Have Yourself a Merry, Homemade Holiday

Saige Roberts
Colorful treats and surprises made by hand with loved ones add to the warmth of the winter holidays. Mix in ornaments dear to your family and evocative scents of evergreens|!!| oranges and cinnamon to delight all your senses.


To bring about a general feeling of enjoyment, much depends on the surroundings. … It is worth while to bestow some little trouble on the decoration of the rooms.  — Cassell’s Family Magazine, 1881

Ah, the holiday season. It’s the time of year when families gather, friends meet and children try to behave themselves a little better than usual. It’s also craft season. There’s no celebration like a homemade celebration, and the memories made during those times spent with loved ones return every year, when the eye spies an ornament crafted by dimpled fingers that wielded a paintbrush for the first time, or when a whiff of nutmeg reminds of a family baking spree. Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Winter Solstice or another winter holiday, chances are good that your Pinterest board is currently exploding with Do-it-Yourself holiday projects, most of which are too expensive or difficult to reasonably tackle. Never fear: Emerald Coast Magazine has some wonderful projects — some budget-friendly, cinnamon-spiced, brightly colored, fuzzy, twinkly, dazzling, holiday projects — for you to make. Pull out the fabric scraps, paint and hot glue gun: It’s time to make memories!


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Categories: Decorating