This year, we challenge you to not spend money on any new ornaments or decor. Instead, try these fantastic family-friendly holiday DIY's. We guarantee that your home will look and smell like warm festivities!
1. Handmade cards
If you have an arts and crafts drawer, this one’s for you. Add a personal touch to your card – the receiver will appreciate it that much more!
2. Clay ornaments
A great thing about making ornaments yourself, is being able to enjoy your creations year after year. This one is made using clay, old leather cord, and foraged flora! How beautiful is this!?
3. Popcorn garlands
Decorations don’t have to come with a big price tag. You can grab some bulk kernels, pop them, and thread through them with any string laying around the house (including that cookie tin full of sewing materials). Instant poppin’ garland.
4. Natural table spread
If you are having guests over, consider going natural with your décor! You can used dehydrated orange slices (bake for 3 hours at 225°F/ 100°C, turning the slices every half hour), foraged pine cones, or snippets of pine for a delightful smelling table spread.
5. Clothes hanger wreath
You can skip the plastic wreaths and make an all-natural one at home! Who else loves the look of natural decorations? This is a wonderful activity to do with loved ones.
6. Orange peel ornaments
You can make any holiday shape you please with these orange peel ornaments! Simply peel the oranges carefully, and trace out a desired shape to cut with scissors. Alternatively, you can use a cookie cutter and pop ‘em out!
7. Homemade candles
If you want your home to smell like the holidays… this one’s for you! Liquify wax in a bowl under boiling water. Once melted, let the wax cool for a few minutes before adding oils. You can get creative here – vanilla, lavender, chamomile, and pine essential oils are some ideas (suggested: 30 drops of oil per candle). After, just pour the wax into a vessel (don’t forget about the wick!) and let it cool for at least 4 hours. Bam… your home smells like a winter wonderland.
8. DIY advent calendar
Typical advent calendars can contain single-use plastic packaging, and are usually very expensive! Make your own (with your favorite bulk treats) and make yourself smile every day.
9. Homemade diffuser ornaments
These salt dough ornaments are not only pretty to look at, they act like diffusers too! Appreciate them for years.
Salt Dough: In a bowl add 2 cups flour, 1 cup salt, 1 cup warm water. Knead dough well, you may need to let it rest for 10 minutes. Rolls it out and cut out desired shapes. Be sure to poke holes for the string if you plan to hang them. Bake at 225°F/ 100°C for about 2-3 hours until they are hard. Let them cool completely. Then you can add string and a few drops of your favorite oils or oil combinations.
PS. The cover photo of this blog is also by Rachael + Scott Johnston (@plantedinthewoods)
10. Holiday themed vinegar cleaner
Holiday cleaning with a festive homemade all-purpose cleaner beats everything out there. Never get a toxic headache again while cleaning… simply infuse any citrus peels, or herbs with white vinegar for around 2 weeks (or a couple days under the sunlight). A recent favorite of ours has been pine infused vinegar cleaner. These babies will last a long time, and the vinegar scent will dissipate too. Win-win!