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Part of what makes the holiday season so much fun are the memories we make with the people we love. But another part of it, let’s be honest, is dusting off all those colorful decorations you’ve got in storage to gussy up your house, home, apartment or even bedroom. If you’re looking for a fun activity to add to this year’s list of decorating to do’s, why not start with one of our homemade holiday crafts? Not only are these crafts fun to make, but when your holiday party guests inquire where they’re from, you can brag a bit and say you made them — with Kodiak Cakes packaging and a little creativity!

Kodiak Cup Ornaments

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Kodiak Cup
  • Red Paint
  • Black Paint
  • White Paint
  • Sponge/Foam Paint Brush
  • Needle and Thread
  • Scissors
  • Optional: Crafting other holiday characters is pretty simple. You may just need a few extra colors of paint and a little creativity. For example, we used Kodiak Cakes boxed mix to make reindeer antlers to tape onto our reindeer ornament.

Making your ornament:

  1. Carefully remove the lid of your Kodiak Cup. Use a mug to make your Kodiak Cup as you normally would using the directions on the cup and eat up!
  2. When you’re done eating, paint the entire Kodiak Cup red and let dry completely.
  3. With about 6” of thread, thread your needle and bring the two tips together to make one knot (you may want to tie a few to make sure it won’t slip through the cup).
  4. Insert the needle up through the bottom of the Kodiak Cup and out of the other side. Thread through until your knot catches. Then, tie a knot at the place in the thread you want to be the top of the ornament hanger and remove the needle.
  5. Glue or tape the lid back on the Kodiak Cup.
  6. Paint the bottom rim black.
  7. Paint 3 white dots for buttons.
  8. Let everything dry completely.
  9. If you’re feeling ambitious, try crafting another Kodiak Cup ornament into a different holiday character.


Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Empty Kodiak Cakes Boxed Mix, carefully taken apart to lay flat
  • Flannel Ribbon or Fabric
  • Rustic Metal Stars or other tree toppers
  • Hot Glue & Glue Gun (a stapler & strong double-sided tape work, too)
  • Scissors

Note: different Kodiak Cakes boxed mixes roll into different tree sizes. Try a few for a variety of options.

Making your Christmas tree:

  1. Cut the edges off the Kodiak Cakes box to make a rectangle. Then, roll the box into a cone and glue together. Cut the bottom so it’s flat.
  2. Cut flannel fabric into strips (~1-2” thick) OR long strips of ribbon. Tip: Feel free to experiment with a few different ribbons to make your tree unique.
  3. Make a line of glue around the bottom of your tree and start wrapping your fabric around the tree. You will glue and wrap all the way up to the top. Don’t forget to allow a little overlap of your fabric as you wrap to give your flannel tree some texture. Tip: Smooth down the fabric as you wrap, and only glue a few inches at a time to make sure the glue doesn’t dry out.
  4. When you get to the top of your tree, cover it in fabric and glue it down. Then trim any extra fabric, ribbon, or string off.
  5. Use as much glue as you need to secure your metal star on the top of your tree.


Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Brown Wrapping/Craft Paper
  • Buffalo Check Wrapping Paper
  • Plaid Wrapping Paper
  • Tape
  • Flannel Ribbon
  • Plaid Ribbon
  • Twine
  • Burlap Ribbon
  • Pinecones
  • Pine Sprigs (bonus points if they’re fresh from your own tree!)
  • Kodiak Cakes Gift Tags (we recommend printing on your favorite brown kraft paper)
  • Any other festive accessories you can find!

Wrapping your gifts:

  1. Mix and match your favorite combinations from your supply list.
  2. Attach one of our Kodiak Cakes gift tags and place your gift under your tree!

Tip: Don’t add any accessories until you’ve tied at least one ribbon on your gift after wrapping. If you choose a thicker ribbon, we found it easiest to use a little bit of twine to help tie pinecones, pine sprigs, and other accessories to the gift.

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