The holidays are a time for fun, family and food. They’re also a time for decorations. From a blizzard of a snow globe to the scrumptious taste of cranberry bread, baking soda is the secret to unlocking the little joys and wonders of every holiday! Here are 11 fun DIY holiday craft ideas you and your kids can make to ring in the festive season.
1. Design Your Own Winter Wonderland by Making a Snow Globe
There’s something magical about the first snowfall each winter. Wouldn’t you like to preserve that feeling? Try capturing your own snowstorm by making a snow globe and see if you don’t suddenly find a desire to go sledding or build forts for an epic snowball fight.
Ingredients & Supplies
- ~1 cup of ARM & HAMMER™ Baking Soda
- A mason jar or another large jar with a wide mouth
- Hot glue gun (to be used with adult supervision) and glue sticks
- White “school glue”
- Miniature pine trees or real pine needles
- Miniature holiday themed toys or figurines
- Fake snow (optional)
- Spray paint (optional)
- Glitter (optional)
- Remove lid of the mason jar and decorate as desired.
- Cover pine trees or needles with white glue, then coat the trees with baking soda.
- Let glue dry sufficiently.
- Use the hot glue gun to glue trees and other toys to the inside of your jar. If the lid has two separate pieces, glue them together.
- Fill jar or container with enough baking soda and fake snow so that it covers the bottom of the trees and toys in the jar.
Screw the lid back on, flip the jar, and shake to bring the blizzard to life!
2. Hone Your Baking Craft with a Treat to Top Off Your Thanksgiving Feast
While a big bird is typically at the center of most Thanksgiving feasts, it’s important to complement your turkeys or Cornish hens with something sweet. Add to your cornucopia by baking some Orange Glazed Cranberry Bread. This recipe offers the perfect dish to balance any Thanksgiving table and leave all bellies feeling happy and full.
Ingredients & Supplies
- For cake:
- 1 teaspoon ARM & HAMMER™ Baking Soda
- 2¼ cups all-purpose flour
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 large egg at room temperature
- ½ cup packed brown sugar
- ½ cup + 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 1 cup of buttermilk at room temperature
- 1/3 cup vegetable oil
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 teaspoons orange zest
- Aluminum foil
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, cold & cubed
- For streusel:
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 1 cup cranberries, fresh or frozen (for use when combining wet and dry ingredients)
- For drizzle:
- 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
- 1-2 tablespoons orange juice
- 9×5 loaf pan
- Large and small mixing bowls
- Non-stick spray
- Preheat oven to 350°F and spray pan or sheet with non-stick spray.
- To make the streusel: combine ¼ cup flour, 2 tablespoons sugar, ½ teaspoon cinnamon and 3 tablespoons butter in a small bowl. Pinch together until crumble is formed, then store in the refrigerator.
- In a separate bowl, whisk 2 cups flour with 1 teaspoon of baking soda and ½ teaspoon of salt.
- In medium bowl, whisk 1 egg, ½ cup of packed brown sugar and ½ cup + 2 tablespoons granulated sugar all together. Add 1 cup of buttermilk, 1/3 cup vegetable oil, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract and 2 teaspoons orange zest.
- Pour wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and combine. Add in 1 cup cranberries.
- Pour batter into loaf pan. Remove streusel from the refrigerator and place crumble over the batter, gently pressing in.
- Bake for 45-60 minutes.
- Allow bread to cool.
- In a small bowl, mix 1-2 tablespoons of orange juice and 1 cup confectioners’ sugar to make a drizzle. Layer over the cooled bread.