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From The Archives: Our Best DIY Holiday Decorating Ideas

Add seasonal charm to your home with these DIY projects.

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DIY: Marble Holiday Crackers

Get the look of high-end Florentine marbled paper using budget-friendly materials. What You’ll Need: 12″ x 12″ white cardstock paper 5–10 seconds. Lift the paper out of Foam shaving cream Acrylic paint the shaving cream and place it on some (3–4 coordinating shades per cracker) Squeegee Stir stick Container (large…

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DIY: Patterned Christmas Crackers

Craft some celebratory crackers to suit your home’s palette. Placing them casually in a bowl lets guests choose the cracker that speaks to them the most. What You’ll Need: You’ll need sheets of scrapbooking paper (12″ x 12″) Wrapping paper (for contrasting overlay) Cardstock (for template) Cardboard tubes Scissors, tape…

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6 Holiday Gift Wrapping Ideas You Can Make Yourself

Give gifts a personal touch with six creative holiday wrapping projects.

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DIY Holiday Paint Projects From Annie Sloan To Try This Weekend

We can always count on the paint maven for some festive crafts!

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DIY: Paper Concertina Wreath

Create a fresh take on the holiday wreath with this clever paper craft. What you’ll need: • Old calendar pages, cardstock or wallpaper ends, etc. (you can use any kind of paper) • Utility knife • Cutting mat • Pencil • Ruler • White…

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DIY: Holiday Posy & Tassel and Bell Garland

What you’ll need for the posy:  • Greenery • Seasonal flowers, berries, bells or other decorations • Twine • Ribbon How-to: 1. To make this easy holiday posy, start by forming a fan shape with a foundation of greenery. 2. Layer in seasonal flowers, berries…

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DIY: Holiday Paper Ornaments

These lightweight paper ornaments are perfect displaying on a mantel, and you can customize the color to your holiday palette. What you’ll need: • Cardstock or paper from secondhand books • Pencil • Circle template (approx. 5″ diam.) • Stapler • Scissors • String…

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DIY: Calendar Gift Wrap

Instead of buying new holiday paper, wrap your presents with images from your 2021 calendar. For smaller items, use the whole calendar page as gift wrap and, for larger items, start with a foundation of kraft paper, then cut out decorations (like this star motif) or scenes from your…

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DIY: Painted Wooden Ornaments

Create your own one-of-a-kind holiday ornaments by hand painting wooden ones found at craft stores. What you’ll need: • Wooden ornaments (available at craft stores) • Acrylic paint • Acrylic paint pens • Paintbrush How-to: 1. Paint the ornaments with a base of black or…

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DIY: Waxed Pinecone Name Card Holders

Set your dining table with organic name card holders with pinecones gathered on a snowy winter walk. What you’ll need:  • Dry pinecones • Broken candles or used  candle ends • Thin wire • Stainless steel bowl • Saucepan • String…

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DIY: Reusable Hanukkah Crackers

What you’ll need: 12″ x 12″ squares of fabric Cardboard tubes Ribbon Treats, paper crowns, etc. Thin corrugated cardboard Utility knife Cutting mat Glue How-to: Start by wrapping a piece of fabric around a cardboard tube and tie off one end with ribbon. Next, fill the roll with treats, such…

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DIY: Felt Napkin Holder

What you’ll need: Christmas tree template (choose your favorite online!) Scissors Approx. 12″ x 12″ piece of 3 mm–thick felt Pencil Sewing needle and thread How-to: Start by downloading and printing a Christmas tree template that fills an 8 1⁄2″ x 11″ page. Take your piece of felt and…

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DIY: Treat Cones

What you’ll need for the treat cones: Two 12″ x 12″ pieces of paper such as cardstock, old calendars, wallpaper ends Scissors Glue Narrow double-sided tape Hole punch Ribbon Tassels Treats How-to: Cut two sheets of 12″ x 12″ paper on the diagonal and glue them together, back-to-back, to…

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DIY: Nut Garland

What You’ll Need: Nuts (walnuts, almonds, chestnuts and hazelnuts) Dremel drill with 1⁄8″ bit Waxed string How-to: Gather a bowl of mixed nuts with the shells on. Using a Dremel, drill a hole through one of each variety of nut Cut the waxed string to the desired length and…