Home for the Holidays

There’s no place like home for the holidays, so we’ve rounded up a few DIY activities that you can do at home to bring in the holiday spirit.

Gingerbread House

Grab your date or gather the kids for some gingerbread fun! Keep it simple with a premade, ready-to-decorate gingerbread house kit. These kits can be purchased for under $10 and include a pre-made house with all the decorations you’ll need to create a completely edible treat and an Instagram worthy piece of décor. This is a great way to spend some quality time at home with the kids or that special someone.

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Make Your Own Wrapping Paper and a Fun Wrapping Trick

Play your favorite holiday tunes and get to wrapping. DIY wrapping paper is the perfect way to add a personal touch to your gifts and is worth the extra time. Repurpose paper grocery bags as wrapping paper. It creates a nice base when you add your own artistic flourishes. Try using twine, ornaments, feathers, or rosemary to embellish presents. Holiday themed ink or rubber stamps are also an easy and fun way to make your DIY wrapping paper look festive and unique. One of my favorites wrapping tricks, if you need to add some cushion to your gift box, is to create a peppermint package. Stuff the box with peppermint candies instead of Styrofoam. Your gift will be received with a minty surprise.

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Decorate Christmas Cookies

Use festive cookie cutters to create a holiday treat that’s both beautiful and delicious. Add some icing and your favorite toppings. You can give cookies as a gift, serve them at a holiday party, or just have them as a special treat around the house for the holidays.

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Holiday Knitting

There’s nothing quite like receiving a homemade gift, and knitting is the perfect way to create a gift that demonstrates the thought and love that you put into it. Don’t know how to knit? No problem, give arm knitting a try. The method of arm knitting allows you to knit using your arms as the needles. This creates larger stitches for a beautiful, chunky style. In less than an hour you could make a super soft scarf to use yourself or give as a gift. Experiment with festive holiday colors when making your yarn selections, or use neutral colors to create something that can be used any time of year. This could be a great stocking stuffer or Secret Santa gift.