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Throwing a Tree-Trimming Party

To throw this tree-trimming party at Christmas time, you can do a lot of the work ahead. After you assemble the ingredients and craft supplies, gather the following recipes and then use the party planning [more…]

How to Package a Food Gift

After you’ve spent the time to make a delicious gift from your kitchen, take some packaging precautions before sending it. Keep in mind you can never have too much protection when you pack your food gifts [more…]

How to Crochet a Smart Scarf

This crocheted smart scarf is textured and bold. The smart scarf gets its tongue-in-cheek name because the pattern looks complicated but no one will believe how simple it is to make! Crocheted with loosely [more…]

Part of the Series: Holiday Crafts: Six Christmas Gifts to Knit or Crochet

How to Knit a Scarf with the Box Stitch

This basic box-stitch scarf is easy to make and has many variations. After you're comfortable with this box-stitch scarf project, make it your own by changing things up. [more…]

Part of the Series: Holiday Crafts: Six Christmas Gifts to Knit or Crochet

How to Knit and Felt Potholders

These knit potholders are fun to felt and are a great way to practice some new knitting skills. Knit these potholders and felt them to add pizazz to any kitchen. [more…]

Part of the Series: Holiday Crafts: Six Christmas Gifts to Knit or Crochet

How to Knit a Book Cover

Knitted book covers are fun to make and are nothing more than simple rectangles. Knitted book covers protect special volumes and provide privacy. This basic pattern is for a book cover that’s worked in [more…]

Part of the Series: Holiday Crafts: Six Christmas Gifts to Knit or Crochet

How to Crochet a Newsboy Cap

Crochet a newsboy cap, and you'll be as stylish as Hollywood and music stars. This crocheted newsboy cap allows you to use crocheting techniques to shape the hat and its brim. The yarn used in this project [more…]

Part of the Series: Holiday Crafts: Six Christmas Gifts to Knit or Crochet

How to Crochet Coasters with a Geometric Design

These crocheted geometric coasters use bold colors and strong geometric shapes to help you serve drinks in style. No more boring, round coasters to protect your tabletop! [more…]

Part of the Series: Holiday Crafts: Six Christmas Gifts to Knit or Crochet

Gingerbread and Icing for Building a Gingerbread House

Making a gingerbread house is a Christmas activity that kids enjoy. This gingerbread is not for eating; it’s for construction. It’s edible, but therefore drier than gingerbread for eating. [more…]

Part of the Series: Seven Dessert Recipes for Christmas and the Holidays

How to Make Christmas Sugarplums

These are the sugarplums of children’s dreams. Sugarplums are small candies made from dried fruit; kids love making them. If you’re making them for adults, try the spirited version; otherwise, use orange [more…]

How to Make Pomander Candles for Christmas

Pomander candles are old-fashioned fragrant balls of citrus and cloves that fill the room with the scent of Christmas. The embedded candles enhance your room with a festive holiday atmosphere via flickering [more…]

Part of the Series: Decorating Your Table for the Holidays

Make a Cookie Wreath Centerpiece for Your Christmas Party

Kids love cookies and they also like to build things with food. You or one of your helpers makes this Holiday centerpiece by gluing a batch of cutout cookies together with icing to make an edible 10-inch [more…]

Part of the Series: Decorating Your Table for the Holidays

How to Sew Christmas Place Mats

Making place mats is an inexpensive way to decorate your Christmas table. Sewing holiday place mats means you can customize them with your theme colors or use traditional colors like red and green or silver [more…]

Part of the Series: Decorating Your Table for the Holidays

How to Make Taper Candles for Christmas

Homemade tapers candles are an easy, elegant gift idea for Christmas. Whether you make the taper candles short or tall, the candle-dipping process is straightforward: You dip both ends of a wick into melted [more…]

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How to Use Embellishments to Enhance Your Gift-Wrapping

Sure, offering up gifts in wrapping paper alone is fine — nothing wrong with that! But when you add a little embellishment, you make your gifts look (and their recipients feel) super special. [more…]

How to Wrap Presents in a Gift Bag

Wrapping presents in gift bags and tissue paper is quick, versatile, and economical. The bags are reusable or recyclable and are perfect for wrapping oddly shaped gifts of all sizes. Gift-bag designs range [more…]

How to Make Floral-Ribbon Bows

Make fluffy floral bows (florist bows) from ribbon to customize gifts and craft projects. A floral bow begins with a small central loop; the side loops gradually get larger as the bow gets bigger. [more…]

How to Wrap a Gift

Knowing the basics of how to wrap a gift makes the task quick and easy. After you master these easy gift-wrapping steps, you'll find your own shortcuts. If you're feeling ambitious after you wrap the present [more…]

How to Make a Tailored Bow from Ribbon

Making flat, tailored ribbon bows is quick and easy. A tailored ribbon bow lends a clean, modern edge to gift wrapping; and because it's flat, this bow is ideal for gifts that will be shipped or stacked [more…]

Design Tips and Tricks for Perfect Paper Snowflakes

Fold and cutting out paper snowflakes is a fun and creative holiday craft that anyone can enjoy. Most of the time, people cut up their folded papers pretty randomly, so they end up with random snowflakes [more…]

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