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Creative Ways to Give a Child a Trip for Christmas?I need everyone to think deep into your imaginations. I have a trip planned for the end of January to bring our daughter to Great Wolf Lodge. This is a Christmas present for her.

 

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Need 50 Small Gift Ideas For 2 Secret Sisters?I am wanting to get a large gift bag with 25 small gifts in each-one for each day of December. The envelope or small package will have the date on the outside of each so they know what day to open them. I'd like each to have different items-not the same. And they need to be inexpensive.

 

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Mark Christmas Presents With Numbers Instead Of NamesIf you have little impatient gift-peepers at your house who can't stay away from their gift under the tree, here's what I do.

 

Tomato cage made into a light decorated Christmas Tree

Christmas Crafts Using Tomato CagesThis is a page about Christmas crafts using tomato cages. The tomato cage is not just for the garden. You can create some fun Christmas crafts using them.

 

A decoration of a man fallen off the ladder when decorating.

Fallen Ladder Joke Christmas DecorationThis was my Christmas decoration this year. Well, there is good news and bad news about my Christmas decorations this year.

 

Santa hat with gold thread snowflakes

Making a Santa Hat PurseThis is a page about making a Santa hat purse. Make a cute purse for the holidays from a Santa hat.

 

hands holding a wrapped gift

12 Days of Christmas Gift IdeasThis is a page about 12 days of Christmas gift ideas. Planning a special Christmas gift giving event based on the old Christmas song can be lots of fun.

 

Buffet at a church Christmas party.

Church Christmas Party Ideas?This is a page about church Christmas party ideas. Sometimes planning a Christmas party can be more challenging than it seemed when you volunteered.

 

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Homemade Honey Baked Ham RecipeI found this online a few years ago and have yet to make it but am hoping someone else can use it in light of the upcoming holidays!

 

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Repairing a Broken Christmas Ornament?Does anyone know how to repair an old glass ball ornament? It has sentimental value to me.

 

Christmas Tree Made With Toothpicks

Toothpick Christmas TreeToothpicks and Styrofoam balls come together to make an amazingly elegant table top Christmas tree.

 

The completed snowmen button bracelet.

Snowmen Button BraceletCelebrate the season with a DIY Christmas bracelet. I really liked the idea of forming different figures from buttons. This is a great use for buttons left over from old clothes. I decided to make a bracelet with snowmen.

 

Living Christmas Tree

Caring for a Live Christmas TreeThis page is about caring for a live Christmas tree. Enjoying the fragrance and presence of a living holiday tree requires daily attention.

 

Golden bells on a sparkling background.

Start Preparing for Christmas in JanuaryChristmas is one of the best times of the year; spending quality time with family and friends; sharing some hearty meals and building new memories. Unfortunately it is also one of the most expensive times of the year, a time that could leave your budget in a complete mess.

 

Homemade sock snowman.

Making a Sock SnowmanThis is a page about making a sock snowman. With some simple accessories, you can turn a plain sock into an adorable snowman. They are cute decorations for around the house and make great gifts too.

 

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Making Winter Scarf Covered Wreaths

Making Winter Scarf Covered WreathsThis simple and very easy DIY consists of a wreath and a winter scarf. This project is no sew, no glue. You just take your scarf and simply wrap around and tuck the ends into the pleats of your wrapped wreath. Making this project so simple!

 

A box of Christmas decorating supplies.

Pack Up Christmas For New YearsNew Year's Christmas decorations usually make me a little sad. So this year I have decided to make a new tradition. Throughout the week between Christmas and New Year's, we are taking down some of the decorations we have throughout our home.

 

Snowman Place Setting

Making a Snowman Place SettingSpread holiday cheer all the way to the dinner table with a decorative place setting. This is a page about snowman place setting.

 

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Tree Ornaments Have Black Spots?What causes old glass Christmas tree ornaments to get black spots on them? As far as that goes, I have some that are only a few years old that are starting to get them, too.

 

Plastic Spoon Tree - tree in the garden

Plastic Spoon TreeHere's a fun and easy way to make a chic looking tree for the holidays, or any time of the year. I think they look lovely both indoors and outdoors. All you need are plastic spoons, a piece of paper, and hot glue. The bigger the paper, the taller the tree.

 

Poured Paint Ornaments  - several colors of paint dripped down the inside of the ornament

Making Poured Paint Glass Ornament BallsPlain glass ornaments can be made fabulous with the addition of some paint poured directly inside. This is a page about making poured paint glass ornament balls.

 

A Christmas tree with some of the lights out.

Half Section of Pre-lit Tree Lights Out?The bottom part of the top piece of my pre-lit tree went out. These lights are wired in parallel, so if one goes out, the others stay lit. The whole top section is on the same strand and I've checked every single bulb in the bottom part that is out and they are all securely in the socket. I've even checked the fuses, although the top of the strand is still lit. If I remove one bulb, the whole strand goes out. If I replace a bulb in the section that is out with one I've already tested, the section still stays dark. It doesn't make sense. I don't know what else to do. Any suggestions?

 

Coat Hanger Cloth Wreath

Making a Coat Hanger Cloth WreathThis is a page about making a coat hanger cloth wreath. This coat hanger cloth wreath will make a wonderful Christmas decoration.

 

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Christmas Balls?I would like to know how to make the big Christmas balls, made from plastic cups and lights. I have seen them a few times and I think they are so cheery for the holiday. Any info on how to make them would be so much appreciated.

 

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Christmas Gift Ideas for 16 Year Old Boyfriend?What should I get my 16 year old boyfriend for Christmas? I have no clue what to get him! Please help.

 

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Mothball Christmas Display?I have seen mothballs that move up and down in water. I would like to make this for a Christmas display. Does anyone know how to do this?

 

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Gag Gift Ideas for Church Christmas Party?My church is having a Christmas party and this year we are to bring gag gifts. I need some suggestions of either things to buy or things to make. Be creative, but keep it clean (it is a church party after all).

 

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50s Christmas Scene Plastic Cup Ornaments?In the 1950's my mom and a friend made Christmas ornaments using small, clear plastic cups. They glued items in the cups, then melted them in the oven. The result was a mini Christmas scene inside the melted cup. Are there specific instructions for this project?

 

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Making Christmas Tree from Old Phone Book?Does anyone remember making Christmas trees out of old telephone books?

 

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Pre-lit Christmas Tree Lights Very Dim?I have a large 10 year old pre-lit tree it is beautiful except that last year I had replaced lots of lights, this year it is a mess, I am trying to get it perfect again. The issue is I replaced fuses, I am finding the cause of lights that are out, but the more bulbs I replace the dimmer the lights get.

 

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Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus Air Freshener Covers?'m looking for a pattern of Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus. It was from Atlanta Puffections some years ago. It was sewn together fit over air fresheners.

 

Santa wearing a graduation cap.

Combining a Graduation Party with a Christmas Party?Adding a second reason for celebration to your annual Christmas party will just increase the fun. This is a page about combining a graduation party with a Christmas party.

 

Making Bead and Sequin Ornaments

Making Bead and Sequin OrnamentsBeads and sequins together or separately can be used to make beautiful, sparkly ornaments. This is a page about making bead and sequin ornaments.

 

Aluminum Ornament

Making Punched Aluminum OrnamentsThis is a page about making punched aluminum ornaments. This easy to make Christmas craft will look great on your tree this year.

 

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Melting Candy Canes To Shape For Gifts?I would like to know how to melt and shape candy canes?

 

Light Bulb Grinch Ornament - add a circle of white fabric to the hat tip and then add a hanger

DIY Light Bulb Grinch OrnamentWith a burnt out light bulb, green paint, and some basic painting skills you are on your way to making this Grinch ornament. This is a no sew project.

 

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Inexpensive and Weatherproof Outdoor Christmas Tree Decorations?I am in charge of decorating an outside Christmas tree for our village this year. I need something that is water-proof (in case it rains), non-breakable (in case it's windy), and cheap (in case they get "removed"!)

 

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Keeping Christmas Wrap Rolls from UnrollingWhen putting my Christmas wrap, ribbon, bags, etc. away I noticed the rolls wouldn't stay rolled up without the aid of tape (which ruins the paper). I'd just removed a pair of knee high nylons, with a run in one of them.

 

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Painting Christmas Tree Lightbulbs?Does anyone know how to paint on Christmas light bulbs? I have an assignment and that is to paint on Christmas tree light bulbs for Christmas decorations. Thank you.

 

A hanging Christmas tree made from a piece of cardboard cut in a spiral.

DIY Hanging Cardboard Christmas TreeThis is a page about making a DIY hanging cardboard Christmas tree. Here's a fun project that can be customized in endless ways. This hanging cardboard tree is easy to make and can even be decorated with lights and ornaments.

 

Plastic Bottle Christmas Tree - complete with a string of lights

How to Make a Plastic Bottle Christmas TreeGreen plastic soda bottles are the perfect material to recycle into this clever tabletop Christmas tree. This is a page about how to make a plastic bottle Christmas tree.

 

Aluminum Pie Pan Snowflake

Aluminum Pie Pan SnowflakeDon't throw away those aluminum pie pans, when you can make snowflakes!

 

finished snowman hot chocolate gift

Making a Coffee Mate Container SnowmanThis is a page about making a Coffee Mate container snowman. A Coffee Mate container is the perfect shape for making a cute snowman that can be filled with treats for a gift or used as a decoration.

 

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Gift for Adult Stepchild Who Never Visits?Step child, age 31, always makes up excuses why she can't come to family events. She posted a comment on Facebook that she would not be celebrating Christmas this year to let her family know. However, she does go over to other places to have dinner, etc. with other people if her mother goes. They live together. We rarely see her.

 

Clear Christmas ornament filled with tree, snow and a present.

Filling Clear Christmas OrnamentsA fun project for the whole family can center around filling clear ornaments with a variety of holiday themed inclusions and other tidbits. Try shells, confetti, pom poms, miniature trees, and more. This is a page about filling clear Christmas ornaments.

 

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Homemade Christmas Ornament

Homemade Christmas CraftsThis page contains homemade christmas crafts. Homemade Christmas crafts are a fun and inexpensive way to decorate your house. They also are great gifts for someone special. Here are some fabulous homemade craft ideas!

 

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Reusing Old Christmas Cards (Holiday Craft Idea)Reusing Old Christmas Cards (Holiday Craft Idea). When my sister and I were kids, we didn't have a lot of money in our family. We didn't know it and still had a ton of fun!

 

VIntage jewelry tree made by aunt.

Costume Jewelry Christmas TreeI make costume jewelry Christmas trees as gifts for family. This one on black background was given to me 30 years ago and made by my 86 year old aunt. It is one of the most loved things in my home.

 

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Gifts for Elderly FriendsIt is not easy to find a gift for elderly friends and relatives. I give them stationary, a ball point pen and stamps. By Jean Sterling

 

Glitter and Glue Icicles - silvery white glitter with larger colored flecks

Making Glitter and Glue IciclesThis is a page about glitter and glue icicles. These cute winter decorations are sure to bring holiday cheer to your home.

 

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How to Make Holiday Candy Lights?Holiday Candy Lights. I am looking for directions on how to make a string of mini Christmas lights into a string of wrapped candies.

 

Warm Wishes Cocoa Gift

Making a Cocoa GiftThis is a page about warm wishes cocoa gift. This cocoa is gift is an easy gift to make that anyone will love to receive.

 

Helium Tank Upcycled as The Grinch - Grinch sitting on the ground outside

How to Upcycle a Helium Tank into The GrinchTake that leftover helium tank and create a fun yard decoration featuring the Grinch. This favorite Dr. Seuss character is sure to bring smiles to everyone who sees him. This page contains photos and instructions for how to upcycle a helium tank into the Grinch.

 

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Asking Family To Not Exchange Gifts?We have a very big family. Gift giving gets very expensive with Christmas and all the birthdays, etc. We are trying to buy a house and our income in a lot less then others in the family. Is there a polite way to bring up the "let's not exchange gifts" conversation?

 

A candy cane puzzle gag gift.

Candy Cane Puzzle Gag GiftThis is a page about candy cane puzzle gag gift. While putting the candy cane back together may be out of the question the candy bits will still taste great.

 

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Making a Wine Cork ReindeerThis is a page about making a wine cork reindeer. A recycled wine bottle cork is perfect for making this diminutive reindeer.

 

Sweet Gum Mini-Wreath

Sweet Gum Mini-WreathThis wreath is made from the seed pods from the sweet gum tree. This is a pattern for all you Southern folks that have these seed pods to clean up every fall from your yard.

 

A family opening present on Christmas morning around the tree.

Opening Presents on Christmas MorningThis is a page about opening presents on Christmas morning. Many families have a tradition that defines the opening of presents on Christmas morning.

 

Brainstorm: 2020 Christmas Card Greeting Ideas?

2020 Christmas Card Greeting Ideas?What are your Christmas card message ideas for 2020?

 

Making a Beaded Poinsettia

Making a Beaded PoinsettiaThis is a page about making a beaded poinsettia. A beaded poinsettia can be made using a few supplies and will add beauty to your holiday decorating.

 

A Meowy Christmas, a cat with a santa hat.

Christmas Card Photo Ideas IIWe have had so many great photo ideas submitted that we have broken this into two articles. Post your own Christmas card photo.

 

A small jar containing hot chocolate mix.

Homemade Hot Chocolate MixThis hot cocoa is chocolaty with a hint of cinnamon. Not only is making your own hot cocoa mix delicious, but it can make a great gift for the holidays. My friend is a chef and he had to make special hot chocolate mixes each year for the hotel attached to the restaurant he worked at. We based this recipe on one of his favorites. This is also quite inexpensive.

 

Making 3D Paper Snowflakes

Making 3D Paper SnowflakesThis is a page about making 3D paper snowflakes. Try making this dimensional alternative to the traditional paper snowflake to decorate for the holidays or entertain the kids on a cold wintry day.

 

A Christmas card showing a knight with duct tape over his mouth

Christmas Card Photo IdeasThis page contains Christmas card photo ideas. There are many ways to create your own personalized cards for the holidays.

 

Santa jars

Baby Food Jar Santa Candy JarThis is a vintage pattern that I used many years ago, but is still a popular recycle craft. It is a Santa candy jar made from a baby food jar.

 

Closeup of completed star

Button Star OrnamentThis craft can be made using collected buttons left over from old clothes to make a star to decorate your Christmas tree. I used wire from an old transformer, so this project cost almost nothing. You can use any other color of buttons.

 

2x4 Christmas Carolers

2x4 Christmas CarolersThis is a page about 2x4 Christmas carolers. Make these holiday decorations using materials from around the house.

 

Pot holder folded up one third to make a note pad and pen holder.

Cute Pot Holder GiftsI purchased a set of pot holders from the Dollar Tree. You simply get out the hot glue gun. Fold one up 1/3 the way and glue the sides. Some of my glue oozed out, so I just stuck a purple rose on each end.

 

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Making a Jewelry Christmas Tree?What type of glue do you use to attach the jewelry to the fabric? I want something that I know will stick, but I don't want it to be noticeable. Thanks for your time and consideration.

 

Wrap Presents With Foil

Wrap Presents With FoilInstead of using wrapping paper (save a tree) for my smaller gifts, I used aluminum foil. Plus with a ribbon, it looks like more expensive foil paper. Very festive!

 

A child opening a box in front of a Christmas tree.

A Thrift Store ChristmasIn these hard times, shopping at the thrift stores may be that the only way some of us will be able to afford a Christmas for our families. So here are some ideas of what can be done with thrift store bargains to turn them from "Trash" to "Treasure".

 

Pasta Angel Ornaments

Making Pasta Angel OrnamentsThis page is about making pasta angel ornaments. Using different kinds of pasta you can create special ornaments for gifts or your tree.

 

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