Hi there, friend!

Are you getting into the holiday spirit yet? I know it’s not *technically* Thanksgiving, but I’m knee-deep in cute Christmas decor DIYs for 2021 so they are here for you when you want them.

Today’s video is full of Christmas DIYs for 2021 and even includes some cute Christmas DIYs to make and sell to make some extra money for the holidays! And who doesn’t love that?! The theme for this one is Christmas baking DIY decor, including gingerbread decor DIYs for 2021. Many people use gingerbread for their kitchen decor, others for their whole house decor. I’m using this theme in our dining room through a gingerbread Christmas tree, and other gingerbread and marshmallow-themed DIY decor.

Stay until the end to see my best gingerbread decorating ideas for Christmas, including my gingerbread and hot cocoa-themed tiered tray. Happy Crafting!

PROJECTS IN THIS VIDEO + SUPPLIES USED

DIY Salt Dough Gingerbread Cookies – that look so real!

I mixed 2 cups of flour, 1 cup iodized salt, and 1/4 cup ground cinnamon in a bowl. Then gradually added 1 cup of water and then stirred to get my desired consistency. I then added a little vanilla extract I got at Dollar Tree to enhance the scent. Once your dough is ready, I rolled mine out with a silicone rolling pin and then cut them out with some Target $1 cookie cutters and a butter knife (houses).

Once done, add holes for any you want to make into ornaments. You can use a toothpick or straw for this step. Then pop them onto a parchment paper-lined baking sheet and bake low and slow at 250 degrees for a minimum of 45 minutes. Do that first, and then adjust the remaining time depending on how quickly they hardened. I like to let mine dry about 75% of the way in the oven so I can ice them, and then let the rest of the drying happen as days go by to keep the deep brown pigment. That will keep them looking like real gingerbread cookies!

After they cooled, I pulled up some Google images of beautiful cookies, and use them as a guide to ice the cookies with puffy paint. I’d suggest letting them dry overnight so you don’t mess up the paint. Once that’s done, you can hang your ornaments and display your cookies. So easy, but so cute! A cute way to hang them would be with this red and white festive baker’s twine from Amazon.

Easy & High-End DIY Salt Dough Gingerbread Cookie Wreath

Taking those easy cookies one step further, I decided to use them on a gorgeous hoop wreath. I took one piece of a 3D wreath form from Dollar Tree (similar), added two greenery picks I got for a couple of dollars at Hobby Lobby and hooked them on with jute twine. I then used Gorilla Glue hot glue sticks to adhere my cookies to the greenery and hung the wreath with some fun candy cane ribbon from Hobby Lobby.

DIY Peppermint Candies with Hot Glue!

Check out the video below to see the full tutorial! Peppermint Candies Inspo from TikTok @TimmSievitz
Dollar Tree Glue Sticks & Ice cube Tray
Arteza Hobby Knife (to trim)
Waverly Chalk Paint in White, Crimson & Silver Lining

DIY Milk Bottle for Photos

Check out the video below to see the full tutorial!

Faux Milk Bottle Inspiration from Shaken Together Blog
DIY Santa Tray Tutorial here

How to make fake marshmallows for decor

Snowman & Gingerbread Jar and Cloche Displays

DIY Fake Marshmallows Inspo on YouTube
Made from Crayola Model Magic (White)

Marshmallow Bead Strand Buffalo Check Beads & Unfinished Wood Beads
Arteza Paint Markers (for faces)

DIY Large Peppermint Candies for the Tree – Dollar Tree & Hobby Lobby Supplies

Makeover of wood houses to look like gingerbread houses

Espresso Rustoleum Spray Paint
White Paint Pen – Amazon

How to decorate a Gingerbread Tiered Tray

Details & Links for my Gingerbread & Hot Cocoa Tiered Tray

Tiered Tray (Amazon) Other option – Target

Gingerbread Mug – Kohls
Mickey Santa Mug – Kohls
Felt Candy Canes – Amazon

DIY Red Solo Cups with Whipped Cream
DIY Rolling Pins & Gingerbread mug
How to make the faux whipped cream mug topper

How to decorate a Gingerbread Chirstmas Tree

Christmas Tree Details – Tree from Walmart $30!

Gingerbread Pillow DIY is in this video
DIY Hot Cocoa Sign on tree is in this video

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