With Christmas just around the corner, and a mile-long list of things to do plus gifts to buy, it’s easy to get frazzled and stressed out way before sitting down for your family’s Christmas dinner. So we’ve searched through the interwebs to find the most helpful and inexpensive Christmas hacks to make your holiday season preparations more manageable and less stressful. Now is the time to put them to good use!
Use candy cane place card holders
Make placeholders more festive and unique by using candy canes to prop up name cards.
Doily Christmas trees
Who knew paper doilies and toothpicks can turn into Christmas decor? We know now!
Transform an ordinary chandelier into a Christmas chandelier
Hang Christmas ornaments on light fixtures and you have yourself an instant Christmas chandelier.
Corral wrapping paper in a plastic garment bag
Or a re-purposed wastebasket…
Store all your wrapping papers upright in a plastic garment bag or wastebasket used just for this purpose.
DIY pin-the-nose-on-the-reindeer game
Looking for a fun way to keep the kids entertained during Christmas parties? Make your own pin-the-nose-on-the-reindeer game with an old bulletin board.
Store ornaments in used egg cartons, plastic cups, or coffee tins
Keep Christmas tree ornaments organized and easy to rummage through by storing them in repurposed egg cartons, plastic cups, or coffee tins.
Freeze whipped cream for anytime hot chocolate fix
Christmas festivities won’t be complete without enjoying a mug of homemade hot cocoa. And hot cocoa isn’t complete without a topping of whipped cream. Make sure your batch of homemade whipped cream lasts by piping the leftover cream on a cookie sheet and freezing them. So every time anyone needs a hot cocoa fix, they can just get their shaped, frozen whipped cream straight from the fridge and into their mug.
Hang wreaths with command hooks
Keep wreaths in place by hanging them from the back of a door with a command hook.
Reuse empty Saran wrap or aluminum foil or parchment paper boxes into Christmas cookie boxes
Don’t throw away those aluminum foil, parchment paper, and Saran/cling wrap boxes just yet. With a little makeover, they can easily be repurposed into instant Christmas cookie boxes to give away to your friends and relatives. You wouldn’t need to buy new boxes for your cookies. Clever, right?
Empty Pringles bottles make good cookie containers too!
DIY gift handle
Attach a rope to big, heavy presents to make an instant handle.
Repurpose Halloween pumpkins into snowmen
Do you live in a place where it doesn’t snow but you still want to build a snowman? That’s doable. You can repurpose Halloween pumpkin decorations into snowmen by painting the pumpkins white and adding finishing touches.
Wrap Christmas lights around hangers for easy storage
Always get your Christmas lights all tangled up? Remedy that by hanging lights around a hanger. This makes it less prone to tangles and easier to unravel when you need to put them up. Hang one set of lights per hanger.
A piece of cardboard can also do in a pinch!
Or used cardboard rolls for aluminum foil, Saran wrap, or parchment paper…