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DIY Christmas Wreaths

Christmas is a great time to get creative with lots of fun and festive decorations. There are so many lovely ideas for wreaths to bring the Christmas spirit and hang on doors, fireplaces, walls, etc.,

Check out these great ideas to get your creative juices flowing and help you get into a festive spirit for the holidays.


Santa Wreath – Scratch and Stitch




DIY Christmas Wreath – Lil’ Luna




Homemade Christmas Wreath – The Daring Gourmet




Frozen-Inspired Snowflake Wreath – Sugar Blossoms




Decorate a Plain White Frosted Cake for Christmas


You can really pretty up a plain white frosted cake and make a wonderful Christmas display. It’s almost too pretty to eat and it’s very easy and fun to make. You can get very creative and crafty with your cake with just a few ingredients. For this cake I used:

– Sugar Ice Cream Cones – the V-shaped ones

– 1 Pkg Green Soft Jelly Sugar Candies

– 1 Container Plain White Frosting

– Green Food Coloring

– Powdered Sugar


In order to make the pine trees, add green food coloring to your white frosting until you achieve the shade you want. Invert an ice cream cone and hold it with your index finger placed inside of it and with your other hand, frost it with the green frosting using a butter knife, leaving the tip undone. When you’re done frosting most of the cone, grip it by the un-frosted tip and place it upside-down onto your cake. Make sure you don’t go too close to the edge. If the frosting on the cake is already dried you can spread a little fresh frosting in the spot where you’re going to place the cone so that it will hold it firmly once it dries. Once your cone is placed on the cake, carefully finish frosting the tip and while the frosting is still soft, sprinkle the cone with powdered sugar to create a snowy look. Repeat with process with more cones but make sure you don’t overcrowd your cake.


When you’re done with your cones in the center, place the green sugar candies around them to create the look of snowy bushes.  In the center, I put two little Christmas carolers, I cut out the bottom of a plastic cup and secured them on top of it with soft frosting and placed that on the cake, because the carolers would tip over if placed directly on the cake without the plastic piece. You don’t have to necessarily use carolers, you can place whatever you want in the center, whatever your creativity desires. You can also make little snowmen out of marshmallows to put in the center.

Decorating this cake is a fun creative process and you end up with a very beautiful result. The only problem is that you don’t want to cut into it. 🙂

Fragrant Christmas Potpourri


You can spice up your home for the holidays with a beautiful and fragrant potpourri blend using dried apple slices, dried orange slices, and dried whole slit oranges combined with pinecones, cinnamon sticks, and whole anise stars.  The combined fragrance is perfect for Christmas. You can also add drops of Christmas fragrance oils like cinnamon, orange, apple, etc., You can add Christmas colors to your blend like red and green leaves and pods, for this blend I added cedar tips for a splash of green and red bakuli pods for a splash of red. There are many different types of colorful pods you can find at aromatherapy shops and crafts shops that sell potpourri ingredients.



Holiday Gingerbread Fixins


This cute and fragrant fixins blend is perfect for Christmas. It has a fragrant combination of cinnamon and citrus smells. This blend is easy and fun to make with dried rosehips, dried citrus peels, dried orange slices, dried whole slit oranges, and cinnamon sticks. I also added cedar leaf tips for some green color. You can also add whole spices like cloves and anise stars to add to the lovely fragrance.

The cutest things about this blend are the little cinnamon gingerbread ornies. For these great smelling little ornies, you will need to make the cinnamon crafting dough, it’s really easy to make, all you need is:

1 cup ground cinnamon

4 tablespoons white Elmer’s glue

3/4 to 1 cup warm water


As you can see, these aren’t the kinds of ornaments you’re going to be able to eat after they’re done. The glue makes this dough get nice and hard when it dries, so your ornies are going to be pretty much indestructable, and they’re going to smell fantastically cinnamony. You can also hang them on a Christmas tree (or anywhere else) too, but if you plan to do this make sure you poke holes in them for string or ribbon when they’re still soft and pliable because as I already mentioned, this dough gets really hard when it dries out. And believe me, I speak from the experience of having a real DUH moment because when I first made them for my fixins, after they were dry it dawned on me that they would make great hanging ornament too…yeah I’m a swift one ain’t I? So needless to say I ended up making a new batch, but it’s fun so I really didn’t mind.

To make the dough, take a large bowl and mix the cinnamon and Elmer’s glue first and then gradually begin adding the water until your dough reaches the consistency of play dough. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let it set in the refrigerator for about 1/2 hour, this helps to make the dough more pliable. When your dough is ready, cut and roll pieces of it out with a rolling pin, just like you’re making cookies, to about 1/8 inch thickness and make cut outs with your cookie cutters. And if you plan to hang them, cut holes in the part where you want to pass your string or ribbon through.

Now for the drying out part, I recommend air drying them because first of all, they dry more evenly and thoroughly this way and second of all, there is less chance of the edges curling upwards. I’ve tried both air and oven drying and they come out much better when you air dry them even though it takes longer, it will take a couple of days and make sure that you turn them over frequently because this helps to keep the edges from curling.

After they are dry, you can leave them as is which would give your fixins a nice rustic primitive look, or you can add some color with acrylic craft paint. You can paint buttons, bow ties, eyes, and mouths. You can also use glitter, or glue little bowties that you cut out of paper or fabric, wherever your creativity takes you.

I also want to add that there are many different crafting dough recipes out there, some of them use applesauce along with the cinnamon. I just posted the recipe that I personally like because I find it pliable and easy to work with. If you decide to try it out, I hope you have fun!

Drying Fruit Slices


Dried fruit slices and peels are a great way to give your home a country prim look and they provide a fun way for you to get crafty and creative. They are fragrant and can be added to potpourri blends, fixins blends, wreaths, swags, etc,. They also make pretty and fragrant gift package decorations and Christmas tree decorations. When they are placed around candles, especially bakery candles, they give a nice country prim look.

The pic above is of an prim apple fixins blend. It combines dried apple slices with fragrant spices like cinnamon sticks, allspice, and cloves. The look and smell is very seasonal and makes a great addition to country prim home decor.

The easiest way to dry fruit slices is to use a dehydrator. But if you do not have a dehydrator, you can use the standard oven method.

To dry apple slices using the oven method, core your apples and slice them about 1/4 inch thick. In order to prevent them from oxidizing and turning brown during the process, dip the slices into a solution of 2 cups lemon juice and 3 tablespoons salt. Make sure the slices are well soaked for about 15 minutes. After you remove them, pat them dry with paper towels and place them on cookie sheets and dry for about 6 hours at 150 degrees. Keep the oven door slightly ajar to ensure good air circulation. Turn the slices when they start to curl.

For oranges, slice them about 1/4 inch thick and gently squeeze out as much of the moisture as possible without squeezing and misshaping the slices. Then place the slices on a cookie sheet and dry for about 6 hours at 150 degrees. As with the apples, keep the oven door slightly ajar for air circulation.