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10 Ways To Spread Holiday Cheer

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1) Sock Cozy

Materials

  • Holiday socks
  • Scissors
  • Glue gun
  • Directions

    1) Cut sock in half, keeping the festive part for your cozy!

    2) Turn inside out, glue around the bottom of the sock and fold over. Wait until fully dry and voila! A cute, festive cozy.

    2) Salt Shaker Snow Globes

    Materials

  • Empty salt shakers
  • Salt
  • Mini holiday icing candy
  • Directions

    1) Fill salt shakers halfway full with salt. Use tweezers to place mini candies into salt shaker. 


    3) Reindeer Soda Bottles

    Materials

  • 6-pack of soda
  • Green pipe cleaners
  • Googly eyes
  • Mini red circles
  • Directions

    1) Wrap pipe cleaners around the top of the soda bottle, so it sticks up like antlers. Add a small piece of pipe cleaner at the top to give the antler horns.

    2) Glue two eyes and a red nose at the bottom of the bottleneck.

    4) Candy Cane Place Card Holders

    Materials

  • Green or red index cards
  • Candy canes
  • Tape or glue
  • Green or red ribbon
  • Directions

    1) Glue or tape three candy canes together, so they stand up on their own. Tie a piece of ribbon to the top.

    2) Cut out a cool shape from the index cards to write the names on, making sure it’ll fit in the candy candy stand.

    5) Ornament Holder

    Materials

  • Empty egg carton
  • Ornaments
  • Directions

    1) Want to keep your ornaments safe and organized? Place them in an empty egg carton!

    6) Paint Swatch Ornaments

    Materials

  • Leftover paint swatches
  • Holiday stencils
  • Ribbon
  • Directions

    1) Trace stencils onto paint swatches and carefully cut out the shapes.

    2) Create a small hole in the top of the ornament, place a ribbon through it and tie to create a loop to hang on your tree!

    7) Craft Kids Presents

    Materials

  • Thick, plain colored wrapping paper
  • Crayons
  • Tape
  • Directions

    1) Kids trying to open their presents early? Give them something fun to do! Wrap the presents with a sturdy, single colored wrapping paper.

    2) Tape crayons to the front with the instructions for the kids to color the present instead of opening it.

    8) Boozy Hot Chocolate

    Materials

  • Hot cocoa mix
  • Mini Baileys
  • Directions

    1) Attach a mini bottle of Baileys to your DIY hot cocoa mix for the ultimate holiday present!

    9) Holiday Veggie Tray

    Materials

  • Vegetable platter
  • Pretzels
  • Directions

    1) Carefully arrange veggies into a tree on a platter, using the pretzels as the tree trunk.

    10) String Cheese Snowmen

    Materials

  • String cheese
  • Black and orange sharpies
  • Directions

    1) Make your snacks festive by drawing snowmen on string cheese. They’re so cute!

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    DIY Slime 3 Ways

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    Foam Slime

    Materials

  • 1 (4-ounce) bottle non-toxic glue
  • Food coloring of choice
  • Foam Slime Ballz
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon contact solution
  • Baby oil, if necessary
  • Directions

    1) Add glue, food coloring and Foam Slime Ballz to a large bowl. Mix together.

    2) Once mixed, add baking soda and contact solution. Stir until you get a slime consistency.

    3) Remove slime from bowl and have fun! If for some reason slime sticks, add a few drops of baby oil until it unsticks.

    Glitter Slime

    Materials

  • 4 cups water, divided
  • 2 cups clear glue
  • Food coloring of choice
  • 2 tablespoons borax
  • Glitter
  • Directions

    1) In a large bowl mix together 2 cups of water and clear glue. Add several drops of food coloring.

    2) In another bowl, mix together 2 cups of water and borax.

    3) Add borax mixture to glue mixture and stir. Add glitter and continue stirring until a slime consistency is reached.

    4) Remove from bowl and have fun!

    Fluffy Slime

    Materials

  • 1 cup glue
  • Food coloring
  • Glitter (optional)
  • 3 cups shaving cream
  • 4 tablespoons contact solution
  • Directions

    1) Add glue to a large bowl. Stir in food coloring and glitter.

    2) Stir in shaving cream and contact solution. Mix well until no longer sticky. Knead slime until it reaches a fluffy consistency.

    3) Remove from bowl and have fun!

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    Here’s How To Make Your Own DIY Unicorn Frappuccino (Video)

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    Have you ever encountered a viral food trend that seemed to just speak to you (videos below)?

    Obviously, the ever-changing food landscape online means that there will always be hits or misses when it comes to food trends filling up your newsfeed. Some people loved the whole “rainbow” phase that seemed to hit its peak in the spring and summer of 2016; others reviled it.

    At the moment, food hybrids seem to be coming and going like the tide; the Burger King chicken fries seem to be doing well, while Taco Bell’s Naked Chalupa only had a limited time run on the fast food chain’s menu.

    And while the Starbucks Unicorn Frappuccino was purposefully only offered for a scant few days, the mythical-sounding (and Lisa Frank-looking) blended frozen drink really seems to have struck a chord with both sugar fiends and the general public alike.

    Unfortunately, the drink is no longer available in stores, so if you only just caught wind of the magical creation, you might be upset for having missed the small window of opportunity to purchase one of the frappes in store.

    Worry not, though, friends, because different social media users have taken to their preferred platforms by storm, uploading a multitude of videos and tutorials on how to make your very own DIY Unicorn Frappuccino in the comfort of your own home.

    What’s more, you can customize your frappe to fit any and all dietary preferences; after all, nobody was really exulting over the mind-blowing taste of the Starbucks Unicorn Frappuccino, right? It was really more about the stunning visual presentation.

    Check out Meesh LA’s DIY interpretation of the frappe, which she deems to be even better than the original:

    But if you’re hoping to really hit the nail on the head and mimic the OG flavor, Emmy Made In Japan has your back with her DIY video:

    What do you think? Will you try to recreate the drink at home — if not for the taste, at least for the visual and psychedelic eye-candy on your Instagram?

    Sources: Emmy Made In Japan/YouTube, Meesh LA/YouTube / Photo Credit: Emmy Made In Japan/YouTube

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    DIY Reese’s Eggs

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    Find Out How To Make A Soda Fountain At Home! (Video)

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    Sometimes it’s just fun to get creative, even if it’s not completely necessary. This is one of those times.

    The Q YouTube channel posted a video that shows how to put together your own homemade soda machine. This would be especially useful and fun for parties, cookouts and other events where there might be lots of kids running around. It would save the mess, and it would be fun for them to use. That’s not to mention how awesome you’d feel being able to brag about your newly found engineering skills.

    It may look a little complicated, but nothing you couldn’t do with a little time and elbow grease. Think of all those times the soda bottle was dropped or otherwise spilled when someone was pouring a drink. No more wasted soda! Check out the actual video to see how to make your own soda machine with cardboard, a 9-volt battery, tubes and wires, a button (for using the machine, duh) and an air pump … thing.

    Like I said, it’s a little complicated at first, but I’m sure you’d get the hang of it. Otherwise, it’s also just pretty awesome to watch. Using cardboard like that can allow you to decorate as the occasion determines. Cute little sprinkles and stars for a birthday party? Sure! Pictures of hamburgers and hot dogs for a barbecue? Why not! Adorable.

    The process itself starts with someone clumsily pouring orange Fanta all over the counter with his own hand. While this part looks sort of ridiculous, we get the point. Soda is easily spilled when pouring. Maybe not so much by adults … but we get it.

    The next step is to take a DC 6V mini air pump motor and snip and trim a wire to thread through one end of it, then twist and secure that sucker.  Do this with three little air pumps and then attach the wire to your button/switches. Take another wire and attach it onto the air pumps and connect them to each other, then a 9V battery for power.

    Drill two holes into each of your soda caps. Tubes will go through these holes, one from the new soda pump you built, and the other will lead into your glass. This way, when you push the button, soda will flow out of the tube. Then make your box and you’re done! Try it out and see if you can get it to work too!

    Source: The Q YouTube Channel / Photo Credit: Andrea Donahue/Instagram

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    DIY Galaxy Rock Candy

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    Make The Craft: DIY Surprise Eggs

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    These adorable eggs are full of surprises! Stuff them with messages, confetti — anything you want (as long as it fits inside the egg) — and gift them to the special people in your life. 

    Materials:

    Eggs
    Large needle or safety pin
    Paper
    Pen
    Scissors 
    Confetti
    Tape
    Paint
    Paint brushes 

    Directions:

    1) Using a needle or safety pin, carefully puncture a hole at the bottom and top of an egg and drain the insides into a bowl. Make the hole at the bottom a bit larger. 

    2) Cut a small piece of paper and write a note on it. Roll it up thinly and carefully insert it into the hole at the bottom. Carefully insert confetti into the hole as well. Use a piece of tape to close the hole. 

    3) Paint the egg any color you like, adding any designs you enjoy. 

    4) Let the eggs dry fully. 

    5) Give the eggs as cute gifts to your friends, family and loved ones! 

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    Treat Yourself To This Gigantic Grilled Cheese Sandwich (Video)

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    If there ever were a rainy-day comfort food of our childhoods, it would most certainly be grilled cheese.

    At first glance, assembling one is easy: All you need is bread, some kind of fat (like oil or butter) and a few slices of your preferred cheese to whip up an oozy, warm and delightfully cozy treat to munch the afternoon away with.

    Of course, there are a million variations on the staple. Some people dress their grilled cheese up with extra toppings; some like theirs spicy. There was even a trend a while back of rainbow grilled cheese that hit the web.

    But none has ever been as impressive as this ginormous grilled cheese from the HellthyJunkFood YouTube channel (video below).

    JP and Julia, who run the channel, posted a DIY video that will help you assemble the largest and most epic grilled cheese sandwich of your life.

    We know you want to.

    “I beg all of you wonderful people out there to try this at home because at the end of the day you’ll learn how to make your own white bread, which is pretty impressive,” reads the description on the video.

    First, JP and Julia teach you how to make a massive loaf of bread using flour, sugar, salt, yeast and a standing mixer.

    Once your pouffy dough is ready, you divide it into two, let it rise, and bake that sucker until it turns into your two slices of bread.

    We think you know what comes next: the buttering of the bread, and then the cheese. Place that sucker on a skillet (you may have to use the microwave or oven to properly “grill” a sandwich this big) and voila! Your very own gigantic sandwich.

    Check out the video (below):

    Sources: Hellthy Junk Food/YouTube / Photo Credit: Hellthy Junk Food/YouTube

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    DIY Stamped Tea Towels

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    Make The Craft: DIY Stamped Tea Towels

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    Looking to jazz up your kitchen? Try something fun and make these adorable and easy DIY Stamped Tea Towels. Make them look however you want and keep them for yourself or give them out as gifts. It’s also a great way to use up fruit and veggies that are just a little bit past their prime. Don’t let them go to waste! 

    Materials:

    Citrus fruit (lemons, limes, oranges)
    Potatoes
    Whole corn ears
    Straws
    Apples
    Plastic forks
    Fabric paint 
    Paint brushes
    Flour sack tea towels

    Directions:

    – Lay out newspapers or paper bags to keep paint from getting on your surface.

    – For the fruit or vegetables: Wash and cut them in half to expose a neat surface to use
    as a stamp. Press them onto a paper towel to remove any excess moisture.

    – If using a potato, cut out a shape. If using citrus fruit, cut in half. If using corn, no need to cut, just attach something to the ends to make it rollable. 

    – Lay the tea towel onto your work surface.

    – Apply a light layer of paint to your stamp with a paint brush.

    – Press your stamp onto the tea towel carefully.

    – Repeat across the towel in whatever pattern desired.

    Stamped Tea Towels

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    Emoji Oreo Pops

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