15 ways to bring Christmas to the kitchen
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This adorable wreath is perfect for any kitchen, and it's so easy to make! Use wire to attach red metal cookie cutters together (go ahead and spray paint them if you need to!), form into a circle, top with a pretty bow, and hang! This would make a wonderful hostess gift for your favorite cookie baker!Date Published: November 22, 2013Date Updated: April 1, 2014
Matchbox Advent calendar
I made this magnetic Advent calendar for my refrigerator, and my three sons love sliding open a new box each morning to see the surprise that awaits them inside! They might find the promise of a special treat after school, the first clue in a scavenger hunt, or a note that announces a special game night or outing.
To make this calendar, empty 25 small matchboxes (the kind with an inner box that slides out of a sleeve). Store the matches safely in a waterproof container, out of the reach of children. Wrap the sleeve with a strip of scrapbook paper, and tape or glue. Add coordinating strips of paper, buttons, or stickers. Number the boxes from 1 to 25. Use small pieces of scrapbook paper to make notes that fit inside each box. (Lisa adds the next morning's note the night before, so nobody can peek ahead of time!) Attach self-adhesive magnets on the back, and place on the refrigerator in a tree shape.
Visit Lisa's Kitchen for my family's favorite recipes.Date Published: November 22, 2013Date Updated: April 1, 2014
What a fun decoration for the table or countertop! Turn ordinary glass canisters into snowy scenes that look like giant snowglobes! Simply place artificial snow (or even sugar!) into the bottom of the containers, arrange into "drifts," and add miniature trees, reindeer, or your favorite small toys or ornaments. Don't have glass canisters? Use canning jars of various sizes instead. The kids will love helping with this project!Date Published: November 22, 2013Date Updated: April 1, 2014
'Stained glass' suncatchers
This is a great project for the kids! Lightly crush several colors of hard candies, keeping the colors separated in different bowls. Place parchment paper on a cookie sheet, and spray with non-stick spray. Place cookie cutters on the paper. If you want to remove the finished product from the cookie cutter, spray it as well. If you want to leave it on as shown here, don't spray. Add candies to the inside of each ornament, so the shape is mostly filled in. Bake at 325 degrees F. for 5-6 minutes, or until the candy is melted.
Set the cookie sheet on a towel, and use a toothpick or knife to clear away any candy that has leaked out of the cookie cutter. You can also add swirls to the colors before the candy sets up, and use a skewer to add a hole at the top if you wish to hang the decorations. Once the candy has cooled and hardened, display your creation in a sunny spot and enjoy!Date Published: November 22, 2013Date Updated: April 1, 2014
Sparkle and shine
Transform a metal cheese grater into a festive lantern! Apply a thin coat of silver spray paint to some pinecones, berries, and juniper sprigs. Place the grater on a shiny silver tray, and surround with the painted decorations. Add a few silver ornaments if you'd like. Place a lit candle or a small string of battery-powered white Christmas lights inside the grater, and see the beautiful way the light shines out through the different holes.Date Published: November 22, 2013Date Updated: April 1, 2014
Turn an ordinary garden urn into a fruity Christmas centerpiece for your table or counter! Start with a wire or foam cone-shaped base, add pine boughs, sprigs of berries, pinecones, oranges decorated with cloves, and pomegranates. Top with a pineapple for a wonderful holiday welcome!Date Published: November 22, 2013Date Updated: April 1, 2014
A little something for the cook
Decorate red or green oven mitts with stick-on jewels and jingle bells, then fill with new utensils and other cooking gadgets. This would make a wonderful hostess gift, and if Santa left one of these hanging in the kitchen on Christmas Eve, the house chef would surely appreciate it!Date Published: November 22, 2013Date Updated: April 1, 2014
A pretty little touch
These pretty red canisters easily transform into Christmas canisters! Attach flat ornaments, like these sweet hand-stitched felt ones, to a thin piece of ribbon, and simply tie around the top, just below the lid. Instantly festive!Date Published: November 22, 2013Date Updated: April 1, 2014
This adorable snack center made from the top of an old stove is the perfect place for kids (or Santa!) to sit and enjoy a holiday treat. A tray holds mugs of hot chocolate and candy cane stir sticks, while the bowls atop the cookie stand hold marshmallows and sprinkles.
Get a glimpse of how this one-of-a-kind snack center looks the rest of the year. It's featured in the slideshow below!Date Published: November 22, 2013Date Updated: April 1, 2014
Dress your windows
One of the simplest ways to bring a touch of Christmas to your kitchen is to hang wreaths in the windows, suspended with pretty ribbons. This homeowner has also added wire reindeer forms to empty spots on the counter and island. You can find forms like this at floral or hobby shops. Florists often cover them with moss and greenery, but they're pretty on their own!Date Published: November 22, 2013Date Updated: April 1, 2014
Only old-fashioned Christmas decorations will do for this rustic cabin kitchen! All it takes is a pretty, fresh-cut tree decorated with a few vintage ornaments, and this kitchen feels like "Little House on the Prairie."
In keeping with the theme, try the heart cakes recipe below, based on those enjoyed by Laura and Mary Ingalls.Date Published: November 22, 2013Date Updated: April 1, 2014
Showcase a collection
What a stunning tabletop display! This homeowner's collection of nutcrackers adds a touch of holiday whimsy to the holiday table. Whether you collect snowmen, Santas, nutcrackers, or angels, group them together for maximum impact.Date Published: November 22, 2013Date Updated: April 1, 2014
Crisp and clean
This vivid red wall and bright white hutch already have the kitchen looking festive, and it doesn't take much to turn this color scheme into a beautiful Christmas display. Red and white dishes, ornaments, linens, and even candy are all it takes to add a little holiday spirit.
Love this red look? See how cheery a blue Christmas can be, in the link below!Date Published: November 22, 2013Date Updated: April 1, 2014
The hutch is a great place to start when it comes to decorating the kitchen for Christmas. Swapping out your everyday dishes for pretty holiday plates and platters is easy to do, but makes a big impact. Top with greenery, add a few shiny candlesticks, some wine, and a few treats from the link below, and you're ready for a party!Date Published: November 22, 2013Date Updated: April 1, 2014
This rustic kitchen is all decked out for Christmas! The homeowner's snowman cookie jar collection is displayed on top of the cupboards and on the counters, a pretty plaid cloth tops the island, and lighted corner cabinets become holiday displays. A potted Christmas tree is the perfect size for the kitchen!Date Published: November 22, 2013Date Updated: April 1, 2014
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