Every year, it seems as if Christmas creeps up on us sooner. Next year you might start hearing Christmas carols right after Easter! So … how do you keep your family occupied without spending an arm and a leg on activities? DIY, of course!
1. Homemade Snow Globes
Here’s what you need to make your very own snow globes:
- A glass jar with a screw-top lid
- Distilled water
- Glue gun
- ½-inch Styrofoam block or round
- Figurine or other object that will be the focal point of your snow globe
DIY: Glue the Styrofoam block to the inside of the screw-top lid. This will act as a shelf to hold the figurine up a little higher once the globe is finished. Glue the figurine onto the “shelf.” Fill the jar with distilled water almost to the top and add a teaspoon or so of glycerin. Add a pinch of glitter, screw the top on, and voila! A customized snow globe!
2. Holiday Cookie Containers
Here’s what you need to make custom Christmas cookie containers:
- Pringle chips, Quaker Oats or any recyclable cylinder container
- Wrapping paper
- Mini tree decorations
- Double-sided tape
- Clean, barely damp sponge
DIY: Wipe the container with a sponge and let dry. Cut the wrapping paper so that it has about an inch of overlap. Line one edge with double-sided tape and fasten the other edge to it once you wrap it around the cylinder. Embellish with a ribbon or other decorations. Add your home baked cookies and hope your family doesn’t eat them first!
3. Scented Candles
You know how expensive good candles are. Why buy when you can make your own? Here’s what you need:
- Thick squatty “Scotch glass” size candles
- Cinnamon sticks
- Rubber bands
- Other decorative elements
DIY: Secure the cinnamon sticks around the candle with a rubber band. Circle the sticks a few times with twine and tie a bow. The twine will cover the rubber band and make your candle look like it came right off the boutique shelf.
4. Wintry Wreath
Most holiday wreaths are green, so why not make one snowy white? Here’s all you’ll need:
- Foam wreath
- Glue gun
- Coffee filters
- Ribbon in your choice of color for hanging the wreath. You could also opt for an invisible hanging method and use fishing line instead.
DIY: First, tie the ribbon or fishing line around the foam. Then, take a coffee filter and place the Sharpie in its middle. Gather the filter up around the pen so it forms a cone. Put a drop of hot glue on the outside middle of the filter and use the pen to hold it in place on the foam form. Repeat until all the filters are attached.
5. Edible Tabletop Christmas Tree
Who says all decorations have to be permanent? Here’s one that will prove colorful and tasty, too.
- 3 foam tree forms in different sizes
- Different size and flavored gumdrops
DIY: Spear each gumdrop onto a toothpick and then spear it onto the foam tree form! Kids can choose if they want multicolored trees or solid color ones.
6. Pinecone Ornaments
Gather up those pinecones from your yard or just buy a bag at your local craft store and you’ve got the basics for this fun project. You’ll also need:
- Spray glue
- Metallic paint or markers
DIY: Color or paint the tips of the pinecones or spray them with glue and dip them in glitter. It’s THAT easy. After they’re dry, weave a narrow ribbon through their tops and tie a knot for hanging. Another option? Pile a bunch of them in a clear glass bowl as a festive centerpiece.
So what are you waiting for? Gather up the family and get your creative, festive hats on! Merry Christmas!