{create this} easy New Years decor & my one little word (okay, phrase)

Have you heard of “One Little Word”?  You can read about it HERE on Ali Edward’s blog.  It’s basically the word (or in my case, short phrase) that is your inspiration for the year to come.  This year, my one little word phrase is make it count.  

easy New Years decor & my one little word

What do I mean by “make it count”?
I want our time together as a family to be meaningful …
I want to enjoy every moment, activity, movie watched on the couch, dinner together, baseball game …
I want to do a little good in our community each month and make a difference, even if it just a small one …
I want the time I spend at work away from my family to be productive and beneficial …
I want the projects and recipes I share here at shaken together to be well planned, well executed and beautifully photographed (well, as beautiful as I can with a point & shoot camera, ha ha!) … this is definitely a work in progress :)

I’m going to try to do a monthly update on our efforts to make our days count!!

Since our family of four is still under the weather after a bout with the flu and I knew our New Years Eve would be low key this year, I decided to whip up some New Years decor so we can still celebrate together!  And I incorporated my one little phrase into our simple New Years decor!

easy New Years decor with kraft, black, white & silver

These DIY projects require a few basic paper crafting supplies and a little time, but they are the perfect last minute projects to add some festive fun to your New Years Eve!  I used kraft, black, a touch of silver and a star theme for these quick crafts!

First up, cupcake paper confetti pockets!!

easy New Years decor - cupcake paper confetti pockets

I stamped 2013 on the plain kraft cupcake papers and added a few stamped stars.  I put about a tablespoon of sequins (you can also use confetti) in the center of the cupcake paper.  I folded up two sides and then pinched the other sides together, closing it with a strip of black polka dot washi tape.

For the black/white zebra pockets, I added sequins, folded up the sides and stapled the pocket closed with a kraft paper star.

easy New Years decor - cupcake paper confetti pockets

These are an easy way to keep confetti corralled until it’s time to toss it when the clock strikes midnight!

Next, I put together a make it count memory jar!

easy New Years decor - make it count memory jar

I grabbed a big mason jar and a little berry basket full of paper strips so we can document the best days of 2013 … I can’t wait to read these next year :)  I stuck in a metal sign (originally a “dill” garden marker that I covered with a stamped kraft paper sign) with a reminder to make this year count!

I created a 2013 banner with kraft paper, polka dot paper, ribbon and black eyelets and tied it to this wire hanger from Pick Your Plum – love it!

easy New Years 2013 paper banner

There are little mini party hats that I made by cutting a large kraft paper circle in half and stapling it together in a cone shape.  I added black circle stickers for polka dots.  Finally, I pushed silver pipe cleaner through the top of the hats and then curled it around a pencil for a twirly topper!  These are lined up in front of a LIVE Bingo card tucked into a vintage floral frog.  Love the stars on the Bingo card!

Finally, I made these make it count pockets so we can jot down our goals, hopes, wishes, resolutions and plans for the future.

easy New Years decor - make it count pockets

I used a kraft paper CD envelope, added a strip of scrapbook paper, trimmed down these cool ruler-ish East of India paper chain strips, added a piece of washi tape and stamped 2013 and make it count.  Inside each pocket, I added a manila tag, from the office supply store stamped with i will try, a piece of lined scrapbook paper for our 5 goals and a basic index card stamped with prompts for i know, i hope and i can.

easy New Years decor with kraft, black, white & silver

So, tell me … How will you be ringing in the New Year?  Did you decide on your one little word?  Are you a resolution maker or resolution hater?!  I’d love to hear your thoughts!

This project or recipe was shared at all the blogs on my Link page! Go take a peek … they rock!

The Lettered Cottage


  1. Oh how sweet! I love your new years decorations and your goal to “make it count” is perfect – happy new year Keri and all the best for 2013!

  2. Keri those are all great goals to have! I hope you and your family are feeling better by New Years. Your party ideas and projects are wonderful! I really love those confetti pockets and the 5 goals packets! You are so clever! (Also wanted to let you know I linked to you on my post today.)

  3. What great ideas, the theme is so creative and i love the Make it Count jar We will be making one of these too! Thanks for the inspiration!

  4. Yup, that’s it. I officially feel ashamed. I have nothing planned for tomorrow, whatsoever! I’m hoping to maybe get a few more Christmas decorations put away, but we have nothing New Yearsy out at all. You have managed to inspire me to do better next year though! I love this time of year and resolutions and all that!

  5. Love your OLW-phrase! Great use of your stamps and craft paper, too! Love the way they look together. It’s my signature go to every time!

  6. Great projects for New Years fun!! Very creative!

  7. Keri, your projects will certainly make the moments count as you ring in the new year with your family. Love your idea of a catch phrase to keep in mind!

  8. All of this is soo cute! I love the confetti pockets…my boys would love those!
    Great post!


  9. So sweet and lovely!

    Hopping by. Already your follower.

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  10. Happy New Year Keri! Your party decor is so cool I love it. The cupcake wrapper confetti holders are such a great idea:)

    xoxo, Tanya

  11. Love your blog! I am a follower! :-) I would love for you to visit my linky party going on now at http://wallisfarmsdailywalk.blogspot.com/2013/01/blog-post.html

    Have a great day!

  12. That’s such an important phrase to make sure you live in the moment and the jar is a great way to keep that idea in your thoughts! Those are great goals and I’m sure you’ll meet them all.

  13. I’m loving your cupcake paper confetti pockets. What a great idea!

  14. Keri, hope your family is all feeling better soon! Thank you so much for sharing your word of the year over at my link party today. I love your idea of “making it count”. I love the jars and the make it count pockets.

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