DIY Glass Ornament Inspiration

We’re almost halfway through December (eek!) and I hope that you’re all well into the spirit of the season… hanging lights by day, drinking hot chocolate (this kind) by night, and scheming up creative gifts for those extra-deserving people in your lives. When it comes to decorating, I’ve never really been the type to buy a decoration and use it as-is. I’m always manipulating it into something new… adding personal touches here and there — and that’s why I love plain glass ball ornaments. Read More

Happy Friday!

What’s everyone doing this weekend? I wanted to tell you about an amazing art show taking place in Philadelphia so if you live in the area listen up!

Two of our fp girls have teamed up to put on a show at Reward in Old City, Philadelphia, called “A Distant Land to Roam.” The opening is tonight and several of us fp girls will be there. I can’t wait – to say these girls are talented is an understatement! Here’s a little sneak peek:

So amazing – I’m going to take some photos at the show to share with you guys!

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On Saturday morning I’m heading to New York City! On Saturday I plan on spending some time in my favorite part of the city, Brooklyn, and doing some vintage shopping and maybe hitting up an art show. I’m staying at the Bowery House – I’m excited to check this place out, it’s a great option for anyone on a budget, and looks super cool.

Then on Sunday I’m heading to the Upper East Side for the event at Free People 3rd Ave, where I’ll be running a DIY ornament station from 12-5pm! If you’re in the area come hang out!!

For more info on the event and to RSVP click here.

Upcoming Store Events

We have some great events going on at some of our stores this weekend and next week! Here’s the lowdown…

Coat Drive Kick Off Party at Free People Upper East!

Sunday December 4th 12PM-5PM

Free People Upper East (1319 3rd Ave, NYC) is hosting a Winter Coat Drive in collaboration with New York Cares that will take place this Sunday through Saturday December 10th.  During this time, every time a customer donates a coat they will receive 20% off their purchase for that day!

The store is having a KICK OFF PARTY this Sunday Dec. 4th 12-5 pm with a DIY ornament station hosted by yours truly!

There will be holiday inspired food and beverages provided by Aly Debbas from the blog From Graduate to Gourmet for customers to enjoy, and of course don’t forget to bring any old coats you may have to donate to the cause!

For more info and to RSVP visit the Facebook Page.

Hope to see you there :)

In addition to the coat drive, our New York stores are taking toy donations for Toys For Tots!

Customers can bring in a brand new toy to our 5th Ave, Upper East, SoHo or Brooklyn stores and be entered to win one of three $100 gift cards, now through December 21st!

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Free People Buffalo Grand Opening!

Friday December 2nd, 5pm – 9pm

Celebrate the Grand Opening of Free People in Buffalo NY!  Shop our new product while you enjoy wine and cupcakes by Sassy Sweets!

Check out a special art presentation and auction from 5-9 pm featuring work from the Buffalo Arts Studio.

AND – there will be a special gift with purchase for the FIRST 20 customers!

For more info and to RSVP visit their Facebook Page.

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Holidate at Free People Paramus!

Tuesday December 6th 6pm-9pm

FP Paramus is holding a fashion show event showcasing our newest styles! A stylist will be available to help perfect your holiday look, and there will be a DJ and refreshments to enjoy! Don’t be late, because the first 50 guests will receive special gifts at the door. And, a raffle winner will receive an amazing gift basket that the store has put together, and 2 special runner ups will get little presents! Customers who spend $500 or more will get special gifts with purchase.

For more info and to RSVP visit their Facebook Page.

DIY Holiday Ornaments

It’s November and holiday season is officially upon us – so why not get a head start on your holiday shopping and decorating? When it comes to both of these things, there’s nothing better than something handmade – it gives it that special little personal touch that can go a long way. I can’t get enough of these clear Christmas bulbs because there is so much you can do with them – and they make great decorations or little stocking stuffers for your family and friends :)

For those of you who are coming to our Cambridge Crafting Party on Saturday, we’ll have the supplies to make these cute little ornaments, but for everyone else here’s a tutorial!

What you need:

Clear Christmas bulbs – I got these at A.C. Moore but you can also order them online from Amazon!

Gather whatever other embellishments you like! I used yarn, glitter, fake feathers, fake flowers, glue and a little plastic figurine I had lying around. But the best part about these is you can literally do almost anything!

I’ve had this little plastic deer sitting at my desk for a while now, and for my first ornament I knew I wanted to make him a little snow globe :) I gave him a bed of green yarn that I used fabric glue to attach to the base of the ornament. The deer fit perfectly into the ornament – I just dabbed a little bit of glue on his feet and stuck him right in! For the finishing touch I added some white glitter to give the appearance of snow when I shake it.

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I would love to have a whole tree decorated with ornaments like this – with little woodland creatures and scenes living inside!

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For my next ornament I filled it with some fake flowers and added some glitter for a little sparkle :) I think this would look really pretty with real flowers too – dried flowers would look so nice!

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For the third ornament I used different colored fake feathers – I like how this one looks different as it turns at different angles, and almost like tie dye :)

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As a finishing touch, I love the idea of hanging the ornaments with neon thread!

If you guys have any other ideas for what you can do with these clear ornaments, I’d love to hear! I’ve seen some pretty neat ones made into mini terrariums…