Friends and family will adore these handy handmade Christmas gifts -- including dishware, vases, and other home accessories -- that are just as fun (and easy!) to make as they are to give. Start one of these simple Christmas crafts today so you can check everyone off your holiday gift list.View Slideshow
Be creative by decorating your Christmas tree with a favorite theme that suits your decorating style or your family's personality. We were inspired by a local festival of trees and have included tips for bringing the looks inside your own Christmas home. Bonus: We've included lighting tips to make your tree shine.View Slideshow
Christmas wreaths don't have to be made from traditional evergreens -- in fact, we encourage you to mix it up with eucalyptus leaves, boxwood, lotus pods, and even items that don't come from nature, such as peppermint candies and pom-poms. These fun-to-make creative designs show you how to make Christmas wreaths with unexpected shapes, dazzling colors, and out-of-the-ordinary materials.View Slideshow
Get ready for the Christmas season with our clever tricks to simplify the holidays. Including crafty Christmas wrapping ideas, must-try ideas for hosting guests, and why-didn't-I-think-of-that Christmas shortcuts, our tips for the holiday season are guaranteed to make your life easier.View Slideshow
Get your home ready for the Christmas season and all winter has to offer with these easy snowflake crafts. From snowflake wreaths to simple snowflake gift tags, these Christmas crafts shine with holiday spirit.
Baking during the holidays is always a family favorite, but this year add Christmas cookies to your packages for a special touch. Simply use a snowflake cookie cutter for this design and mark a hole through the top using a wooden skewer before baking. Tie to a package right before delivery for a fresh surprise.
Contrasting felt (for the base, felt coasters, for the snowflakes, felt sheets) make stunningly simple holiday accents. Our free download offers five snowflake designs that you can cut and glue to create unique coasters.
Just like real snowflakes, each of these intricate crocheted beauties is unique. Stitched in rounds of teal thread, the snowflakes include shimmery silver beads that are passed along the thread as you stitch. Hang in a window and let the lacy patterns shine.
Guarantee a sparkling white Christmas at your house with our easy snowflake Christmas-light covers. Take two store-bought felt snowflakes and cut out the centers to make room for lights to shine through. Glue mini mirrors to the front of one felt snowflake and coil light strands so white lights create a circle in the middle. Hot-glue felt snowflakes together with light coil in between.
Wherever you choose to hang them, eye-catching wooden disk ornaments on a wooden-bead garland will add wintry charm to your household. The snowflake designs are punched from cardstock and adhered to round wooden disks using crafts glue. To make the beaded garland, use a tapestry needle to thread 3/4-inch wooden beads on perle cotton thread.
Cast a wintry spell over your front door with a large wooden snowflake made from paint sticks. Tuck a few fresh evergreen branches behind the snowflake and secure them with florist's wire to introduce the sweet scent of pine. A pretty blue ribbon makes hanging this Christmas craft a breeze.
Get the look of a handmade wreath without all the work -- prepurchased ornaments and a flat foam wreath come together to make this easy snowflake craft. Remove the string hangers from the ornaments and position on the wreath. Once you're satisfied with the arrangement, hot-glue the snowflakes into place. Thread wide ribbon (we layered red on top of white here) through the wreath and hang.
Editor's Tip: Fiberglass or resin ornaments look especially frosty.
These snowflakes aren't edible, but they'll definitely look oh-so-sweet on your tree. To prepare the dough, mix 1/2 cup salt, 1 cup flour, and 1/2 cup water until sticky. Roll it to 1/4 inch thick and cut out snowflake shapes with cookie cutters. Use a skewer to press a hole for hanging. Bake for 4 hours in a 200˚F oven. When cool, draw hearts, squiggles, and dots with a marking pen.
Decorate a mantel or a buffet table with this icy snowflake chain. Simply cut snowflakes from paper and string them together with white ribbon or string. To make the snowflakes stay in place, adhere to the ribbon using a drop of glue.
Present a gift card with panache using just a few scrapbook supplies. Embellish a chipboard snowflake from a scrapbook or crafts store with stickers and miniature rhinestones. Attach a gift card to the center with repositionable adhesive. To hang on a Christmas tree, glue a looped ribbon to the back.
This intricate design looks like a prized architectural find, but the tiny medallion is actually made from thin paper strips that are coiled and pinched to form its dazzling shape. Silver glitter keeps this snowflake craft glistening all winter long.
This contemporary take on classic Swedish straw ornaments combines crafts sticks and clothespins with wood rounds to create different snowflake forms. Use baker's twine to hang these snowflake crafts from your Christmas tree this holiday season.