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25 Holiday Hacks for a Very Merry Season

Everyone knows that the holidays can be super stressful, but we think they’re also the perfect time to get creative.

Whether you’re looking for inventive ways to get organized, fun techniques for gift wrapping, or new crafts to spruce up your home, these awesome hacks will be sure to put you in the holiday spirit (and maybe even help you stay sane).

1. Hang Christmas cards on your kitchen cabinets

Christmas cards hung on kitchen cabinets with ribbon

Holiday cards crowding your mantel? This tip from Greener Grass Handmade keeps them displayed beautifully on your cabinets with just ribbon and clothespins.

2. Coffee filter trees

christmas tree craft made with layered coffee filters

DIY decorations have never been easier. I Heart Naptime shows us how to make wintry trees out of the coffee filters you already have in your home.

3. Use less filler for decorative jars

apothecary jar filled with ornament bulbs and toilet paper roll

Just put a toilet paper roll in the center of your jar and add your desired baubles around it. It looks fuller and you can use less stuff. We love how Dandelions and Dust Bunnies put together this apothecary jar.

4. Clean a menorah effortlessly

gold menorah on a tray inside oven

This hack from Land of Honey takes the work out of cleaning your menorah. Simply put it in the oven for five minutes at the lowest temperature and the old wax will melt right off.

5. Cozy gift wrapping

gift box with sweater used as wrapping paper

That old, itchy sweater you were about to toss? Turns out it can actually upgrade your gift presentation game. Make your presents stand out under the tree with this easy tip from Boxwood Clippings.

6. Hang a festive wreath with ease

command hook and ribbon over-the-door wreath hanger

A new way to use Command Hooks to mount your holiday wreath that we think is genius. Pretty Dubs shows us how.

7. DIY pinecone wreath

pinecone wreath hung on barn door

Now that you know the perfect way to hang a wreath, why not make your own? We love this easy DIY by I Heart Napping.

8. Upcycle your wrapping paper

presents wrapped with Trader Joe's holiday paper bags

Save those holiday-themed paper bags from Trader Joe’s! They’re awesome for wrapping gifts (and free too). A Creative Mint makes them look so pretty and festive.

9. Fill your house with holiday scents

sliced orange, cinnamon sticks, cranberries, and pine branches in a pot

A great trick by Half Baked Harvest to make your house smell as good as Santa’s workshop—especially if you don’t have a real tree.

10. Candy cane place card holders

three place card holders made from candy canes glued together

This project by Industrious Justice is so simple you’ll wonder why you hadn’t thought of it sooner. Just glue three candy canes together and you’re ready to entertain.

11. Organize your wrapping paper

clear garment bag filled with wrapping paper

Make your life so much easier by using a hanging garment bag to store your wrapping paper. Now you’ll always know where your gift wrap is thanks to this tip from The Chic Site.

12. Turn pool noodles into faux birch logs

pool noodles crafted to look like a bundle of logs tied with christmas ribbon

If you’re feeling crafty this holiday season, this is a fun DIY from Design Dazzle. Who knew a pool noodle could be so festive?

13. DIY cookie boxes

painted foil boxes with ribbon holding cookies

Turn your empty plastic wrap and tinfoil boxes into beautiful vessels for your cookie swap. Aunt Peaches shows us how.

14. Ornament chandelier

ornaments strung with ribbon hanging from chandelier

Make your chandelier Christmas-ready with this easy trick by Brassy Apple.

15. Hot glue snowflake clings

snowflake clings made with hot glue gun

Turn your home into a winter wonderland with this tutorial from We Lived Happily Ever After. Bonus: they’re perfect for decorating your windows AND presents too!

16. Coffee filter angel wings

coffee filter angle wings ornament with gold bow on tree

Here’s another great way to use coffee filters for the holidays, this time as a handmade ornament for your tree. Crafts A La Mode shows us how.

17. DIY peppermint bowls

candy bowls made out of peppermints

These cute bowls by Princess Pinky Girl are super easy to make so you can make a bunch to give as gifts.

18. Santa’s footprints

boot making snowy footprints on carpet

Little Hiccups shows us how to make Christmas morning even more magical for the kiddos with a little baking soda and glitter.

19. Pumpkin snowmen

snowmen made from stacked painted pumpkins

Paint and stack your pumpkins from fall into adorable snowmen for your entryway. Nola Girl at Heart shows us how.

20. Ice lanterns

ice candle holder with berries and pine branches

Add a merry touch to your front steps with these gorgeous lanterns by Practically Functional.

21. DIY gift bags

gift bags made from wrapping paper and ribbon

Let’s face it: Some things just can’t be wrapped nicely. Now you can make your own gift bags for those weirdly shaped gifts with this idea from Designer Trapped in a Lawyer’s Body.

22. Decorate with tree clippings

white stocking filled with christmas tree clippings

If you clip back your tree to even out the branches, save the clippings for some easy (and great-smelling!) decorations. See how to keep the clippings fresh at Miss Mustard Seed.

23. Wrapping paper wreath

wreath made from gift wrap and ribbon hung over hutch

It’s pretty much guaranteed that you’ll have scraps leftover when you’re finished wrapping all your gifts. Instead of tossing them out, you can turn them into an eye-catching wreath with this tip from Centsational Style.

24. Tomato cage Christmas tree lights

christmas tree-shaped tomato cages strung with white lights

String lights, tomato cages, and rubber bands are all you need to make these DIY trees by 17 Apart.

25. Gift your Paint Nite or Plant Nite creations!

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Handmade gifts are always more meaningful—that’s why the paintings and terrariums from your awesome Nite out are perfect for giving to someone special. And you’ll have a blast making them, so everybody wins! We’ve got more ideas for gifting your Plant Nite and Paint Nite masterpieces.

Happy holidays!

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