Freezer-Friendly Holiday Cookies

These Christmas cookies don't mind waiting around in the cold one bit. Get a leg up on holiday preparations by taking advantage of Christmas cookies' affinity for freezing. Each Santa-special treat can freeze for up to three months.

View Slideshow

Steal This Home's Cottage-Style Decorations!

Warm and welcoming, cottage style is effortless and translates perfectly into the holiday season. Mix old and new for a flexible Christmas decorating style that you can make your own -- here┬┐s how Kelly, the blogger at Talk of the House, shows off her cottage style.

View Video

Christmas Ornament Crafts

Keep these handmade Christmas ornaments for yourself, or use them as one-of-a-kind gifts this holiday season. Each of these 20+ Christmas ornament crafts is easy to make and perfect for this year's Christmas decorating.

View Slideshow

Our Best Cookie-in-a-Jar Recipes

In need of a creative addition to your cookie exchange party or a tasty gift for friends and family? Look no further than our collection of irresistible cookie-in-a-jar recipes. Each holiday-ready gift takes less than 30 minutes to prepare and features layer upon layer of favorite cookie, brownie, or blondie mix-ins.

View Slideshow

Decorated Christmas Trees

The star of your Christmas decorations -- the tree! -- deserves extra attention. Here are four diverse looks you should consider for your tree decorating scheme.

View Video

Pretty Christmas Wreaths

Deck the halls with these gorgeous winter wreaths that will bring holiday cheer to your Christmas decor. Christmas wreaths are often made with fir, but we share alternative wreath supplies that could inspire this year's front door.

View Slideshow

Genius Christmas Hacks

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
Popular in Christmas

Paper Advent Box

Sure to become an annual tradition, this stunning Paper Advent Box makes use of a variety of scrapbook papers and a wooden shadow box. Each little door hides a sweet surprise.

What You Need

  • Wood shadow box with 24 boxes*
  • 2 wood candlesticks
  • Wood dowel
  • Wood finial
  • Christmas two-sided scrapbook
  • Card stock, 6 sheets totaling at least 4 patterns
  • Number stickers
  • Semigloss white spray paint
  • Paper glaze such as Aleene's Paper Glaze
  • 24 red buttons
  • Strong crafts glue such as Quick Grip All-Purpose Permanent Adhesive
  • Drill
  • Handsaw
  • Paintbrush, 1 inch wide
  • Scissors
  • Glue gun and hotmelt adhesive
  • Velcro (optional)

*If the shadow box you are using contains fewer than 24 boxes, create additional sections with wood stir sticks for painting. Cut them to size and glue them in.

How to Make It

  1. Attach wood candlesticks to the bottom of shadow box by drilling a hole (the size of the wood dowel) partially into the candlesticks and partially into the bottom of the shadow box. Saw a short piece of dowel to connect each candlestick to the shadow box. Glue dowel, candlesticks, and shadow box in place using strong crafts glue. Glue finial in the center of the top of the shadow box. Let dry.
  2. On a protected surface spray-paint the shadow box white. Let dry and repeat until fully covered. Apply paper glaze with a brush to one side of the Christmas card stock at a time. Let dry. Apply second coat. Press number stickers onto buttons (covering the holes). Apply two coats of paper glaze to the number surfaces as well.
  3. Cut and fit a door for each box out of card stock. Allow extra card stock at the left side of the door and fold over to form the door hinge. Cut and fit the remaining 23 doors. Number each door with a temporary sticky note if desired.
  4. Hot-glue the door hinge to the inside of the box. Hot-glue the associated numbered button to the door.
  5. If desired, add small pieces of Velcro to each box and back of each button.

Loading... Please wait...