3 Last-Minute DIYs to Help Your Guests Feel at Home for the Holidays

A stack of white bath towels on a bed with green pillows.

We've all been there—it's a day or two before your guests arrive for the holidays and you still have so much to do. Your gift list is probably a mile long, your fridge is empty, and your house needs cleaning. You begin to wonder how you can possibly be a good host with all these to-dos.

But don't let your busy schedule stop you from being thoughtful this time of the year. Your guest room can easily transform into a bed-and-breakfast by adding a breakfast tray, a chalk board with your Wi-Fi password, and some homemade sugar scrub for the shower. Give your friends and family a full retreat experience with these plush holiday touches that won't take too much time from your schedule.

1. Breakfast in Bed Tray

Breakfast in bed on a tray.

You don’t have to spend a fortune to lavish your guests with love. This project can be completed with a board you already have at home and some drawer handles that can be found at a local hardware or craft store. Once complete, top your tray off with some mugs of hot cocoa and a magazine. Your handmade breakfast tray will leave your guests wishing they could stay a little longer.

What you'll need:

  • Wood board
  • Sandpaper
  • Damp cloth
  • Paint
  • 2-inch paint brush
  • Handles
  • Drill

Step 1

Sand any rough parts on your board and wipe clean with a damp cloth.

Step 2

Using your two-inch brush and chalk paint, cover the entire board, top and bottom. Let dry for an hour.

Step 3

Center your handles on each side of the cutting board and use a drill to screw them in place. Your breakfast tray is ready to use!

2. Chalkboard Wi-Fi Password

A black chalkboard sign with the wi-fi password.

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Give your guests the five-star treatment by allowing access to your home’s Wi-Fi password. Your visitors will thank you for not having to ask for the code. Save them some stress and list your password on this adorable chalkboard frame.

What you'll need:

  • Black chalkboard paint
  • Foam paint brush
  • Picture frame
  • White chalk

Step 1

Carefully remove the glass from the frame itself, and apply a layer of black chalkboard paint to the glass. Let dry for 15 minutes.

Add another coat of black chalkboard paint to cover the transparent areas from the first coat. Let dry for 15 minutes.

Step 2

Put the chalkboard painted glass back into your frame. Close the prongs around the glass to secure.

Step 3

List your Wi-Fi password on your new chalkboard for your guests to use.

3. Whipped Peppermint Sugar Scrub

A pair of hands holding some body scrub.

Winter skin tends to get dry and cracked, which can be uncomfortable when traveling. Your guests will adore you for providing them with a soothing body scrub. The bonus is it’s incredibly simple to make. Combine a few ingredients in a mixer to whip up a luxurious bath scrub for your holiday visitors.

What you'll need:

  • 1 cup coconut oil
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • Red food coloring (optional)
  • Electric mixer
  • Large spoon
  • Jar
  • Label
  • Marker

Step 1

Add coconut oil, ½ cup of sugar, and red food coloring (if desired) to a large bowl. Use your mixer to whip up the ingredients into a smooth spread.

Step 2

Add one teaspoon peppermint extract and your other ½ cup of sugar to the whipped mixture. Mix with a spoon. The peppermint extract will give the scrub its festive scent. The sugar will add to the exfoliating texture.

Step 3

Scoop your finished scrub into a jar using a large spoon.

Step 4

Add a personal touch to your finished product by adding a handwritten label. Using your marker, write “Whipped Peppermint Sugar Scrub” or something similar.