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
Dress up a special Christmas gift with one of these simple yet beautiful toppers made with holiday trims and bows.
Ready to embellish your tree or identify your gifts, this charming stuffed gnome is easy to create using our downloadable pattern and simple instructions. Choose the version with "Happy Holidays" or inscribe your own wishes on his banner.
Add stately elegance to satin and velvet bows with buckles and medallions fashioned from scraps of vintage toile wallpaper. Use pinking shears to give the adornments a decorative edge.
Glue artificial flowers and berries to the lid of a beautiful red box for a gift that's almost too pretty to open. But don't stop there! Imagine pairing roses and small glass balls or amaryllis and snippets of greenery. Be sure to wrap the lid and base of the box separately so the floral decoration remains intact for future use.
Well-dressed gifts can be an integral part of the decorating scheme. Here, a peppermint ornament, cleverly hung with a curtain clip, dresses up a simple box. The paper-covered hatbox is accented with a velvet ribbon belted with a rhinestone buckle.
Scrapbooking paper printed on both sides twists into a pretty pinwheel for a whimsical package topper.
A simply cylinder looks picture perfect thanks to a pinwheel of ribbon folded and tucked into the top. Add a rhinestone buckle threaded with satin ribbon around the center of the package.
A lidded box and a handful of ribbons and trims add up to one pretty present. Wrap the box and lid separately and use wide ribbons, layered or crisscrossed, for a bold look. Add a handmade label or adhesive-backed holiday trims for extra flourish.
Bring bits of nature into your holiday home, like tucking sprigs of ivy into the ribbon on wrapped gifts.
Funky colors, prints, and shapes reminiscent of the 60s give a hot retro look to packages. Close a box with a single band of ribbon and add a gift tag cut from coordinating paper and dressed up with self-adhesive gems. For the bag, make a tag by layering white card stock and decorative paper. Stamp a greeting at the bottom of the card stock and fold over the tag. Punch two holes at the top of the bag and attach an ornament by threading ribbon over it and through the holes.
Make one-of-a-kind gift tags using ribbons. Cut and loop lengths of ribbon; adhere to packages with fabrics glue. Attach monogrammed tags fashioned with craft punches.
Exquisitely wrapped packages give huge appeal to even the smallest gifts. Wrap the bottoms and lids of plain boxes separately using coordinating paper and white crafts glue. Use a grommet kit to set grommets in the box lids. Satin ribbon, threaded through the grommet and secured with a knot, shapes the unusual handle.
To turn paper-covered stars into gift toppers, punch holes in the bottom points and thread tinsel through to tie onto packages. Attach embellishments, such as glass beads and jingles, with colorful crafts wire. Twist the ends of the wire for extra whimsy.
'Tis the season for taking a little extra time to show the people on your gift-giving list just how much you care--but it doesn't have to take long. Add a special touch to your present by topping it off with a sparkling piece of costume jewelry.
Even last year's bows can be recycled. After securing a large bow to a gift, snip each loop open. A pom-pom placed in the center makes it pop.
Put odds and ends to creative use to give a package an elegant look.
Your packages will jingle all the way when you decorate them with bells in assorted sizes.
Rows of red pom-poms add a flirty finish to a cardboard box and lid. It's easy enough for your kids to join in the wrapping fun using self-adhesive paper and pom-pom trim. Try other trims, too, such as jingle bells, faux gems, seashells, and river stones.
Keep a box of colored twine, string, or ribbons to use on small gifts. Embellish the boxes even more by gluing on miniature trees or tiny wooden cutouts from a crafts store.
Use standard blueprint paper, available at most office supply stores, and holiday stencils to create the blueprint wrapping paper. Stencil the designs onto the blueprint paper with a pen or pencil; cut out the designs and attach them to either white wrapping paper or plain white gift boxes. Use blue and white ribbons to complete the wintry look.
Match gifts to your home's Southwestern decor with pretty trims inspired by the area. Use brown wrapping paper and then add trims such as belt buckles, feathers, and turquoise.