About By Dawn Nicole

Dawn is the DIY & Lifestyle blogger/Graphic Designer behind By Dawn Nicole. She is a mom of 3 who believes in "throwing kindness around like confetti". While Dawn loves all things creative, she has a passion for hand-lettered typography. A clean-eating foodie who loves cooking as much as a a good long outdoor run, she believes in balance and rarely lets a day go by without dark chocolate and over-caffeinating. She is also a contributor to the Silhouette Blog, Capturing Joy with Kristen Duke, and The Pinning Mama .

Rustic Glam Rock Paperweight

Rustic Glam Rock Paperweight. It takes just 5 minutes or less to create this fun office décor or handmade paperweight gift! | bydawnicole.com

I always second-guess myself when it comes to posting such simple craft ideas, but I’m often surprised by how the posts I almost don’t post are some of my most successful ones! I have a big window right above my desk in my craft room office and when it’s open my papers blow everywhere so […]

Everything Butter

Everything Butter. All the goodness of an everything bagel mixed into butter. Awesome on toast and fresh baked rolls or bread! | bydawnnicole.com

Are you a fan of everything bagels? I love them but I’ve been eating largely Paleo this year (it’s helped me lose almost 65 lbs since having my third baby…despite all the butter and fats I consume!), so bread isn’t usually on the menu for me. This recipe takes all the spices and seeds that […]

DIY Rustic Hook Rack

DIY Rustic Hook Rack

DIY Rustic Hook Rack I’m over on The Pinning Mama today sharing the tutorial for this rustic hook rack. Head on over to see how easy it is to make your own for about $20 in 20 minutes. Get the tutorial here. I made two for our entry way to hang all the kids coats […]

Watercolor Paper Poinsettias

Silhouette Saturday: Watercolor Paper Poinsettias | bydawnnicole.com

It’s Silhouette Saturday time again! Have you tried making paper flowers with your Silhouette Machine yet? It’s one of my favorite things to do with my machine. I added a little twist to them by painting my paper with watercolor first. They’re so pretty on a package but they’d also be lovely on a wreath […]

Roasted Maple Bacon Brussels Sprouts

Roasted Maple Bacon Brussels Sprouts | bydawnnicole.com

Are you a fan of brussels sprouts? They are one of my favorite veggies and I eat them at least once a week. This is my favorite way to eat them (hello, sweet and salty goodness!) and they’re so simple to make too. We usually make them as a side dish but this is also really […]

Rudolph Printable and Gift Tags

Merry & Bright Rudolph Print & Gift Tags | bydawnnicole.com

Rudolph Printable and Gift Tags If you haven’t already noticed from some of my holiday posts, our décor theme this year is black, white, and bright…and reindeer everything! This printable was inspired by the wood sign I made to hang above my mantel. I also designed free printable gift tags you can use for your gift giving this […]

Watercolor Printable DIY Gift Tags

Watercolor Printable DIY Gift Tags | byDawnNicole.com

Watercolor Printable DIY Gift Tags I’m so excited to be a part of the Brown Paper Packages: DIY Gift Wrap Ideas series organized by Rachel of Lines Across. She recently started a second blog called, Let’s Wrap Stuff and it’s so cool! She gathered about 24 bloggers together to participate in this series to celebrate the […]

DIY Post-It Note Holder

Silhouette Saturday: DIY Post-It Note Holder | bydawnnicole.com

I love this sweet little Post-It note holder and it’s so easy to make. It would be a great teacher or co-worker gift or even make one for your own use! Whenever I’m low on inspiration for a project, I just go spend some time searching the Silhouette Design Store until a design inspires me. That was totally […]

Candy Cane Martinis

Candy Cane Martinis | bydawnnicole.com

Holiday decorating, cooking, gift wrapping, etc. is a lot more fun with one of these to sip on! Plus, they look so pretty and festive! They’re a great drink to serve to guests this holiday season. I found bags of crushed peppermint at World Market and it’s been inspiring a lot of recipes! I also […]

Merry & Bright Christmas Décor

Merry and Bright Christmas Décor | bydawnnicole.com

It’s been several years since we’ve put a full-sized tree up (due to traveling and toddlers) and I’m so excited to have a whole wall and Christmas display this year! For many years, we did red and gold, but this year I went with black & white stripes with bright pops of color and I […]

Tribal-Inspired Arrow Tray (and Silhouette Blog Hop Giveaway!)

Tribal Inspired Arrow Tray & Silhouette Design Team Blog Hop Giveaway | bydawnnicole.com

Tribal-Inspired Arrow Tray (and Silhouette Blog Hop Giveaway!) The Silhouette Design team is doing a “Favorite Things” Blog Hop Giveaway. We’re each sharing a tutorial featuring our favorite Silhouette product and then giving some away too! First, I’ll show you how I made this Tribal-Inspired Arrow Tray with my personal favorite product, Silhouette Stencil Material, […]

Joy to the World Printable

Joy to the World Printable in 4 Color Options | bydawnnicole.com

Joy to the World Printable Printables are such an easy way to add festivity to your home! I created the “JOY” text by hand and added some fun details to create this free 8×10 printable. It’s available in four color options. Just click your favorite color scheme(s) to download the PDF below. Printables are for […]

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