Cheap but Chic: Holiday Edition

Looking for holiday food and craft ideas? "Cheap but Chic" has you covered with these easy but festive finds.

The holidays can be quite expensive. But with these cute decorations, your home can be filled with holiday joy without the huge payment. These five decorations (Christmas, Hanukkah, and New Year’s Eve) with surely brighten up your winter season.

 

Star of David Garland “

 

The first craft is for Hanukkah. This Star of David Garland is festive, cheap, and easy to make.

 

What you will  need:

  •  Popsicles sticks in colors of your choice (or you can paint them)
  • Glue
  • String (amount depending on the length of the area you want to cover)
  • Embellishments: shiny gems, sequins, etc. (optional)

What to do :

  • Start with 6 popsicle sticks. Take 3 and use glue to form a triangle, do the same to the other 3.
  • Use glue to form them into a six-pointed star.
  • Repeat the first two steps until you have created the desired amount of stars.
  • Now decorate if wanted.
  • Pull the string through the top of the stars and hang up the garland.

 

 “Embroidery Hoop Ornament”

This super cute embroidery hoop ornament is easy to make and perfect for your Christmas tree!

What you need:

  • 4” embroidery hoops
  • Spring of faux pine branches or other fake plants
  • Mini pine cones
  • Festive ribbon
  • Hot glue gun and sticks

Instructions :

  • Turn hot glue gun on. 
  • Wrap wire branch or pine springs around the base of the hoop. Secure with hot glue.
  • Add embellishments like a mini pine cone, jingle bells, or small ornaments. (Using the glue)
  • Tie a loop of ribbon around the hoop to hang.
  • Now you’re done! Hang on the tree and enjoy it!

“Chocolate Dipped Holiday  Pretzels”

These chocolate pretzel goodies are sure to lighten up your Christmas season and only require three ingredients! 

What you need:

  • Square pretzels
  • Striped Hershey Kisses Ⓡ
  • Red and Green M&Ms Ⓡ

What to do:

  • Lay your pretzels on a baking sheet
  • Unwrap and put a Hershey Kiss on each 
  • Put them in the oven at 200 degrees Fahrenheit for 4 to 5 minutes or until the chocolate is soft.
  • Take them out, and immediately push the 

M&Ms onto the kisses. 

  • Leave them in the freezer/fridge to cool
  • Enjoy

“New Year’s Popcorn”

This last treat is a New Year’s Eve Popcorn. It is easy to make and super yummy. 

 

What you need:

  • 6 cups of popped popcorn (no butter)
  • ½ cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • ½ cup of white chocolate chips
  • Gold star sprinkles
  • Gold sugar sprinkles
  • Black sugar sprinkles
  • While candy pearls

What you do:

  • Line a large baking sheet with wax or parchment paper and put the popcorn on top of it. Set aside
  • In a microwave-safe bowl, add semisweet chocolate chips, microwave for 45 seconds
  • Remove from microwave and stir until melted
  • Drizzle the melted semi-sweet chocolate all over the popcorn. Before the chocolate hardens sprinkle the white candy pearls and gold sugar on top of the chocolate.
  • Add the white chocolate chips to the microwave-safe bowl and microwave for 45 seconds. Remove and still until melted.
  • Drizzle melted white chocolate over the popcorn and add gold stars and black sugar crystals immediately. 
  • Place in the fridge and chill for 10 minutes to allow chocolate to harden.
  • Remove from the fridge and break into pieces.
  • Add to bowl and enjoy!

 

Sources:

https://lollyjane.com/easy-embroidery-hoop-christmas-ornaments/

http://punktorah.org/popsicle-star-of-david-bunting-jewish-crafts/

https://www.dessertnowdinnerlater.com/christmas-pretzel-hugs/

https://www.cookingclassy.com/pretzel-mm-hugs-christmas-style/