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Last Minute DIY Gifts You Can Actually Make TODAY December 09 2016, 0 Comments

I know. Every year you tell yourself that you will not wait until the last minute to get gifts. It's okay. We do it too.

If you're even more like us, you would also agree that it's so much more meaningful to make a gift yourself instead of buying one.

But making stuff takes so much time!!!

It doesn't have to! If you're on a tight schedule, sometimes making a gift yourself will actually save you time. No running around from store to store or waiting for stuff to ship out in time. No, this is all on you, on your schedule.

We've carefully put together a short list of creative and useful DIY projects that make perfect gifts. The best part? You. Can. Actually. Make. These. TODAY. You may need to run to the hardware store for a couple of supplies, but trust me, it'll be worth it. Not only will you end up with an awesome gift that will make your family gasp, "you made that?!", but I guarantee you'll have a lot of fun making these and you'll even learn a few new skills in the process.

So what are you waiting for?

9 DIY gifts that you can actually make yourself


9 DIY gifts that you can actually make yourself

1. Holiday Coffee Sleeves by Better Homes

2. Hot Chocolate Ornaments by DIY Magazine

3. Sugar Scrub Recipe by Julie Blanner

4. DIY Bath Bombs by Inspired By Charm

5. DIY Finger Knit Rope Trivet by Flax and Twine

6. DIY Room Spray by Design Love Fest

7. 5-Minute DIY Lip Balm by The Seasoned Mom

8. Candles Made in Baby Food Jars by Boxwood Clippings

9. DIY Cord Organizer Tacos by Local Adventurer

Not convinced you can handle these? (C'mon, we believe in you!) Head over to our Pinterest page to see even more creative gifts you can make (or just buy... it's fine, we won't tell).


Holiday Gift Guide 2016 November 22 2016, 0 Comments

Stumped on what to get that person on your list who just has everything? Don't just settle for another candle or a boring bottle of booze (although, that's not the worst idea...), get creative and check out these gifts that are as unique as the people you are shopping for.

Orchard Street Apparel Holiday Gift Guide

Orchard Street Apparel holiday gift guide 2016

Orchard Street Apparel holiday gift guide 2016

1. Mason Jar Pour Spout

2. DIY Stamp Carving Kit

3. Union Playing Cards

4. Custom Spices Gift Box

5. Mason Jar Flower Garden

6. Stainless Steel Stemless Wine Glasses

7. Travel French Press and Coffee Mug

8. Spiced Cranberry Bath Set

9. DIY Scarf Indigo Dye Kit

Be sure to follow us on Pinterest and check out the rest of our curated gift guides for her, him, kids and more.


Free Thanksgiving Celebration Printables November 18 2016, 0 Comments

Like it or not, Thanksgiving is right around the corner. If you find yourself scrambling at the last minute to get everything ready for the big feast, fear not! We're here to help. We put together a few free resources you can download, print, and use to truly impress your guests. All files are sized at 8.5x11" and can be printed at home.

Be sure to check out our previous post for some unconventional Thanksgiving recipes.

Thanksgiving Art Print

A simple and clean design that can be printed out and framed or matted. Great for extra Thanksgiving vibes, but also suitable anytime of the year.

Free Thanksgiving art print printable

Download files

Thanksgiving Art Print

Thanksgiving Name Card Silverware Wrap Printable

This printout is available as an editable pdf. Must open with Adobe Acrobat Reader in order to edit the name text boxes. If you are unable to edit, save the blank version instead and simply print out and write the names by hand. Once printed, cut the strips apart and wrap around silverware + napkin. Secure with a piece of tape, glue, or a staple.

Download files

Silverware Wrap with names
Silverware Wrap blank

Thanksgiving Name Place Mat Printable

This is a full-size version of the previous design, intended to be used as a place mat setting for a guest. Download and edit the name in Adobe Acrobat, or download the blank version and write in the name by hand.

Download files

Place Mat with name
Place Mat blank


All images and files are intended for personal use only. Please credit where credit is due.



Unique and Unconventional Thanksgiving Side Dishes November 10 2016, 0 Comments

We all know that the holidays can be stressful, that's why we're here to help. We've curated a small collection of unique side dish ideas for your Thanksgiving celebration. An no, you don't have to be a chef to figure these out.

9 Unique and Unconventional Thanksgiving Side Dishes

Unique and Unconventional Thanksgiving Side Dishes by Orchard Street Apparel

Unique and Unconventional Thanksgiving Side Dishes by Orchard Street Apparel

1. Stuffed Butternut Squash with Quinoa, Cranberries and Kale

2. Cauliflower Rice Stuffing

3. Red Curry Mashed Potatoes

4. Broccoli Cauliflower Casserole

5. Turkey Sliders with Brie, Arugula and Cranberry Chutney

6. Prosciutto-wrapped Asparagus

7. Miso Roasted Brussel Sprouts

8. Spaghetti Squash with Green Lentils

9. Kale and Roasted Yam Salad

We hope that you can find inspiration from these holiday recipes and are courageous enough to actually give them a try. Be sure to check out our first Thanksgiving post for some easy DIY decorations to help impress your guests even further.

Follow us on Pinterest for even more creative ideas.


Milwaukee Holiday Craft Show Calendar November 08 2016, 0 Comments

Milwaukee Holiday Craft Show Calendar

November is the busiest retail shopping month of the year. Why not skip the line at the mall and shop from local artists and makers instead? Catch us at these craft shows this holiday season.

New Shirt Sets for Kids + Adults November 07 2016, 0 Comments

We are now offering select designs in matching sets for kids + adults! Save 10% when you buy a set instead of buying the items separately.


Thanksgiving Decorations That You Can Make Yourself November 03 2016, 0 Comments

Easy DIY Thanksgiving Decorations by Orchard Street Apparel

It's that time of year when as soon as one holiday gets wrapped up we're instantly prepping for the next. With Halloween already under our belts, our efforts turn to focus on planning for the most important meal of the year: Thanksgiving. Obviously the food (and the wine) is the shining star of this holiday, however, why not step up your game and truly impress your guests this year with a fabulous table display.

We've carefully curated this collection of simple, elegant and easy Thanksgiving decorations that you can create yourself.

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