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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Christmas 101 Our Best How-To Ideas

From Better Homes and Gardens, ideas and improvement projects for your home and garden plus recipes and entertaining ideas.

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Cool Blue and White for the Holidays

Bring cool blues and white indoors to create a holiday scene as refreshing as a walk in the snow.

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    • Delicate Ornament Wreath

      This intricate-looking wreath is surprisingly simple to make. Here's how:
      -- Wrap a plastic foam wreath with white or pale blue ribbon.
      -- Hot-glue glass ornaments to cover the wreath, starting with the larger balls and layering smaller ones to fill the gaps.

      Editor's Tip: Select an assortment of colors, textures, and sheens for the most interesting effect. Link TK

    • Card-Display Board

      The annual flurry of Christmas cards looks lovely displayed on this memory board. Here's how to make it:
      -- Start with an inexpensive framed bulletin board.
      -- Paint the frame, and apply a diluted wash in varying shades of blue mixed with luminescent embossing powder.
      -- Stretch quilted fabric over the cork and staple onto the back. Create a grid of ribbon attached with pins at the ends and wherever ribbons cross. Link TK

    • True-Blue Stocking

      This stocking takes on a mod flair with a ruff of soft white faux fur and a star made from icy-white beads. Link TK

    • Beaded Table Runner

      Set the mood for the holidays with a pretty table that you can make in a snap. Here's how to do it:
      -- Start with a ready-made runner -- this one is white fabric edged with a generous band of shiny blue.
      -- At each end, tack on a length of sparkly beading (available at crafts or fabric stores) to add a dressy holiday finish. Link TK

    • Snowflake Gift Toppers

      Top holiday packages with snowflake ornaments for a festive touch in cool colors. Here's how:
      -- Fold pale blue card stock into halves, and then fold those halves into thirds for a total of six layers.
      -- Cut a snowflake shape through all layers, and unfold. Press the paper flat with an iron.
      -- Brush the top with white glue and sprinkle with glittery embossing powder. Links TK

    • Cone-ucopia

      Grown-ups are as delighted as kids to find a stash of holiday sweets on the back of their chairs. Simple cones, hanging from white organza ribbon, double as place cards when customized with a name.

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      Pretty Christmas Living Rooms

      Don't stop at the Christmas tree -- extend your Christmas decorations through the whole living room. These Christmas decorating ideas will have your space overflowing with cheer, whatever your decorating style.
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