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

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Tips for Prettier Christmas Trees

Want a designer look for your holiday tree? Browse our best tips for better Christmas tree decor!

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    • Tip #1: Think Overscale

      Our first tree illustrates a technique that most home decorators miss: using overscaled ornaments. The large silver balls and stars have a huge impact. Though oversized decorations may cost a bit more, you won't need many (about a dozen for an average size tree), and the effect will be stunning.

    • Tip #2: Stick with a Theme

      A large white butterfly gives a clue to the leafy garden theme of this tree. Green dragonflies and a selection of artificial leaf sprays add to the theme that's further enhanced with green ornaments and glittered netting. Even the tree skirt was embellished with floral sprays.

    • Tip #3: Glam It Up

      Crystals add sparkle and shine to any tree. Because they are see-through, however, you'll want to place them near lights and mix them in with more colorful items.

    • Tip #4: Remember to Repeat

      Repeat one type of ornament so it creates a color, shape, or theme through a tree. These red decorations help unite the other one-of-a-kind ornaments. We recommend buying two to four dozen of a main theme element (like these red balls). Various sizes, shapes, or finishes of such an element will add even more flair.

    • Tip #5: Nature Sings

      Natural elements add an earthy quality to holiday decorating and are an inexpensive addition to a tree. Try wiring on pinecones (large or small), leaf sprays (dried, preserved, or silk), leafy garlands, or branches of berries for a wonderfully rustic and elegant look.

    • Tip #6: Color Your World

      Designers create trees using colors and themes that relate to the room where the tree is displayed. Repeat your room's hues and motifs using ribbons, wrapping paper, garlands, and ornaments to harmonize with or complement what you already have.

    • Tip #7: Fill in with Floral Sprays

      Fill gaps between branches with floral filler such as silk flower sprays, leaf bunches, or a DIY nosegay as shown here. We used a base of artificial leaves, a floral pick of silver berries, and green ornaments, then wired and tied it with sheer ribbon. Plan to make at least 24 of these decorations for an 8-foot tree.

    • Tip #8: Design with Line

      Ornaments in one color and style get a designer look by varying the sizes (small, medium, and large) and by choosing them in a unique matte luster finish rather than a standard shiny gloss. Slim ribbon garlands criss-cross horizontally across the tree while dozens of glass icicles add a vertical element.

    • Tip #9: Designer Monochromatic

      Do you love one color? Go for it with a monochromatic tree. One-color trees work their magic with shape and texture. Vary the size of the decorations and mix up shiny and matte finishes as well.

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      Tip #10: Got Flowers?

      Silk flowers are a lovely way to add a softer texture to a tree. Choose large blooms or add sprays of smaller blooms nestled into branches. Or wire a silk flower to a handful of artificial leaves or wheat for a surprising decoration that's a pure designer touch.

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      Tree Decorating

      Try these classic tree decorating ideas.

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      Pretty Paper Ornaments

      Gather all of your holiday-inspired scrapbook paper, crafts paper, and torn pages of old paperback books, then pick some festive embellishments and make these fun and simple paper ornaments. These paper ornaments range from vintage classic to makeshift modern and kid-friendly to crafter-challenging, so everyone will have a paper ornament to make this Christmas.
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