Listen up all you DIYers, this is your time! There is no craftier season than December so start making plans now. Are your Pinterest boards already overflowing? Good! Grab your favorite project ideas, your best buds and host a fun holiday craft party to get in the spirit of the season. We know you'll love getting together with your friends and unleashing your creative side. Relax, create and enjoy each other on this most festive time of year!
Holiday Craft Party Ideas
Break out the hot glue gun! Ornaments are so fun to make and give as gifts. They are wonderful for your own tree but also as toppers on presents or stocking stuffers.
You can pick some simple ideas that can be done with the group or everyone can bring supplies for their own ideas. We love these simple cinnamon stick stars! And these is your chance to finally make those clever online ideas you love all your own. Cover your table and work area with some brown craft paper and get started making holiday magic.
For some extra cheer, cook up some fresh apple cider – spiked or not is up to you! It will be a joy to savor the flavors of cinnamon and spice while making some craftiness goodness for your holiday celebration.
To help with organization, try setting up dedicated work spaces for particular tasks
like hot gluing, cutting and definitely for anything needing glitter!
Are holiday cards a tradition for you? If not, why not start! Sending holiday cards are such a great way to reach out to loved ones and rarely-seen friends. Whether it is a traditional Christmas card, a funny photo card, or your own unique season's greeting, there is nothing like getting a real piece of mail from a loved one.
Don't get bogged down by feeling like you have to write an epic Christmas letter or send all the school pictures. While those things are nice, just a quick line and signature on a pretty card is enough. So tell your friends to start gathering addresses.
Perfect time for some piping hot coffee and maybe a variety of biscotti to munch on while you chat and seal. Mix it up with some fancy creamers or favorite coffee shop add-ins like whipped cream and chocolate sprinkles.
Remember, the United States Post Office recommends mailing your cards
by December 20th to make sure they arrive in time for Christmas!
This one is a favorite during the holidays. Each person makes an extra large batch of cookies and everyone swaps so you get to go home with many different varieties to offer at your house. Elect one person to bake plain sugar cookies before the party.
When the gathering begins, some can start decorating the pre-made sugar cookies while others can be mixing and manning the oven. This way there are fewer battles for counter space and switching up will be a breeze.
Bar cookies, drop cookies, rolled cookies and shortbread – Try all different types for great diversity. Grab your apron and turn on some favorite tunes to get in the spirit. You'll love baking up a storm with friends!
Since it will be impossible bake cookies without sampling a few, consider serving something light to cut all the sugar. Offer up a colorful veggie tray with dip to snack on while the oven works it's magic. Though you might want to break out the milk when it comes time to officially taste test all the varieties. Everyone needs feedback, right? Go here for more Christmas Cookie Swap Ideas.
Have everyone bring a big platter to take their cookies home.
Use cupcake wrappers to display smaller cookies and waxed paper to keep sticky types separated.
Who doesn't remember cutting out snowflakes as a kid? Try it again as an adult and you might be surprised by the complex and lacy designs you can make. If you need a little reminder, do a quick search for "snowflake cutout patterns" and you'll be on your way. These make beautiful decor for windows, walls or the tops of presents.
Tape multiple snowflakes to a piece of string to make a dainty garland, perfect for draping along your banister or mantle. With a ream of white paper and some sharp scissors, put on a favorite holiday movie and start snipping away with friends.
Serve your guests some creamy hot chocolate with lots of marshmallows and some warm muffins for a cozy evening snack.
To preserve particularly stunning snowflake creations, get a roll of clear contact paper
and sandwich your cutout in-between 2 pieces. Press flat and trim excess to 1/4 inch all the way around.
Photos provided by Robbie Ribeiro, Michaela Kobyakov and Robert Proksa