1. Paper Plate Treat Box: Cookies and other baked treats make great gifts for neighbors. Instead of covering a paper plate of goodies with plastic wrap, turn that paper plate into a disposable cookie gift basket!
2. Gift Wrap Organization: It’s a pain to have to track down all of your gift wrapping supplies every time you want to wrap a gift. Avoid the hassle by creating a gift wrap station on the back of a door! You’ll always know where your supplies are, and they won’t be taking up any of your storage space.
3. Ornament Storage: Using a plastic storage tote, some cardboard, and a few plastic cups make a simple storage box for ornaments! No more crushed ornaments.
4. Hot Chocolate Spoons: Make your own “chocolate spoons” for a quick cup of hot chocolate! Just dip a plastic spoon into melted chocolate, and sprinkle it with your favorite hot chocolate additions, if you like. Let the chocolate solidify, then you’re ready for hot chocolate any time!
5. Candy Cane Stand: Use a bit of hot glue and a few candy canes to make a cute and festive stand! Use it to prop up place cards, or food-identifying label cards for a potluck-style meal.
6. Easy Melted Chocolate: If you need a lot of melted chocolate look no further than your slow cooker. Fill the crock of your slow cooker with a few inches of water. Then pour a handful of chocolate chips in a mason jar, then place it in in the water inside your slow cooker. (You can do multiple jars at a time if your slow cooker is big enough.)
7. Festive Pancakes: Make Christmas-themed pancakes using a cookie cutter! Whip up a batch of your favorite pancake batter, using a little less liquid than you normally would. (A thicker batter makes the process much easier!) Spray your pan or griddle, as well as the cookie cutter itself.
8. Tangle-Free Christmas Lights: When you put your Christmas lights away after the holidays are over, wrap each strand individually around a piece of cardboard. You can write on the cardboard to make it easy to identify where each strand goes in or on the house. Plus, the lights will stay tangle-free until the holidays come back around!
9. Santa “Tracks”: Make Christmas morning extra special by creating a set of sparkly footprints showing Santa’s journey to your tree! (And don’t worry, the “tracks” will be easy to vacuum up later!) Mix a handful of baking soda with a handful of glitter, and lay it out on a cookie sheet. Spray the bottom of a pair of shoes with a bit of water, then press each shoe into the mixture. Press the shoes onto the ground to create a sparkly footprint! Repeat as desired to create a trail of footsteps.
10. Hot Glue Snowflakes: You only need your trusty hot glue gun to make some festive wintertime window clings. Lay out a piece of parchment paper, then use your glue gun to “draw” snowflake shapes. Let the snowflakes dry, then peel them away from the paper. Stick them to your windows, mirrors, or nearly any other surface! They’ll peel right off when you want to remove them.