Christmas Ideas Features

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: 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 reindeer Christmas hat

When the weather outside is frightful, we have a holiday hat your kids will actually want to wear. This video shows how to make a beautiful reindeer hat. Your child will lead the pack in true Rudolph style with this cap whose fanciful antlers are made from a pair of basic knit gloves. This is a fun Christmas craft project! Make it with your kids at their holiday party.

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 a festive Christmas garland from fresh greenery

In this tutorial, we learn how to make a festive Christmas garland from fresh greenery. You will need: fresh greenery, wire cutters, floral wire, pruning clippers, and gloves to do this. The base should be made of holly, and then you can use different firs that you can find. You can arrange this garland however you wish, placing them onto the wire and then cutting the wire when everything is hooked together. The great thing about this is that you can be creative and use whatever kind of green...

How To: Make USB Christmas lights

This video covers the steps for creating USB Christmas lights. Take battery powered Christmas lights and convert them to USB powered to decorate your office. Take apart the battery casing. You have to rewire this. You also need to cut open a USB cord and do some soldering.

How To: Tie Christmas bows on presents

Death to sticky bows! You can learn how to tie your own christmas bows on your presents this year. Watch this video for the proper technique on tying a ribbon around a present, curling the ribbon and tying a flawless bow. These gift wrapping tips will help you this 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: Decorate your Christmas tree

This is a video tutorial in the Hosting & Entertaining category where you are going to learn how to decorate your Christmas tree with big impact using ribbon. You begin the process by fluffing. Choose two beautiful ribbons. Try different ribbon combinations like metallic and satin or velvet and harlequin. The ribbon must be wired. Make a simple loop and twist the ribbons together. Wrap one loop around one piece of the tree branch. Then make another loop on the ribbons and wrap it around anoth...

How To: String lights on a Christmas tree

In this how to video series, learn how to string Christmas lights on a Christmas tree from expert Matt Cail. Matt will show you how to test Christmas tree lights, how close to an outlet to put a Christmas tree, how to untangle Christmas tree lights, where to start stringing Christmas lights on a tree, how to weave lights into a Christmas tree.

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 Hershey's Kisses candy mice for Christmas

"Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse." Some mice will be stirring this holiday in your house when you make these adorable Hershey's Kisses candy mice. Bite-sized and really damn cute, don't be surprised if none are there for Santa when he comes swooping down the chimney.

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: Hang garlands and tinsel on a Christmas tree

Master the art—and it is an art—of hanging garlands and tinsel on your Christmas tree. You will need garlands and tinsel, craft wire, ribbon and a step ladder. Tip: Follow the six-six rule: Don't hang more than six strands per branch, and leave about six inches of space between tinsel decorated branches.

How To: Make a glitter Christmas ornament

Here is a tutorial about how to turn a normal glass bulb into a glittery Christmas ornament. Make beautiful glass ornaments with clear glass bulbs (you can buy this at any craft store), glitter and reinker. All you need are the previous materials, a funnel and a paper towel. This is a cheap and easy way to make beautiful ornaments for Christmas. Fun holiday craft!

How To: Decorate a poinsettia design Christmas cake

Show your Christmas spirit with an awesome decorative cake that will make anyone with any ounce of Martha Stewart in them, drool. In this two-part video, learn how to ice and decorate the cake to make a poinsettia flower Christmas design. Flaunt your creative skills with the best Christmas cake on the block!