DIY for the Holidays: Christmas Cards, Cocktails, and Dessert
With the holidays just around the corner, we thought you might find these Christmas cards and recipes helpful. Homemade cards and meals are the best way to show your loved ones that you care.
Get in the festive DIY-spirit with these creative cooking and craft ideas.
We created this color-me-in Christmas card just for you. Download the pdf above and use paints, glitter, ribbon, and anything else you can think of to make this a card no one will throw out.
Need some more card-making ideas? Here are 3 more:
Rhinestone and 3D Paper Card
All you need to make this beautiful Christmas card is some construction paper, self-adhesive rhinestones, card stock, and pencils, scissors, and glue. These are things you probably already have lying around the house.
1. Fold a square piece of construction paper in half twice. Using a pencil, trace the petal template onto the construction paper (the base of the petal should be along the folded edges of the construction paper).
2. Using scissors, cut out the petal, leaving the folded corner uncut. Open to yield a flower shape. Repeat two more times to make one flower. Fold each petal inward to create dimension. Using glue dots, layer and secure the petals on top of one another, rotating to create the shape of the flower.
3. Affix a grouping of three self-adhesive rhinestones in the centre of the flower. Repeat to create the second poinsettia, varying the size. To make the leaves, use solid and patterned green ribbon for pretty pattern and texture.
4. Attach the ribbon and paper poinsettias to the card stock with glue dots.
Get the full directions and download printable templates at styleathome.com.
Fingerprint Christmas Cards for the Kids
“Using a plain card, start by drawing a string along the length of the paper. Using assorted colours, finger paint the lights onto the string. When dried go over the string line with black marker. Quick and easy” (brisbanekids.com).
This is the perfect activity to keep the kids busy and create a gorgeous Christmas card in the process. All you really need is card stock and washable finger paint.
There are many different designs to choose from, including Christmas lights and trees, snowmen, candy canes, and reindeer. Let your imagination run wild. Just make sure you use nontoxic, easy-to-clean paint.
If you are ready to get a little fancier, these Martha Stewart snowflake cards epitomize Christmas chic.
- Origami paper
- Snowflake template
- Glassine envelope
- Colored paper
- Spray adhesive
- Hole punch
- To make a snowflake, fold a piece of origami paper into even quarters, and draw a pattern on it; or print out and use our template. Cut out the shape, and unfold the paper.
- Place the resulting snowflake in a glassine envelope, either alone or glued to a colored-paper backdrop with spray adhesive.
- A greeting can be written on the paper, if desired. Punch a hole in one or two corners of the envelope, and attach a loop of string so the card can be displayed on a Christmas tree.
Don’t let your holiday cards sit in a drawer. Here are 12 Beautiful DIY Ways to Display Christmas Cards.
Holiday Dessert Recipes
Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls
- 1 cup crunchy peanut butter
- 1/4 cups butter (softened)
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 2 cups Rice Krispies
- 1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate morsels
- 2 tablespoons vegetable shortening
- 54 mini-muffin paper cups
- In large electric mixer bowl, beat peanut butter, margarine and sugar on medium speed until thoroughly combined. Add Kellog’s Rice Krispies cereal, mixing thoroughly. Portion mixture, using rounded teaspoon. Shape into balls. Place each ball in paper cup. Refrigerate.
- Melt chocolate morsels and shortening in small saucepan, over low heat, stirring constantly. Spoon 1 teaspoon melted chocolate over each peanut butter ball. Refrigerate until firm. Store in airtight container in refrigerator.
These easy, bite-sized Santas are sure to please. Not only are they adorable, they are tasty as well. Since the strawberry pieces are prone to sliding, chill them in the fridge until ready to serve.
- 1/4 cup mascarpone cheese, at room temperature
- 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 12 large strawberries
- 24 mini chocolate chips
Watch how to make this recipe:
Special equipment: Pastry bag fitted with a small star piping tip
For the frosting: In a medium bowl, using an electric hand mixer, beat the mascarpone and vanilla until smooth. Gradually beat in the powdered sugar until the mixture is thick and smooth. Using a spatula, transfer the frosting to a piping bag fitted with a small star piping tip.
For the Santas: Using a paring knife, cut off the leaf-end of each strawberry to make a flat surface. Cut a 1/2- to 3/4-inch piece from the pointed end of each strawberry and reserve as the hats.
Place the strawberries, wide-side down, on a work surface. Pipe a 3/4-inch-high swirl of frosting on each strawberry. Place the hats on top and pipe a small ball of frosting on top of the hats. Press two chocolate chips, pointed-sides inward, into the swirl of frosting to make eyes.
Recipe courtesy of Giada De Laurentiis (foodnetwork.com)
Need something to wash all that yumminess down with? Here are 5 Classic Holiday Cocktails and Drinks to Warm Your Spirit.
For more Christmas dinners, cocktails, and desserts, check out the recipes on foodnetwork.com.
Struggling to find Christmas gifts for your loved ones? Check out our current specials and give the gift of home comfort.
Check out our other blog articles to ensure a safe and joyous holiday season for all:
- Holiday Safety Tips
- Winterization Tips
- Proper Programmable Thermostat Operation
- What to Know About Your Gas Furnace
- Furnace Tune-Up Checklist
- Outdoor Home Maintenance Checklist
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