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“Why Didn’t I Think Of That?” – The Holiday Edition

Why Didn't I Think Of That?? - The Holiday Edition

Here on my blog, I strive to share simple, everyday tips and tricks that can help make life a little bit easier. But sometimes, the tips that I want to share aren’t something I can write a whole blog post about. And since I simply cannot waste a good idea, I tuck them away to use at a later date. I decided to share some of my Christmas-themed tips & tricks today, in in a special holiday edition of my ongoing series, “Why Didn’t I Think of That?

Note: Many of the tips I share on the blog come straight from your comments. If you have a great idea you’d like to share, leave it in the comments, and your idea could be featured in the next “Why Didn’t I Think of That?” post!

Why Didn't I Think Of That?? - The Holiday Edition

1. Paper Plate Treat Box

Cookies and other baked treats make great gifts for neighbors. Instead of covering a paper plate of goodies with plastic wrap, turn that paper plate into a disposable cookie gift basket!

Read More: How To Turn An Ordinary Paper Plate Into A Cute Cookie Basket

Why Didn't I Think Of That?? - The Holiday Edition

2. Gift Wrap Organization

It’s a pain to have to track down all of your gift wrapping supplies every time you want to wrap a gift. Avoid the hassle by creating a gift wrap station on the back of a door! You’ll always know where your supplies are, and they won’t be taking up any of your storage space.

Read More: Make Your Own Simple Gift Wrap Organization Station

Why Didn't I Think Of That?? - The Holiday Edition

3. Ornament Storage

After several years of unearthing crushed ornaments, I finally decided I needed a more sturdy storage solution for my Christmas decorations. I used a plastic storage tote, some cardboard, and a few plastic cups to make a simple storage box for my ornaments, and I’ve been using it ever since! No more crushed ornaments.

Read More: Make Your Own Christmas Ornaments Storage Box

Why Didn't I Think Of That?? - The Holiday Edition

4. Hot Chocolate Spoons

Make your own “chocolate spoons” for a quick cup of hot chocolate! Just dip a plastic spoon into melted chocolate, and sprinkle it with your favorite hot chocolate additions, if you like. Let the chocolate solidify, then you’re ready for hot chocolate any time!

To use your chocolate spoon, just stir it into a cup of warm milk. Delicious! And it would be easy to make several at once for gifts. :-)

Why Didn't I Think Of That?? - The Holiday Edition

5. Candy Cane Stand

Use a bit of hot glue and a few candy canes to make a cute and festive stand! Use it to prop up place cards, or food-identifying label cards for a potluck-style meal.

Why Didn't I Think Of That?? - The Holiday Edition

6. Easy Melted Chocolate

If you need a lot of melted chocolate (either for gifts or just for snacking!), look no further than your slow cooker. Fill the crock of your slow cooker with a few inches of water. Then pour a handful of chocolate chips in a mason jar, then place it in in the water inside your slow cooker. (You can do multiple jars at a time if your slow cooker is big enough.)

Turn your slow cooker on low and wait for the chocolate to melt, stirring occasionally. DON’T put the lid on! Once it melts, it will stay good and melty for about 3 hours. Perfect for a marathon of chocolate dipping! (Chocolate spoons, anyone?)

Why Didn't I Think Of That?? - The Holiday Edition

7. Festive Pancakes

Make Christmas-themed pancakes using a cookie cutter! Whip up a batch of your favorite pancake batter, using a little less liquid than you normally would. (A thicker batter makes the process much easier!)

Spray your pan or griddle, as well as the cookie cutter itself. Place the cookie cutter on the pan, and carefully pour a thin later of pancake batter into the cookie cutter. Easy shaped pancakes that your kids will love!

Why Didn't I Think Of That?? - The Holiday Edition

8. Tangle-Free Christmas Lights

When you put your Christmas lights away after the holidays are over, wrap each strand individually around a piece of cardboard. You can write on the cardboard to make it easy to identify where each strand goes in or on the house. Plus, the lights will stay tangle-free until the holidays come back around!

Why Didn't I Think Of That?? - The Holiday Edition

9. Santa “Tracks”

Make Christmas morning extra special by creating a set of sparkly footprints showing Santa’s journey to your tree! (And don’t worry, the “tracks” will be easy to vacuum up later!)

Mix a handful of baking soda with a handful of glitter, and lay it out on a cookie sheet. Spray the bottom of a pair of shoes with a bit of water, then press each shoe into the mixture. Press the shoes onto the ground to create a sparkly footprint! Repeat as desired to create a trail of footsteps.

Why Didn't I Think Of That?? - The Holiday Edition

10. Hot Glue Snowflakes

You only need your trusty hot glue gun to make some festive wintertime window clings. Lay out a piece of parchment paper, then use your glue gun to “draw” snowflake shapes. Let the snowflakes dry, then peel them away from the paper.

Stick them to your windows, mirrors, or nearly any other surface! They’ll peel right off when you want to remove them.

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Jill Nystul is an accomplished writer and author who founded the blog One Good Thing by Jillee in 2011. With over 30 years of experience in homemaking, she has become a trusted resource for contemporary homemakers by offering practical solutions to everyday household challenges.
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  • I have always done #8 with my lights. Once out the package- never to be in again. I will say- GET STIFF CARDBOARD! Box type is best. I do this for my tinsel as well :) I will do other ideas this year :)

  • Jillee, your blog is super! I always find at least one thing I want to save and try. May you have a blessed holiday ahead. PS Take time to smell the roses along the way.

  • What did we do before Jillee? Every day I wonder, “Why didn’t I think of that?” Now I know why, I didn’t read my daily Jillee post yet! She thinks of everything and tells me how!

    Love you Jillee! This is my Favorite . Blog . Ever !!!

    Pat in Tampa

  • For flat Christmas Ornaments, I like to save chocolate boxes, place the ornaments (flat) inside in some tissue, label the box, then stack several together in a large cardboard box for storage (also labelled). The cups are a great idea for larger fragile balls etc., thanks! (Being in a condo, we have to keep everything as condensed as possible) Also, sometimes we go away during the holidays so I don’t want to put out all the decorations. I recently reorganized my “Christmas boxes” and labelled them in order of priority – Christmas 1,2,3,4 etc. That way if I only want the favourite decorations, I only open Box 1 and 2, etc. I also managed to score some red copy paper boxes from work, so I can tell at a glance which boxes relate to Christmas. I’m only 60 now – if I live long enough, I might get my whole house organize! LOL

    • I love the snowflake idea, too! I do have an idea for the candy canes, though. If you want to keep them beyond the current Christmas, you could use Mod Podge to preserve it. It would help to keep it from getting sticky or gummy!

  • If you only have plastic cookie cutter’s, just make pancakes and then cut out shapes for the kids. I did this for my boy’s and I ate the scraps that were leftover.

  • Just started following you within the last 2 months and have enjoyed your blog! My 4 year old and I just made the delicious dipped spoons and used Wintery sprinkles. It was quick, easy, not frustrating for my son to do by himself, and very easy cleanup! I had to dip some myself because it looked so fun! I look forward to doing this with my son and niece and nephews one day!!

  • As the Holidays approach, do not throw away your empty toilet paper tubes. You can slide the empty toilet paper tube over your roll of wrapping paper to keep it from unrolling. You can do the same thing with paper towel tubes, just cut them into smaller segments.

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