Fun-to-Make Christmas Holiday Crafts

Spruce up your holiday home with these clever handmade Christmas decorations. From cute ornaments and creative wreaths to cozy pillows and festive garlands, these oh-how-pretty holiday crafts will make your home merry and bright.

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Steal This Home's Cottage-Style Decorations!

Icy Christmas garlands are a cinch to make (and cost just a few bucks!). Here's how to create a frosty icicle garland for your own home.

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Christmas Garland and Swag Decorating Ideas

Decorate your home for the holidays with these festive Christmas garland and swag ideas. We have the classic garlands for banisters, mantels, windows, and doorways. Plus, we give you a little modern twist -- adding them to dining chairs and chandeliers to transform your everyday spaces into a winter wonderland.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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In a Twinkling: Packages

Surround your tree in pretty packages that express your joy in giving to others.

Kids' Drawings Wrap

Help your children make their own wrapping paper. Photocopy or scan and print multiple copies of their drawings, altering the size if needed. Or cut drawings apart and arrange them so they fit the box top, then tape the drawings to a sheet of paper and make a photocopy. Wrap the box with the paper. Tie the box with a simple narrow ribbon.

For a quick and beautifully elegant package, wrap medium-size boxes with holiday napkins. Use two different ribbons, handled as one, to tie the napkin tightly at the top of the box. Fluff the napkin ends above the bow.

Package food gifts in boxes painted to resemble oversize candies. Use a papier-mache box from a crafts store and paint the entire box and lid white. Use red to paint stripes and swirls. Wrap the box in cellophane.

Paper Napkin Wrap

Paper napkins come in designs too pretty to use only at the table. Wrap small boxes with your favorite designs and add embellishments, such as imitation stitches around elements of the design, with glitter paint or dimensional fabric paint from a crafts store. Follow the manufacturer's instructions for the paint's drying time.

Metallic Leaf Wrap

Add a personal touch to purchased gift bags with pressed leaves painted silver or gold. Place fresh leaves between sheets of newspaper weighted with a stack of books and leave them for one to two weeks. Paint the dried leaves with crafts paint or spray paint.

Natural Wrap

Give packages an old-fashioned simplicity with solid-color paper and natural trims. Look for the papers at specialty paper stores. Tie with ribbon or twine, and tuck in fresh bay leaves, pepperberries, or cinnamon sticks. Drill holes in dried pomegranates and glue them to the twine ends.

Photo Wrap

Decorate each package with a photo of the recipient. Photocopy or scan and print the photo onto the center of a piece of white paper. Wrap the box with the paper. Tie the box with a ribbon and tuck in greenery.


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