Christmas Gifts: 20+ Cute and Clever Ideas to Try

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

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.

View Video

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.

View Slideshow

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.

View Slideshow

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.

View Video

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.

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

Make a Christmas Stocking from Blue, Brown, and Silver Ribbons

Weave together blue, brown, and silver ribbons to create this chic Christmas stocking.

What You Need:

  • 12 x 19-inch piece of fusible interfacing
  • 19-inch lengths of 2-inch-wide blue, brown, and silver satin ribbons
  • 12-inch lengths of 1/2- to 1-inch-wide brown, teal, and silver velvet ribbons
  • 12 x 19-inch piece of silver douppioni silk
  • 12 x 19-inch piece of silver douppioni silk
  • 1/2 yard of 5/8-inch-wide ribbon (blue, brown or silver)
  • 1-inch-tall metal letters
  • 1/2 yard of 1/8-inch-wide brown ribbon

Download stocking pattern

How to Make It:

  1. Enlarge the "Blue Stocking" pattern using a photocopier.
  2. Place the interfacing, fusible side up, on a flat surface. Pin the satin ribbons side-by-side on the interfacing. Weave the velvet ribbons through the satin ribbons; pin the ribbon ends to the interfacing. Fuse the ribbons to the interfacing following the manufacturer's instructions.
  3. Use the stocking pattern to cut a stocking front from the woven-ribbon piece. Reverse the pattern and cut a stocking back from the douppioni silk.
  4. Sew the stocking front to the back, leaving the top edge open. Trim the seams and clip the curves. Turn the stocking right side out; press. Overlapping the top 1/4-inch of the stocking, sew the 5/8-inch-wide ribbon around the stocking for facing. Fold the top 1 inch to the inside of the stocking; press.
  5. Cut a large V in each end of a 2-inch-wide length of blue ribbon. Fold the ribbon with one end longer than the other. Tack the fold inside the stocking with the ribbon ends draping down the stocking front. Personalize the stocking by sewing metal letters on the 1/8-inch-wide brown ribbon. Position across the stocking front; tack the ribbon at each seam and tie at the center back.
  6. To hang, fold a 2-inch-wide length of brown ribbon in half. Tack the fold to the top inside corner of the stocking.

Loading... Please wait...