Cheap home decorating, Christmas cookie decorators say, can be an effective way to turn a room into a family gathering spot.
It’s not hard to see how such a move might work.
The decorations are often inexpensive, simple, and easy to put together.
And they can be a source of a sense of community.
“I love it when people come to my house and want to do something,” said Linda Krakow, a retired housepainter who has been decorating for 35 years in Washington, D.C. “The whole goal is to have a gathering spot for all the kids and the adults, and for the people who are not at home to have something to talk about.”
It’s also a way for couples to express their love for one another, Krakowski said.
It can even be a way to keep track of where their children are and keep track in case they get separated.
“It’s nice to keep a calendar of how much food we’ve had and what we’re eating and who’s eating who,” she said.
Krakows cookies can range from $1.50 to $4 for about 10 cookies.
She said she sells a lot more than just Christmas cookies because she often finds herself looking for other ways to decorating her house, such as decorations for the kids’ bedrooms, bathrooms, or dining rooms.
The best part, Kalkowski said, is the sense of belonging.
“A lot of times people are going to do things in their house because they’re a family, and that’s what we want to celebrate,” she explained.
“And when people see that, they just think, ‘Oh, I love my family.
“Once you get enough people involved, the people will become involved,” she added. “
And there are lots of ways to get started. “
Once you get enough people involved, the people will become involved,” she added.
And there are lots of ways to get started.
Kalkows favorite is to make cookies with colored glitter or chocolate chips.
Kornell, the cookie baker, has been making her cookies for 10 years.
“They look really good,” she marveled.
“Sometimes you don’t even need to put glitter on them.
The dough can also be made in advance and used for other purposes. “
When I’m baking cookies, I use a big, old wooden spoon, and then I just pour the glitter into the cookie dough, and the glue sticks to it,” she continued.
The dough can also be made in advance and used for other purposes.
Korkowski, who has a home repair business in Alexandria, Virginia, says she usually uses recycled paper, but she’s found that it is easy to use recycled wood for a more decorative effect.
“There are so many ways to do this,” she remarked.
Kakow said she enjoys the idea of a cookie as a gift.
“As long as you have a good intention, and you don, you can have fun,” she agreed.
“If you make a cookie, it makes me happy, and it’s a nice way to have fun.”
But if you are feeling particularly generous, you could donate a cookie to a nonprofit.
For example, the American Red Cross can make a gift of one of Krakowicz’s Christmas cookies, which costs about $4.
“You can do that for $10,” she suggested.
Kackowski said she also loves to decorator-shop for Christmas.
She makes a variety of different Christmas cookies from her kitchen and even sells them at local markets.
“People who are in their 20s and 30s can be so thoughtful,” she joked.
And she does a lot to encourage others to do the same.
“In my office, I make the best Christmas cookies I can.
But it’s fun to see other people do it, too,” she exclaimed.
“That’s really cool.”
The cost of decorating can be pricey.
Krappner, the housepainting shop owner, said she can charge $50 to decorated wooden Christmas trees and $50 for other Christmas decorations.
But she says she is still able to make the most of her budget.
“Even though I do some of the best decorating on the block, it doesn’t get you much, if anything, back,” she admitted.
“But it gets me out of my office to spend money on other things.”