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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7 Thanksgiving-into-Christmas Decorating Tips

Williamsburg home stylist Cindy Cragg shows us how to transition from Thanksgiving to Christmas using double-duty decorating tips.

  1. Let color be your guide. Easily go from harvest to holiday with an eye-popping color combination. Cragg recommends burnt orange and deep green (think cloved oranges and magnolia) or a mellow yellow and rich brown (think yarrow and pinecones).
  2. Make it pop! "Thanksgiving decorations should feel earthy and organic," Cragg says. "Add the Christmas 'wow' with a third punch of color." Metallic gold adds elegance and sparkle to an orange and green theme. Insert burgundy touches to a yellow and brown palette for instant holiday drama.
  3. Roll out the grapevine. Inexpensive and easy to use, grapevine offers a great texture and wonderful base for Thanksgiving and Christmas decor. Create garlands, wreaths, and topiaries using your favorite seasonal items to design a unique look in your own style. "Be sure to wire your accents in clusters so that you can easily swap them out," Cragg says.
  4. Let it evolve. Start with a Thanksgiving grapevine wreath decorated with bittersweet, rosemary, and yarrow. For Christmas, wire that wreath on top of an evergreen wreath and add oranges and a gold ribbon. The same idea works well on a mantel or sideboard or in the foyer. "Think of your Thanksgiving decorations as the foundation for the fabulous holiday decorations to come," Cragg says.
  5. Mix fresh with faux. Save time by intertwining fresh with faux in your holiday displays. "I use a background of artificial and then embellish with fresh," Cragg says. "The artificial cuts down on maintenance. The fresh items add a crisp, clean, natural look."
  6. Be selective. Instead of using all the ornaments on the tree, pull out just a selection that works with your theme. Garlands or sprays are great for filling out the tree if your theme-related ornaments aren't enough. "Use leftover ornaments to fill a bowl or a hurricane globe," Cragg says.
  7. Decorating is more than meets the eye. Scents are a big part of the holidays. Cragg recommends incorporating herbs like fresh rosemary into Thanksgiving decorations and cloves or cinnamon for Christmas. "Just be careful not to use strong scents that compete with the food or dominate the aroma on the table," Cragg says.

Cindy Cragg is a home stylist and holiday decorator inspired by the truly timeless traditions of colonial Williamsburg. To find more of Cragg's tips, check out

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