A gift tag tied around a candy cane becomes a place card as well as a treat for kids who eat all of their dinner. Write each child's name on a shipping tag with red permanent marker and layer over a large gift tag. Tie the tag onto a candy cane with ribbon and place on each slate next to a piece of chalk.
Pictured are details from the holiday makeover in the home of actress Garcelle Beauvais, which features a tree whose candy theme incorporates big colorful candy ornaments and candy canes, as seen on HGTV's Celebrity Holiday Homes.
HGTV fan Katie Watson came up with a fun and creative way for children to count down the 25 days of Christmas. Using simple square envelopes with string closures, she adorned each one with different holiday-inspired themes, patterns and colors. Inside each envelope Katie placed a coupon for each child that can be redeemed for something special at home, such as a cup of hot chocolate, a piece of Christmas candy or Mom reading a bedtime story. Strung up the banister with colorful foam balls, the advent banner is not only a fun family activity but an original piece of holiday decor, too.
To bring more of a whimsical look to your gifts, create a gingerbread house out of a to-go box. Use decorative snow texture to create a piping on your gingerbread house. Apply red hots or candy canes to make it look more like Christmas.
Use a traditional sugar cookie dough and make slight adjustments in order to create four very different and very scrumptious Christmas cookies. From candied orange to cashews to sugar crystals, each cookie has a unique look and flavor to set it apart at your next holiday gathering.
Give kids surprises each day as they count down to Christmas with this handmade Advent calendar. You'll need: cardboard gift wrap or toilet paper tubes; utility knife; hot glue gun; hot glue sticks; pencil; colored craft paper; rub-on letters and numbers or vinyl letter and number stickers; small toys, candy, etc.
This holiday advent calendar is full of traditional charm and vintage style, keeping the Christmas anticipation alive for both kids and adults. Marian Parsons of Mustard Seed Interiors printed 24 different vintage images onto fused linen and freezer paper and painted a number onto the bottom corner of each. Each linen image was then assembled to form a pocket to hold candy or small gifts for the little ones. After attaching ribbon, the pockets can be draped around a Christmas tree or along a banister.