Remember when the holidays were a time of pure, innocent joy, and the stress of last-minute gift wrapping and fighting through mall parking lots was something your parents had to deal with? Make your inner child proud by putting some wholesome fun and creativity back in the holiday season with these Pringles® can hacks. Just know that giving your wife that potholder you made in elementary school art class will probably land you in the doghouse till Valentine's Day.
Counting down to Christmas shouldn't feel like preparing for doomsday. Use this DIY advent calendar to remind yourself (and those around you) that the holidays are about having fun and indulging yourself whenever possible. It delivers a daily dose of holiday perspective in the form of candy or your favorite Pringles crisps.
Perfect for: staying on top of your holiday to-do list. Add reminders to your advent calendar to ship packages on time and avoid the painful cost of overnight delivery.
24 On-the-Go Pringles® cans, wrapping paper, tape adhesive, scissors, X-Acto knife, ruler, ribbon trim, craft glue, spray paint, hole punch, number stencils, craft paint, spray primer, small brads (for "door handles"), ½" thick plywood (for backboard), screwdriver, small screws
Step 1: Trim your wrapping paper.
Step 2: Fold one of the sides up and wrap it around the Pringles can. Secure with adhesive tape.
Step 3: Punch a small hole on the bottom of each lid.
Step 4: Spray-paint the lids with your color of choice. Let sit to dry.
Step 5: Once dry, use your numbered stencils and white paint to number each lid.
Step 6: Add brads to the holes in the lids to create little door handles. Reattach the lids to the cans.
Step 7: Lay out cans in a tree shape on a backboard and trace the shape.
Step 8: Cut out the shape and coat with a primer. Let sit for the time recommended on the can, then spray-paint. Let dry.
Step 9: Lay the cans out so they're in order on the backboard. Use screws to attach each can.
Ever notice that your family's favorite ornaments are the ones you made in second grade art class? It may be virtually impossible to tell that you were attempting to make a reindeer out of clay, but there's a good chance your interpretation of a "reindeer" is the first thing your mom hangs on the tree every year. With these Pringles® can ornaments, you can showcase a more developed artistic aesthetic while keeping mom and dad happy.
Perfect for: avoiding generic ornaments that make your tree look like it belongs in a department store instead of your living room.
1 Pringles® can (any size), chop saw, ruler, X-Acto knife, chop saw, stencil for pattern, decorative colored brads, craft glue, ruler, glue gun, spray primer, spray-paint, small paint brush, hole punch, decorative rhinestones, white glue, glitter, ribbon for hanging
Step 1: Use X-Acto knife to cut Pringles® can into rings about one-inch thick. Make three.
Step 2: Cut each ring in half, making six rings in total.
Step 3: Mark each ring in half. Make sure not to cut through.
Step 4: Bend at the marked line, then glue the open end together with a glue gun. This should make a petal shape. Make seven petals.
Step 5: Lay out your petals into a flower shape. Once satisfied, glue them together.
Step 6: In a well ventilated area, spray primer over your dried flower. Spray petals with a metallic color (optional).
Step 7: Once dry, brush glue over the entire flower (inside and out) and immediately douse in glitter. (Pro tip: Do this over a sheet of paper or tray, so the glitter can be reused.)
Step 8: Loop a ribbon through a petal and hang it on your tree.
Step 1: Cut the metal bottom off your can.
Step 2: Using your stencil of choice, trace the image outline onto your lid.
Step 3: On a work surface, drill holes along the lines of your design.
Step 4: Place decorative brads in each hole, leaving one hole at the top open for your ribbon.
Step 5: On felt fabric, trace the entire ornament and cut.
Step 6: Glue the fabric onto the back of the ornament using glue. Let dry.
Step 7: Once dry, loop your ribbon through the ornament for easy hanging.
Step 1: Cut Pringles® can into rings about ½ inch thick. Make three.
Step 2: Punch two holes into each ring, directly across from each other. Do this for each ring.
Step 3: In a well ventilated area, spray paint all three rings with your color of choice. Let dry.
Step 4: Using the holes as your guide, fit rings inside one another.
Step 5: Add a brad to the bottom hole, securing the sphere in place. Repeat for the opposite hole.
Step 6: Decorate your orb liberally with decorative stickers, glitter, rhinestones, etc. Place a ribbon through and hang on your tree.
There's a lot to decorate during the holidays: cookies, handmade cards, gift tags, wrapping paper, your cat. Wait, no, not your cat. These stencils make it easy to add some holiday flair to anything (without claws) that you can put a stencil on.
Perfect for: keeping the increased number of kids running around your house busy during their winter break. Sit them down with a big roll of paper, some markers, and these stencils, and you'll have your very own wrapping paper factory.
3 Pringles® can lids, computer, marker, X-Acto knife
Step 1: Find a stencil shape, online or on print. Keep in mind, this shape needs to be easy to cut.
Step 2: Place lid over the image and trace using a marker.
Step 3: Using an X-Acto knife trim the shape out. Wash the lid and start stenciling.
If you've been having nightmares about getting tangled in ribbon after last year's gift wrapping fiasco, use this Pringles® twine dispenser to make gift prep easy, or at least less traumatic, this time around.
Perfect for: adding a festive touch to last-minute gifts you may be forced to wrap in newspaper after running out of the good stuff.
3 Pringles® Grab & Go cans, adhesive back decorative paper, X-Acto knife, ruler, decorative stencil, craft paint, drill for lid, ribbon for tying
Step 1: Trim your decorative adhesive-back paper to a size that fits the cans.
Step 2: Using your stencils, paint onto the the paper before pasting it onto the cans.
Step 3: Drill a small hole into each lid.
Step 4: Stack your wrapped cans with attached lids into a pyramid shape and tie together with a ribbon. Adhesive is optional.
Jasmin Perez is a DIY, beauty, health, and lifestyle writer, and a social media editor for various sites.