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  • Writer's pictureAmanda Connelly

Hometalk, Inc. Trends Report - December 2023

December marks not just the festive season but also the beginning of a fresh wave of trends for 2024. It's the perfect time for content creators to ride the wave of inspiration and set the stage for innovative projects in the coming year. So, let's dive into the trends that promise to infuse creativity and excitement into your creations as we wrap up the year and welcome 2024 with open arms.

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Hometalk Hits

Give Old Books New Life

Give a new life to old books by upcycling them into unique and charming creations. From artful decorations to functional items like bookshelves or planters like this one from Sharon Strothcamp Sumner, the possibilities are endless. Not only does this trend contribute to sustainability, but it also taps into the nostalgia of literary treasures.

Epsom Salt Turned Frosty Creations

Embrace the winter wonderland with Epsom salt holiday crafts. These sparkling crystals can be transformed into enchanting snow globes, candle holders, or even as a festive touch on your windows like these beautiful frosted panes from Adrienne at Crafty Little Gnome. Epsom salt crafts bring an elegant and magical element to your holiday decor, making them perfect for DIY enthusiasts looking to add a touch of shimmer to their creations.

Foodtalk Faves

A Meatball Moment

Move over traditional dishes, meatball recipes are having a moment! From classic Italian flavors to exotic blends, meatballs offer a versatile canvas for culinary exploration. They're not only delicious but also shareable, making them ideal for gatherings and holiday parties. Don't believe us? Check out this sweet and spicy recipe for Slow Cooker Spicy Korean Meatballs from Flavorful Eats.

Savory Success With Sage

Elevate your culinary game by incorporating the earthy and aromatic herb, sage, into your recipes. Whether it's in a savory stuffing like this Sage Cornbread Dressing from Tammy at Chez Nous or infused into a warm winter beverage, sage adds a sophisticated and cozy touch to your creations. Sage is the perfect herb for all of your holiday side dishes and feel-good winter recipes.

Upstyle Stars

Sweater Weather Wonders

'Tis the season for cozy fashion, and sweater hacks are here to keep you warm and stylish. From transforming oversized sweaters into trendy cardigans to creating chic off-the-shoulder looks, the possibilities are endless. Check out this sweater hack from Jessica Shaw. You won't believe how cute an upside down sweater can be.

Not Your Grandma's Quilted Jackets

Wrap yourself in warmth with the timeless trend of quilted jackets. Practical and fashionable, these jackets offer a perfect blend of comfort and style. You won't believe how cute these quilt to jacket transformations from Upstyle turned out, and our readers couldn't get enough.

Wows from the Web

We’re bringing inspiration from all corners of the web. Here’s what we’re seeing trending online.

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New Year New Closet

Start the new year on an organized note with DIY closet organization projects. From space-saving hacks like these from Hometalk to stylish storage solutions, content creators can guide their audience through the process of decluttering and revamping their closets. This trend not only promotes a tidier living space but also encourages a mindful approach to fashion and consumption.

Holiday Clean Up Ideas & Hacks

Amidst the merriment and joy of the holidays, the aftermath often involves a post-celebration cleanup. Turn the mundane into something magical by exploring holiday clean-up ideas and hacks like this roundup from Hometalk. From efficient storage solutions for decorations to creative ways to repurpose wrapping paper, content creators can offer valuable insights into simplifying the tidying process while maintaining the festive spirit. It's not just about cleaning; it's about transforming the post-holiday cleanup into a continuation of the joyful celebrations.

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A Coffee Lovers Delight

For the coffee enthusiasts out there, why stop at just drinking your favorite brew? Coffee-infused food is taking center stage, adding rich and robust flavors to both sweet and savory dishes. Content creators can experiment with coffee-infused recipes like these mouth watering double-espresso muffins from Browned Butter Blondie, turning ordinary meals into extraordinary culinary experiences that cater to the coffee lover's palate.

Whipped Butters & Cheeses? Yes, please.

Elevate your culinary creations with the luxurious touch of homemade whipped butters and cheeses. From savory herb-infused spreads like this whipped brie butter from Nadia Aidi on TikTok to sweet honey-infused delights, content creators can inspire their audience to indulge in the art of crafting these delectable accompaniments. These versatile treats are perfect for adding a gourmet touch to holiday gatherings or everyday meals.

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Make It Metal... Metallic That Is

Bring some shimmer to your winter wardrobe with metallics. Whether it's a pair of statement trousers or dazzling accessories like purses or shoes, metallics are a bold and festive choice that Elle says are the big trend of the year. Readers are begging for ideas and inspiration for how to incorporate these eye-catching pieces into everyday looks or glam up for special occasions.

Delicious Dishes You Want To Wear

Wearable art takes a delicious turn with food-inspired jewelry. From Cosmic Brownie earrings like these from mannyminiatures to sushi roll necklaces, this trend allows content creators to merge fashion and culinary creativity. It's a quirky and delightful way to showcase individual style while celebrating the love of food.

Materials Worth Mentioning

Here's a quick list of items and materials our audience is loving when it comes to DIY projects & recipes. Challenge yourself to create something new using one of the materials listed below.

  • Ribbons

  • Brie Cheese

  • Liquid Dish Soap

  • Twinkle Lights

Whether you're a seasoned creator or just starting, let your imagination run wild, and infuse the spirit of the season into your projects. Happy creating!

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