Hi, My name is August, but my three older brothers call me Auggie. This is my first holiday season! Let me tell you what I’ve learned about holiday traditions so far.
Are you rich with candy canes right now? Teach your kids about the scientific method and have a little fun at the same time. My son is 21 months, so he’s not old enough for this cool candy cane science experiment, but I’m filing it away until he’s bigger and bringing candy canes home from school. I love that Dayna at Lemon Lime Adventures took a sugary treat and turned it into a fun, teachable experience instead.
I didn’t really understand the point of a tree skirt until a few years ago, when my husband and I started doing the real Christmas tree thing. I used to think of tree skirts as just one more thing that you had to store, pull out, and maintain for the holidays. Until my floor was basically made of pine needles. Now I get it! But I still believe that you shouldn’t spend more time making a tree skirt than you do trimming your tree. These quick and easy tree skirts come together in a flash. There are lots of no-sew options on this list, so don’t think that only seamstresses can have homemade tree skirts!
I love washi tape almost as much as I love old school video game nostalgia. This pixelated washi tape wall art over at A Beautiful Mess has me full of 8-bit nostalgia. And all that you need to make it are washi tape and cutting supplies. Laura shows you how to lay out a grid to make the heart, and you could really use that technique to plan out all kinds of cool pixelated designs.
I love a food gift, y’all. Everyone I know has so much stuff already that gifts almost feel like a burden. But not food gifts! A food gift is a treat that you only have to store until you eat it. No burden, all fun! And if you’re one of my friends, you may just see one of the food gifts on this list in your stocking. Guess which one!
Metallic and glitter branches are super hip for holiday decorating this year, but they are super expensive. If this blustery fall has downed any small tree branches around your neighborhood, snatch them up and turn them into sparkly branches that perfectly match your holiday decor color scheme. Diane Henkler at Momtastic shares a simple tute for making your own, custom sparkly branches from fallen branches you collect. A recycled money-saver that looks beautiful!
It’s pinecone season! I’ve always been a pinecone fan, but now that my baby has grown into a wobbly toddler, I love them double. Crafting with pinecones is fun, and crafting with pinecones that I collected on walks with my kid is double run! Go on a pinecone walk with your kiddos, and try some of these cute pinecone crafts.
Coming up with handmade gift ideas for grandparents can be a little bit tricky, especially if you want to get your kids involved in the making process. If grandparent gifts stump you like they do me, you’ll love this list of DIY ideas from How Does She. The list includes ideas that you can make start to finish and ideas that your kids can help make, no matter what age they are. What they all have in common is that they’re sweet, sentimental, and personal. Your basic 1-2-3 punch when it comes to grandparent gifts.
Need something to entertain the kiddos at Thanksgiving or your tree trimming party? Set up an ornament-making table! They’ll love seeing their creations on your tree, and maybe you can sneak in a few minutes for grown up talk and a mugful of nog while they’re crafting. Some of these kid-made ornaments may require more supervision than others, so choose the one that will work best for your kids.
Do you always forget your reusable grocery bags in the car or at home? A fold away grocery bag tucks away small, so you can keep one stashed in your purse at all times. No more bag forgetting! You can buy fold away grocery bags, but you can use some stash fabric and make your own on the cheap instead. Cocojude has you covered with a simple tutorial. The bag tucks right into a small holder that’s attached, so you’ll never lose it.