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