To be honest, these Christmas ornaments look more like sea urchins than stars to us. Either way, these festive ornaments are beautiful and cheap alternatives to purchasing standard ornaments at the store. Give each ornament character by using a different color or pattern paper.
The concept and structure of Christmas hasn't changed much since its inception. In its infancy, Christians recruited Roman pagans by associating Christmas with the Saturnalia, an ancient Roman festival in honor of the deity Saturn (also held in December). The pagans had long worshiped trees (as did other historical cultures) and would bring them into their homes and decorate them, something that influenced our modern holiday decorations. While certain things such as gifts and ornaments have b...
What's the easiest way to turn a plain old poinsettia plant you can get for cheap at the grocery store into a dazzling centerpiece that any hostess would appreciate as a gift? Add a beautiful gold foil wrap to the pot.
Have a steampunk Christmas this year! This tutorial shows you how to use a collection of brass and steel buttons and gears to create a series of neo-Victorian ornaments. These are great to use yourself or include in gifts to friends and loved ones.
In this video tutorial, viewers learn how to make a Christmas countdown chain. The materials required for this craft are: construction paper, paper cut into small circles, glue and marker (optional). Begin by cutting the green and red construction paper into even strips. Users may choose to write out the numbers or print them out onto paper. Then cut out the numbers into small circles and glue them in the middle of the strips. Alternate the color of the strips each day. Then put the edges of ...
Quite honestly we're sick of getting storebought Christmas cards. Not that we don't appreciate them - many are pretty and well-written, it's just that we have received copycats in the past and they're too mass-produced to maintain any sort of special quality.
Christmas to a lot of people means spending money - lots of it. And while stores go out of their way to steal every last penny from your pocket (Black Friday, anyone?), you don't have to spend any money at all to get into the festive spirit.
LEGOs are more than just a toy for young children— it's an emerging art form combining photography, stop-motion (i.e., brickfilms), and imitative models that portray today's pop culture as it is. It's something visual culture analysts are sure to be studying over the next decade, and Chris McVeigh, from Halifax, Nova Scotia, is sure to be studied for his LEGO mastery.
This video from Educational Art Institute shows us how to repurpose old CDs for use as Christmas ornaments. There are many different ways to do this. One idea is to use glue applied onto the CD in any pattern or design and add one or more colors of glitter. If you don't like the mess of glitter, then glitter glue is a great alternative. They come in many different colors and are easy to apply. In both of the above cases you can also add sequins for more decoration. If you are going to decorat...
Whether you choose to hang an authentic or artificial pine Christmas wreath on your door, or an entirely different type, like ones made of paper waste or even food, chances are you've spent a year or two struggling with how to keep your decor hanging. With one easy to apply, quick to remove trick, you can skip the shiny wreath holder and any further damage to your front door.
As the holidays draw closer and closer, stores are getting more and more crowded, and of course, many have put off their Christmas shopping until the very last minute. Why not avoid the mall rush this holiday season and make a personalized do-it-yourself snow globe to gift to those closest to you? This is also a perfect opportunity to put of those cell phone photos that you've been snapping to use! What You'll Need
Christmas is just a few weeks away and the decorating has already begun. The centerpiece for most home during the holiday is, of course, the Christmas tree. But let's face it—that tree can be a big pain in the ass to decorate. You'll run out of tinsel, your lights will be too short, and a missing bulb with throw the whole thing off balance.
Before you know it, old Saint Nick's reindeer will be tapping on top of your roof and a Salvation Army bell ringer, festooned with a Santa Hat, will be around every corner. That's right, guys and gals, Christmastime is almost at our front door, which means you should get prepared for all the holiday gifting.
Every year I wait until the last minute to wrap Christmas presents. I always tell myself I'm going to get it done ahead of time, but it never happens. And the worst thing that can happen when you put it off is running out of Scotch tape.
Everyone knows how to make paper snowflakes, but the kind you learned to cut in kindergarten can get a little boring. However, they are free DIY holiday decorations, and they don't have to be a generic snowflake design. They can be anything you want, from nerdy math kirigami to all the Star Wars characters you can think of!
Want to replicate that cool effect when you can watch Christmas lights flash in time to music? It's easy! You'll need a set of speakers, an outlet adapter, excess power cord, a solid state relay and, of course, Christmas lights! Once you've gotten all your project pieces assembled, follow this tutorial so you can wire them up to your music.
The most annoying thing about Christmas lights is when one bulb blows, the whole string stops working. There's no easy way to tell which one is out when it's a huge strand, so it can take forever to fix.
This cake decorating how-to video goes over how to create a unique and spectacularly decorated Christmas cake. Follow along and learn how to make a scene of handmade choir boys on your cake using regal ice from a craft shop. Regal icing is very versatile, don't just decorate your cake with choir boys made out of icing. Get creative and add more to your cake.
Decorating for the holidays can be a lot of fun, but it can also be a lot of work if you let it get out of hand. Keep it simple and try and use as many things as you have around the garden, like tomato cages.
One of the more enjoyable parts of Christmas (other than opening gifts of course) is going out to find the perfect tree, struggle bringing it into the house, and decorating it. As the years went by, I realized that our tree looked exactly like every other tree in the neighborhood: the same lights, the same angel at the top, and the same red, green and white ornaments.
Got a fireplace? Then you'll be doing it injustice if you don't festoon it and dress it to the nines for the holiday season. But don't take the easy way out and purchase cheapo plastic ornaments and fake greenery at the store. Instead, check out this video to learn how to make it simply drip with glamour.
Is your Christmas tree looking a little too "I got everything from Target" generic? Then it's time you learn some decorating tips from interior designer Rebecca Robeson.
There's nothing better than gulping down an ice cold beer to calm the senses and ease the mind. The holiday season can be very stressful as people scramble around trying to find the best gifts for friends and family. And we all know that gifts can be very hit or miss, but it's pretty hard to go wrong giving someone a nice bottle of whiskey or a nice selection of beers.
So you've chosen the ideal Christmas tree for your place and decorated it so that it's mathematically perfect, but something's missing. It's not quite complete without a topper, but all of the traditional ones are soooo boring. What's a geek to do? If you're a fan of the newer Doctor Who show, Cynthia has the perfect solution for you with her DIY Weeping Angel tree topper, which you can make out of an old Barbie doll, some modeling clay, a plastic bottle, and spray paint. The first step in th...
Fed up with your boring ol' traditional holiday wreath? Ditch the greenery and go extra festive this year with this felt ball wreath HowTo, courtesy of Norwegian craft blog Pickles.
For as long as I can remember, I've always sucked at wrapping presents. No matter how careful I am, my gift-wrapping usually ends up looking like a toddler did it, so I'm always looking for easy ways to spruce up my packages.
The holiday season wouldn't be the same without decorations. Ornaments and fancy lighting brightens up a neighborhood and helps spread the holiday cheer. While decorations and Christmas lights are fantastic, why not get a little more creative and some fun in the process?
Some people put up their holiday decorations as soon as Thanksgiving is over. Some wait until Christmas Eve. Right now, the only thing in my whole apartment that would tip you off is a tiny little fake tree on the counter. I've been planning on decorating all month, but I haven't quite gotten around to it yet.
You know those cute and flirty Santa's helper women's costumes you can find during the holiday season? Well, you can make them easily at home for a fraction of the cost.
This video will help you to make a Christmas centerpiece with flowers and evergreens. The materials required are a plastic centerpiece tray, floral foam, two candles, two candle cups and wired wooden pegs. Flowers like red carnations, white cushion chrysanthemums, red and white pixie carnations and roses can be used for this arrangement. Evergreens used are cedar, pine, princess pine, and variegated holly. The foam is placed in water in the tray. The candle cups with the candles are placed in...
Here's a quick and easy way to add some Christmas flair to your home this holiday season. These mini wreaths will be a huge hit.
Imagine this: You're bored at family Christmas dinner and you need something to keep you from falling asleep. Nothing a little origami won't fix! In this video, learn how to fold a napkin into a Christmas tree!
Are you interested in doing a crochet project for the holidays? Watch this video tutorial to learn how to crochet a miniature Christmas stocking. For this Christmas crochet project, you will need some red and white yarn and a crochet needle.
This origami video shows how to make a simple dove-like bird. I then go on to show you how to turn it into a hanging decoration. This would be great as a Christmas tree ornament or some other holiday decoration to represent peace. This simple project is a great holiday craft. All you need is paper, your hands, and origami skills! Voila! A custom holiday decoration.
It's time for the holidays, and you're full of Christmas cheer, all ready to make some homemade decorations. Well, get out your modeling sugar and check out these two video tutorials on how to make a snowman and Christmas tree with modeling sugar paste.
Have your Christmas tree up finally but have very little time to adorn it? Not a problem. Instead of resorting to those cheap shatterproof ornaments you can get at any drugstore, put a more homespun - and beautiful - touch on your tree this year by crafting your own ornaments. Check out this video to learn how to make paper flower ornaments.
You've found the perfect tree—or so you think. As hard as we try to display an ideal tree each year, both plastic and pine can disappoint, especially when you're shopping on the cheap.
This is a fun and easy project you can do in an afternoon. Why spend money on expensive ornaments when you can go green to decorate your Christmas tree this year? All you need is some festive paper and thread.
In this tutorial, we learn how to make Styrofoam and fabric Christmas ornaments. First, shape the Styrofoam into a ball and then grab the fabric you want to place around it. Place the ball into the fabric, then tie it at the top with a ribbon and some string. After this, you will be able to decorate the fabric with bows and glitter, whatever you want to use. You can attach a hook to the string in the middle if you would like to hang this on a string. Be as creative as you would like, just mak...
This video shows you how to turn your napkin into a star for a perfect Christmas table. It is as simple as napkin origami. Make a pretty napkin origami star for your table next holiday season.