Holiday DIY Decorations


Get creative this Christmas and try making your own holiday decor/gifts. These three DIYs are easy and quick to make, plus they will make you look a Pinterest master! Are you ready to impress your friends and family? Let’s get started!

1. Homemade wrapping paper 
With wrapping paper this cute, you could wrap up a lump of coal and people will still love it!

  1. 1 roll of craft paper (whatever colour you like but we recommend brown for a rustic look)
  2. Potatoes (we will explain later)
  3. Paint
  4. Any stencils or designs you would like to use ( leaves, doilies, etc.)


  1. Lay out your craft paper on a long table or on the floor
  2. Cut potatoes in half and the cut out the design you want on the potato so it acts like a stamp (stick to simple designs like stars and hearts)
  3. Choose your paint colours and dip the potato stamp in the paint to decorate the paper
  4. Get as creative as you like, you can write messages on the paper or just do simple designs
  5. Wrap up your gifts and don’t forget a cute bow!



2. Mitten Advent Calendar
How is it that, by the end of winter, you somehow end up with at least 5 mismatched mittens? This idea let you take all these sad, single mittens and put them to good use.

  1. Collect all your old mittens (with any luck you won’t have to buy a few more pairs!).
  2. Once you have your 24 mittens, number them and hang them along a railing or bannister.
  3. Put a little gift or chocolate in each mitten for an advent treat each day! 



3. Wine Bottle Holiday Lights 
This cute wine bottle light makes for a beautiful decoration– plus it is a great excuse to drink wine!

  1. Peel the labels off an old wine bottle and clean the bottle ( we recommend using a mix of green and clear bottles as it looks very festive).
  2. Place battery operated fairy lights in bottles
  3. Group the lights together and enjoy a beautiful, cheerful glow.

(Image: Image by Tim Mary Vidra)



Holiday Chore Countdown

Week One:
The countdown is on and this week is all about prep! The more you can do to prep for the holidays the more you can sit back, relax and enjoy time with your family.


Send out Cards/gifts: Before everything gets too crazy, send your holidays cards out to tick one thing off your to-do list.  Prioritize which gifts to send off based on how far away they are, send out all international gifts this week to make sure they arrive on time.


Food Prep: Save yourself a lot of stress and plan your meals for the next few weeks. Plan meals that can be made ahead of time and can be frozen for a few weeks. Then all you have to do is thaw, reheat and enjoy, giving you more time to binge on Christmas movies!


Festive Finishing Touches: The time has come to deck those halls and get your house looking holiday ready. Dig out those dusty decorations from last year and get everything set up just how you want it before the guests pour in!

Holiday Chore Countdown

Week Two

There’s two weeks left until the holidays, it’s time to get your house ready for guests and all the holiday madness.

Cleaning: Although this might not sound like the most glamourous part of the holidays it is integral and your future self will thank you. Prioritize the big projects like the oven and the fridge, these will both get a lot of use over the holidays so give them a deep clean before you start your cooking and cleaning. 


Guests: Get all your guest bedrooms organized with extra towels and bedding so you don’t have to rush around finding everything when the extended family arrives. You and your guests will feel much more relaxed!


The arrival of kids: Be prepared this Christmas by buying extra batteries for kids toys so there won’t be any disappointed kids who can’t play with their new toys.

Holiday Chore Countdown

Week Three

It’s only crunch time if you haven’t been following our Holiday Chore Countdown. This week all you need to do is set the table, right? Gifts are wrapped, cookies are baked, and halls are decked! Enjoy this wonderful time of year.


Set the table: Check to make sure you have enough place settings for everyone at the table. Get the little ones to help with making a centrepiece for the table. Many hands make light work! 



Clean, nap, repeat! After all the gifts have been opened and before falling into a chocolate infused coma, get everyone to spend 10 minutes cleaning up. Wash all dishes after each meal so they don’t pile up and leave you feeling overwhelmed. When the time comes to pack up decorations, go through any that broke during the season. Take the time to put away the decorations properly and label boxes to make decorating next year a piece of cake!