house filled with holiday cheer. Use pearl Color Mist to add a coat of shimmer to any color, or use it on the gingerbread alone for a subtle sparkle. For the most even coverage, let each coat of Color Mist dry for at least 5 minutes before starting the next coat. Use white icing to pipe windows, doors, icicles and snowflake detail on the house. Get the how-to here.Color Mist Gingerbread House

2. FoodWriters

Artfully Drawn Gingerbread Cottage

Have a knack for drawing? If yes, this idea is perfect for you! Use assorted FoodWriters to draw doors, windows, shingles and designs on each panel of the house. This is also a fun and easy way for children to add their own personal touch to gingerbread decorating. It’s easiest to draw on each panel before assembling your house, but you can also use FoodWriters on a finished house to add accents and finishing touches. Use a straight edge or a ruler to help draw straight lines. Draw on each panel before assembling your house, then attach with icing according to the instructions. See how it’s done here.

Artfully Drawn Gingerbread Cottage

3. Fondant

Gingerbread House with Fondant Decorations

Fondant is an easy way to add beautiful accents to your gingerbread house, and fondant pieces make great detail for the roof. Roll out chocolate fondant to 1/8 of an inch thick, then use the round end of tip 1M to cut out small circles. Use a food safe paint brush to wet the back of each piece with water, then attach the pieces to the roof. Make sure to offset and overlap each piece to look like shingles. Get the full details here.

Gingerbread House with Fondant Decorations

I hope these ideas have inspired you to try something new with your gingerbread decorating tradition! Share your gingerbread creations with us on Instagram using #MakeItWithMichaels!



Michaels Makers 2016 Dream Tree Challenge

Michaels Makers 2016 Dream Tree Challenge Reveal

We are almost as excited about today as we are about Christmas morning! It’s our 5th annual 2016 Dream Tree Challenge reveal! Our talented Michaels Makers have been working so very hard these past few weeks crafting, trimming and making their tree dreams come true. Every year they just get better and better!

Without further delay, I present to you, the 2016 Michaels Makers Dream Trees:

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Are you following us on Instagram? We’re doing a Dream Tree home tour every Monday in November, so be sure to check it out >>> @MichaelsStores


DIY Christmas Ornaments to Make with Your Kids

What better way to create holiday traditions and memories with your kids than by crafting DIY Christmas ornaments with them? I love this tradition, and this is the first year I will be able to craft an ornament with my son. I know if will be one that I cherish for many, many years to come. In addition to crafting handmade memories, these project ideas are a great way to keep those little hands busy and creative while they’re out for winter break.

 Clothespin Christmas Icons

Clothespin Icon Ornaments

These classic Christmas icons couldn’t be cuter! I love how easy they are to clip onto the tree.

Model Magic® Ornaments

Model Magic Ornaments

Embrace your kiddo’s modeling skills with this fun air-dry clay. Roll it out and use cookie cutters to make shapes. You could even create a handprint ornament to cherish.

Felt Christmas Mouse

Felt Mouse DIY Ornaments

Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse! This cute little felt guy can be hung from the tree by his tail!

Dimensional Paper Ornaments

Dimensional Paper Ornaments

These ornaments are so cute, you’d never guess that all it takes to make them is paper, paint, scissors & glue!

Glittered Foam Ornaments

Glittered Foam Ornaments

Add a little bling to the tree with glittered foam ornaments!

Pony Bead 3D Ball Ornaments

Pony Bead Ornaments

Pony beads aren’t just for bracelets anymore. You can make whimsical ornaments too!

Craft Stick Snowflakes

Craft Stick SnowflakeTurn craft sticks into one-of-a-kind ornaments with a little paint, glue and adhesive gems.

Are you crafting with your kids this holiday season? We’d love to see what you’re making! Share your photos on Instagram with us using the hashtag #MadeWithMichaels!



10 Easy Christmas Cookie Recipes

It’s that time of year! Holiday events are filling our calendars and that means one thing — time to start baking cookies! Are you looking for a new recipe to try this year? I’ve gathered 10 delicious Christmas cookie recipes for you today that will knock your socks off and impress your guests.

1. Traditional Iced Christmas Cookies

Traditional Iced Christmas Cookie Recipes

2. Rosemary Lemon Shortbread


3. Metallic Snowflake Spritz Cookie


4. Grandma’s Kolachy Cookies


5. Patterned Snowflake Cookies


6. Cinnamon Spritz Cookies with Dulce de Leche Filling


7. Criss Cross Candy Cane Cookies


8. Cinnamon Roll Cookies


9. White Chocolate Oatmeal Pistachio Cookies


10. Gingerbread Family Cookies


There are so many yummy ideas listed here, but you can find even more on our Holiday Desserts Pinterest Board. Which Christmas cookie recipe will you bake?