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How to Decorate a Christmas Tree
Get some creative ideas for decorating your Christmas tree with color, texture, and style.
How to Make Christmas Ball Ornaments
Some inexpensive materials and a bit of creativity help you transform basic Christmas ball ornaments into decorative baubles you'll treasure. We'll show you how!
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Fresh Christmas Centerpiece Idea
Add some natural elements to your Christmas centerpieces. We'll show you how to combine cranberries and fresh-cut amaryllis for an easy holiday centerpiece you'll love.Fresh Christmas Centerpiece. Here's what you'll need: scissors, cranberries, tall glass vase, amaryllis stem, pine branch, and ribbon. Pour in cranberries. Add water. Cut amaryllis stem and place in the vase. Tie ribbon
How to Light a Christmas Tree
-A Christmas tree covered in hundreds or even thousands of lights can make the holiday season magical, but the effects can be very different depending on the light bulbs you choose and the stringing method used. Here's how to bring the holiday blink to your Christmas tree. The first step in lighting your Christmas tree is choosing the type of bulb. There are so many lighting options available and each can have a different look. Do you want a cool cast? A warm glow? Or are you concerned about energy efficiency? Let's take a look at the available lighting options. Basic indoor mini lights have been around for years. They're inexpensive to purchase and produce a warm glow. Look for them in numerous colors, in combinations of colors. LED light [unk] that give off brilliant white light and feature various shape bulb cover. LED costs more than mini light but they're much more energy efficient and last thousands of hours longer. Short strands of novelty lights have special covering. They can add a unique touch to your tree and your holiday decorating, or include custom bulbs that produce one of a kind effect. Whatever type of lights you choose, be sure that they're UL- listed, and that the lights have a non-twist socket for fast and easy bulb replacement. For consistent results and easy connnectability, choose the same brand and type of light for your entire tree. So, how many lights do you need to buy? Of course, it's a matter of preference but a good place to start is a 100 lights for every foot and a half of tree. So, a 6-foot tall tree needs 400 lights for a basic level of lighting. And, if you love lights, double or even triple the amount recommended. For example, here's a tree with 750 lights. Nice, but how about the same tree with 2500 lights? Amazing! After you test that all the bulbs are working, you're ready to light your tree. Have a sturdy step ladder at hand. Plan to work with the Christmas lights on, that way you'll know exactly where you're adding your lights. Everyone has an opinion on how to string Christmas lights, but there are basically 3 no-fail technique. The weave technique is the simplest. Start at the top of the tree, then weave in and out of the branches, going lower and lower, hanging lights in the back as well. If you want to add more lights, do another path. Starting from the top and working down. For the triangular technique, visualize your tree, divide it into 3 or 4 triangular sections. Weave the light back and forth across the triangle, being careful not to cross the court over it [unk]. When you reach the end of the string, plug in the next set and continue weaving lights back and forth until you reached the bottom. If you love lights, branch wrapping is the technique for you. Simply start at the bottom, working from the trunk out, moving from branch to branch. Wrap lights around the individual branches, working further and further out. When you're about 4 inches from the end of the final branch, stop. Work your way back to the trunk, wrapping the chord just once or twice to hold it in place. Whichever lighting technique you use, never attach more than 3 strands end to end. When you finish your third strand, go back to the power source for your next set. When you're done hanging your lights, dim the room lights, stand away from the tree and evaluate your work. Squint your eyes until the tree is blurry and look for dark patches. Then, rearrange lights to fill in any hole. For more holiday ideas, visit bhg.com/holiday. Twinkling and bright, your well-lit Christmas tree is now ready to decorate and celebrate the season.
How to Make Personalized Christmas Ornaments
Add a meaningful element to your Christmas tree. These easy holiday ornaments feature sticker designs that take them from pretty to personal.Personalized Christmas Ornaments . Here's what you'll need: ornaments, letter and decorative stickers. Remove stickers and place on ornaments. Create variety using different stickers and ornaments.
How to Decorate Cookies with Icing
Top your cookies with beautiful decorative icing, ensuring your cookie plate always stands out in a crowd. Watch as our Test Kitchen expert demonstrates two easy icing techniques: how to swirl the icing, and how to create hearts on your decorative
Picture Christmas Ornament
Remember the year with a picture Christmas ornament. A few standard crafting supplies help you transform the year's best photo into a treasured keepsake.Picture Christmas Ornament . Here's what you'll need: photo, decorative trim, cardstock, flower embellishment, silver cord, hole punch, and glue stick. Glue photo to cardstock. Trim
How to Decorate a Cake with Chopped Nuts
Embellish your decorated cake with a layer of chopped nuts on the sides of your frosted dessert. Picking the right cake pedestal is a good start—we walk you through the entire process, including how to keep the cake moist so the nuts stay in place.
How to Roll Pie Dough
Enjoy a delicious pie recipe with homemade pie dough. We show you how to roll the pie dough and transfer it to a pie plate. Wondering how much dough to roll out? We’ve got the answer!large the rolled out dough should be, but for a standard 9-inch pie plate , we found that a 12-inch circle works just fine. To move the dough from the work surface to a pie plate , carefully roll it around the pin, then unroll the pastry into the dish. If necessary, gently move the dough to fit better