Christmas recipes and DIY decorations

With Christmas rapidly approaching, I’m sharing five cute and easy Christmas recipes and DIY decorations. These tasty treats and adorable additions to the home help contribute to the Christmas ambiance.

These recipes and DIY crafts were so much fun to make! The best part is, they didn’t require hours of time or lots of hassle. Honestly, these projects shouldn’t require much time because we are so busy around the holidays; I’m sure you can relate.

Because we’re hosting several get-togethers and parties this holiday season {I love a good Christmas party!}, I went in search for some festive décor and desserts on Pinterest. Because I’m a Pinterest-fail, I was extremely selective when I browsed on Pinterest. I only chose easy {but still adorable!} projects I could tackle seamlessly {or close to it}.

I made several changes to the recipes and DIY decorations listed below, but I’ll still include the original source in the description.

DIY Wood Snowman

Snowman made out of logsThis DIY wood snowman is my favorite winter/Christmas project I did this past week. First of all, it was fun to make and second, it turned out so cute!

Last year, Mom saw a picture of these snowmen made out of wooden logs, and we knew we had to make one ourselves this Christmas season! We couldn’t find any directions to go with the wooden Frosty, so we had to make it up as we went. Fortunately, it wasn’t too difficult.

What you’ll need for the DIY wood snowman:

Directions:

  1. Cut the logs as thick or as thin as you would like. You’ll need four different sizes, though.
  2. Give the snowman a personality! Draw on his eyes, nose, mouth, and buttons. I found out a water bottle top is helpful for drawing the buttons and eyes.
  3. Drill a hole in the top of the head and in the hat {I used a 1/4 inch bit but again, use your judgement. You may need a bit that’s larger or smaller}. If you don’t want the screw to poke out, make it flush by countersinking the hole.
  4. Insert a screw from the top of the snowman’s hat to his head.
  5. Sand the bottom of the snowman’s body {so he won’t topple over}.
  6. Also, sand the top of the snowman’s body and the bottom of the snowman’s head. Doing this will make it stay together when it’s glued.
  7. Apply wood glue to the two parts of the snowman’s hat. Stick them together.
  8. Glue the snowman’s head and body together.
  9. Use a clamp to ensure everything will stick together. Let it dry overnight.

DIY Giant Hanging Ornament

Giant hanging ornamentsOut of everything I made, this giant hanging ornament was the easiest and cheapest to make. Everything was under ten dollars, and it only took me ten minutes to slap this baby together {plus, I got to play with a giant bouncy ball}.

{Original source here}.

What you’ll need for the DIY giant hanging ornament:

  • 9 inch round cake pan {I found mine for $0.88 at Wal-Mart}.
  • Kid’s play ball {$2.80 at Wal-Mart. I chose a red ball, but there were other colors as well}.
  • Silver ribbon {I think this ribbon was a little over two dollars at—you guessed it—Wal-Mart}.
  • Gorilla glue
  • Power drill {my bit was 1/4 inch} OR you can use a hammer, nail, and screwdriver
  • Sandpaper OR an electric sander {either of these is needed if you use a power drill}
  • Damp washcloth {to activate the gorilla glue}

Directions:

  1. Make a hole in the bottom of the cake pan by either a) Using a 1/4 inch drill bit {what we did} b) Hammering a nail into the bottom of the pan first, then using a screwdriver to widen the hole.
  2. If you use a drill, sand the hole at the bottom of the cake pan so the sharpness doesn’t pop the ball.
  3. Thread the silver ribbon through the top of the cake pan and tie a knot in the inside of the pan. Cut the ribbon at the desired length.
  4. Use the damp washcloth to wet the rim of the cake pan and part of the ball {where you are planning to put the cake pan}.
  5. Apply gorilla glue to the cake pan’s rim. Place it facedown on the ball.
  6. Place heavy objects {I used several heavy books} on top to act as weights. I left the heavy books on top overnight, but I would think the glue dries after a few hours.
  7. Use the ribbon to hang the “ornament” where desired!

Wooden Block Snowman

Wooden block snowmanIf you’re like us and like to take on DIY projects or if you do any sort of woodworking, chances are you have scrap wooden blocks lying around. Perfect for this wooden block snowman! Like every other decoration/recipe I’m including in this post, it was ea-sy.

{I found the original source here.}

What you’ll need for the wooden block snowman:

Directions:

  1. Cut the 2×4’s into the following lengths: Two 5″ blocks, one 4″ block, two 3″ blocks.
  2. Glue them together with the two 5″ blocks on the bottom, the 4″ block in the middle, and the two 3″ blocks on top. This will make the snowman.
  3. Cut the wood that’s 1/2″ thick into two pieces. One that’s 1 3/4″ x 2 1/2″ and another that’s 4 1/4″ x 3 1/4″.
  4. Glue the previous two pieces of wood {the 1 3/4″ x 2 1/2″ and the 4 1/4″ x 3 1/4″ which are both 1/2″ thick} together.
  5. The smaller piece {the 1 3/4″ x 2 1/2″} goes horizontally in the middle of the other piece. This makes the snowman’s hat.
  6. Spray paint the snowman white.
  7. Spray paint the snowman’s hat black.
  8. Let it dry for at least several hours {I decided to let mine dry overnight}.
  9. Draw the snowman’s eyes, nose, and mouth on the upper 3″ block.
  10. Glue the hat to the top of the snowman.

Sleigh Riding Teddy Grahams

Sleigh riding teddy grahamsThese teddy grahams on a candy sleigh make me smile. It took no time at all to assemble this yummy snack.

I found the idea here, but I made a lot of changes. Instead of using a mini Snickers bar and mini candy canes, I used the regular size {go big or go home, am I right?}. I also used more teddy grahams than the original recipe called for {the more the merrier}. I could go on all day with these corny and cliché sayings, so let me shift my attention instead to the ingredients and instructions.

Sleigh Riding Teddy Grahams
Sleigh riding teddy grahams not only add a touch of Christmas to parties, but they're so fun to make with loved ones around the holidays!
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Ingredients
  1. Three teddy grahams
  2. A Snickers bar
  3. Two candy canes
  4. Icing
Instructions
  1. Break off the teddy grahams' legs {poor little guys, but they'll fit into the sleigh easier}.
  2. Insert the teddy grahams into the "sleigh" {the Snickers bar}.
  3. Apply icing to the top of the candy canes then "glue" them to the Snickers bar.
Adapted from Budget Savy Diva
Adapted from Budget Savy Diva
Madelyn Victoria https://madelynvictoriablog.com/

Reindeer Cookies

Reindeer cookiesI love love love these reindeer cookies! I think I’ll make them again on Christmas Eve as a treat for Santa me. Although mine didn’t turn out quite right, I still think they’re pretty darn cute. {Also, shout out to Sydney for making the gingerbread cookie dough aka the reindeer’s face. She’s such a good baker. Check out her most popular recipe post here!}

Reindeer Cookies
These reindeer cookies are the cutest sweet treat to make for Santa Claus!
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Ingredients
  1. Gingerbread cookie dough
  2. Brown and red M&M's
  3. Chocolate covered pretzels
Instructions
  1. Make/buy gingerbread dough.
  2. Before you put the gingerbread dough into the oven, squeeze the sides of the cookie and make a slight indention with your thumb in the middle of the cookie. This will shape the reindeer's face.
  3. Bake the cookies {aka the reindeer} for the allotted time.
  4. When the cookies are still cooling, place two chocolate covered pretzels on the top right and top left of the cookie. This will be the reindeer's ears.
  5. Place two brown M&M's in the middle of the cookie to make the reindeer's eyes.
  6. Use a red M&M to make the reindeer's nose.
Adapted from So Yummy
Adapted from So Yummy
Madelyn Victoria https://madelynvictoriablog.com/

Let me know if you decide to make any of these Christmas snacks or DIY Christmas decorations! I’d absolutely love to hear about it and see pictures!

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