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December
14

Holiday decorations and treats are that much more special when you can make them yourself. Here are some to you can make in your home this year.

The holiday season is here, and it's time to celebrate with your family and friends. One fun way to ring in the season is with a few hours of holiday crafting.

Not only do you get to explore your creative side, but the end result is often a tasty treat or charming decoration perfect for gifting or enjoying in your home.

Our real estate agents know that you can have a memorable holiday crafting session from the comfort of your home. Check out some of the best holiday crafts that you can make at home.

  1. Make a "Gingerbread" House
    You can make a "gingerbread" house with things you likely already have in your pantry. Instead of running to the store to purchase a gingerbread house kit, grab a pack of crackers, a can of frosting, and candy from your pantry.

    Graham crackers are a popular choice for building your house that recreate the look of gingerbread, but Pop-Tarts and Rice Crispy treats also work well. Use frosting to hold your home together, decorate your home, and attach candy to decorate it. 
  1. Assemble a Holiday Wreath
    A new holiday wreath is a perfect craft project to decorate your front door or the space over your fireplace. If you're adding your home to the list of Southport homes for sale, a wreath is an excellent decoration when staging your home for potential buyers.

    The style options are endless when making your own wreath. You can purchase a pre-made wire or styrofoam wreath form or make your own. A wire wreath form is excellent for making a wreath from greenery, mesh, or artificial flowers, while a styrofoam or straw form works well for making a wreath from ornaments, ribbons, bows, and puffballs.

    Use a hot glue gun as needed to attach things to your wreath form. Make sure to add a loop of fishing line so that you can hang your wreath.
  1. Create Colorful Ornaments
    Clear, plastic ornaments are a blank canvas for your crafting projects. A quick and easy project using plastic ornaments is to add acrylic paint to the interior of the ornament and then swirl it around to produce your desired color effect. Or, if you have chalkboard paint, paint the exterior of the ornament and write a personalized message when it dries.
  1. Assemble a Lighted Pinecone Basket
    Pinecones are a fantastic, rustic option for your Christmas crafting and decorating. Grab a basket to house your pinecones. Spray your pinecones with clear spray paint before sprinkling glitter on them. Once they dry, pile them into your basket. Position a strand of Christmas lights (electric or battery-powered) around the interior perimeter of your basket so that the light reflects off the pinecones. You can hot glue ribbon or a bow to the basket or leave it as is.
  1. Make Easy Whoopie Pies with Cake Mix
    Whoopie pies are a delicious holiday treat that you can customize to your tastes. Grab a box of cake mix and combine it with 3 eggs, 1/2 of a cup of water, and 1/2 of a cup of vegetable oil. Once your batter is mixed, scoop it onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Strive to make the cookies uniform in size.

    Bake your cookies at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes. Remove them from the baking sheet after they've cooled for five minutes. After your cookies are completely cooled, it's time to assemble them into a whoopie pie. Spread your favorite filling (like frosting, marshmallow cream, or jam) onto the bottom of a cookie. Then, press another cookie into the filling to finish making your whoopie pie.

Want a home with more space for your holiday crafting? Contact us today to begin your home search!