Allrecipes and Better Homes & Gardens are teaming up to help you deck the halls with handmade holiday spirit.
To make the charming wreath pictured above, gather large, medium, and small cookie cutters in assorted holiday shapes. Lay them out to form a wreath, and hot-glue the sides together where they touch. Note: small shapes are great for filling in the gaps between larger shapes. Spray-paint the wreath, and add a festive bow.
Turn a small dessert mold into an ornament by hot-gluing a piece of jute to the top as a hanging loop. Other around-the-kitchen items, such as cookie cutters or mini utensils, also make great ornaments. Make a handful of them to include in a bowl as a holiday display, or use them to dress up a holiday present.
Advent Calendar Garland
Count down the days 'til Christmas with a Santa hat advent calendar. Use holiday fabric--such as plaid and gingham in red and green--to stitch up small Santa hats. Attach numbered tags for each day leading up to Christmas, from December 1 through 25.
Use wooden clothespins to attach the hats to a length of sturdy twine. Hang the garland on the mantel, in an open window, or along a side table. Finally, fill each hat with Christmas candy and small trinkets. Starting December 1, kids can dip into the day's hat to get a little treat.
Spell out a holiday greeting. Using wood letters (available at crafts stores), trace the shape onto the blank side of assorted holiday paper or fabric. Cut out the shapes, and glue them to the letters. Display your message on a windowsill, mantel, or kitchen counter.
Turn last year's Christmas cards into this year's decoration. Stitch a wide holiday ribbon in flaps and form a bow at one end. Add a picture hanger to the back of the bow to attach it to a door or wall. Tuck an assortment of Christmas cards under each ribbon flap, adhering with double-sided tape.
Cut old Christmas cards or other holiday paper to fit a plastic container or paper box. Glue the paper in place, and tie a festive bow around the box with holiday-color ribbon. Fit a small potted tree inside the container and display on your front porch or inside the house.