How to Make Festive Bows

Need a fun gift-wrapping idea? Learn how to tie a bow (or three) to make your next gift gorgeous. We'll show you how to make a classic, layered, or rosette bow.

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Three-Step Christmas Centerpieces

Create a striking holiday centerpiece in just three steps. We have a special secret for the step one: How to lay the table runner.

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Creative Christmas Tree Themes

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.

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Christmas Sugar Cookies

Turn a simple sugar cookie into a masterpiece this Christmas. Whether you like your sugar cookies soft or crisp, simply decorated or frosted with intricate designs, these sugar cookie recipes are sure to sweeten up your holiday season.

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Deck a Christmas Staircase in Two Steps

It's so simple to decorate your staircase for Christmas! Get our damage-free, two-step plan to ensure that the holiday spirit extends from first floor to second.

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Creative Christmas Wreaths

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.

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Coordinated Christmas Crafts & Decorations Made from Paper & Fabric

Get a designer look for your home this Christmas by transforming crafting staples -- paper and fabric -- into customized decorations. Pick your own palette of colors and fabrics to complement (or stand out from) your existing decor.

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    • Custom Christmas Decorations

      Dress your home for the holidays with homemade ornaments, gift wrap, decorations, and more this Christmas. Start by selecting a collection of fabrics and papers in an assortment of prints and solid colors. Choose materials within your palette and vary the scale of the patterns -- include both large and small prints. When selecting your colors, use two or three main colors with one or two accent colors. We used a palette of red and mint green, with white and gray accents.

    • Easy Christmas Candle Display

      Salvaged glassware can transform into an illuminated holiday centerpiece in minutes. Wrap the glasses (search thrift stores for varied sizes) in patterned paper, securing with double-sided tape. Add some holiday bling by spraying a few glasses with spray adhesive and then rolling them in glitter.

    • Christmas Tablescape

      Pair handcrafted decorations with store-bought staples for a pretty Christmas tablescape. Shiny Christmas ball ornaments and bottle brush trees mesh well with crafted candle holders, place settings, and trims. Go to the next slides to see details from this tablescape.

    • Cake Plate Update

      Dress up a plain cake stand for the holidays with this easy fringe treatment. Cut paper into triangle and adhere to the edge of the stand with double-sided tape. Use the decorated stand to serve a mountain of sugar-coated donuts, reminiscent of a snowy hillside.

    • Christmas Banner

      Raise this banner high in celebration of Christmas. Cut triangle shapes from Fun Foam (available at crafts stores) and cover with paper or fabric. Embellish with antique buttons. Cut slits in the two corners and thread the triangle on ribbon as shown to form the banner.

    • Christmas Place Setting

      Create these pretty place settings in a flash for your holiday get-togethers. Cut circles from heavy patterned paper (or copy a favorite fabric onto cardstock) and sandwich between a charger and clear plate for a charming place setting. Top each place setting with a small wrapped gift, ornament, or homemade Christmas treat.

    • Bowl of Gifts

      Repurpose an old fishbowl as the foundation of a whimsical Christmas centerpiece. Place small wrapped gifts inside the bowl and sprinkle with faux snow.

    • New Take on Trees

      This may just be the best thing since artificial trees -- a wall-mounted Christmas "tree" that doesn't take up much space, shed needles, or require arduous assembly. Hang small matching shelves in a triangle pattern on the wall and top each shelf with a different ensemble of Christmas decor favorites. (Go to the next slides to see some examples.) Place a greenery-filled urn at the base for the tree "trunk" and surround with pretty wrapped presents.

    • Vintage Santa

      Use the shelves of your wall tree to display favorite Christmas collectibles, such as this antique tin featuring Old Saint Nick.

      Editor's Tip: Hang a matching ornament on each shelf to unify the display. Red ball ornaments do the trick for this display.

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      Button Wreath

      Make use of your fabric scraps by constructing this whimsical wreath. Cover buttons with fabric scraps, securing on the backside of the button with hot-glue. Wrap a plastic foam wreath with ribbon and trim the outside edge of the wreath tinsel. Then glue the buttons to the wreath, layering and overlapping as desired.

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      Shelf Space

      Wrap real or faux Christmas presents in colorful paper and ribbon. Add sprigs of ivy and pine to the shelf and drape the edge with sparkly tinsel. Or for a more natural look, use evergreen garland.

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      Sweet Tree Treat

      Add a simple white bowl of peppermint candies to one of the shelves, with a bright red package as backdrop. Use artificial snow to dust the shelves for extra glimmer.

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      Christmas Mantel

      Wrap disk-shape papier-mache ornaments with fabric and add scrapbook letters to spell out a Christmas greeting. Hang the ornaments on a length of tinsel and hang the garland from the mantel.

      Editor's Tip: For a fresh holiday display above the mantel (or on any wall space), hang an arrangement of white platters and plates, and embellish with sprigs of evergreen attached with double-sided tape.

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      Christmas Snowscape

      Mimic a snowy winter landscape by filling a white compote with clear and frosted ornaments. Surround the display with evergreen boughs and tuck a few sprigs into the bowl.

      Editor's Tip: To add color to the vignette, fill other vessels with bright red candies, such as jelly beans or red hots.

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      Christmas Stocking Display

      No mantel? No problem. Repurpose a vintage headboard as a stocking station. Make your own stockings from your cache of fabric, or look for store-bought ones that coordinate with your look. You can also customize store-bought stockings by trimming them in fabric. For example, you can wrap the cuff in one of your fabrics, or tie a strip of fabric into a bow around the stocking's hanging loop.

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      Christmas Countdown

      Build up excitement for the big day with a countdown calendar. Wrap a piece of corkboard with fun fabric and tack on gift tags cut from coordinating papers. Add a small wrapped gift or vintage trinket to each tag. Make numbered tags for each day in your countdown and add one to the board every day until Christmas Day.

      Editor's Tip: Although we've shown a board decked out for 12 days, you could easily enlarge the project and create an advent calendar.

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      Fab Favors

      Wrap up party favors or small Christmas gifts in red bags embellished with a band of fabric. Cut strips of fabric long enough to fit around the bag opening. Fold the top of the bag over on itself and wrap a fabric strip around it, using double-sided tape to secure. Finish the wrapping with a decorative sticker or button.

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      Candy Display

      Wood sock dryers, a laundry staple from a bygone era, can be given new life as a charming Christmas decoration. The red sock-shape board shown here has round holes drilled into it for holding candy bundles. Make them by wrapping red and white candy in tulle, gathering the ends of the fabric together to make a bundle. Tie the bundles through the holes of the sock form, securing the ends in the back.

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      Christmas Ice Capades

      Turn a pair of castoff skates into a charming Christmas decoration. Paint polka dots onto the boots of the skates and lace with lengths of red ribbon. Tuck small wrapped packages into the skates and hang from a banister or the back of a chair.

      Editor's Tip: To prevent injuries, make sure the skate blades are dull.

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      Winterized Wreath

      Ready an all-season grapevine wreath for Christmas by covering it with a thin coat of white paint. Once dry, dress the snowy wreath with vintage ornaments and small wrapped presents, securing with floral wire or hot-glue. Finish the wreath by tucking holly and evergreen sprigs in among the embellishments.

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      It's a Wrap

      Branch out from ordinary Christmas wrapping papers and embrace the look of fabric. Make color copies of a favorite fabric and print onto paper. Standard-size printouts on 8-1/2x11-inch paper work great for smaller packages. Utilize a local copy shop to enlarge and scale your fabric for bigger gifts.

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      Clever Color Scheme

      Mix and match papers and fabrics for a whimsical countdown board. Here, white polka dots on red fabric stand in as the background fabric, while the opposite combination (red polka dots on white) is used for the tag.

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      Miniature Gifts

      Decorate your Christmas countdown board with petite packages, embellished with ribbon and three-dimensional scrapbook stickers. The gifts can be just for show, or you can wrap up a small treat inside. Glue a loop of string to the back of the package so it can hang on the board.

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      Paper & Fabric Ornaments

      Simple corrugated paper ornaments (available at crafts stores) can be dressed up to fit your holiday scheme. Adhere fabric to the paper forms with Mod Podge and customize each one with a unique combination of vintage buttons and baubles.

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      Large-Scale Print

      Use a small, but detailed portion of a large-scale print material to cover a corrugated paper ornament. Center the ornament over the portion of the fabric you'd like to use and trace around it. Use Mod Podge to adhere the fabric onto the ornament and top with buttons and embellishments.

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      Christmas Trim

      Crepe paper gives ornaments a ruffled, feminine look. For this project, simply glue crepe paper around the backside of the ornament, so it sticks out slightly beyond the edge of the paper ornament. For a finishing touch, adhere a fabric-covered button to the front of the ornament.

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      Postcard Decor

      Turn antique Christmas cards into tree ornaments with old-fashioned flair. Adhere vintage ephemera to corrugated paper and add a hint of sparkle by outlining parts of the card with glitter glue.

      Editor's Tip: Want to keep your vintage cards intact? Make color copies of your cards and use the reproductions to craft your ornaments.

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      Tiny Christmas Bow

      These little ornaments are sweet and simple to make. Simply cut a square of fabric to your desired size, gather in the middle, wrap a string around the gather to secure, and tie the ends of the string together to form the hanging loop. You can easily make these in multiples to outfit your Christmas tree.

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      Fabric Makeover

      Plastic foam crafts balls become stylish Christmas ornaments with the help of fabric strips, which are wrapped around the orbs and coated with a layer of Mod Podge. Hot-glue a looped metallic cord or ribbon to the ornament top.

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      Folded Paper Ornament

      Two basic shapes -- one circle and one triangle -- convert to form a three-dimensional ornament made from paper. Download the free pattern and trace onto paper. Cut out the circles and fold on the dotted lines to create a triangle shape in the bottom of the circle (the circle folds into a cuplike shape). Repeat with additional circles and hot-glue the flaps together to make a sphere.

      Editor's tip: Photocopy a piece of fabric and print onto cardstock to use instead of preprinted paper for this project. Or, trace the pattern onto old Christmas cards to upcycle them into pretty ornaments.

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      Seasons Greeting Cards

      Round up an arsenal of paper supplies -- die cuts, patterned papers, stickers, and more -- and get creative with card making. Use these cards as inspiration to make your own.

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      Holiday Extras

      Display leftover Christmas decorations and small heirloom decorations in a pretty tray on a tabletop or shelf.

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      Handmade Christmas Gifts

      Make the season merrier by crafting a handful of our best homemade Christmas gifts. Including cozy coffee sleeves, ingenius artwork ideas, and personalized home accents, each Christmas gift idea is sure to wow your loved ones.
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