10 Life Hacks You Need to Know for Christmas!




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10 amazing tips and tricks, for Holiday challenges!

Step 1: Watch the Video!

In this video you'll see how to;

- Convert a bag of chips into decorative wrapping paper
- Protect your wrapping paper from unraveling in storage
- Send Christmas letters without having to buy envelopes
- Make custom festive pancakes in any shape
- Avoid the challenges of packing tape sticking to itself
- Make your house smell like fresh cut pine
- Decorate sugar cookies with no mess to clean up
- Prevent your Christmas lights from tangling in storage
- Make custom chocolate garnishes for entertaining
- Turn your Christmas morning garbage into custom cards

Step 2: Snack Pack Gift Wrap

If you're in need of a last minute gift idea, check this out. 

Grab an empty bag of chips, and search around the house for something you think could work as a gift. 

Clean the chip bag and turn it inside out, then carefully place your gift inside and twist the bag at the top. 

All you need to do now is grab a ribbon, tie a bow, and your instant gift is ready to go. 

Now, if you don't have a ribbon handy, it's no problem.  Just cut the top inch off the chip bag and tie that on instead.  It should be just enough, to get you by in your time of need.

Step 3: Paper Keeper

If you've got rolls of wrapping paper that you want preserved, head to the kitchen and finish up some left overs, so you can salvage the aluminum foil. 

Now cut the foil into a square, that's a couple inches longer than a toilet paper tube. 

Next you'll need to make a cut down the side of the toilet tube, so you can wrap the foil around the outside, and fold the edges inward to hold it in place. 

Push the foil in at the ends, and now you've got a decorative clasp that will clamp around your tube, and hold your wrapping paper in place. 

Your decorative wrap is preserved, for another year.

Step 4: Better Letters

With internet and email becoming so common, you may not have any envelopes to send out Christmas letters. 

Rather than going out and buying some, just take your letter, and crease it in the center, then fold opposite corners into the center line. 

Fold the 2 edges next, then with a slight turn, the tips are folded in to complete a rectangle. 

When you tuck these two corners into the flaps underneath them, your letter has just transformed, into its own envelope. 

All you need to do now is address it, add a stamp, and your letter is ready for posting.

Step 5: Posh Pancakes

To make a fun and festive breakfast, start by pouring your pancake mix into a cleaned out condiment bottle. 

Now dip some large metal cookie cutters, into a small tray of cooking oil, and set it on a pre-greased and pre-heated cooking pan. 

Now just pour in some pancake batter and give it a minute to cook. 

When the batter is firm, go ahead and remove the cookie cutter with a clean pair of pliers, and your pancake will hold its shape. 

Now just finish them up in the usual way, then make a whole bunch more.

Add some butter and a drizzle of maple syrup, and you've got a festive and impressive, holiday breakfast.

Step 6: Grab Tab

When you're wrapping packages, you know the frustration that comes when you can't find the edge of the tape.  Then when you do find it, it's surprisingly difficult to get it up. 

The solution, is a simple bread clip. 

There's a good chance you have one of these lying around, and all you need to do is just tuck it under the edge of the tape. 

This custom "Grab Tab" will save your spot without damaging the tape at all, and makes a nice little handle for pulling the tape up when you need it. 

If you don't have a bread clip, try using a penny instead.

Step 7: Air Care

Your Christmas tree may be fake, but you can still enjoy the scent of a fresh cut tree. 

Just take the air filter from your furnace, and pick up a bottle, of pine essential oil. 

And remember that a little goes a long way. 

Now add 10-20 drops on the backside of the filter, then place it back into position. 

Open up your air register, then sit back, and enjoy the fresh piney aroma.

Step 8: Nicer Cookie Icer

When the cookies are baked and ready for frosting, it can be a pretty messy job.  And no matter how hard you try, they still look like they were frosted by a 4 year old. 

You can win this challenge by pouring your frosting into a few different condiment containers. 

Screw the caps on tight, and now you've got a much nicer cookie icer. 

This will give you so much decorating precision, that your imagination is the only limitation. 

There's no sugary mess to clean up, and if you press the cap back on, your frosting will stay good for days.

Step 9: Light Saver

When the season's over and it's time to take the Christmas lights down, you know that throwing them in a bin just means you'll have a major rats nest to deal with next year. 

Try using a simple extension cord holder instead. 

You can find these at hardware stores for about a dollar and a half. 

When your lights are wrapped, plug the two ends of the cord together, and now your guaranteed, to be tangle free. 

By the way, if you can't find one of these cord wrappers, try making one out of a piece of cardboard.  It will work just as well, and nothing beats the price of free.

Step 10: Shavings for Cravings

When you're entertaining friends with a nice warm chocolaty drink, go one step further by grabbing a potato peeler and their favorite chocolate bar. 

Carefully shave down the side of the candy bar and you'll see it creates a decorative chocolate garnishing. 

You can use these tasty shavings to deliciously garnish their drink, or decorate anything else you can think of. 

Your friends will be super impressed, and wondering why they never thought of this.

Step 11: Upcycled Appreciation

Rather than letting all that wrapping paper go to waste, try removing little decorations like ribbons and bows, then use something like glue or spray adhesive to attach the wrapping paper back to the box your present came in. 

Now cut a rectangle about the size of a postcard, and reattach the bows and ribbons. 

Just like that, you've got an impressive "thank you" card to return your appreciation. 

Your family and friends will be blown away, and hey, it's better for the environment anyway.

Step 12:

Well there are a few ideas that will hopefully make your Christmas a little merrier. 

If you liked these projects, perhaps you'll like some of my others.  Check them out at www.thekingofrandom.com

By the way, if you haven't watched the video yet, you can still see it below;

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    49 Discussions


    5 years ago on Introduction

    the letter idea is cute - but not legal in canada. Canada Post will not carry letters unless they are in proper envelopes.

    lame, but there it is.

    4 replies

    Reply 3 years ago

    can you not send postcards in Canada then?


    Reply 3 years ago

    Postcards, yes - one flat card.

    But not a folded up sheet of paper. They'll fire it right back at you with a snarky comment to put it in an envelope.


    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    "your friends will be super impressed and wondering why they didn't think of it"

    not my friends - they'll be all "oh - yeah - king of random, right? i saw that one."


    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    Same story here. Especially Vsauce vids, none of my friends can talk about a topic covered in a vsauce video because we all start pulling facts from the same video and the conversation ends quickly. Turns into a joke :P


    3 years ago

    Im sorry, but step 2 is kinduv gross. but you can use things like old paper bags. and i didnt mean to be rude! happy holidays!


    5 years ago on Introduction

    Very interesting and clever ideas all around, but I must say of "Step 6: Grab Tag" that for many, many years now, a roll of tape does not leave my hands after having been used until I have folded a slight bit of the end (or a corner) back on itself and stuck it to itself. The tape end is always easy to find, and easy to peel away for the start of the next usage. Anyway, if you really want to use some sort of object to accomplish this same task, anything at all would work just fine: a scrap of paper or plastic from a bag, or any little bit of small scrap that is at hand.
    Thanks for your posting! I love to read of all the clever ideas people have for solving everyday problems.

    1 reply

    Reply 3 years ago

    I dissagree. Like he said the bread clip doesn't damage the tape. Folding it back on itself or sticking it to a piece of paper will. You will first have to cut that part off before you can use that piece of tape.


    3 years ago

    Love these ideas.. If your chocolate shavings end up on a plate and not the coffee or cake, etc., try picking the biggest curled ones with a toothpick. It's nearly impossible with fingers. Then just let the chocolate slide off the pick to its intended destination.. Merry Chocolate!


    3 years ago

    Muchas gracias.



    3 years ago

    Well, dang it! I can't believe I never thought of this before! Thanks, ever so!


    3 years ago

    just fold the end of the tape on itself to make a handle.

    Save envelopes from monthly bills that you pay online and never use the usps mail. They go thru sorting machines much better

    that was amazing it really helps me fell merry and I'm the Christmas mood ??⛄️☃


    3 years ago

    love the squeezable frosting bottles!! ☻☺


    3 years ago

    Amazing - genius. Simple easy to do ideas that work. Thank you.


    3 years ago

    Thanks for this!


    3 years ago

    Oh, NO! You said 'Merry Christmas'! How insensitive of you! ; ). I am sure you meant to say "Merry ChristmaKwanzaaChuka?