Last-Minute Holiday: Quick Ways to Personalize Your Decor and Gifts

Even if the stocking is hung and the tree trimmed, you may still be looking for a project to entertain your kids, a way personalize your decor or an inexpensive last-minute gift. Here are four ideas to help you wrap up your holiday preparations without spending a lot of time or money. Best of all, they’re fun for all ages.


Design-Your-Own Winter Scene

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You’ll have to do a bit of advance preparation for this project, but once you have the basics, the rest is simple for the kids — and fairly mess-free.

Pick up a two-by-six (or more than one, depending on the number of budding artists) at your local lumberyard or home improvement store. You can have the wood cut to your desired shapes at the store or do it yourself once you get home.

Last-Minute Holiday: Quick, Pretty Ways to Personalize Your Decor

Sand the edges with a fine-grit sanding block to eliminate all possibility of splinters. Tape off the edges with painter’s tape, then cover the front and back of the blocks with chalk paint. Let the pieces dry according to paint instructions.

Once the blocks are thoroughly dry, set the kids loose with white or colored chalk to create their interpretations of the perfect houses for your Christmas village. Accent with toy cars and trees.


Impromptu Holiday Art Canvas

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A chalkboard surface encourages family and friends to add holiday greetings, inspired messages and imaginative doodles to your wall without worrying about after-holiday cleanup.

Last-Minute Holiday: Quick, Pretty Ways to Personalize Your Decor

I used a vintage roll-down chalkboard, but you could also use a removable chalkboard wall decal, a large piece of removable contact paper or the back of a roll of wrapping paper.


Personalized Gift Wrap

Last-Minute Holiday: Quick, Pretty Ways to Personalize Your Decor

For a quick and dramatic way to personalize gifts, consider black wrapping paper and chalk. The paper gives you a blank canvas, and you can be as minimalistic or ornate as you like.

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Start with the name of the recipient, going as large or small as you want, then add your own touches, such as modern wool or rustic burlap ribbons, small ornaments, or fancy designs.


Edible Snowman Kit

Last-Minute Holiday: Quick, Pretty Ways to Personalize Your Decor

A simple build-your-own edible snowman kit makes a last-minute gift or party favor for friends and family to enjoy.


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