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How To: Make Your Own Photo Snow Globe

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

How To: Hang a Christmas Wreath Without Damaging Your Door

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.

How To: Don't Like Traditional Christmas Trees? Try Out One of These 7 Festive DIY Alternatives

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...

How To: Draw and color a beautiful Christmas tree

Here's a neat little demonstration video on how to draw a Christmas tree using a pencil, an eraser and pen. This tree will be drawn with a more realistic looking drawing style, compared to the simplified abstract stack of triangles that people normally draw Christmas trees with. British children's author Shoo Rayner, writer and illustrator of over 200 books, shows you how.

How To: Wire your Christmas lights to flash in time to music

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.

How To: Spruce Up a Boring Christmas Tree with This Cheap, One-Ingredient Flocking (AKA Fake Snow)

Winter weather always looks so pretty on postcards. A blanket of fluffy white snow, icicles hanging from the trees, little woodland creatures scampering about...it's like a picture straight out of a storybook. But in the real world, after a day or two it usually looks more like this: If you want the beauty of freshly fallen snow without dealing with any grey slush or shoveling, artificial snow (aka flocking) is the way to go—especially when it comes to decorating your tree. You can always buy...

How To: Make styrofoam and fabric Christmas ornaments

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...

How To: Origami a Paper Christmas Tree Ball

This icosidodecahedron can serve as Christmas tree ball!! Easy folding, even easier assembly. Barbabellaatje has been providing us with origami instructional videos for the past year. Always exciting to see a new origami video from this Dutch artist. This origami video demonstrates the folding of an origami christmas tree ball. Enjoy this origami tutorial video by barbabellaatje.

How To: Build Star Wars Christmas Tree Ornaments Out of LEGOs

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.

How To: Make a Christmas lantern decoration

In this video, learn how to make a Christmas paper lantern decoration perfect for the next holiday season! Include this festive addition to your next Christmas gathering and show off your do it yourself Xmas spirit to your guests! You can use any paper suitable to your tastes, including beautiful foil papers, newspaper (which can be spray painted) or felt papers.

How To: Make a Christmas card using Cricut Winter Woodland

In this Arts & Crafts video tutorial you will learn how to make a Christmas card using Cricut Winter Woodland. The card is 4 1/2 x 6 1/4 inches and it has a picture of a deer and the word "Joy". On page 56 you will find the picture of a deer. Cut it out at 4 1/2 inches and the word "Joy" is on page 78. Cut it out at 1 1/4 inch. Use the snow flake punch to cut out a snow flake. From "The Winter Matstack" choose a paper that has some snowflakes on it. Then you can cut out thin strips of some or...

How To: Make a Christmas wreath with poinsettias

To make a Christmas wreath with poinsettias, by using synthetic materials you will need a Christmas wreath, pine cones, ribbon, berries, poinsettias, and any other picks you may want to use. You can purchase these items at any craft store. First, shape wreath, make bow out of Christmas ribbon (or pre-purchase bow), and attach on wreath. Next, wrap excess ribbon around Christmas wreath and align evenly poinsettias around wreath. Then, wrap around wire from the ornaments, pine cones, berries, a...

How To: Make a Christmas holly felt garland for the holidays

Christmas is coming up, but you've been so busy scoping out presents for friends and family, organizing your annual holiday cocktail party, and working hard for your holiday bonus to pay much attention to decorating your house. What do you do if you're in a bind and just don't have the time to decorate? Watch this video to learn how to make a quick holly felt garland for the holidays.

How To: Make a Christmas table centerpiece from an antler

Danielle Proud shows you how to make a beautiful Christmas table centerpiece for your Christmas dinner! Your guests will be amazed at how incredible your table looks. This amazing display catches light and looks simply magical. All you need is an old pair of deer or elk antlers, some sticky-backed crystals, and a little time and creativity! First, take your antlers and sand them until they are smooth and the color you like. Then, take different sized crystals, even different colors if you pre...

How To: Make a gumpaste Santa Claus for a Christmas cake

With gumpaste, anything is possible in the cake world. Gumpaste allows a cakemaker to mold intricate parts and cake accessories of all shapes, sizes, and theme. In this two-part cake decorating tutorial, learn how to make an adorable little Santa Claus using gumpaste for the perfect Christmas themed cake. Impress your next Christmas party with a stylish cake that's both delicious & creative.

How To: Make craft foam Christmas ornaments

Learn how to make this fun Christmas craft! Making Christmas ornaments out of craft foam is easy by cutting out tree or wreath shapes and gluing down holly, bows and mini ornaments, all cut out of foam. Use craft foam to make simple Christmas ornaments with instructions from an experienced craftswoman in this free video on Christmas crafts.

How To: Make a Christmas tree from sheets of rolled newspaper

This video demonstrates how to make a christmas tree out of newspaper. The author suggests that you start with 3 full sheets of newspaper and have scissors and scotch tape ready to use. Begin the tree making process by rolling the newspaper tightly and then using the scissors to create multiple cuts on one end of the roll. After doing so the newspaper roll should achieve a frayed look on one end. Pull on the frayed side to elongate the other newspaper that was rolled inside previously and the...

How To: Decorate a Christmas cake with choir boys

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.

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