Cookies aren’t just for eating, they’re great for decorating your house to make for the most delicious holiday decor yet! Here are some ideas:
*Photos will be added throughout the next few weeks so keep checking back to visualize the ideas!
1. Hang on the Christmas tree.
Place the cookie in a clear bag and tie a pretty ribbon in a bow around the top of the bag. Use an ornament hook to attach the back of the ribbon to the tree branch.
2. Stock a “Welcome Tree” near your front door.
Get a styrofoam cone and cover using burlap, or Christmas fabric, or just leave it as it is for the easiest option. Put your cookies in clear bags and tie pretty bows around the top. Use a long nail to push into the foam at a downward angle. Hang the bag of the bows on the nail and watch the cookies disappear (I hope you have more in the freezer!).
3. Build a centerpiece with cookie pops.
Find a board or buy a remnant at the local hardware store and drill holes just bigger than the sticks used to hold the cookie pops evenly apart. Put stick-on felt feet on the bottom of the board (unless you want to finish it really pretty, and then put it on your table. Place a cookie pops into each hole and cover the rest of the board with holiday sprigs, pine cones, and ornaments. To make it really sparkle, use battery-powered fairy lights throughout the display and turn them on each night.
4. Place setting toppers for conversation starters.
Using words perfect for each of your guests, put each cookie on a small picture frame holder in the center of each place setting. Have some fun with it but remember to keep it all light and fun … no tears at the holidays! When it’s time to sit down, have each guest decide which word is right for them and then start the explanations. This could be the most interesting dinner conversation ever!
5. Use personalized cookies as gift tags.
6. Add a cookie garland to highlight a charcuterie board.
Add a hold to leaf and berry cookies before baking (or after if you forgot … holiday brain, right!). Then put a paper straw cut just the thickness of the cookie and string a ribbon through each cookie. Put your cookie garland in the center of a large cutting board and surround it with your favorite charcuterie spread. Can you guess what will be eaten first?
7. Use cookie gnomes to add life to your holiday village scenery.
8. Make an Advent Calendar with cookie numbers.
Find the perfect spot in your house to designate as your Advent Calendar station and decorate with holiday cheer. Each morning, before the sleepyheads are awake (or at night if YOU ARE the sleepyhead) put a cookie with the corresponding number 1-24 in this magical spot. I guarantee it will be the first place everyone goes each morning. For number 25, see idea #9 below.
9. Give each stocking a cookie buddy.
Get a special cookie for each person who has been particularly good this year. Be creative as there are amazing cookie cutters available and also people, like me (haha) who make unique custom cookies, to surprise the stocking recipient. Use a small picture frame stand to hold the cookie (you can also build a stand with a cookie attachment) and put it on the mantle where the stockings are hung with care in hopes that St. Nick will soon be there!
10. “Thank you, Santa” mug topper.
Either find a cookie that sits perfectly (I have some) or carefully cut small rectangles for the mug rim. Make a cookie that says something cute like “For Santa”, “Thank you, Santa”, or “I believe!” on the cookie. Then, when it’s time for bed, fill the mug with milk (or whatever Santa and Mrs. Clause are drinking that night) and top the mug with the cookie!
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