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
Wool felt is the perfect fabric for making warm-and-cozy Christmas decorations.
Cut seven 1x8-inch strips each from turquoise blue, light blue, red, and lime felt using pinking shears. Referring to the photo, wrap strips around a foam wreath with each strip slightly overlapping the previous strip; pin strips to back of wreath. Follow the instructions below to make the poinsettia flower; pin the felt poinsettia to the wreath.
Fashion a swag with flower power by stringing button-capped flowers and old-time yarn pom-poms together. Hang the swag from a shelf or window to highlight its puffy blooms.
Snowflakes cut from fluffy white felt help decorate a melt-free wreath that can be displayed all winter long. It looks perfect hanging on a door or as a simple decoration above a mantel.
Bright strips of felt become a festive table runner. From one color of felt, cut two strips 5 inches wide and long enough to allow a 12-inch overhang on each end of your table. Using a different color of felt, cut two more strips 5 inches wide with a 14-inch overhang. Cut pointed ends on each runner. Computer-print "Noel" in a font of your choice; use as a template to cut two sets of letters from an accent color of felt. Glue letters onto the runners.
Using layered leaves of felt, create everlasting poinsettia stems that you can exhibit this season and for years to come.
Make a tree skirt that you won't want to cover with gifts. For the skirt, cut a desired-size circle with a slit for the tree. Cut holly leaves in two colors and sizes (24 and 26 inches long) and red circles for berries. Hand-stitch long straight stitches with embroidery floss down the center of the leaves. Glue on leaves and red berries.
Turn crafts scraps into a bright, bold holiday picture frame. Trace the picture frame backing onto a piece of thin cardboard. Cut the same shape from two different-color blue pieces of felt. Glue the lighter piece to the cardboard. Cut the center from the darker piece with scalloped-edge scissors, leaving 1/2 inch; glue around the rim of the cardboard. Glue ivory buttons into a tree shape, decorating with small colorful buttons for ornaments.
Reflect on the meaning of the season with a spirited Advent calendar banner. Flip over a rectangle each Sunday during advent to reveal the word of the week. Decorative buttons hold the words in place.
After decorating your tree with ornaments, decorate your table with trees. Cut evergreen tree shapes from green felt, cutting some of the trees in half lengthwise. Cut felt circles from two contrasting colors; glue the circles on the trees. Place a white runner in the center of your table, and then simply layer the felt trees on the runner.
Give piping a playful whirl on circles of colorful felt cut using pinking shears. The pieces are glued to a simple cardboard ring and trimmed with a matching piping bow.
Craft your own snowy scene by sprinkling a dusting of snowflakes across a red felt pillow. Trace the snowflake patterns onto sheets of fusible webbing, fuse to ivory felt, cut out the shapes, and then fuse to a pillow front. For a decorative touch, use a sewing machine and rayon thread to add topstitch details.
Red and white play starring roles in this easily-crafted table runner. Dress up a purchased white table runner with basic oval and circle shapes for a holly pattern. Cut the shapes from red felt and stitch to the runner for a warm and bright table decoration.
This lovely poinsettia wreath only looks delicate -- its lasting felt construction earns it keepsake status. Placed above a mantel or on a bare wall, it makes a lovely, soft decoration.
A bright felt hot pad with jingle bells makes a meal merry. Cut a circle from heavy felt (use a salad plate as a template; for coasters, use a saucer). For the long stitches, pull a needle up from back, thread a jingle bell on needle, and carry needle to the next stitch.