Get your holiday craft party started! HGTV asked me to design and make a series of DIY projects that you can use as hostess gifts or as party favors. So, pretty much my dream gig. I used everyday materials that you can find in your local craft store and made sure that each project was easy to accomplish in a small amount of space. Each project has a modern and colorful aesthetic that can be applied to any upcoming holiday or winter get together! With a few tweaks, the concepts can be adapted for wedding favors too.
Fancy fireplace or pit in the backyard. Either way, these mini pinecone firestarters are a great way to get warmed up on chilly nights. Plus, they smell yummy!
Brightly colored felt covers these peanut butter hot chocolate cups. The secret: inside each is a heaping pile of peanut butter and chocolate chips. Just add hot milk and stir. Oh, and those labels are available over here on HGTV for you to download.
Mix together your own flavors of tea with loose, dried herbs. Try the Sweet Orange Ginger tea recipe that I came up with.
Flavor infused liquors. In cute bottles, with cute labels. Everyone loves cute bottles and cute labels and yummy liquors.
Grab a few vintage Christmas tablecloths on Ebay, Etsy, or at your local flea market. With a few passes threw a sewing machine, you can create custom dish towels to tie around boxes of homemade cookies.
Neon paint makes everything cooler – Ombre Painted Pinecones.
Oven bake clay is transformed into hip, holiday saying ornaments. Decorate the gift box with a tissue paper pouf.
Come. On. Give your guests the christmas tree they will use twenty years from now. Mini evergreen trees. Make them.
Thumb drives are SO CHEAP now. I remember in college when I spent $50 on a 512mg thumb drive. WHAT. Insane. Now, you can spend a few bucks on a 1gb drive for each guest that you pre-load with a fun, holiday mix of your favorite seasonal jams.
Vintage buttons really are the coolest. Stitch a bunch onto a simple hair comb for a jazzy piece to wear to any party. A few tutorial photos are in this slideshow to HGTV.com.
No tutorial needed here! Glue together a few cinnamon sticks. Paint the bottom gold. Tie with twine. Done and done.
This is an easy one too! Fill an ice cube tray with a sprinkling of coconut flakes. Melt a few cups of chocolate with a few drops of coconut extract. Fill the ice cube trays with the melted chocolate, stick in a mini spoon, let harden.
Now, off to crafting!