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As the holidays inch ever closer, I bet you’re ready for another crafty gift wrap idea, right? Well, I’ve got you covered with two (easy!) ideas for doily gift wrap that are oh-so-feminine to complement the dude-tastic gift wrap I shared last week.

BTW, if you haven’t already jumped on the brown-Kraft-paper-as-gift-wrap train, I recommend you hop on at the next station. Simply put, it is the bomb. Inexpensive and available year-round (I buy mine at the dollar store), the thick paper makes crisp corners and the neutral color works with any embellishments.  For me, it’s the perfect year-round gift wrap and I always keep a few rolls on hand.

What are the holidays without a little sparkle? After wrapping the gift in Kraft paper, I glammed-up a paper doily by coating it with spray adhesive (like Super 77), then dusting the still-wet glue with glitter. Once the glue had dried, I attached the doily to the package with glue dots to prevent it from shifting when I added the ribbon. As a final touch, I tied on one of the glittery pinecones I made for my salvaged molding/evergreen bough and added a few self-adhesive rhinestones for extra glitz.   Doily Holiday Gift Wrap

Or, you can skip the Kraft paper and just wrap a paper doily around a pretty box. I used glue dots to secure the doily’s edges then wrapped the box with yarn and tied on a pom-pom. These are soo cute and soo easy to make, learn how to craft one yourself below.  Handmade Holiday Gift Wrap Idea

Step 1: Wrap yarn around your fingers a dozen or so times. The more times you wrap it, the fuller the pom-pom will be.
How to Make a Yarn Pom-Pom Step 1
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We’re counting down to Christmas with a new holiday party tip, decorating idea or DIY project every day until December 25. Miss a day? See all the posts here.

Still trying to find the perfect gift for those last few stragglers on your list? It’s not too late to make your own…really. We have lots of impressive, easy-to-make Christmas gifts that only look like you’ve worked on them for months.

Make Your Own Silhouette Christmas Gift

A framed silhouette is a classic keepsake that makes a thoughtful Christmas gift. A digital camera, computer and printer make this centuries-old craft a snap. Are you working on any handmade gifts this year? Details, details!

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We’ve finally arrived at the most wonderful time of the year, ladies and gentlemen – Christmas is only one week away!

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When you’re busy running from store to store trying to get the perfect gift for friends and family, it’s easy to forget the little things you need Christmas Day, like mountains of tape and batteries. In honor of all the chaos, we’ve compiled a list of all the essentials you may have forgotten so you can spend more time with your family and less time racing to stores come Christmas Eve. After all, no one likes a last-minute Scrooge.

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We’re counting down to Christmas with a new holiday party tip, decorating idea or DIY project every day until December 25. Miss a day? See all the posts here.

Holiday meals call for a little extra attention to the table, but that doesn’t mean you need to spend a lot on a professional floral arrangement.  This year, try simple table decorations using items you probably already have on hand.

Holiday Table Setting Ideas

The focal point of this sparkling table centerpiece is a Christmas tree fashioned from Boxwood clippings tucked into a white mug, but you could create the same look with clippings from your tree or from a shrubbery in your yard. Leftover ornaments and evergreen clippings arranged on a serving tray complete the look.

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Want to impress your family this Christmas with a new cookie recipe? You’re in luck!

You can make these cookies as simple or ornate as you like: Just trace your design onto a sheet of parchment, fill the cookie dough with crushed candies and bake. Like magic, you’ve created a gorgeous stained “glass.”

Stained Glass Cookies

From Cooking Channel

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We have a winner! Congratulations to Emily for winning the HGTV Elf and a $100 American Express Gift card! Thanks to everyone for entering!

The HGTV Elf has been getting into shenanigans all over the HGTV office building. From hanging out with the Property Brothers to digging into some pumpkin pie in the cafeteria, she has made her presence known. We hope you have enjoyed following her adventures!

Elf on the Shelf Ideas

To enter for a chance to win a $100 American Express gift card and the actual HGTV Elf (yes, she’s coming to live with one lucky winner), simply visit @HGTV on Instagram and find out what holiday objects were on the front of HGTV Magazine on Day 5. By correctly answering what’s on the cover in the Comments of this blog post, you’re entered in the sweepstakes.

Don’t have access to Instagram? You can check out the Elf’s adventures here:

Elf on the Shelf Ideas

You may only comment once to be considered, and you don’t have to purchase anything to win; a purchase will not increase your chances of winning. Odds depend on total number of entries. Void where prohibited by law. Only open to legal residents of 50 U.S., D.C. or Puerto Rico, and you must be at least 18 years of age to win. All entries (comments) must be entered between 3:00 p.m. ET on December 12, 2012 and 3:00 p.m. ET on December 14, 2012. Subject to full official rules. By leaving a comment on the blog, you acknowledge your acceptance to the Official Rules. ARV of prize: $135. Sponsor: Scripps Networks, LLC, d/b/a HGTV, 9721 Sherrill Boulevard, Knoxville, TN 37932.

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The holidays are sneaking up on us fast! Hanukkah began this weekend and Christmas will be here in less than 2 weeks. If you’re like me, you’re in gift wrapping crunch mode.

Honestly, wrapping gifts is one of my favorite things about the holidays but wrapping guys’ gifts can be tough — the trick is to keep them seasonal and masculine. For my mens’ gifts this year, that means this awesome blue plaid ribbon (love!) and handy-dandy, works-with-anything Kraft paper.

Another Kraft paper bonus: Thanks to its thickness, you can paint it without rippling the paper. So for Grant’s gift, I painted on a chalkboard gift tag then topped it with a blue plaid ribbon rose (in honor of his bowtie obsession) and a sparkly snowflake ornament.Chalkboard Gift Wrap With Handmade Ribbon Rose

Step 1: I planned to add the ribbon rose on one side and have the chalkboard tag take up most of the remaining space so I first taped on a band of ribbon to determine the tag’s placement. Next I used a ruler to mark out a rectangle, leaving the corners unmarked. To round the tag’s corners, I sketched around a small tin then erased any pencil marks that wouldn’t be covered by the chalkboard paint. chalkboard gift wrap

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We’re counting down to Christmas with a new holiday party tip, decorating idea or DIY project every day until December 25. Miss a day? See all the posts here.

Choosing a gift for the big groups of people in your life can be tough. You want to create something special for your coworkers, neighbors or community groups, yet you don’t want to spend a lot of money per person. Skip the cookie plate this year and try one of these inexpensive handmade gifts instead.

Handmade Gifts to Make Now

These mini pinecone firestarters are dipped in eucalyptus-and pine-scented paraffin, so they’ll both help light the fireplace and set the holiday mood. Or, for something edible, try Marianne’s chalkboard-painted coffee cans filled with coconut caramel corn. Coworkers: check.

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We’re counting down to Christmas with a new holiday party tip, decorating idea or DIY project every day until December 25. Miss a day? See all the posts here.

The best Christmas ornament is one with a story behind it. A great tree is full of family memories: Your daughter’s 6th grade class trip, your grandmother’s heritage, your first Christmas in a new home. Create new holiday keepsakes by making your own handmade ornaments this year.

Make Your Own Ornaments

Most of these ornaments are simple to make and require just a few materials from the craft store — you can make these beautiful origami butterflies with paper, scissors, glue and string. It’s the perfect thing to do as you watch a favorite holiday movie (White Christmas is my pick) and sip some hot cider (spiked or not.)

Or, host a casual ornament-making party so friends can join in on the fun. What Christmas ornaments are you making this year?

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Update: Congratulations to reader erin_hanlon, who is decorating her brand new home with turquoise, ivory and fragrant rosemary trees this season.  Check back Friday, January 4 for our next amazing giveaway!

Red and green are nice, but sometimes you just want to put a new spin on Christmas. That’s why we loved these beach-inspired holiday decorations from Eastern Accents when we spotted them at this fall’s High Point Market. Like what you see? Enter to win your own set of adorable pillows in this month’s Freebie Friday giveaway.

Coastal Pillows from Eastern Accents

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We’re counting down to Christmas with a new holiday party tip, decorating idea or DIY project every day until December 25. Miss a day? See all the posts here.

If you’ve been following our Christmas Countdown, then you’ve probably noticed that we’ve been trying to help you mark off your holiday to-do list. We gave you tree-trimming inspiration, outdoor decorating ideas and hopefully got the ball rolling on your upcoming holiday party. So now, we’re hitting an item on the list that somehow always gets put off until the last minute — the holiday cards.

Christmas Countdown: Handmade Holiday CardsMake This 3-D Felt Christmas Tree Card

Don’t let this year’s holiday cards become this year’s holiday hassle. Put on a Christmas movie, get out the scissors and start crafting. Before you know it, you’ll have everyone’s name marked off the list and a new movie added to your annual holiday must-watch queue. Make and send one of these handmade holiday cards friends and family will remember for years to come.

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We’re counting down to Christmas with a new holiday party tip, decorating idea or DIY project every day until December 25. Miss a day? See all the posts here.

If you’ve been following our Christmas Countdown, then you’ve probably noticed that we’ve been trying to help you mark off your holiday to-do list. We gave you tree-trimming inspiration, outdoor decorating ideas and hopefully got the ball rolling on your upcoming holiday party. So now, we’re hitting an item on the list that somehow always gets put off until the last minute — the holiday cards.

Christmas Countdown: Handmade Holiday CardsMake This 3-D Felt Christmas Tree Card

Don’t let this year’s holiday cards become this year’s holiday hassle. Put on a Christmas movie, get out the scissors and start crafting. Before you know it, you’ll have everyone’s name marked off the list and a new movie added to your annual holiday must-watch queue. Make and send one of these handmade holiday cards friends and family will remember for years to come.

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As you guys know, I love a good estate sale. One of my favorite places to search for treasures is the garage — but I’m not looking for tools. I’m on a quest to find broken bits with potential — like drawers, keys or old knobs that have been separated from their original piece of furniture or vintage harps, finials or other electrical hardware — essentially anything with character that I think I can repurpose.   

A few months ago, I discovered a 4-foot board with a carved detail along the top and beautiful raised acanthus leaves at either end. The seller found it in a barn and had no idea how old it was or whether it once framed an elaborate doorway or was part of a long piece of furniture, like a buffet.  The white paint was crazed and chipping – just how I like it. The seller seemed shocked that I even wanted a beat-up old board so he priced it low – 2 whole dollars. Originally, my plan was to strip all the paint and stain it but once I had removed the chipped paint and sanded it smooth, I decided to leave it as-is.

Topped with glittered pinecones, blue Spruce and holly boughs, my found molding makes a beautiful, rustic swag above the entry to my kitchen:

Here you can see the acanthus leaf detail on the ends — pretty, right?! Totally worth a dusty, dirty scavenger hunt in the wood pile.

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We’re counting down to Christmas with a new holiday party tip, decorating idea or DIY project every day until December 25. Miss a day? See all the posts here.

Christmas trees are all about tradition for me: I love picking the perfect live tree, turning up the Christmas music and dressing the tree with ornaments full of history, like the painted glass globes my great-grandma brought from Germany. But since I spend lots of time looking at holiday decor, I like to mix it up, too. This year, I’m setting up two trees: One in bold, silver tinsel and one in traditional green.

Still deciding on your tree’s theme? Whether you go all out with an over-the-top themed tree or like to keep it traditional, we’ve got tons of ideas to help you choose.

Snowman Christmas Tree

If you’re considering the two-tree route, this adorable snowman is a great way to bring holiday cheer into multiple rooms without investing in a whole new set of ornaments.

Do you change your tree every year or keep it traditional?

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It’s that time of year again. Families are welcoming one of Santa’s very own elves, known collectively as The Elf on the Shelf, into their home to help keep an eye on who is being naughty and nice. These elves have special Christmas magic that helps them keep an eye on the house by day and then fly back to the North Pole to report to Santa every night. The elves are adopted into each family and given a unique name – from Fufu and Scout to Bones, Juliet, Sam and Mr. Peepers.

Elf on the Shelf Ideas

While these elves are cute as can be, they also have a mischievous side. They have been known to turn milk green, draw mustaches on pictures, and even swing from the ceiling fan. But, come Christmas Eve, the elves head back to the North Pole, their job for the year done.

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HGTV decided to join in on the fun and adopt our own Elf on the Shelf. Follow HGTV on Instagram @HGTV to see the adventures that our elf gets into during the first 12 Days of Christmas. Keep track of the elf and on the final day, Wednesday December 12, we’ll ask a question about our elf here on the blog (ex: Where was the elf on Day 6?). Answer the question on the blog and one random winner will win the HGTV Elf and a $100 American Express Gift Card.

HGTV Elf on the Shelf Ideas

Do you have an Elf on the Shelf watching over your house? Share their adventures with us on Instagram using #HGTVelf

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Etiquette experts agree that the week after Thanksgiving or the first week of December are the best times for mailing Christmas cards — giving friends and family plenty of time to display and enjoy your thoughtful holiday greetings.

While I can’t say that I’m always that organized, I certainly do enjoy receiving cards — especially when they’re handmade.

I mean, who wouldn’t love opening this oh-so-trendy card with a three-dimensional effect? Just print out our attached templates to make assembling this card a snap3-D Christmas Trees Handmade Card

What would the holidays be without a little snow? Send warm-climate friends and family an interactive holiday shaker card with a magical falling-snow effect: Handmade Shaker Holiday Card

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