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How To: Make a cotton ball Christmas Santa with your kids

This is a great activity for children to develop some fine motor skills. The blueprints of the Santa can be found on the website. Just print it out and depending on how young the children are they can cut out the Santa or you can cut out the Santa. With the Santa cut out glue him on a piece of construction paper so there is a border. Use some glue and place little dots all round the beard of Santa. Have the children separate the cottons balls from each other. Now the kids should place one cot...

How To: Make a Christmas wreath out of recycled materials

The old frame of the wreath of a previous year containing only two old ornaments is used. Placed on the frame are plastic bags from the grocery store . The bags were green in color however colored bags may be used for creativity . Fluff and fold the bags and wrap them around the frame. Nearly a dozen bags are used. A boy is made using two pieces of the same cloth of a complimenting color to that of the wreath, to form a bow. The bow is attached to wreath and placed on the outside part of a do...

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 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: 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: Make a Christmas centerpiece with evergreens & flowers

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...

How To: Make a Christmas style wreath bow

In this tutorial, we learn how to make a Christmas style wreath bow. First, cut a piece of holiday ribbon and pin it into place. After this, make a bow out of the ribbon. Next, curl the ends of the ribbon and pin them into the wreath as well. Use your fingers to make curls and waves in the ribbon to make it look like it's moving in the wind. Pin these securely into place. Once you are finished, hang up your wreath and enjoy the decorations! This is a great project to do that will save you a l...

How To: Geekify Your Christmas Tree with This Dr. Who 'Weeping Angel' Tree Topper

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...

How To: Make a Santa face Christmas craft

Learn how to make this fun Christmas craft! Making a Santa Claus face involves gluing different colored poms together for the head, beard and hat, gluing googly eyes to the face and decorating the hat with smaller white poms. Create a crafty Santa Claus face with instructions from an experienced craftswoman in this free video on Christmas crafts.

How To: Make a miniature Christmas wreath

The equipment that you need is pliers, beads, beading wire, tinsel, some miniature flowers and a plain wreath. Twist a section of beads onto the wire, 5 beads make a nice grouping. Twist the 5 beads onto a single wire to make a bunch. Make enough bunches to cover the wreath. Fold a piece of tinsel between your fingers. Wrap the beading wire around the tinsel to hold it firm. Fluff the tinsel to give it some depth. Wrap the bead bunches and tinsel wraps around the wreath. Wrap the miniature pa...

How To: Craft orange-and-clove Christmas decorations

In this video, we learn how to craft orange-and-clove Christmas decorations. First, you will need to grab some oranges from a local supermarket, along with ribbon, and cloves. Now, grab the close and pierce it into the skin of the orange. This will release the smell of the orange and give you the scent of the clove as well. You can now make any design on the orange that you would like to! When you are finished decorating these, you can attach a ribbon to any part of them that you would like. ...

How To: Make custom Christmas reindeer decorations

This video shows you how to make your own home made Christmas reindeer decorations. You need some floral fabric, scissors, a few feathers, and some artificial eyes. Draw a reindeer template on some cardboard, using a cookie cutter if you wish, and cut it out. Paint some glue thinly on the reindeer shape. Lay the fabric on the glue and spread it out with your hands. You can use anything for this, even wrapping paper. This crafty look is very fashionable at the moment. Attach the plastic eyes a...

How To: Make Christmas ornaments from CDs

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...

How To: Make mini Christmas wreaths out of pipe cleaners

How to make mini Christmas wreaths out of pipe cleanersIn this video we are about to see how to make mini Christmas wreaths out of pipe cleaners. To start with we get colors of pipe cleaners. Now take them of equal length and twists their ends together so that they don’t come off. Start braiding from the attached ends. The art of braiding is very easy. Just take the middle over the left and the middle over the right. Repeat the process till the end of the pipe cleaners. Leave out a small port...

How To: Booby Trap a Christmas Gift

Although Christmas is not a time for pranks and booby traps, but rather quality time with the family, why not have a little fun at the expense of your loved ones? Here's a simple yet effective way to booby trap a Christmas gift. You'll need the help of a balloon, but the end result will be hilarious. Just wait until Christmas morning and everyone is eager to open their presents. That's when the fun begins. Merry Christmas!!!!

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: Make a Cheap Desk Christmas Tree!

Here's your chance to get creative during the holidays, especially if you're a "DIY" person. Why buy a small Christmas Tree for your desk when you can make your own for a fraction of the price and have fun as well. For further instructions refer to the video tutorial. Merry Christmas!!!

How To: Draw a Christmas tree on MS Paint

The first step in drawing a Christmas tree in Microsoft Paint is to open up the program and click on the line button on the left hand side of the toolbar. Start with where you want the top of your tree to be. Click and pull down the cursor about an inch and a half on a 45 degree angle. Click again. Now take the cursor and go to the right about an inch. Click again. Repeat three more times making each 45 degree angle line a little bit longer than the last. It should zigzag angling towards the ...