I am all about the DIY. For years and years I have been a HUGE advocate for a DIY Christmas. I love to give people thoughtful, delicious and practical gifts each year. I’ve done cookies, homemade vanilla, bacon salt, ornaments, salted caramels, homemade embroidery, you name it. I just think homemade gifts are better, because they mean something. But I know not all of us are Martha Stewart, so I’ve got some tips on how to DIY your holiday the easy way.
1. Do What You Know
Not everyone out there is an amazing knitter, and 3 weeks before Christmas is not the time to decide to buy 10 skeins of yarn and make your best friend a handmade blanket. So cross that off your list for this year, and make it your new year’s resolution to do it next year. Stick with what you’re good at. Maybe you’re an amazing baker, and you can make everyone some cookies or mini loaves of bread. Or maybe you know how to hot glue like a champ and you can make cool holiday decor. Or maybe you can follow the directions really well and grab a few DIY kits at the local craft store. Play to your strengths!
2. Do Add Handmade Touches
Even if you aren’t crafty, there are tons of free printables that you can add to make your gifts seem semi-homemade. Even store bought cookies will look more DIY with a cute bag topper. Grab some Hefty Zipper bags and score these free printables to attach to the top. Add some ribbon or baker’s twine and you’ve got a sweet gift that’s perfect for party hostesses, teachers and neighbors!
3. Don’t Do Too Much
I’ve got some expertise in this because I am the kind of person who thinks I can DIY the entire holiday. Decorations, entire meals, and all the gifts and you know what? I am always rushing until the last minute and nothing ever gets fully done. If you have to start earlier to get it done, or just DIY a few things instead of the entire holiday, don’t do too much. It takes the fun out of it. Enjoy yourself! Use store bought dough, or make ahead and freeze it for when you need it.
4. Do Make Ahead as Much as You Can
Like I said above with doing too much, earlier on in the season, make ahead and freeze cookie dough so that when you have last minute parties to attend, or guests that stop by to say hello, you can pull some out and make a few! Since the holidays last for awhile (though it seems like the fly right by) if you cook all your cookies early they are bound to go stale. Instead, make the dough and freeze it! Make a few cookies here and there as needed! Save yourself the stress and time!
5. Don’t Stress
I know it’s so easy to get caught up in making everything “Pinterest Perfect” but the fact of the matter is that the stuff shown on Pinterest is usually made by professionals. They have perfect lighting, and lots of expertise on what they are making. Don’t stress if your cookies come out as little fails, because in the end it’s all just small stuff.
6. Do Enjoy Yourself
Last, but not least, have fun! It’s not so important to make sure everything is perfect, because that will make you dread the holidays and take away the fun of them. It’s not hugely important to make everything yourself, even the tiniest bit of DIY will make your holiday really special.
Check out these adorable little DIY cookie bags Abbey and I made to take to her dance class!
I’m watching you Miss Abby! You better share!