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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Dreaming of a White Christmas

Even without snow in the forecast, you can guarantee a white Christmas with light, bright, romantic decor.

There are few things more perfectly serene than a gently falling snow, and that's the guiding philosophy behind creating a white holiday d├ęcor.

And the best place to start is with decorating the tree. Wrap the tree in white feather-boa garlands (available at crafts stores), and fill in the gaps with frilly feathery plumes that create the look of an early morning frost.

Be careful, however, as white can visually flatten out a room. Add textural interest by using a wide array of materials, such as fringed and crystal ornaments, on the tree.

Wrap packages in decorative handmade papers and put them in opaque vellum gift bags to form a blanket of white beneath the tree.

For extra frills, this plain ball ornament is trimmed with flirty ruffles and dabs of glitter.

Give your tree party-dress panache with spiral ornaments made from fringe, gold beads, and florist wire. Simply weave the wire along the top of a short length of fringe, and twist in a spiral. Add a gold bead or two at the top of the wire, and you're ready to hang it on the tree.

Continue the look throughout the house by using lots of greenery and white poinsettias to contrast with the monochromatic scheme.

Warm up a white decorating scheme with lights that glow with a hint of yellow. Oil lamps, for example, and candles on the table or mantel cast light with just the right touch of warmth.

Natural elements, such as twigs and leaves, also add a touch of color; their warm tones and organic shapes contrast beautifully with white, formal items. Handmade papers cut and folded into holiday shapes are another warm winter accent.

In a guest bedroom, for example, an airy eucalyptus wreath filled with handmade paper cornucopias adds just a touch of holiday cheer to the room.


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