10 Helpful Christmas ‘Hacks’ for the Holidays
The holiday season is easily the greatest time of year, mostly because good moods are abundant and we get to eat tons and tons of cookies. While we're huge fans of Christmastime, it does require a lot of prep. Between the endless cooking and gift shopping, stress can build up pretty quickly, and that brings nothing but bad moods and muddled minds.
But getting through the holidays doesn't have to be so crazy! There are loads of shortcuts (or "hacks") that you can take to make this season a pleasant, festive, sugar-loaded one.
Check out these 10 Christmas hacks that'll improve the holidays tenfold.
Dip jumbo marshmallows in melted chocolate, crushed graham crackers and candy cane crumbs, and voila! You have yourself a simple and deliciously festive holiday treat.
With only strawberries and black and white frosting, you can create these adorable Santa desserts that'll look straight out of Martha Stewart.
REPURPOSED PRINGLES CANS
Pringles cans are the perfect size to hold Christmas cookies or smaller gifts. Simply measure wrapping paper to fit around the can, glue down and add a ribbon for extra flare.
Instantly amp up any plain candles with a few extra peppermint sticks lying around. Use double-sided duct tape to secure the candies, and in a matter of minutes, you'll have a festive centerpiece that's perfect for holiday cocktail parties or family gatherings.
WAFFLE CONE ORNAMENTS
This is one of the coolest and easiest ways to funkify that Christmas tree. Just put icing on the rim of a waffle cone, dip it into colorful sugar, carefully poke a small hole on either side to thread a ribbon and fill with peppermint candies. The choice is yours-- you can use it for decoration or eat the darn thing!
MOD PODGE WINE BOTTLES
Repurpose empty wine bottles with a little creativity, some extra wrapping paper and mod podge. This fun DIY project serves as a cool centerpiece or even a flower vase!
CHRISTMAS COOKIE TREES
We're either constantly baking or receiving all sorts of cookies during the holiday season, so why not put them to good use by making decorative Christmas trees? Gather together a couple of different-sized cookies, stack from largest to smallest using icing as an adhesive, and decorate to your heart's content with more icing or sprinkles.
ICE CREAM CONE CHRISTMAS TREES
Use them as place setting decor or eat 'em as soon as you make 'em-- that's totally up to you. Regardless, these ice cream cone Christmas trees are super easy: just dip the cones into melted chocolate and decorate with any sprinkles, candies or icing you like.
LIGHT BULB ORNAMENTS
While you can use clear glass ornaments for this craft, we think it would be cool to re-use old lightbulbs to add a little pizzazz to your ornament collection. Wrap double-sided tape around the glass, dip it into a glitter of your choice and add any sort of rhinestones to give a bit of sparkle. Finish it off by attaching a ribbon to hang with a dab of glue at the base.
HOT CHOCOLATE STIRRERS
There's no better way to add a little gourmet flare to hot chocolate than by mixing it with a chocolate-covered spoon. Simply dip any spoon in melted chocolate, top with desired treats such as mini marshmallows or sprinkles and let it harden. When you stir your chocolaty drink with it, it'll add that perfect oomph of sugary goodness!