51 DIY Ways To Throw The Best New Year’s Party Ever

These sparkly, celestial decorations are so awesome, you’ll want to leave them up all year. Feel free to cover every non-glittery idea here in glitter and confetti.

1. Make a moon-shaped piñata.

Make a moon-shaped piñata.

Get the directions here.

2. Create origami paper star ornaments.

Create origami paper star ornaments.

The full directions are here.

3. Fold paper cubes to make a decorative string of lights.

Fold paper cubes to make a decorative string of lights.

Get the directions here.

4. Tape giant confetti to your walls.

Tape giant confetti to your walls.

5. Make these festive drink stirrers using pom-poms.

Make these festive drink stirrers using pom-poms.

These are created from bamboo sticks, pipe cleaners, and sparkly pom-poms.

6. Use metallic yarn pom-poms as cupcake toppers.

Use metallic yarn pom-poms as cupcake toppers.

You can make tiny pom-poms with a fork.

7. Cover your champagne bottles in glitter.

Cover your champagne bottles in glitter.

Get directions here.

8. Cut up strips of paper streamers for a backdrop.

Cut up strips of paper streamers for a backdrop.

9. Spray-paint bow-tie pasta to make an easy garland.

Spray-paint bow-tie pasta to make an easy garland.

10. Dip feathers in gold paint and glitter.

Dip feathers in gold paint and glitter.

Get the tutorial here.

11. Easily make these celestial spikes with glitter, Styrofoam balls, and spray-painted toothpicks.

Easily make these celestial spikes with glitter, Styrofoam balls, and spray-painted toothpicks.

12. This awesome chandelier is actually an Ikea hack.

This awesome chandelier is actually an Ikea hack.

Start with the $60 Tidig from Ikea and follow the instructions here.

13. Use colored paper to make these cracklers.

Use colored paper to make these cracklers.

Get the directions here.

14. Make a constellation cookie tray.

Make a constellation cookie tray.

Paint a tray with chalkboard paint and serve with star-shaped cookies.

15. Or make easy origami stars from strips of paper.

Or make easy origami stars from strips of paper.

16. Spray-paint a doily onto a lightbulb.

Spray-paint a doily onto a lightbulb.

When the light shines through, it will cast a nice pattern on your walls.

17. Hang giant tissue paper pom-poms from the ceiling.

Hang giant tissue paper pom-poms from the ceiling.

Get the directions here.

18. Serve gold-spun cotton candy.

Serve gold-spun cotton candy.

Get the recipe here.

19. Make your own party hats.

Make your own party hats.

20. Create masks for your guests.

Create masks for your guests.

Full tutorial here.

21. Hang some flashy pyramid ornaments.

Hang some flashy pyramid ornaments.

Get the tutorial here.

22. Spell letters out with pipe cleaners to make cake toppers or drink stirrers.

Spell letters out with pipe cleaners to make cake toppers or drink stirrers.

23. Fold these dodecahedron stars as table decorations.

Fold these dodecahedron stars as table decorations.

Full instructions are here.

24. Use glittery marshmallow stars if you’re serving hot chocolate.

Use glittery marshmallow stars if you're serving hot chocolate.

Recipe here.

25. Glue silver coins onto mounted Styrofoam letters.

Glue silver coins onto mounted Styrofoam letters.

26. Frame your mirrors with starry string lights.

Frame your mirrors with starry string lights.

27. Recycle that extra tinsel by making these drink stirrers.

Recycle that extra tinsel by making these drink stirrers.

Get the directions here.

28. String paper tassels together to create a garland.

String paper tassels together to create a garland.

Get the tutorial here.

29. Take a paint pen to some shot glasses.

Take a paint pen to some shot glasses.

30. Top your drinks with these sequined star stirrers.

Top your drinks with these sequined star stirrers.

Get the tutorial here.

31. Make pink and silver streamers out of leftover wrapping ribbon.

Make pink and silver streamers out of leftover wrapping ribbon.

Easily make them from leftover Christmas ribbon.

32. Create a sequined pallet photo backdrop for your guests.

Create a sequined pallet photo backdrop for your guests.

Get the tutorial here.

33. Serve your drinks in spray-painted mason jars.

Serve your drinks in spray-painted mason jars.

Be sure to include a festive swizzle stick.

34. Stick colorful squares of washi tape on the wall.

Stick colorful squares of washi tape on the wall.

35. Attach sparkly foam circles to balloon strings.

Attach sparkly foam circles to balloon strings.

Get the directions here.

36. Recycle brass tacks by making these baubles.

Recycle brass tacks by making these baubles.

Hang them on houseplants. Get the tutorial here.

37. The perfect party favor — golden disco ball pendants.

The perfect party favor — golden disco ball pendants.

Get the tutorial here.

38. Make diamond-shaped marshmallows.

Make diamond-shaped marshmallows.

Get the instructions here.

39. Wrap cardboard numbers in tinsel.

Wrap cardboard numbers in tinsel.

Get the tutorial here.

40. Cover your cookies with metallic dust.

Cover your cookies with metallic dust.

Get the instructions here.

41. Spray-paint the stems of your wineglasses.

Spray-paint the stems of your wineglasses.

Get the directions here.

42. Fill shiny matchboxes with confetti to give to your guests.

Fill shiny matchboxes with confetti to give to your guests.

Get the directions here.

43. Cover paper lanterns with glitter.

Cover paper lanterns with glitter.

Get the tutorial here.

44. Make a colorful chandelier out of paper.

Make a colorful chandelier out of paper.

Get the directions here.

45. Cut circles out of paper to create clocks for your cupcakes.

Cut circles out of paper to create clocks for your cupcakes.

Get the directions here.

46. Hang tassels off your balloons.

Hang tassels off your balloons.

Get the instructions here.

47. Make countdown champagne glasses by spray-painting numbers on them.

Make countdown champagne glasses by spray-painting numbers on them.

48. Hand out sparkle sticks.

Hand out sparkle sticks.

Get the tutorial here.

49. Make crowns for your guests.

Make crowns for your guests.

50. Make your own confetti poppers.

Make your own confetti poppers.

Get the details here.

51. Walk into a room holding a tray of ice cream, complete with lit sparklers.

Walk into a room holding a tray of ice cream, complete with lit sparklers.

Top 32 Sparkling DIY Decoration Ideas For New Years Eve Party

Top 32 Sparkling DIY Decoration Ideas For New Years Eve Party

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New Year’s Eve is the last and also the biggest night of a year. You should gather your family and friends together and throw a big party to say farewell to this year. In order to make this night memorable, you should prepare some fabulous DIY decorating ideas to dress up your party to make it sparkling. If you have no idea how to decorate, then you just need to remember to make everything glitter. Glittering table setting, star garland, golden balloons, spray painted bottles, champagne…let every bit of these spark! In order to have a nice New Year’s eve party, but also not break the bank, there are many Christmas ornaments that can be reused. You just need to give them some new year’s spirit. Take a look at these fabulous ideas together!


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This Is Actually The Best Way To Make A Turkey For Christmas

SPOILER: It does NOT involve fitting a 5-gallon bucket in your fridge.

When it comes to Christmas dinner, turkey is a non-negotiable. The thing is, turkey can be a little, well…dry.

This Is Actually The Best Way To Make A Turkey For Thanksgiving
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Many people brine their turkeys by soaking it in salt water for 12 hours because so many recipes say that makes the meat more moist and tender.

Many people brine their turkeys by soaking it in salt water for 12 hours because so many recipes say that makes the meat more moist and tender.

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It’s called wet brining, and the thing is, wet brining is a pain in the ass.

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After you find a 5-gallon container, get your turkey into it, and fill the whole thing up with liquid, you need to make room in your fridge for it. ANNOYING.

GOOD NEWS, though! BuzzFeed Food conducted a blind taste test and found out that the best way to make your turkey is actually way easier: DRY BRINING.

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Lauren Zaser / BuzzFeed

Read all about that here.

Dry brining is nbd: You rub the turkey with salt, sugar, and any spices you want, then let it sit uncovered in the fridge overnight.

Overnight meaning at least 8 and up to 16 hours. See the full directions below.

Here are the ingredients you need to make a dry-brined roasted turkey:

Here are the ingredients you need to make a dry-brined roasted turkey:

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1 14 to 16-pound turkey, thawed
⅓ cup kosher salt
1 tablespoon light brown sugar
1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
¼ cup unsalted butter (for roasting)

First, take the turkey out of its packaging (do this over the sink) and remove the neck and giblets.

First, take the turkey out of its packaging (do this over the sink) and remove the neck and giblets.

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You can keep these for stock or gravy, but you don’t need them for the roast turkey.

Rinse the turkey under cold water, then use paper towels to dry it thoroughly, inside the cavity and out.

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In a small mixing bowl, stir together the salt, brown sugar, and ground black pepper.

In a small mixing bowl, stir together the salt, brown sugar, and ground black pepper.

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Put the turkey on a large, rimmed baking sheet or in a large, shallow container, and rub the salt mixture (aka the dry brine) all over the turkey.

Put the turkey on a large, rimmed baking sheet or in a large, shallow container, and rub the salt mixture (aka the dry brine) all over the turkey.

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Make sure you also rub it under the skin of the breasts, and inside the cavity.

Make sure you also rub it under the skin of the breasts, and inside the cavity.

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Gently pull the skin away from the breast meat with your fingers — it might feel like it will tear, but if you pull carefully but firmly it won’t. Then rub the dry brine underneath the skin. TBH this is very fun.

Put the turkey on the baking sheet in the fridge and let it sit, UNCOVERED, for 8 to 16 hours.

Put the turkey on the baking sheet in the fridge and let it sit, UNCOVERED, for 8 to 16 hours.

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You’re probably going to have to shuffle some things around in there to make room, but it’s worth it.

When you’re ready to roast, rinse the turkey under cold water to get all the brine off, then dry it again with paper towels, outside and inside the cavity.

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Put the rinsed, dried turkey in a roasting pan, on the rack.

Put the rinsed, dried turkey in a roasting pan, on the rack.

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Let it sit at room temperature for about 30 minutes so that it’s not refrigerator-cold when it goes into the oven.

Rub ¼ cup softened butter under the skin of the turkey, on the breast meat.

Rub ¼ cup softened butter under the skin of the turkey, on the breast meat.

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This isn’t totally necessary, but it does help keep the white meat a little more tender and juicy.

Truss the turkey if you want: This is optional, but it makes the roasted turkey look prettier in the end and helps the skin on the thighs get crispy.

Truss the turkey if you want: This is optional, but it makes the roasted turkey look prettier in the end and helps the skin on the thighs get crispy.

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You’ll need a piece of twine that’s at least 36 inches long.
1. Tie the legs together with the butcher’s twine.
2. Then wrap the ends of the twine around the turkey and tie them tightly at the top.
3. Tuck the wings underneath the twine.

Pour a cup of water or stock into the roasting pan, then roast the turkey at 500°F for 30 minutes.

Pour a cup of water or stock into the roasting pan, then roast the turkey at 500°F for 30 minutes.

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The liquid in the pan will keep the drippings from burning, and starting at such a high temperature will help crisp the skin.

Turn the heat down to 350°F, and roast until a thermometer inserted into the fattest part of thigh, right where it meets the breast, reads 155°F. That’s about 1 ½ to 2 more hours for a 12- to 14-pound bird.

Turn the heat down to 350°F, and roast until a thermometer inserted into the fattest part of thigh, right where it meets the breast, reads 155°F. That's about 1 ½ to 2 more hours for a 12- to 14-pound bird.

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The USDA recommends you cook your turkey to an internal temperature of 165°F, to eliminate ANY AND ALL RISK of undercooking. We really, truly think that this overcooks the turkey and makes it dry and tough, brined or not. A turkey cooked to 155°F will reach at least 165°F after you take it out of the oven. (That’s called “carry-over cooking.”) And it’ll taste a lot better.

Let the turkey rest in the roasting rack for at least 20 minutes.

Let the turkey rest in the roasting rack for at least 20 minutes.

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Don’t tent it with foil because it’ll be all steamy up in there and the skin will lose its crispiness.

Then carve (here’s how) and serve!

Then carve (here's how) and serve!

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Simple Dry-Brined Roast Turkey

Serves 8 to 10

INGREDIENTS
1 (14 to 16-pound) turkey, thawed, giblets and neck removed
⅓ cup kosher salt
1 tablespoon light brown sugar
1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
¼ cup unsalted butter

PREPARATION
Rinse the turkey under cold water, then dry it thoroughly with paper towels, inside and out. Stir together the salt, sugar, and pepper in a small bowl, then rub the mixture all over the outside of the turkey and inside the cavity. Carefully pull the skin away from the breasts, just enough so that you can rub the brine underneath. Put the turkey on a large, rimmed baking sheet and refrigerate, uncovered, for 8 to 12 hours (overnight).

Preheat oven to 500°F and position a rack on the bottom shelf. Make sure there’s enough room for your turkey; take all the other racks out if you have to. Let your butter come to room temperature on the counter while you prepare the turkey.

Rinse the turkey it under cold water to wash away the brine, then dry it thoroughly with paper towels, inside and out. Place the turkey breast side up in a large turkey roasting pan with a rack and let it sit at room temperature for at least 30 minutes and up to 1 hour.

Rub softened butter all over the breast meat of the turkey, carefully pulling the skin away from the breasts to rub butter underneath. Tie the legs together with a long piece of butcher’s twine, then wrap the ends around both sides of the turkey and tie them tightly at the top, right where the turkey’s neck used to be. Tuck the wings underneath the twine.

Add a cup of water to the pan and roast the turkey for 30 minutes at 500°F. (Starting the turkey at a super high temperature makes for crispier skin.) After 30 minutes, turn the oven down to 350°F and continue to roast the turkey for 1½ to 2 hours more, turning the roasting pan after an hour, until a thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thigh reads 155°F. When the turkey is done, let it rest for at least 20 minutes, then transfer to a cutting board, carve, and serve.

45 Thanksgiving Desserts That Aren’t Pumpkin Pie

1. Mini White Chocolate Caramel Apple Lollipops

Mini White Chocolate Caramel Apple Lollipops

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Everything tastes better on a stick. Make yours like this.

2. Snickerdoodle Cookie Dough & Pumpkin Ice Cream Sandwiches

Snickerdoodle Cookie Dough & Pumpkin Ice Cream Sandwiches

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Sometimes it’s too dang hot to cozy up with a pumpkin spice latte. Recipe here.

3. Chunky Monkey Muffins

Chunky Monkey Muffins

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Your favorite Ben and Jerry’s flavor plus your favorite breakfast dessert equals the perfect sweet. Recipe here.

4. 11-Layer Pumpkin and Peanut Butter S’mores Bars

11-Layer Pumpkin and Peanut Butter S’mores Bars

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S’morgasm guaranteed. Recipe here.

5. Apple Pie Ice Cream Sandwiches

Apple Pie Ice Cream Sandwiches

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Because who needs a fork? Make yours like this.

6. Salted Caramel Apple Mason Jar Cheesecake

Salted Caramel Apple Mason Jar Cheesecake

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Make yours like this.

7. Brown Butter and Sea Salt Rice Krispies Treats

Brown Butter and Sea Salt Rice Krispies Treats

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Just like you, these sweet childhood treats are all grown up. Recipe here.

8. Peach Lemon Butter Cake

Peach Lemon Butter Cake

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They call this “Paradise Cake” in Italia. Make yours like this.

9. Homemade Chocolate Fudge

Homemade Chocolate Fudge

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2 ingredients + 1 microwave = pure bliss. Make yours like this.

10. Warm Apple Pie Dip With Cinnamon Sugar Crisps

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Now watch me dip, now watch me nae nae. Recipe here.

11. Nutella-Stuffed Brown Butter Pie

Nutella-Stuffed Brown Butter Pie

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Guaranteed to rock your world one bite at a time. Recipe here.

12. Ultimate Skillet Cookie

Ultimate Skillet Cookie

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One word: epic. Recipe here.

13. Salted Caramel Chocolate Bread Pudding

Salted Caramel Chocolate Bread Pudding

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Bread pudding: A mishmash of leftover starch, sugar, and cream, which unite to create a canvas of infinite flavor possibilities. Recipe here.

14. Pumpkin Pie Crescent Rolls

Pumpkin Pie Crescent Rolls

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Because the pumpkin craze is never-ending. Recipe here.

15. Sweet and Savory Nutella Wontons

Sweet and Savory Nutella Wontons

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More proof that Nutella really does complement anything. Make yours like this.

16. 3-Ingredient Chocolate Bacon Bark

3-Ingredient Chocolate Bacon Bark

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Two words: three ingredients. Recipe here.

17. Mini Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls

Mini Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls

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A side of pumpkin you’ve never seen before. Recipe here.

18. No-Bake Peanut Butter Chocolate Pie

No-Bake Peanut Butter Chocolate Pie

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It tastes like a frozen Reese’s peanut butter cup and is even shaped like one. Make yours like this.

19. Baked Apple Cider Donut Bites

Baked Apple Cider Donut Bites

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Pumpkin spice is overrated. Make yours like this.

20. Nutella Banana Dessert Sushi

Nutella Banana Dessert Sushi

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Recipe here.

21. No-Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars

No-Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars

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Why eat pie when you can eat cheesecake? Make yours like this.

22. Monkey Bread

Monkey Bread

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If you’re not too stuffed from all the turkey, toss these in the oven. Recipe here.

23. Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

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A grab and go version of the all-too-delicious pumpkin bread. Recipe here.

24. Salted Toffee Brittle

Salted Toffee Brittle

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For when you can’t decide between salty and sweet. Recipe here.

25. Gluten-Free Vegan Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Gluten-Free Vegan Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

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You won’t miss the gluten. Make yours like this.

26. 5-Ingredient Pecan Pie Mini Muffins

5-Ingredient Pecan Pie Mini Muffins

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Pecan pie in muffin form. Recipe here.

27. Apple Turnovers

Apple Turnovers

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Recipe here.

28. Banana Bread Pudding

Banana Bread Pudding

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Recipe here.

29. Lemon Bars

Lemon Bars

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So sweet, so simple. Make yours like this.

30. Perfect Pecan Pie

Perfect Pecan Pie

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Perfection doesn’t even begin to describe it. Make yours like this.

31. Lemon Olive Oil Cake

Lemon Olive Oil Cake

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Best when paired with tea. Recipe here.

32. Cranberry Pistachio Chocolate Bark

Bonus: It looks fancy so even Aunt Judy will be impressed. Recipe here.

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33. Great-Grandma’s Banana Bread

Great-Grandma’s Banana Bread

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Even better than when Grandma made it. Recipe here.

34. Sticky Maple Crescent Buns

Sticky Maple Crescent Buns

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As if Thanksgiving couldn’t get any sweeter. Make yours like this.

35. Apple Pie Cups

Apple Pie Cups

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Because the whole family deserves to be able to have their own pie (cup) and eat it, too. Recipe here.

36. Lemon Meringue Pie

Lemon Meringue Pie

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When life gives you lemons, bake this lemon meringue pie. Recipe here.

37. Chocolate Meringue Pie

Chocolate Meringue Pie

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It’s like eating a pillowy chocolate cloud. Make yours like this.

38. Lemon and Cranberry Scones

Lemon and Cranberry Scones

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The perfect solution for a college student who only has a cookie sheet. Recipe here.

39. Rugelach Cookies

Rugelach Cookies

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The edible version of your grandparents’. Recipe here.

40. White Chocolate Dipped Molasses Cookies

White Chocolate Dipped Molasses Cookies

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Bring a little extra autumn flair to your apartment or party with this recipe.

41. Easy Cherry Berry Pie

Easy Cherry Berry Pie

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A classic dessert only fit for after a classic meal. Make yours like this.

42. Cinnamon Brown Sugar Bread Pudding

Cinnamon Brown Sugar Bread Pudding

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A dessert with history. Make yours like this.

43. Apple Pie Roses

Apple Pie Roses

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The apple of your stomach. Recipe here.

44. Chocolate Biscoff Crunch Ice Cream Cake

Chocolate Biscoff Crunch Ice Cream Cake

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The best part is it’s vegan. Recipe here.

45. Toasted Coconut and White Chocolate Chip Cookies

Toasted Coconut and White Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Add a half cup of craisins for a little taste of fall. Recipe here.

11 Best Thanksgiving Vegetable Recipes

Move over turkey — on Thanksgiving, the side dishes always steal the show. From creamy Brussels Sprouts Gratin to Potatoes au Gratin, these easy and elegant vegetable recipes will be the talk of the table.

1. Brussels Sprouts Gratin

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This creamy gratin is perfect for the holidays because it can be made ahead of time. It’s easy too — unlike most vegetable gratins, which are made with a Béchamel sauce, this one is made more simply (and decadently) with heavy cream. GET THE RECIPE

2. Quinoa Pilaf with Shiitake Mushrooms, Carrots & Pecans

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Whenever I’m hosting Thanksgiving dinner, I like to offer some vegetarian and gluten-free side dishes. This one is both, plus it can be made ahead. GET THE RECIPE

3. Kale and Brussels Sprout Salad with Walnuts, Parmesan and Lemon-Mustard Dressing

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Made with toasted walnuts, chunks of Parmesan and a lemony Dijon dressing, this kale and Brussels sprouts salad tastes like a healthful, crunchy Caesar. Even your meat and potato lovers will enjoy it! GET THE RECIPE

4. Potatoes au Gratin

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This classic dish involves layering thinly sliced potatoes with heavy cream (a lot of it!) and grated cheese in a gratin dish, and then baking it until the cream reduces and blankets the potatoes in a rich, creamy sauce. I’d say the dish is worthy of a special occasion — it is — but the truth is that eating it is a special occasion in and of itself.GET THE RECIPE

5. Carrot Slaw with Cranberries, Toasted Walnuts & Citrus Vinaigrette

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Dried cranberries and toasted walnuts make this carrot slaw perfect for fall and a colorful addition to your Thanksgiving feast. Plus, it’s delicious with turkey sandwiches the next day. GET THE RECIPE

6. Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon, Pecans & Maple Syrup

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Golden roasted Brussels sprouts with smoky bacon, toasted pecans and maple syrup — this dish will become a firm family favorite. Honestly, it’s hard to resist eating the entire pan right out of the oven! GET THE RECIPE

7. Gingered Carrot Souffle

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This is one of those seductively sweet, orange-hued side dishes that often appear around the holidays. Technically, it’s not really a soufflé, but rather a baked purée of carrots, butter, brown sugar, and eggs that has a fluffy and delicate soufflé-like texture. It’s along the same lines as a Sweet Potato Casserole – that is to say, not quite dessert but almost sweet enough to be. GET THE RECIPE

8. Roasted Green Beans with Garlic, Pine Nuts, Lemon & Parmesan

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Tender and caramelized roasted green beans, mellowed chunks of garlic, lemon-infused olive oil, crunchy pine nuts and nutty Parmesan — this dish is a crowd-pleaser and easy to do ahead of time. GET THE RECIPE

9. Mesclun Salad with Goat Cheese, Maple-Glazed Pecans & Maple Dijon Vinaigrette

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This salad is perfect for entertaining — the glazed pecans and goat cheese dress it up, and the vinaigrette is one of those salty-sweet-tangy flavor combinations that everyone loves. GET THE RECIPE

10. Roasted Carrots with Thyme

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Always a favorite, these carrots are roasted in a high temperature oven until caramelized and tender-crisp — a cooking method that intensifies their flavor and brings out their natural sweetness. GET THE RECIPE

11. Parmesan Smashed Potatoes

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This is a rustic version of mashed potatoes. To make it, you simply boil a few pounds of baby red potatoes, smash them with a dinner fork, and then mix them with butter and Parmesan. So easy…and everyone loves it. GET THE RECIPE

Pumpkin Chip Muffins Recipe

TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 15 min. + cooling
MAKES: 24 servings

Ingredients

  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 can (15 ounces) solid-pack pumpkin
  • 1-1/2 cups canola oil
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups (12 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 328 calories, 19 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 35 mg cholesterol, 250 mg sodium, 39 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 4 g protein.

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, beat the eggs, sugar, pumpkin and oil until smooth. Combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon and salt; gradually add to pumpkin mixture and mix well. Fold in chocolate chips. Fill greased or paper-lined muffin cups three-fourths full.
  2. Bake at 400° for 15-18 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool in pan 10 minutes before removing to a wire rack. Yield: about 2 dozen muffins.

29 Halloween Costumes You Can Make With 3 Things Or Fewer

Some great and easy ideas for quick and easy last minute costume ideas.

Bookmark this and come back to it on the day of Halloween.

1. An avocado.

An avocado.

Materials needed: A piece of cardboard, paint, and your own belly!

2. A jelly fish.

A jelly fish.

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Materials needed: An umbrella and a bunch of yarn.

3. No-face from Spirited Away.

No-face from Spirited Away.

Materials needed: A black hoodie (preferably long), and a DIY paper mask that you can draw on using sharpies/markers.

4. The Olympic Rings.

The Olympic Rings.

Materials needed: PVC tape and a rubber hoop cover (or wire). See how here.

5. An adult baby.

An adult baby.

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Materials needed: A onesie and a sippy cup. This costume wins because 1) Halloween is freezing and 2) you’re in a onesie.

6. A chocolate chip cookie.

A chocolate chip cookie.

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Materials needed: A dog bed and brown paint for the spots.

7. An evidence bag.

An evidence bag.

Materials needed: Clear tarp and red tape. See how here.

8. The snapchat ghost.

The snapchat ghost.

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Materials needed: A bed sheet and a sharpie.

9. Matt Murdock from the Netflix TV series Daredevil.

Matt Murdock from the Netflix TV series Daredevil.

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Materials needed: Some kind of black clothing to cover your eyes (scarf, shirt, bandana, etc.).

10. “I’m innocent but I’ve been framed!”

"I'm innocent but I've been framed!"

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Materials needed: A frame.

11. White trash.

White trash.

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Materials needed: A trash bag and a sharpie.

12. Magritte’s “Son of Man.”

Materials needed: A suit, a hat, and a green apple.

13. Your Tinder profile IRL.

Your Tinder profile IRL.

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Materials needed: Green and red construction paper and a pair of scissors.

14. Alice in Chains.

Alice in Chains.

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Materials needed: A name tag with “Alice” and a chain.

15. A Dell, which makes for a clever “Adele.”

A Dell, which makes for a clever "Adele."

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Materials needed: A Dell sign and a cute smile when people scoff at you for trying to pull off ‘Adele.’

16. A nudist on strike.

Materials needed: Clothes and a DIY sign.

17. Teenage Thor.

Teenage Thor.

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Materials needed: A hammer and a sharpie.

18. PB & J, the brands.

PB & J, the brands.

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Materials needed: Printed Jif and Smucker’s labels (or whatever labels you think make the best flavor combos).

19. One of the badass wives from Mad Max.

One of the badass wives from Mad Max.

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Materials needed: Bed sheets or white t-shirts or something white.

20. MC Hammer.

MC Hammer.

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Materials needed: A hammer and some construction paper.

21. A dungeon ghost.

A dungeon ghost.

Materials needed: A welded chain. See how here.

22. A sim.

Materials needed: Green paper, and the will to make an origami triangle. See how to do this here.

23. A soot sprite.

A soot sprite.

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Materials needed: cotton balls and craft eyes.

24. A crazy straw.

A crazy straw.

Materials needed: Vinyl tubing. See how here.

25. A ~smartie~ pants.

Materials needed: smarties.

26. A ghost that’s too spooky to have eyes.

A ghost that's too spooky to have eyes.

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Materials needed: A bedsheet.

27. A Chipotle burrito.

Materials needed: Tin foil and tissue paper.

28. A Facebook profile page.

Materials needed: A giant print out of your profile page, a friend’s, or a completely-made-up one.

29. An Abercrombie model.

Materials needed: An Abercrombie bag.

Cranberry Salsa

 

This cranberry salsa is delicious served with Brie cheese or with tortilla chips. The layered tastes of the crackers or bread with the brie and salsa is delicious. It’s simple to make, too.

3 cups fresh cranberries
1 bunch cilantro, chopped
1 bunch green onions/scallions cut into 2 inch lengths
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped
2 limes juiced
1/4 cup granulated sugar (white)
1/8 teaspoon salt

Put all ingredients in bowl of food processor and chop to medium consistency. Refrigerate if not using immediately. Serve at room temperature.

20 DIY Gifts for Men

Buying any of the items from our holiday gift guides will surely make some man’s Christmas. But in my experience, the gifts that mean the most are the ones people make for you. Anyone can open their wallet and plop down cash for a nice present. But knowing someone spent their time crafting something just for you is truly special.

Plus, in a still-struggling economy, many homemade gifts can be made on the cheap and help you cross numerous people off your list without going into debt.

Over the years we’ve published several how-to guides on how to make various items that are not only fun to use yourself, but would also be great Christmas presents. Below, we’ve gathered the best ones into one big list. These DIY gifts are things that men will enjoy both making andreceiving. Some of these homemade gifts are really easy and inexpensive to make, while others require a bit more skill, time, and investment in materials. We’ve made sure to indicate the difficulty level, time required, and cost on each one so you can gauge whether a project will fit in your wheelhouse, schedule, and budget. (Numbers are rough estimates and will depend on what materials and tools you already have on hand and your skill level.)

There are many more DIY projects and crafts I hope to get to this coming year, and the years after that. So each holiday season we’ll update and republish this list with links to more ideas!

Wooden Bottle Opener

  • Difficultly: Intermediate
  • Time: About an hour
  • Cost: $5

These handsome and rustic handmade bottle openers make great gifts for the craft beer orsoda connoisseur in your life. Not only do they open bottles, they even catch your bottle cap as you remove it and stick to your fridge for easy access. You could easily make one out of scrap wood that you have lying around the garage or shop — this is a truly frugal crowd-pleaser.

Beef Jerky

  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Time: 15 minutes plus 24 hours for marinating and up to 24 hours for drying and cooling
  • Cost: Varies

Beef jerky is a great manly stocking stuffer. Homemade beef jerky is even better. Check out this recipe from Tim Ferriss on how to make the best beef jerky in the world. Experiment with different spices to create a unique flavor perfect for your recipient’s palate.

Restore an Heirloom Axe

  • Difficulty: Intermediate
  • Time: Varies
  • Cost: $10-$20

Heirloom axes are all the rage these days, but buying a new one can set you back more than 200 smackaroos. Yeesh. So why not restore an old one to be like new instead? With a bit of elbow grease and time, you can give someone a handsome and fully functional heirloom quality axe for less than $20. This is the perfect gift for a suburban man with an inner Paul Bunyan.

WWII Field Phone Bluetooth Receiver

  • Difficulty: Hard
  • Time: 4 hours to several days, depending on skill level
  • Cost: $50-$150

Perfect for the World War II buff in your life. Pick up an old WWII surplus field phone on eBayand turn it into a Bluetooth handset that can be used to make and receive calls. Your recipient will feel like Eisenhower commanding the troops on D-Day whenever he’s calling Terminix to reschedule his extermination service. This project requires moderate soldering skills and some rudimentary knowledge of electronics, hence the “Hard” difficulty rating.

Shoe Shine Box

  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Time: About an hour
  • Cost: $10

Every man needs a shoe shine box. If you know a gent without one, make him this nifty shine box based off a design from a 1950′s Popular Mechanics article. This shoe shine box is pretty simple. What makes it “nifty” is the two free-turning dowels placed inside the box. After you’ve given your shoes a good polishing, the dowels serve as rollers for your polish cloth for buffing your shoes to a mirror shine. This is a cheap and easy project to try. I’ve had several readers send me pics of their finished shoe shine boxes and they all look great. If you decide to do this project, send me a pic via Instagram or Twitter. I’d love to see it. (That goes for these other projects too!)

Turn an Old-Time Radio Into an iPhone Speaker

  • Difficulty: Hard
  • Time: Hours to weeks, depending on skill level
  • Cost: $30-$100

Earlier this year, I inherited my Grandpa’s old 1940s Philco radio. It worked, but only played AM radio. I thought it was a shame that it didn’t get more use than it did, so I asked my electrical engineer brother-in-law to help me mod it so I could play tunes from my iPhone on it. With his help, I now have an audio device with 1940s charm and 21st century technology.

This project requires some soldering and basic electrical engineering know-how. If you lack the necessary soldering skills and electrical knowledge, expect to spend a few days or weeks as you wire things correctly through trial and error. The biggest expense will be the vintage radio. You can find them at your local antique stores for about $30 to $50 depending on their condition. My brother-in-law also created a pre-made amplifier just for this project that sells for $26, if you want to make things easier on yourself.

Slingshot

  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Time: About an hour
  • Cost: $5

A great gift for kids and big kids (i.e. grown men) alike. This sling shot cost me less than $5 to make and took just an hour of my time. You’ll get serious “Cool Uncle” points if you make this for your nephew or niece.

Wooden Sword

  • Difficult: Easy
  • Time: An hour
  • Cost: $15

Yeah. I made that crappy looking wooden sword, but my then 18 month old son loved it. This would make a great gift for your young nephew or son. It’s not hard and costs less than $15. And with the materials you buy for that $15, you can make multiple swords and cross off multiple kids on your list. You can get as elaborate as you want with your design. Unfortunately, I’m not that creative or crafty, so Gus had to settle for Dad’s dopey-looking sword made with love.

Dining Room Table

  • Difficulty: Hard
  • Time: Two weeks
  • Cost: $125-$200

Want to really impress your wife this Christmas? Make her a dining room table with your own two hands!

A few years ago, AoM read and fellow Okie, Tuck Oden showed us how to do just that. I have been surprised and delighted by the number of men who actually took action on that article and made this table. I still get emails from folks showing off the manly fruits of their labors. Tuck’s total cost for wood, hardware, and stain was less than $200, and that included the chairs he bought for it.

A Manly Bar of Soap

  • Difficulty: Intermediate
  • Time: It takes about two hours to make a batch, but you’ll then need to let them “rest” for four weeks so saponification can occur.
  • Cost: 75 cents a bar

Soaps created just for men are big right now. I seriously get a package in the mail every other week filled with manly smelling soaps from some new company hoping to cash in on this male grooming boom we’re currently experiencing. Instead of forking over $9 for a bar of artisan man-soap, make a big batch of your own for less than $.75 a bar. AoM contributor Bryan Schatzshowed us how to create a manly bar of soap filled with coffee grounds and walnuts — it smells good and can easily clean off whatever gunk you get on your hands.

If you’ve seen the movie Fight Club, you’ll know that soap making is a dangerous and volatile process. So take your time and use adequate protection while making your manly, coffee-scented soap.

Leather Wallet

  • Difficulty: Intermediate
  • Time: 2-3 hours
  • Cost: Varies

Wallets have been popular Christmas gifts for men for a century. Instead of buying an expensive one from the wallet rack at some department store that will wear out in a few years, make someone a wallet that will last their whole lives. The fine gents at Bison Made gave us step-by-step instructions last week on how to make a handsome and incredibly durable wallet. They even provide a printable blueprint that you can use to measure and cut your leather.

Altoids Tin Kits

  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Time: Varies
  • Cost: Varies

The draw of the transformed Altoids tin is hard to put your finger on. Part of it is the satisfying challenge of fitting as much as possible into a small space. Part of it is the delight of being able to carry something cool in your pocket. But any way you slice it, an Altoids tin that’s been converted into something new is a true crowd-pleaser; the post we did on 22 Manly Ways to Re-Use an Altoids Tin has become one of our most popular posts of all time. Any of the kits on that list would make an awesome gift or stocking stuffer. My favorite is the survival kit pictured above, but the games chest, s’mores kit, mini flashlight, first aid kit…well, yeah, truly any of them would make a super cool present for family and friends. And many only require assembly — no skill needed!

Secret Book Safe

  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Time: 2.5 hours
  • Cost: $5-$10

Make somebody feel like a spy with a secret book safe. This is one of my favorite projects that we’ve done on AoM. I still use the book safe that I made two years ago for the original post. Creating a secret book safe only costs a few bucks and takes a couple of hours. Select a book to use that reminds you of the recipient — this gift is bound to delight.

Corn Cob Pipe

  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Time: If you use artificial ways to dry out the corn cob, it can take about a week for the cob to fully dry. After drying out the cob, expect to spend two hours fashioning together the other parts of the pipe.
  • Cost: $1

If you know a man who smokes an occasional pipe, help him get into the spirit of the season by fashioning him the same kind of pipe that old Frosty the Snowman used. All that’s needed to make a genuine corn cob pipe is an ear of corn, a branch, a pocket knife, and a drill. Shouldn’t take you more than a few hours to make.

Cribbage Board

  • Difficulty: Hard
  • Time: 5-10 hours, depending on your skill level

Cribbage has a storied and manly history, and it’s the perfect game to play on a cold and snowy Christmas evening. Help another person carry on this manly tradition by making a handsome cribbage board for them. Ethan from One Project Closer showed us how in this step-by-step guide.

Tree Branch Coat Hook

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  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Time: An hour
  • Cost: Nil – just your tree branch!

This gift is rugged, manly, and as a bonus, costs nothing but a trip into your backyard! If you get a branch that’s 1-3″ in diameter, with the smaller “hook” branch being 1/2″ or so, it’ll have plenty of strength to hold hats, coats, and whatever else needs hanging. If you’re really feeling crazy, you can line up a few of these on a board and make a whole coat rack.

Roasted Coffee

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  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Time: 15-20 min
  • Cost: $6-$10 per pound of coffee

I (Jeremy) may be biased, because I roast my coffee fresh each week, but this is one of the best gifts you can give. It’s cheap, fast, easy, and almost everyone drinks coffee. Buying some green beans from a local roastery (check out Kaladi Coffee Roasters if you’re in the Denver area) oronline is the same price, if not cheaper, than buying coffee at the grocery store — unless you’re buying Folgers, which you shouldn’t be doing. I guarantee this is the best coffee you’ll ever drink, so take the plunge and fire up that grill.

Saw Blade Knife

  • Difficulty: Hard
  • Time: A few hours, depending on skill level
  • Cost: Varies

Are you feeling ambitious? If so, this project is for you. First, you need to find an old saw blade. Start with the antique store, then try your elderly neighbors. Next, you’ll need some basic metalworking skills that Darren Bush thankfully outlines in the post. It may take you a while, but when you end up with a beautiful handmade knife, you’ll know it was well worth the effort.

Leather Sheath

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  • Difficulty: Intermediate
  • Time: 1-2 hours
  • Cost: $10-$20

While this piece was written up with the saw blade knife (above) in mind, this leather sheath can be made for really any object. If you’re new to leatherworking, this is a great starter project, as it doesn’t require much in the way of a previously learned skillset. With a piece of leather, patience, and some basic stitching skills, you’ll have yourself a handsome sheath in no time.

Wooden Tool Carrier

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  • Difficulty: Easy-Intermediate 
  • Time: 1-2 hours
  • Cost: $10

Do you often find random tools scattered about the yard, house, and garage? If so, this is the project for you. Most toolboxes/carriers these days are cheap, plastic, and molded for specific brands of tools. This sturdy and rugged tool carrier will last decades, and you can even jazz it up with a stain or a coat of paint.