Countdown To Christmas
HGTV Magazine|December 2017

Twenty-five merry ideas (some to DIY,some to buy) so you’re all set for the season.

25 craft a striped piñata

Start with 3-D papier-mâché numbers. Using a crafts knife, remove part of the back, fill with candy, and patch with masking tape. Snip foil and crepe paper streamers with fringe scissors and attach to the numbers with a glue stick. Screw an eye hook into each top and hang. Break open on Christmas!

NUMBERS Darice 12"-tall papier-mâché numbers, $5 each, JoAnn stores STREAMERS Shindigz Metallic 2"-wide foil streamers in green and red, $8.50per roll, and Fun Express Crepe 2"-wide paper streamers inwhite, $9 per roll, all amazon.com

24 roll out a holiday doormat

This coir mat is extra-wide for max impact—and there’s plenty of room to stomp snow offyour boots. 

Tag Winter Wishes 18" x 40" coir doormat, $45, amazon.com

23 trim a mini tree with pom-poms

Use a pom-pom maker and various colors of yarn to make small pom-poms. Attach an ornament cap to each one by squeezing the cap’s prongs together and pushing them into the pom-pom, then hang. 

POM-POM MAKER Clover Small pom-pommaker, $6.50 for a mixed set of 2, michaels.com ORNAMENT CAPS 6½-millimeter tin ornament caps in silver, $11 for 20, bluewhalearts.etsy.com TREE  24"-tall white balsam pine mini artificial tree, $8, christmascentral .com PLANTER African Mudcloth 6"H x 6"-diameter cotton and plastic planter in black, $39, nomadcloth.etsy.com 

22 wrap wine in no time

Buy a case of wine and a dozen of these linen bags—now you’re ready for unexpected gift exchanges.

From top: Itsy Belle Studio Brushed Chevron wine bag in forest, $10, and Snow and Ivy Mod Hatch wine bag in strawberry, $10, both minted.com

21 hang a rainbow wreath

Won’t shed needles. Goes with any color scheme.

Sold! Geometric 15"-diameter paper wreath,$35, store.moma.org

20 whip up a delish gift

peppermint bark

16 ounces bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped

4 ounces white chocolate, coarsely chopped

4 6-inch candy canes, chopped

1. Line a 15½-inch-by-10½ inch jelly roll pan with nonstick foil or parchment paper, leaving a 2-inch overhang on two sides. In a microwave-safe bowl, melt the bittersweet chocolate on high, stirring every 20 seconds, until smooth (about 80 seconds total). Spread it into the prepared pan.

2. In another microwave safe bowl, melt the white chocolate on high, stirring every 20 seconds, until smooth (about 60 seconds total). Drop small spoonfuls onto the bittersweet chocolate and use a skewer to swirl the white chocolate through the dark.

3. Let the chocolate set for 5 minutes. Sprinkle the candy canes on top, then refrigerate until it’s set, about 30 minutes. Break into pieces before wrapping and gifting.

19 put out an adorable cookie jar

There’s more to this one than the cute gnome factor—the lid has a grippy seal to keep treats fresh.

Gnome 6½"W x 7½"D x 11¼"H ceramic cookie jar, $40, harryanddavid.com

18 decorate your breakfast

Dust powdered sugar over a plate with a sifter.Serve up a stack of pancakes, lay a snowflake stencil on top, and sift on more powdered sugar. 

STENCIL Snowflake 100 4"-diameter Mylar stencil, $4, jbcookiecutters.com

17 replace wrapping paper with fabric

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