For me, Christmas really is the most wonderful time of the year. I always look forward to the holidays, and when they finally arrive, my house is decked out roof to floor in festive lights, wreaths, and decorations.

If you love Christmas as much as I do, and also enjoy learning new tips and tricks that can make it even better, stay tuned for the list of helpful hacks below.

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1. DIY Holiday Ice Lanterns

To add a bit of whimsy to your front porch decor, create a lantern mould using two plastic bottles — one big, one small. Place the smaller bottle inside the larger one, and then fill the large bottle with water, greenery, and cranberries. Place everything in a freezer. Remove the smaller bottle by pouring hot water into it, and then cut the larger one away from your fabulously festive ice lantern! All that's left to do is throw in a flameless candle and set it outside.

2. Update A Fake Tree

While fake trees are great for people with allergies and those who just can't be bothered with the maintenance a real one requires, after a few seasons, they can start to look a bit dull and sparse. However, one crafty decorator figured out an easy and inexpensive way to fix this common problem. All she did was add a large, secondhand wreath in between each section of her fake tree! After a little bit of fluffing and adding some extra lights, the tree looked good as new.

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3. DIY Cookie Packaging

The holidays are a perfect excuse to bake and participate in cookie exchanges. If you find yourself in need of a quick and easy gift wrapping idea for them, simply cover a Pringles tin with festive paper, place each cookie in a cupcake liner, and start stacking!

4. Candy Cane Place Card Holders

Candy canes look great on trees, but they're also a perfect crafting material. If you're hosting Christmas dinner this year, wow your guests by creating a personalized candy cane place card holder for each of them.