It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Now that Thanksgiving is over, I’m in full Christmas mode. I’ve pulled out my seasonal pillows, lit my Twisted Peppermint Bath & Body Works candle, and baked my first batch of cookies. Christmas is my favorite holiday, so I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to do a Pinterest hacks! With the hustle and bustle of the season, I’m always looking for Christmas hacks to save me some time and money. Here are four of the most popular Pinterest Christmas hacks that I decided to test!
The first of the Christmas hacks that I tested was a DIY plate made out of peppermint candies. All you need is parchment paper and peppermint candies. The directions said to use a springform pan, but I didn’t have one, so I just used a round cake pan. I read in the comments that making cuts around the perimeter of the parchment paper helped it fit in the pan better. After arranging the peppermints in the pan, I baked it at 350 degrees for about 7 minutes.
I was pleasantly surprised when I pulled it out of the oven!
The edges weren’t completely rounded, which is probably because I didn’t use a springform pan. The plate is also a little bit sticky. But overall, this hack worked pretty well! Of course, this plate is only good for one use (I don’t think peppermints are dishwasher safe!), but I’ve just been using it as a decoration. I’ve gotten so many compliments on it already!
The Verdict: WIN!
Whipped Cream Christmas Shapes
I can’t pass up a good cup of hot chocolate during the winter, so when I saw this whipped cream hack, I knew I had to try it out. I started by preparing the heavy cream by whipping it with powdered sugar. Then, I spread it out (fairly thick) on a parchment-lined baking sheet. I put it in the freezer for about two hours, and then I cut out shapes with Christmas cookie cutters.
My first try was kind of a fail. I wasn’t gentle enough when I dropped my snowflake into the hot chocolate, so it got a little brown and icky. I tried again though, and it worked pretty well!
Just make sure that your mug is big enough to fit the cookie cutter shape BEFORE you cut it out! If I tried this hack again, I would leave the pan in the freezer overnight. The whipped cream wasn’t totally frozen after two hours, which is why I had some trouble with cutting out the shapes and dropping them into the cocoa. This is a really cute way to dress up your holiday drinks, though!
The Verdict: Kind of a win?
Hot Glue Snowflakes
I’ve seen this hack for years now, so I was stoked to test it. Apparently, drawing snowflakes with hot glue on parchment paper will create beautiful and easy window decorations. I was optimistic about my artistic abilities and tried to draw the snowflakes without using a template. Bad idea.
The good news is that this would probably work if you have artistic skills! The snowflake peels off the parchment paper like butter after it has dried. The glue strings are kind of a pain, though. Also, they don’t stick to the window themselves. You have to either buy stickies or put hot glue directly on the window, which makes me a little nervous.
The Verdict: FAIL!
Peppermint Oreo Bark
According to Pinterest, this is the most popular Christmas bark recipe. It only uses three ingredients – white chocolate chips, crushed Oreos, and crushed candy canes. After melting the chocolate chips, spread half of it onto a parchment-lined cookie sheet. Sprinkle the crushed Oreos on top. Refrigerate for about five minutes, or until the chocolate has hardened. Then, drizzle the remaining melted chocolate on top and sprinkle with the crushed candy canes. Refrigerate again for about ten minutes. Then, break it into chunks using a knife or your hands.
This bark was so delicious and simple to make, and it would make a great gift. I’ll definitely be adding this to my holiday baking list!
The Verdict: WIN!
I have a whole board of Christmas hacks on my Pinterest account, so I’m looking forward to trying out more throughout the holiday season. I’ll be sure to update this post if I find any good ones!
Have you found any awesome Christmas hacks? Let me know in the comments below!