With holiday season in full swing, you must be enjoying some quality leisure time at home with the family. But with the world drowned in technology and mobiles and gaming consoles, it is becoming harder and harder for a family to spend some time with each other without looking at their mobiles every 2 minutes.
But fear not, we have 5 brilliant DIY projects that will have you and your family bonding over in no time. So tell us in comments, how many projects you tried and about the time you spent with your family.
1. Dried Citrus ornaments
Though the festival of Christmas has passed now, but this DIY project will bring the memories of that right back, as you get to prepare for the New Year starting right away. Here is a very imaginative ornament involving dried citrus fruits.
Gather some citrus fruits like oranges and lemon. Cut them into slices of around ¼” and remove the seeds. Bake them for 3-4 minutes at 150-170 °F. Hang these using a hook made out of wire on Christmas tree stems in order to make a natural room freshener.
2. Tissue flower gift toppers
You will need a glue stick, tissue paper of two colors, green scrapbook paper, stapler and scissors. You will need to follow the steps as they are to find success and see the image for guidance.
- Cut a piece of tissue paper and it’s width should be around 6″ and the length should be 18″.
- In the next step, cut another piece of tissue paper, which should be around 2″ wide and 18″ long. Note that you will place this paper as the center of your flower.
- Now perform an accordion fold up with the tissue paper, which should be about 3/4″ wide.
- Now gently fold the accordion folded paper in half.
- Carefully use the stapler to staple the center of the fold to hold it firmly.
- Cut a point at each edge of the paper.
- Now using the glue stick, bind the two ends of the paper with each other and gently spread and fan out the blossom spreading it evenly.
- Now use the green scrapbook paper to cut out leaves and fold them down the center.
- Now glue the topper flower to the gift and glue the paper leaves underneath it to complete the decoration.
3. Salty cookie dough house
Do not have much of a sweet tooth to build a gingerbread house? We have an alternative in the salty cookie dough house. You will need the following tools.
- 2 cups flour
- 1/2 a cup of salt
- 3/4 cup filled with water
- Acrylic paint in colors of your choice
- Parchment paper
- Quick grabbing tacky glue
- Glitter (optional)
- A rolling pin
- Parchment paper
- Some cookie sheets
- An oven
Use paper to cut out houses and other buildings of your liking. Now mix 2 cups of flour with 1.2 cup of salt and grind them in ¾ cup of warm water to make dough. You can add colors on the dough for the buildings.
Now roll the dough out in 1/8 inches thickness and place on parchment paper and use the guides of buildings to cut out the shapes from the dough. Bake the shaped cookies at 200 ºF for 2-3 hours. Now use glue and tape to assemble the buildings. Decorate the houses to your liking using caulk for icing. Apply glitter for finishing.
4. Gold fringe drink toppers
The projects are not only for kids of the house, but we have this one to welcome the hosts of adult guest into the house with gold fringe toppers in their drink. You will need:
- Hexagon wood flourishes
- Gold metallic tissue paper
- Craft glue
- Fringe scissors
- Heavy duty glue
Glue the skewers on the hexagon flourishes using hot glue and leave for 30 minutes. Now cut strips on the gold colored paper. Now using craft glue, make the criss-cross pattern of the strips over the hexagon wood pieces.
5. Paper ball ornaments
If you have paper lying around, make them into beautiful hanging ornaments for decorating a centerpiece. You will need:
- Cardstock in various colors
- A 3″ circle punch
- A ruler
- Some pencils
- A pair of scissors
Cut out 20 circles for each ball. Use a 3” punch for about 6” paper balls. Now from the one circle, cut out an equilateral triangle and fold the edges of the triangle towards front of the paper.
Paint glue to one flap of 2 circles and join them together. Keep the triangles pointed in same direction and continue painting glue onto flaps to attach three more circles to the two; these 5 circles joined together will create the top of the ball.
- For the center of the circle, glue 10 circles together, but alternate the tip of triangles pointing up and down.
- This will connect the 5 previous circles that formed the top of the ball.
Cut out a long string and knot it a few times to make sure it doesn’t slip through the ball. Insert the loop through the top center of the ball. Continue making the balls with the remaining five circles and add those on the ball, but make sure that the points of the triangles all face the same direction. This will form the bottom of the ball.
We hope that you try some of these DIY projects with your family members, not only your time will be spent beautifully by bonding with everyone, you will also have remembrances of those moments spent together in the form of all the things that you guys make together. Happy Bonding!