More than any other time of year, the winter holidays have people captivated by so-called “easy” do it yourself holiday projects. Holiday decor, greeting cards, recipes, photo gifts, and more are all plastered all over the internet on sites like Pinterest. If you need any type of holiday project completed doing it yourself is a great way to socialize and have fun too.
The posts make the projects look so easy, but if you are like the majority of the population, your projects just don’t turn out as well as the pictures. You aren’t the only one. In fact, there are entire websites devoted to pictures of failed projects that just didn’t work out the way they were supposed to.
If you really want to do some holiday do it yourself projects, you need a few ideas that are practically fool proof. Whether you are doing some crafts with the kids or putting together your own sophisticated holiday decor, you want some projects that you can actually use for something other than a gag gift.
There are a few different levels of easy when it comes to DIY holiday decor projects. Starting at the easiest level, simply fill some large glass vases, cylinders, or other nice glass containers with different sized tree ornaments. Choose a simple color scheme so it doesn’t look tacky. For example, a color scheme that you can never go wrong with is white and silver. You can even work in a few pops of color with red, green, or even blue.
If you want to get super crafty, gather some pine cones out of your yard. Disinfect them by soaking them in vinegar and water for a little while, and then baking them at a low temperature (around 300 degrees) until they are dry and open up. Or you can purchase already disinfected pine cones at a craft store.
You can use the pine cones just the way they are, or you can lightly spray paint them with glitter. For a super realistic snowy look, lightly paint the edges white and then sprinkle them with Epsom salt. You can use these in place of or next to your vases of ornaments, or you can set them out on mantles, etc.
Cute Food Crafts
Iced Sugar Cookies: This is a great activity to do with kids that looks and tastes great. You can use homemade cookies or store-bought. Use cookie cutters to cut them out into shapes like trees, stars, circles for ornaments, etc. Use store bought frosting, sprinkles, and other cookie decorating ingredients and let the kids go to town.
Dipped Pretzel Rods: These are great for parties and can even be put in little bags as gifts. They could hardly be simpler. All you do is dip pretzel rods into some melted chocolate just past halfway, let set for a moment, and then roll in sprinkles, edible glitter, etc. Use white chocolate if you would like the colors to show up better.
Marshmallow Wreaths: Make some marshmallow rice crispy treats as directed, except add green food coloring to the melted butter and marshmallow mixture. Instead of pressing the treats out into a pan, form little rings and set them on parchment paper to refrigerate and set. Once they are set, decorate your mini wreaths with frosting, mini candies, and sprinkles.
Great Gift Ideas
Cookies in A Jar
These make great gifts and are much easier than they look which means they will seem super impressive to whomever you give them to. You can use just about any of your favorite cookie recipes for this project.
Before you start, prep a large mason jar so that it is clean and dry. Measure out all of your dry ingredients in the cookie recipe so they are ready.
Use just one ingredient at a time layer them into the jar. You may have to press them down with a spoon so they all fit neatly.
Put any candies, chocolate chips, etc. near the middle, so they are visible. Decorate the jar with fabric, ribbon, and a tag for baking instructions.
Homemade Sugar Scrub
In a simple jar with a pretty ribbon, some homemade sugar scrub elevates cheap and easy to elegant and decadent. You can make your own sugar scrub with a few basic ingredients: some oil (like coconut oil or grape seed oil), sugar, and essential oils in the scent of your choice.
You can even add a drop of food coloring to give it a little tint, but don’t use too much or you’ll stain your friends. If you are using coconut oil, you will need to microwave it for about 15 seconds to make it liquid.
To make the scrub, simply mix your ingredients together. Do a little at a time to achieve the consistency that you like, but make sure it has a fluffy, wet sand type consistency.
These are all super-simple, inexpensive, fun DIY holiday projects that you just can’t fail at. Your home, buffet table, and gifts will be so impressive that people may not believe that you made them all yourself. Enjoy your projects and your holidays with these great holiday project ideas.