Beloved candy canes; it is time to see you go!!!
If your house is overflowing with leftover candy canes, you are not alone! After the holidays, I seem to have endless piles of candy canes in all shapes and sizes.
Here are some simple ideas and recipes which will help you re-purpose those pesky canes into something delicious:
1. Make a candy cane Valentine’s Day card 2. Striped Chocolate Peppermint Cookies
1 box devil’s food cake mix
1/3 c oil
1 tbsp brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 c mini chocolate chips
Melted white chocolate for dipping
Crushed candy canes
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and line baking sheets with parchment paper. In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, brown sugar, eggs and vanilla until moistened. Stir in chocolate chips. Scoop the batter into small balls and place onto the lined cookie sheets 2 inches apart. Press down slightly to flatten. Bake for 8-10 minutes. Drizzle with white chocolate and then dip into crushed candy canes. Let cool.
3. Use them as-is as coffee or hot cocoa stirrers.
4. Crush into a fine powder and line martini glass rims for a fun festive drink
5. Candy cane heart treats- Warm candy canes slightly, then bend them into a heart shape; use parchment to dry. Fill the center with melted white chocolate and then top with shaved or crushed peppermints/candy canes. These are adorable and yummy served next to coffee or cocoa.
6. Create heart cupcake toppers, perfect for Valentine’s Day
7. White Chocolate Cherry Shortbread Cookies
8. White chocolate peppermint popcorn
16 oz white chocolate
1 c finely crushed peppermints (food processor works wonders)
4 quarts popped popcorn
Slowly melt the white chocolate using either the microwave or a double boiler; constantly stirring. Stir ½ cup of the crushed peppermints into the white chocolate. Pour the melted chocolate over the popcorn in a large bowl; toss to coat. Sprinkle with more crushed peppermints.
9. Peppermint whipped cream- yummy as a topping for cupcakes or cake
10. Candy Cane Cupcakes
Receiving holiday cards in the mail is one of my favorite times of the year! But, I always feel a bit guilty tossing them into the trash at the end of the season. Here is a quick idea for repurposing some of those beautiful cards into something useful for the next holiday season.
Step 1- Use Christmas cookie cutters to trace patterns out of holiday cards (the patterned portion of folded cards works best)
Step 2- Cut around the traced outline
Step 3- Punch a hole in your new gift tag and add decorative ribbon
This simple, cost effective idea takes just minutes to complete and will help you get a jump start on the holidays for next year!
Tie or attach this festive Merry Christmas card to hostess gifts, a bottle of wine, homemade goodies or use as a personalized note this holiday season.
If you are in search of some new inspiration for your Christmas table this year, take a peak at these 5 DIY place card ideas (Source: Marthastewart.com); bows, peppermint candies, holly, paper leaves or a Christmas tree. Whether you choose a playful, traditional or modern design, these cute place card ideas will help pull your table design together.
If you are stumped this year about what to get your child’s teachers as a holiday gift, consider these inexpensive options:
1. Handmade Candy Cane Tree
2. Monogrammed Canvas Napkin Rings- landsend.com
3. Christmas Ornament
4. Reindeer Noses Candy- Fill a jar or bag with red candies (bubble gum, red hots, M&Ms) and tie with a gift tag
5. Starbucks gift card personalized with a tag reading "Thanks a Latte"
6. Cookbook- Tie a wooden spoon or holiday cookie cutter on top for an added touch
7. Donate something to their classroom in your child's name- art supplies, books
8. Redbox movie night- Fill a popcorn bucket full of your teacher's favorite goodies and add a coupon for a Redbox rental
9. Tea- Tie a simple tag to a bundle of individual tea packages reading "Thanks for Being a Tea-riffic Teacher"
10. Monogrammed Crayon Picture (see picture)
11. Poinsettia with a gift tag reading "Thanks for helping me grow this Fall"; you could attach the same tag to a bundle of seed packets or fresh herb plants
12. Fill a bag or jar full of Hershey's kisses and attach a tag that reads "Merry Kiss-Mas" From......
13. Beauty Gift- Nail polish and file with a tag reading "I File you under 'A' for Awesome"
14. Homemade cookies or bars stacked on top of a peppermint candy tray; wrap in cellophane and tie a gift tag with festive ribbon (See our Make it Monday Blog Post for instructions on how to make the tray)
15. Personalized "From the Kitchen Of" gift tag stickers
One of my favorite DIY Christmas ideas this year was inspired by a tray that one of my guests brought her cookies on to my annual Holiday Cookie Exchange.
Due to the hustle and bustle of the party, I didn't notice the tray until after the guests had departed. And as it was hard to remember which tray each guest brought, I proceeded to make a list of guests and cookies and attempt to play a game of match. After about an hour, I was able to figure out which one of my creative friends had made this adorable tray. And, I had to know how she made it.
And now, I want to share this super cute idea with all of you.
Peppermint Candy Tray How-To
Step 1- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees
Step 2- Line an oven safe pan with parchment paper
Step 3- Unwrap and fill the tray with traditional peppermint candies; work from the outside in, placing the candies in a circular pattern
Step 4- Bake the candies at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes or until slightly melted and 'set'
Step 5- Remove the tray from the oven, cool slightly then flip the candy disc onto a cooling rack
Use these peppermint candy trays as a base for gifts this year. Stack homemade cookies, bars or bread loaves on top, wrap in clear cellophane, add tie a gift tag on using festive ribbon.
Need a simple Christmas party favor idea this year?
Take a peak at what I made for my 2 year olds' class party....
Cherry M&Ms....aka Reindeer Noses in frosted to-go containers.
These were under $8 total for 12; the containers were $3.99, the candy was on sale at Walgreens and then I added the Reindeer Noses favor tags.
Printable gift tags offer more than meets the eye! With a little creativity, simple images can be repurposed for other uses.
One of my customers shared these three cute holiday card and gift tag ideas using one of the dog lovers gift tag collections offered by Crowning Details. The bulldog is wearing an actual jingle bell collar, she added a chenille hat to the second image and the third is wearing a holiday light around his collar.
Hopefully these creative ideas will inspire you to generate new ideas and uses for images or printables you have previously purchased! Or, have inspired you to create new tags and cards using these adorable dog images.
Friday’s Freebie- Snack Cone or Party Hat Template.....Use to Create Holiday Snack Cups or Treat Bags
Looking for a way to repurpose some of the holiday cards you receive each year?
Follow the steps outlined below to create an inexpensive, unique party snack container or party favor container using the free printable template, paper of your choice, scissors, glue and recycled holiday cards.
Step 1- Print and cut out cone template (see below)
Step 2- Trace and cut out cones from cardstock, scrapbooking paper, craft paper or colored construction paper
Step 3- Glue or tape ends together to form a cone
Step 4- Trace or punch circles or ovals from recycled Christmas cards and cut out; you can also use holiday cookie cutters as templates for cutting shapes
Step 5- Attach the punched or cut out card images to the front of the snack or favor cone using glue or double sided tape
Step 6- Fill the snack cones with your favorite party snack or candy and place on display
Optional- Punch two holes on opposite sides of the cone, thread ribbon through and tie to make a carrying favor or gift tote (see picture)
This year's Second Annual Holiday Cookie Exchange's theme was red, white and craft......
Upon arrival, guests were greeted with a 3-tiered display of breakfast items (muffins, croissants, breakfast breads), individual assorted fruit cups, fresh coffee and a hot cocoa bar, full of stir in options (peppermint sticks, toffee sticks, butterscotch pieces, chocolate and mint pieces and handmade marshmallows).
Everyone's cookies were neatly displayed in the dining room for the swap upon arrival. To-go containers were supplied, making it easy for everyone to take 1 or 2 of each cookie home to their families. For added silliness, Christmas photo booth props were out on display, which the hostess's two year old got a kick out of after guests departed. And as an added detail, cookie cutter favors adorned with cookie themed "Merry Christmas" tags were provided by the hostess for each guest.
Invitation, Favor Tags, Photo Booth Props and Favor Signage- Crowning Details
Hot Cocoa Bar- Williams Sonoma and Starbucks
To-Go Cookie Boxes- Container Store
Don't forget to leave milk and cookies out for Santa this year!
Make your plate extra cute with our FREE printable "For Santa" tag!
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Are you ready to help your child create their wish list for Santa? As we all gear up for the holiday season ahead, it is so important to take time to build traditions with our children. This year, while our oldest may not be quite ready to grasp all of the components of the Christmas holiday, we are certainly hoping that he enjoys his visit with Santa more than last year's (he cried the entire time)! To prepare for his upcoming visit this weekend, we hope to sit down and explain to him what to expect....and possibly, to get some of his own ideas for wishes down for his scrapbook.
Use these cute letters to Santa this year to create not only wonderful memories with your child, but a keepsake for their scrapbook!
Recycling is part of the ever increasing trend of going Green. It is a fun, inexpensive way of repurposing items you likely already have in your home into something beautiful. This year, consider creating a ribbon or cardstock garland for your Christmas tree, mantle, or staircase using mismatched pieces of ribbon, recycled greeting cards or scrapbooking cardstock.
The process is simple and easy.
Step 1: Cut pieces of ribbon or holiday cardstock into 2 inch by 6 inch strips using a paper cutter or trimmer. For added interest, consider using edging tools.
Step 2: For an eclectic, random design, choose ribbons and cardstock in varying colors and textures and select the order as you work. For a more cohesive look, choose ribbons and cardstock in coordinating, complimentary colors and textures (i.e. gold, silver and white, or red/green).
Step 3: Begin with one piece of ribbon or cardstock, place right sides together close to the ends, and staple. For the best results, staple approximately ¼” from the edge to prevent fraying.
Step 4: Glue the ribbon together at the ends for added strength, then turn it right side out.
Step 5: Thread the next piece of ribbon through the ribbon loop you just completed.
Step 6: Repeat until you have created your desired length.
To repeat or complete this project next year, save the ribbons and packaging tied or adorned to the gifts you receive this
Photograph Courtesy of MarthaStewart.com.
Tis the Season!
So, I was a few days behind this year getting our Christmas decorations out of storage and up on display (this happens when you have two kids under 2). But, miraculously, everything is out and on display!
Whenever I am decorating for a holiday, I love to find new ways to display the same ole things….this year, when flipping through magazines and thumbing through Pinterest pages, I was inspired to use some of the holiday ornaments that I cannot display (out of fear that one or both of my children will pull them off of the tree and break them) in a cloche display.
So, I headed to my kitchen and grabbed what is actually a food display set, flipped the lid upside down to fill tightly with ornaments, placed the bottom over the opening while the clear glass portion was still inverted, flipped the entire unit right side up, and there you have it…..a new display item that matches my living room! And the best part of it is, it was free!
From our house to yours, wishing you a very Merry holiday season!