150+ Do-It-Yourself Ornaments You Can Make Before Christmas

by M.E. Gray

A mega roundup of DIY ornaments for your Christmas tree, whatever the theme may be!

Can you believe it? Christmas is coming up quick! The holiday season always seems to whizz right by, doesn't it? If you're feeling like you've missed out on the festivities, don't fret - there's still enough time to make some last-minute baubles and bits. We've rounded up a few (well, not a few - over 150!) of our favorite DIY Christmas ornaments that you can definitely get finished this weekend, and enjoy for Christmases yet to come.       

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Easter Rocks!

by Molly Mc

Easter Rocks!

I confess, I am not crafty. If it involves more than a 5 minute trip to Michael's, count me out. So when I saw Lindsay's Easter "Egg" Rocks, I thought this is a craft project right up my alley. See how easy they are to do.

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How-To: Make a Festive and Rustic Paper Garland

by Capree K

How-To: Make a Festive and Rustic Paper Garland

During the Fall and Winter months, I tend to embrace my rustic side a bit more.  The idea of logs and woodsy things in my home no longer seems borderline-tacky, but slightly charming and a semi-effective way of bringing nature indoors in an attempt to fight the winter blues.  And speaking of fighting the winter blues, I think making this paper garland would be a great way to spend a drizzly and snowy afternoon (like today).  Are you with me?  Great!  Let's see what we'll need for a day of November crafting.  

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Meat Head.

by Chris Gardner

So, it's kinda like not being able to look away from a flaming car crash, but it'll still make you giggle.

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"Hubby discovered that whipped cream cheese (whip your own with a mixer) made wonderful "glue". Smear it all over a cheap skull then cover it with thin slices of meat (ham seems to look the best). The eyes are olives stuffed into martini onions." From Flickr.

Happy Halloween, hamfaces.

 

via.

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How to Pick A Christmas Tree

by Lilybee

created on: 12/08/08

It's arguably the biggest Christmas decoration you'll put up and it'll be around for weeks, so how do you choose a good one? Well, according to professional forester Steve Nix, like this:

Perform a "freshness test" Take hold of a branch and pull your hand toward you, allowing the branch to slip through your fingers. Most, if not all, of the needles should stay on the tree.

Lifting and dropping the tree on a hard surface should not result in

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Have Yourself A Nordic Little Christmas

by Lilybee

Oh Scandinavia. Why you got to be so awesome?

Nordic folks know a thing or two about winter, what with 20 hours of darkness and months of temperatures that will kill you. They manage to say yahboo to the most rubbish of seasons with the best Christmas/winter decorations ever. And now, so can you... in two price ranges!

Ikea Light chain with three lights, $8.99

created on: 11/28/08

Elflugan Light, $201 (ex.tax)

created on: 11/28/08

 

Scandinavian design star light, $61.17 (ex. tax),

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DIY: Fabric Party Garland.

by Chris Gardner

created on: 09/01/08

Everyone loves the festive touch of hanging stuff from the ceiling. But the premade, disposable options are, well, disposable, and well, ugly. Handmade paper garlands are a much better option, but if you're making the effort, why not go all out and create a fabric option, which can be used again and again with no tearing, ripping, or crinking...well, maybe a little crinkling, but nothing a hot iron and a few seconds can't fix. And what a great...

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Modern Christmas Stockings

by DIY Maven

Modern Christmas Stockings

Stockings that are hung by the chimney with care are going modern, thanks to Unica Home. These delicious designs put a new retro spin on that old Christmas staple. Each sock is fabricated of hand-made felt, and instead of offering free monogramming on the cuffs, the designer, Ahna Holder, chose to personalize each sock with a teeny tiny picture frame. Now here’s the bad part: each sock will set you back 50 bucks. Ouch! But hey, they do provide...

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Star Light Star Bright, Let's Fold a Paper Star Tonight

by DIY Maven

Star Light Star Bright, Let's Fold a Paper Star Tonight

I found instructions for these beautiful folded paper stars in an old magazine called The Workbasket. Not only were the directions indecipherable, the picture illustrations were misidentified. Although your first attempt might be a challenge, it’ll be worth it as the final product will impress your friends and family.

Use them to decorate your trees and presents for your holiday party, or hang them from your light fixtures for your New Years...

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Oh Tannenbaum With Hand Tools?

by DIY Maven

Oh Tannenbaum With Hand Tools?

The other day, while cruising the aisles of my favorite Ace Hardware store, I came upon some very Curbly Christmas ornaments: miniature pewter hand tools. At about 9 bucks a piece, they’re perfect for the handyman or handywoman in the family.

Also available on-line at Gloria Duchin, the tiny-tools include a hammer, wrench, and circular saw, among others.

I envision a completely DIY themed Christmas tree. And for the garland, strung hex nuts...

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