21 smart hacks for a wonderful Christmas time

It’s the most wonderful time of the year… so keep it that way by checking out all our wonderful Christmas Hacks to make your holiday extra special.

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1. Whipped cream floats

Festive!
Festive!

Make your hot chocolates stand out with these fantastic whipped cream frozen floats. They are the perfect drink for the cold weather. For recipe details, head over to Anitalianinmykitchen.com.

2. Build a fridge snowman

Let's hope the ice doesn't melt though...
Let’s hope the ice doesn’t melt though…

Who says that your fridge has to miss out on Christmas decorations? If you’re lucky enough to have a white fridge, use paper, scissors and tape to turn it into a snowman. Now it doesn’t matter if it didn’t snow!

3. Candy cane dust

Yum...
Yum…

Wow, this is such a truly brilliant idea. Use a food processor to pulverise candy canes into beautiful dust and sprinkle it onto ice cream, cookies, hot chocolate, mousse and more. Thanks to Mamalovesfood.com for this.

4. Festive tin can lights

So pretty.
So pretty.

Re-use old tin cans and check out the instructions at Peagreenboat.com to make these wonderful festive lights. For other lighting ideas check out my 19 delightful ways to use the humble tealight.

5. Make your own snow globe

It would make a great gift too.
It would make a great gift too.

Use an empty jar, plastic ornament, super glue, fake snow and glitter to make a beautiful snow globe. Check out 57 exciting ways you can transform empty jars for other old jar uses.

6. Homemade gift tags

Easy!
Easy!

Head to your local DIY store and pick up a varriety of green paint colour sample strips. Cut and stick them to make homemade Christmas Tree tags. They’ll look brilliant and so much cheaper than the ones you can buy in-store.

7. Alternative tree ideas

Which do you prefer?
Which do you prefer?

Who says your Christmas tree has to be green? There’s loads of different tree ideas around the internet for you to include in your home this year. If you fancy a modern tree, then check out Anushka’s 21 alternative Christmas tree ideas.

8. Glitter Pine cones

Fun!
Fun!

Head to Betterdecoratingbible.com for an easy, beautiful decoration for any table in your house! Get creative and choose different colours for different rooms in your house.

9. Christmas place card holders

Wonderfully festive.
Wonderfully festive.

There’s often an excess of sweet treats at Christmas, so why not put them to good use? Using three Candy Canes and some glue, you can create an easy place card holder for your Christmas buffet information, or for your guests names at a Christmas dinner party. Find out how with Insustriousjustice.com.

10. Store your Christmas lights on a hanger

Wind them away.
Wind them away.

Opening your attic at the end of the year to find a tangled mess of Christmas light wires can often result in tears. Stop the madness and store them sensibly in future! Using a hanger, wind your lights around, so next year when you see them again you’ll be happy to unwind them!

11. Christmas treat sleighs

Yes please!
Yes please!

Got visitors coming round and need some emergency Christmas gifts? Make up a selection of these cute sleighs out of chocolate bars, sweets, ribbon and a glue gun. Follow the instructions at Renaissancewife.blogspot.co.uk.

12. Egg carton decoration storage

Snug as a bug in a rug.
Snug as a bug in a rug.

Start saving all your cardboard egg cartons now! The little beauties are the perfect storage for all your tree decorations and glass baubles. They will be kept snug and safe in your attic until next year – phew.

13. Thicken your Christmas tree with green tinsel

Go green!
Go green!

Is your Christmas tree looking a little sparse? Grab some green tinsel and wrap it round the branches to help it look thicker. You’ll have it looking beautiful in no time!

14. Glitter homemade baubles

DIY balls.
DIY balls.

Using recycled paper, or an old sheet of music, decorate an old bauble. Add glitter and and you’ve got yourself a beautiful recycled Christmas decoration.

15. Christmas photo gift tags

Something a little different.
Something a little different.

Fancy changing your Christmas gift tags this year? For a twist, print out some photos of the receiver and stick to them to the front of the wrappped gift.

16. Pomander

It's beginning to smell a lot like Christmas.
It’s beginning to smell a lot like Christmas.

A natural air freshener, the Pomander creates a gorgeous scent that gets you in the Christmas spirit and it’s so easy to do. Just grab an orange and stud it with cloves! For other ways to make your home smell good, visit 19 natural ways to make your home smell wonderful – don’t miss number 18 – your holiday guests will love it.

17. Santa beard for the kids

Cute!
Cute!

For a fun project and a jolly laugh, help your child to make their own santa beard. All you need are cotton balls, glue, felt and some string. Follow the instructions at Pagingsupermom.com to make your own.

18. Lump of coal

Tasty lump.
Tasty lump.

If you know someone that might make the naughty list this year, then give them a lump of coal! Luckily, it’s a delicious treat makde with rice krispies and mini marshmallows, so it won’t be too bad. Check out Eighteen25.com for the recipe.

19. Diagonal gift wrapping hack


Save time on your gift wrapping by placing the rectangle object diagonally. Thanks Todd Tripp for your brilliant YouTube video.

20. DIY cookie basket

Simple, yet effective!
Simple, yet effective!

Here’s another great idea for last-minute holiday guests – a super-cute DIY cookie basket made from a paper plate. It’s incredibly easy to do and your guests will love their little take-away present. Head to Itsalwaysautumn.com for the instructions.

21. Santa’s Footprints

Great for the kids.
Great for the kids.

Wow, Santa has been and eaten all the mince pies, look there are his footprints! His footprints may or may not be made by sprinkling baking powder around a shoe cardboard template.

Hope you enjoy these tips! If you have any great Christmas ideas, let us know in the comments below.

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Lifelong biscuit addict. Obsessed with recipes, cooking & eating. Slightly lazier than the average bear, so likes writing about life hacks & discovering the quickest / easiest way to do things.

  1. 3 Rosemary Tily Reply

    Just to say how much we enjoyed looking at all your fun ideas – particularly liked the tree made of books, santa’s footsteps and the festive tin can lights. Happy Christmas!

  2. 5 Lesley Reeves Reply

    Love the snow globe idea, thanks for some great hints and tips during the year.
    Happy Christmas to everyone who works on the site and reads it too

    1. 6 Colleen B Reply

      We hope you had a Merry Christmas Lesley, and we wish you a Very Happy New Year! Glad you like the site – don’t forget to tell all your friends.

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