12 DIY Christmas Decorations You Should Make This Year

12 DIY Christmas Decorations You Should Make This Year

Spice it up.

Christmas season is quickly approaching, and if you're anything like me, you've already started thinking of ways to decorate. While staple decorations like strands of Christmas lights may already be hanging around your home, it's always nice to try something new to add to the festive feeling. Here's a list of 12 DIY Christmas decorations to try this year.

1. A sweet "Frozen" inspired goody bag you can share with your friends.

All you need are some marshmallows, M&Ms, pretzel sticks, and candy corn to put into a baggy and seal it with a printable tag with a picture of Olaf.

2. A simple snowman door decoration to spruce up your room or front door.

All you need is construction paper and ribbon, and you're good to go.

3. A Christmas tree of lights to put your strands of lights to a new purpose.

4. Bottle cap snowman ornaments are an easy make for any college student and will make an excellent addition to your tree.

5. These Santa hat chair covers will make dinner that much more festive.

6. A DIY glittered wine bottle can make the perfect Christmas decoration when filled with festive limbs found at local craft stores.

7. Glitter light bulbs will put ordinary light bulbs to shame.

8. Chocolate-dipped marshmallow treats are a delicious way to celebrate the holiday season and make a great snack to share with friends.

9. These Popsicle stick snowflakes are so easy to make that a kindergartener could do it!

10. Sock snowmen are quite possibly the cutest decoration on the planet.

11. This Santa-inspired ornament wreath is the perfect finishing touch to your door.

12. Festive "Merry Christmas" garland is so easy to make, but it can spruce up an entire room when it's strung up.

Cover Image Credit: http://www.timeanddate.com/holidays/common/christmas-day

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5 Perks Of Having A Long-Distance Best Friend

The best kind of long-distance relationship.

Sometimes, people get annoyed when girls refer to multiple people as their "best friend," but they don't understand. We have different types of best friends. There's the going out together best friend, the see each other everyday best friend and the constant, low maintenance best friend.

While I'm lucky enough to have two out of the three at the same school as me, my "low maintenance" best friend goes to college six hours from Baton Rouge.

This type of friend is special because no matter how long you go without talking or seeing each other, you're always insanely close. Even though I miss her daily, having a long-distance best friend has its perks. Here are just a few of them...

1. Getting to see each other is a special event.

Sometimes when you see someone all the time, you take that person and their friendship for granted. When you don't get to see one of your favorite people very often, the times when you're together are truly appreciated.

2. You always have someone to give unbiased advice.

This person knows you best, but they probably don't know the people you're telling them about, so they can give you better advice than anyone else.

3. You always have someone to text and FaceTime.

While there may be hundreds of miles between you, they're also just a phone call away. You know they'll always be there for you even when they can't physically be there.

4. You can plan fun trips to visit each other.

When you can visit each other, you get to meet the people you've heard so much about and experience all the places they love. You get to have your own college experience and, sometimes, theirs, too.

5. You know they will always be a part of your life.

If you can survive going to school in different states, you've both proven that your friendship will last forever. You both care enough to make time for the other in the midst of exams, social events, and homework.

The long-distance best friend is a forever friend. While I wish I could see mine more, I wouldn't trade her for anything.

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To The Stressed Out College Student, Be Optimistic For Spring Quarter

I am looking forward to a productive spring quarter.


As a strenuous ten weeks of winter quarter is finally coming to a close, there is no better feeling than to be rewarded with a week of spring break. For most colleges and universities, this period of time is one of excitement and relief, as students approach a summer vacation that begins in May. Yet, for students with schedules revolving around the lovable (and often hatable) quarter system, it feels as though summer is far from our reach.

On a personal note, my previous ten weeks of classes have been bearable at best. I can proudly say that I have been counting down the days until spring break since our winter quarter began in January, though now that the week is finally approaching, I am reminded by the fact that I have yet another ten weeks of school in the near future. Interestingly enough, I have not started the countdown to June 18th quite yet. Instead, I am looking forward to a productive spring quarter that will leave me feeling energized and accomplished as I enter into a fresh summer.

I believe that the spring quarter withholds a sense of refreshment and newfound energy in comparison to that of fall and winter. Though students on the quarter system will end classes later than others, there is something to be said for spending days on campus when the warm weather finally breaks. Time seems to pass faster than it did in the dark and ominous weeks of winter quarter, and everyone seems to have a more positive attitude - as we can all see that vacation is approaching.

To the stressed out college student, be optimistic for spring quarter. Though tests and finals will still be ever-present, the completion of another ten weeks of classes is excellent motivation to achieve success and reward yourself within the coming months.

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