10 Insanely Clever Holiday Party DIYs

Holidays, How-To
on December 12, 2013
Eleanna Kotsikou

What’s the best way to ensure your holiday party is like no other? Dig deep into DIY inspiration for a custom blend of holiday decor, dinner table extras and even scents. And since you’re willing to go the extra mile in the name of holiday cheer, we’ve done half the work for you by collecting a round-up of inspirational and crafty DIY projects from around the web—perfect for the holiday party circuit.

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Pine Cone Drink Stirrers

Mini Pine Cones (or mini ornaments, or holly clusters, or tiny gift bows) top these perfectly festive DIY drink stirrers, courtesy of Henry Happened. The shopping list is a short one: a bit of gold paint, a hot glue gun, some pretty doodads and unembellished wooden drink stirrers. The end result will give a perfect custom touch to any cocktail hour occasion.

Mini Rosemary Wreaths

We love rosemary on our potatoes, in our cocktails, and now, on our place settings. These miniature wreaths from Inspire We Trust perfectly resemble tiny evergreen arrangements, and as an added bonus, the tutorial comes with free printable gift tags. Let these fragrant wreaths do double-duty as name cards and party favors, or use them as originally intended—as that special finishing touch for DIY gift wrapping.

Honeycomb Ornament Chandeliers

Made up of ornaments, tissue paper honeycombs and a bit of fishing line, this crafty chandelier tutorial from StudioDIY is perfect for the holiday parties, New Year’s Eve blowouts—and any other excuse for a celebration. Not only is this DIY look beyond fabulous for both at-home soirees and everyday holiday décor, it’s easy to disassemble and store all components until your next occasion.

DIY Christmas Tea Bags

For holiday brunch, afternoon tea or after-dinner entertaining, consider offering your guests a batch of custom tea bags, handmade by yours truly. This simple, almost too-cute-to-be-true tutorial from Morning Creativity offers a step-by-step tutorial for creating your own tea bags for steeping—or for gifting. Use your favorite loose tea blend, or create your own for the ultimate in customized holiday sipping.

Custom Butter Molds

Think essentials for the holiday table—then please reassure us that your vision includes fresh rolls and real butter. Now imagine, if you will, each dish of butter sporting a holiday phrase of your choosing. We love the idea of a custom display, right down to the condiments, and this custom butter mold tutorial from Tried & True is just the ticket. Trust us—your guests will appreciate the effort. And the butter, of course. For an extra-special touch, try our Cranberry Butter.

Homemade Christmas Crackers

This party craft is a project indeed, intended for only the craftiest and most meticulous among us. But just imagine the impact these Christmas Crackers from Eleanna, a contributor at Tuts Plus, will make at your next holiday occasion. Acting as fabulous place setting, party activity and take-away favor (depending what you place inside), these crackers will add a definite DIY ‘WOW’ (and pop!) factor to any holiday party.

Dip-Dyed Bottle Brush Trees

Wire bottle brushes, with their perfectly evergreen-esque construction, are almost too perfect for winter holiday crafting. Imagine a forest of miniature evergreen trees, dip-dyed in any color combination you can imagine, running the length of your holiday buffet table. This dip-dye holiday tree tutorial from Vitamini Modern offers the perfect jumping-off point for a number of holiday craft projects. Think ornaments, DIY snow globes, cake toppers and beyond…

Holiday Car-in-a-Jar

…which brings us to the next project on our to-do list. If you frequent craft blogs, you’ve surely been privy to the DIY snow globe craze. But this oh, so simple Car-in-a-Jar concept from It All Started with Paint, complete with a step-by-step tutorial (and a great source for classic toy cars), is the perfect complement to a “Vintage Christmas” party theme.

Glittered Walnut Place Card Holders

This simple tutorial, courtesy of Posh Little Designs, offers up inspiration for rustic-meets-glitzy place card holders. Beyond being a lovely addition to dinner party place settings, we love the idea of these glammed-up walnuts serving as label holders for various dishes, condiments or beverages on a self-serve holiday table or bar cart.

Seasonal Scent Inspiration

For the ultimate DIY touch to your next holiday gift swap, create a custom scent to delight guests the minute they come through the door. And no, we’re not talking candles here. Inspired by this post from Poppy Haus, we can’t wait to start simmering our own blend of seasonal scents. Serving food at your occasion? Handpick a blend of spices that will mingle nicely with the dishes you’re serving.


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