DIY projects

Ready to get your craft on? Here you’ll find my favorite do it yourself projects and party ideas. If you are searching for something specific try the search box on the right or see my list of categories at the bottom of the page.

Printable Holiday Tree Ornaments

by Alix Sorrell

Feel like you need a few extra ornaments this year? These printable patterned trees will make a perfect addition! No room left on the tree? No problem! They also make great place cards for the holiday table or are a fun give-away to any seasonal party!

Printable Holiday Tree Ornaments | Oh Happy Day!Printable Holiday Tree Ornaments | Oh Happy Day!Printable Holiday Tree Ornaments | Oh Happy Day!

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Santa Hat Bag DIY

by Chiara Alberetti Milott

Every year we scramble to get together a little something to give to teachers, neighbors, crossing guards, bus drivers – all those people you want to say Happy Holidays to at the end of the year. These red paper bag Santa hats hold a little package of cookies perfectly. And they’re so easy to make, kids can help too.

Santa Hat Bag DIY | Oh Happy Day!Santa Hat Bag DIY | Oh Happy Day!

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Marzipan Tree Cake Decorations DIY

by Chiara Alberetti Milott

All you need are three items from the grocery store to create this magical forest of evergreens. They can be made several days ahead of time. You know that saying –  “You can’t always see the forest through the trees?”  Well, this time, you can eat your way through the forest, it’s completely edible!

Marzipan Tree Cake Decorations DIY | Oh Happy Day! Marzipan Tree Cake Decorations DIY | Oh Happy Day! Marzipan Tree Cake Decorations DIY | Oh Happy Day!

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Crepe Paper Flower Advent Calendar DIY

by Chiara Alberetti Milott

From afar, this pretty branch of blossoms looks just that – but take another look and you will see there are 25 blossoms, and each green leaf stamped with a date. Each blossom contains a little treat or joke (you can download a printable list of  25 Holiday Jokes for Advent Calendars) that can be opened and unwrapped as the days to Christmas are counted down.

Crepe Paper Flower Advent Calendar DIY | Oh Happy Day!Crepe Paper Flower Advent Calendar DIY | Oh Happy Day!Crepe Paper Flower Advent Calendar DIY | Oh Happy Day!

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Treat Bag Advent Calendar

It’s advent calendar time! I usually put one together over the Thanksgiving Break. We have a tradition of doing one little Christmas activity everyday. Sometimes it is small things like drinking spiced cider but sometimes it’s a bigger activity like going to see the Nutcracker. Those little things were the most important part of the holidays for me when I was younger so we try to keep that going. I picked up these awesome treat bags at Paper Mart and knew they’d be perfect for an easy advent calendar. To make them just print the numbers directly onto the bags. I like to include a few little toys or treats for the boys in addition to a Christmas activity. What do you include in your advent calendar? See all of our advent calendar ideas here.

Paper Bag Advent Calendar | Oh Happy Day! Paper Bag Advent Calendar | Oh Happy Day!

Materials: Paper Bags in various colors/patterns, Printer, Ribbon, Paper Clips or Clothespins

Step 1: Change your printer settings to fit the size of your paper bags and then print numbers 1-24 onto them.
Step 2: Fill the bags with treats and/or printed activities to celebrate each day until Christmas
Step 3: Hang the bags onto ribbon with paper clips or mini clothespins.

Paper Bag Advent Calendar | Oh Happy Day!Paper Bag Advent Calendar | Oh Happy Day!

This post is sponsored by Paper MartMy favorite resource for packaging and craft supplies.

Photography by Karen Cline of Pretty Simple Productions for Oh Happy Day