Kitchen Cousins holiday ideas
(KPLR) – Anthony Carrino and John Colaneri are on Kitchen Cousins and Cousins Undercover on HGTV.
These real life cousins spoke with Christine Buck about some ways to make your home look great for the holidays.
Some of their family traditions:
1. Holiday Pastimes
Give your mantel some family flair by gathering old holiday cards and attaching them with clothespins to a long ribbon suspended between two vases. Arrange them chronologically and date the pins to document your family`s holiday history.
Put stray or too-small mittens and gloves to work by pinning them to lengths of yarn or ribbon, and displaying them along the mantel, banister or bookshelf. This also works with the kids` colorfully striped wool socks and knit caps.
3. Goody Garland
All you need for this project is a few bags of traditional holiday hard candy (peppermint, butterscotch, etc.) and an ordinary desk stapler. Staple the wrappers of individual pieces together, creating a unique pattern of your own design. Next, pin or tape the ends of your garland to the mantel or bookshelf. Lastly, put candy dishes out so your guests aren`t tempted to devour your décor.
4. Festive Fragrance
Bask your home in the sweet smell of cinnamon by bundling cinnamon sticks, tying them with holiday ribbon, and hanging them on the tree or elsewhere throughout your home.
5. Bow Knows Wreaths
You know those colorful bows we save every holiday season? You can put them to use and give the kids a fun project to boot. Have them cut out the center of a plain paper plate and use tape or glue to stick the bows on the plate to craft a fun, quick and colorful wreath.
6. Décor to Pine For
Take the kids on an excursion into nature and help them gather pinecones, then place them into glass vases, bowls and other canisters of varying heights and sizes. Display the pinecones as they are or spray-paint them gold and silver.
7. Scarved for Attention
Give rarely worn scarves a second shot at usefulness by arranging them side-by-side in a pinwheel design around the base of the tree. Secure them together with safety pins for a funky, colorful tree skirt.
8. Candle Can-Do
Make your own decorative candles by embellishing plain pillar candles with pushpins or thumbtacks. Place a rubber band around the candle to serve as a guide. Stick in pins to form a festive border at the candle’s base, then remove the band. Limit yourself to one or two colors for a clean, classy look.
Start with two staples of crafting: pipe cleaners and beads. Factor in your kids` dexterous little fingers, then add a heaping dose of imagination. That`s the recipe for a super simple decoration project that`s sure to infuse your Christmas tree with homemade charm in the form of angels, candy canes, stars and other fun shapes.
10. Tree-mendous Idea
Head to your local craft store and grab a foam cone, then swing past the dollar store for a Santa hat. Slip the Santa hat over the cone and decorate it with small holiday ornaments, pins, etc. Voilà! You`ve got an instant mini-Christmas tree – perfect for a playful centerpiece or bookshelf dressing.
Find out more: http://www.hgtv.com/cousins-on-call/show/index.html