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
Teal blue and cocoa brown remain trendy colors for the holiday season.. Try these creative ideas to make festive decorations using these nontraditional colors.
Teal blue and cocoa brown remain trendy colors for the holiday season. Try these creative ideas to make festive decorations using these nontraditional colors.
Kissing balls last longer than mistletoe, and they're easy and fun to make. Cover foam balls with scraps of silk fabric embellished with trims and beaded pins. Hang them at various heights with lengths of ribbon and wait to see who walks beneath.
Handmade cone-shape ornaments have plenty of visual appeal but are even better filled with gifts. Roll card stock into a conical shape and cover the cone with metallic paper to form the basic ornament. Personalize the cone with ribbon, fabric trim, and metal letters. Glue on a satin-ribbon handle and fill the cone with tiny wrapped presents.
Give up your tired evergreen wreath, and opt for one in stylish silver. Spray any wreath with metallic silver paint; then attach small presents and a ribbon with hot glue.
Make an extra-large cone to hang on a doorknob and hold wrapped gifts for friends. Form the cone from a large sheet of card stock, taped together. Decorate the top edge of the cone with white paper cut to resemble icicles or melting snow.
Kids of any age -- even adults -- are delighted with personalized stockings hanging behind their chairs. These are made with ribbons, woven together for fabric and decorated with metal letters stitched to the cuff.
Substitute regal white amaryllis blossoms for more traditional holiday poinsettias. Tuck flower stems into tiny water-filled florist's vials, and anchor them in larger glass tubes partially filled with faux snow. Suspend the tubes from the wall with ribbon hangers.
Leave bows behind and opt for understated elegance with a flat embellishment made from layered ribbon and paper, which is taped on the underside. These low-profile gift wraps are easier to mail and arrive looking perfect because there are no bows that crush.