7 Creative DIY Christmas decorations you can make this holiday season


Gingerbread houses and holiday candy decorations are not only fun to look at, but they’re also fun to make (as long as you don’t eat all the gumdrop house trimmings). I scoured the Internet to find some little edible houses and colorful candy creations to make with my nieces, and here’s the best of the best. After you make yours, we can compare notes. (Also, you do not need nieces to do the below.)

1. Cinnamon Ornaments

These fragrant holiday cookie crafts are perfect to do with kids.

cinnamon ornaments

2. Gingerbread House

The thing about making a gingerbread house is, there is no right or wrong way. You can put as much — or as little — detail into them as you want. I like this link a lot because it has step-by-step pictures, so there’s no way you can get the house (the base of the whole thing, of course!) wrong. Naturally, there are high-tech gingerbread houses and competitions out there, too, but I’d suggest starting small.

3. Candy Cane Sleighs

This takes Rice Krispie Treats to a whole new level. These are easy to make and also require just a few ingredients: the Rice Krispie treats, candy cane sticks, icing, and ribbon (and you probably already have that on hand!).

4. Gumdrop Garlands

Nothing’s more colorful than these gumdrop garlands (just be sure to buy a big enough bag so you have some to snack on while you string them!). Check out this link for a how-to on what to do.

5. Ornament Popcorn Ball

This is the most adorable tree ornament ever — if you don’t eat it first! They also make great gifts for grandparents, teachers, you name it. Then, you can use the rest of the popcorn to curl up on the couch with your loved ones and watch your favorite holiday movie!

6. Marshmallow Rudolph

Chocolate-dipped marshmallows and pretzels merge to make these fun Rudolph faces people are sure to love. See the photo how-to here. (If you’d rather go the Rice Krispie Treat route, you can make Rudolph Rice Krispie Treats easily!)

7. Christmas Cracker Houses

These look like gingerbread houses, but are a miniature version of them and made from crackers. Just add some different-colored icing and ribbon, and you have simple, creative ornaments.


DIY & Improvement, Food, Holiday & Seasonal, Home, Life

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