DIY Holiday Edition – Guest Contributor

Hello friends,

The Holiday season is upon us. If you haven’t seen the decorations in stores or heard the Christmas music on the radio yet you soon will! These wintery months ahead  mean cold, and snowy weather. Growing up in Western Massachusetts you expect a handful of snow days each year where you’re probably going to be stuck inside for most if not all the day. Being confines inside during these snowy months you may find yourself becoming pretty creative when it comes to keeping yourself entertained. Below I’m going to share some of my personal favorite holiday crafts to keep you busy on a snowy, winter’s day.

1.) Gingerbread Houses

You can make all the things necessary for this homemade but it’s much easier to get a kit that has all the stuff you already need (plus they’re pretty cheap, especially on BLACK FRIDAY). This is a classic winter to-do for everyone! Gingerbread houses are the winter version of pumpkin carving. It’s a fun thing to do with a group of friends or even with family, why not make it a bonding event? Not only does making your Gingerbread  house keep you occupied for a couple hours but it can also inspire your creative side! There are no rules! Let your creative side out and decorate it in any way you’d like.

2.) Homemade snow globes

What you need:

  • Mason jar
  • Glue
  • Knick-knacks for inside
  • Fake snow (can be purchased at Walmart or any crafting store near you!)

I used to make these things a lot when I was little! They’re such cute little things and make good gifts or decorations. They’re not hard to make if you have all the stuff.

All you have to do is find things you want inside (I like little Christmas trees), glue it to the lid (even tape works sometimes), put the fake snow inside and put the jar back together and voilà you’ve got yourself a little mason jar. For more advanced jars tidymom has a very good instructional on it.

3.) Pinecones

It’s crazy! You can do some many crafty things with pinecones. My favorite use for them is to make them into mini Christmas trees.  All you have to do is find a pinecone that looks like a Christmas tree and paint the edges green. Then fold up a piece of paper to look like a little pot and place the pinecone in it. If you want to go the extra mile you can put a little glitter on the edges of the pinecone to resemble snow. Simple as that. An easy and quick little decoration to get you in the holiday spirit.


These are just a few crafty ways to keep you occupied during this long winter season. So many more ideas are out there but that would be way too many to list. These are just some of my favorites that I thought I’d share with you. Pinterest is a great place if you want to find some more ideas to try out.


Happy crafting!

Until next time- Emily


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