It’s the holiday season, and from December 15th until the beginning of January, players can obtain festive DIY recipes in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Unfortunately, actually obtaining these recipes is a bit troublesome, as it’s almost completely reliant on luck. You’ll have to do a lot of balloon popping and even more idling, so make sure you have a slingshot at the ready!
Shake Cedar Trees
To actually craft these recipes, you’ll need ornaments, which you can find from fully-grown cedar trees! Some of them have colorful lights on them, so give them a shake and eventually an ornament will drop onto the ground. There are red, yellow, and blue ornaments, and you’ll need all three to craft the new festive furniture. Some recipes require wood, clay, or iron, so make sure you stock up on those too.
Unlike the snowflake DIY recipes – which you can obtain from Snowboys and balloons – you can only obtain festive recipes from balloons that spawn over your island. From 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., balloons will spawn starting at either the west or east ocean. From 6 p.m. to 6 a.m., balloons will spawn on the opposite side. This variable differs for each player, so be sure to check before you start hunting. Two balloons can spawn within a ten-minute period, but it’ll take them a little while to float over to the beach. In my experience, balloons most often spawn when the last digit of the clock is either 4 or 9. Keep an eye on the time and make sure you’re on the right beach, and you should be able to pop some balloons pretty quickly. The contents of each balloon are random, though, so you’ll have to hope you get a recipe.
There are a grand total of twelve festive recipes. These include the big festive tree, the festive rug, the festive top set, the festive tree, the holiday candle, the illuminated present, the illuminated reindeer, the illuminated snowflakes, the illuminated tree, the Jingle wall, the ornament mobile, and the tabletop festive tree. That’s a lot of balloons to shoot. It’s probably best to have the game running in the background with the volume up. Listen for whistling wind and shoot down as many as you can!
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