1. SUGAR COOKIE GARLAND -
Making a garland cookie string couldn't be easier. Simply whip up a batch of sugar or gingerbread cookie dough. Use a rolling pin to roll out dough to about 1-cm thick. Use a star-shaped cookie cutter to cut shapes from dough. Carefully transfer to a parchment-lined baking sheet. Use the tip of a skewer or toothpick to poke a small hole in the top of each star. Bake in a 350 F oven until set and golden around the edges. Remove from oven and let cookies cool. Then use a piping bag with royal icing to spell out any words you like (think 'Merry Christmas' or 'Happy Holidays!'). Once icing is set, use some festive ribbon or twine to string each cookie together in a row. Hang on a wall for an irresistable foodie-inspired decor idea your kids will love!
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2. TWIG WREATH -
All you need for this simple holiday-inspired DIY project is a) a twig wreath (sure, you can make one but when they are readily available everywhere we say, why bother?), b) some cute holiday decorations and c) a string of tiny lights. Start by placing yout twig wreath on a flat surface. Then wrap your string of lights around the twig wreath. Finally use a bit of twine or a glue gun to secure decorations to the wreath. Sound easy? It is. And there is an added bonus: This is a fun family tradition that you can repeat year after year to create a brand new wreath for your entranceway!
3. WOODEN HOLIDAY TREE WITH BERRIES -
This shabby-chic DIY wooden holiday tree looks more complicated than it is. Start with a square-shaped flat wooden board. This will act as your base. Collect small pieces of bark-covered wood and brush off any dirt. Cut out stars from a piece of card-stock, cardboard or even a box. Use a variety of different colours if you like, or stick to a fairly monochromatic scheme as we have done here. To assemble, use a glue-gun to secure the pieces of wood to your base board in the shape of a tree. Don't forget the trunk! Then secure your cut-out stars, fake cranberries and even little silver balls if you like to the pieces of wood. Let glue dry. Now you have created a rustic shabby-chic piece of art that can be hung on any wall throughout the holiday season!
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