It’s the most wonderful time of the year! A crackling fire, Christmas lights all around, the smell of candles burning everywhere, and general cozyness. And of course, Christmas wouldn’t be complete without a few DIY projects. So, I made this post about some of my favourite things to do during Christmas time. And I also went on Pinterest to find some new DIY projects, perfect for the holidays!
Starting with a classic, gingerbread Christmas cookies. You can easily buy these at any store, but it’s a tradition of mine to make these every year. And I’m sure I’m not alone in this. I used a few different cookie cutters, my favourite one being the little gingerbread man. But also some star and snowflakes cutters. They just feel so festive!
The recipe I used is the one from my trusty Betty Crocker book.
- What you’ll need:
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/3 cup butter
- 3/4 cup molasses
- 1/3 cup cold water
- 3 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- 1 tsp. ground ginger
- 1 tsp. ground allspice
- 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
- 1 tsp. ground cloves
- A pinch of salt
Start by preheating the oven at 180ºC (350ºF). Mix together the sugar, molasses, butter and water. When this is all blended, add in all the other ingredients. Kneed it into a ball, cover and refrigerate for at least an hour.
Roll out the dough on a floured underground. The dough might be sticky so don’t be afraid to use a lot of flour. Then the fun starts! Get out your cookie cutters and get creative. Once you’re ready, lay out your cookies on a lined baking tray and bake for about 12 minutes. After you’ve let the cookies cool completely you can decorate them with icing. I just used some simple powdered sugar and water mixture. Et voilà, homemade gingerbread cookies!
When Christmas shopping, you generally get the option to get your present already wrapped sent to you. Now, I never do this, simply because I think it’s too much fun to do it myself! And, you know for sure that all of your prezzies match when they’re lying under the Christmas tree.
I went for a classic theme; brown paper, red ribbons and an occasional touch of greenery. I also got these adorable brown gift tags with golden writing.
Apart from gingerbread, I don’t think there is a more festive scent than that of drying oranges, cloves, cinnamon and star anise. This is what makes drying oranges yourself is so much more fun than just using store-bought ones!
I used three big oranges, but you can use however many you’d like. Slice them into thin slices. Then, this is optional, I put some cloves in each slice. This will just make your house smell amazing while the oranges are drying. Place them onto a baking tray and pop in the oven on the lowest temperature (±75ºC) for two hours. After two hours turn over the slices and put them back into the oven for another two hours. After leaving them to completely dry, I turned mine into a little garland.
CHRISTMAS TREE BROWNIES
Lastly, I found this little DIY on Pinterest. They are brownie Christmas trees. Now, this is a very easy but still very Christmassy treat. I just used a brownie mix from a box, so you can use any brownie mix you prefer. So basically, you just bake the brownies as you would normally. But instead of slicing them into squares, you want to slice them into little triangles so they look like little Christmas trees!
After letting your brownies triangles cool completely, melt some white chocolate. Now I tried to colour my chocolate green but that went horribly wrong. So on the second try, I decided to just leave it white. Then, using a piping bag, pipe on the white chocolate and decorate however you like! I also used these little silver balls. I just think these look sooo cute, and they are so easy to make AND most importantly, delicious!
I hope you enjoyed these DIY’s on this beautiful Christmas Eve day, and maybe try some out during the holidays.
I hope you all have the most wonderful Christmas, filled with presents, family, friends, good food and hot chocolate! Love, x
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