More than just a present, these craft kits will pass along the joy that comes from making a one-of-a-kind piece.
Plus: Christmas Tree Decorating Ideas »
1. Kaleidoscope Kit
A build-your-own kit makes a fantastically fun present for a crafty kid or child-at-heart. ($34; uncommongoods.com)
Plus: Old-Fashioned Gifts Kids Will Love »
2. DIY Gift Tags
Whether stamped on a paper label, imprinted on artisan soaps, or inked on a box concealing a delicate handcrafted ornament, this stamp kit lets crafters make their wares even more unique. ($19; yellowowlworkshop.com)
3. Make-Your-Own Envelopes
This template converts wrapping paper, wallpaper, or newspaper into fabulous envelopes. ($17; spoonsisters.com)
4. Build a Birdhouse
Your pal will be proud to show off their charming handiwork to the neighbors. ($24; amazon.com)
5. Custom Embroidered Notebook Paper
Notebook Paper Embroidery Gift.
Stitch a meaningful letter or quote, for a custom message that easily turns into a framed keepsake. ($14; thecuriosityshoppeonline.com
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More than just a present, these craft kits will pass along the joy that comes from making a one-of-a-kind piece.Read More »from 8 DIY Christmas Gifts
Find new purposes your flea market finds with these fast and simple craft ideas.
Plus: 5 Ways to Transform Ordinary Objects »
1. Mason Jar Soap Dispenser
Repurpose the classic Mason jar as a soap or lotion dispenser in your bathroom.Get the step-by-step how-to »
2. Rake Stemware Holder
Take advantage of your vertical wall space by hanging a rake head and suspending stemware from its tines.
Get the step-by-step how-to »
3. Crate Shelving
Old blueberry crates-like the six that make up this ruggedly good-looking shelving unit-are the perfect size for displaying and storing Mason jars.
Get the step-by-step how-to »
4. Photo-Imprinted Throw Pillow
Create a personalized throw pillow using your own favorite photograph.
5. Oar Curtain Rod
Add a nautical touch to your window treatments with a vintage oar-turned-curtain-rod.
Get the step-by-step how-to »
6. Framed Flash Cards
Elevate one of these educational tools to the level of art, Read More »from 10 Upcycled Craft Projects
This year, save some cash and adopt a use-what-you-have approach to decking the halls. We scored tips from The Farm Chicks' Serena Thompson's book, The Farm Chicks Christmas.Read More »from 7 Inexpensive Christmas Decorations
Plus, try 14 Homemade Food Gifts
1. Dress Up A Barn
Turn even the most prosaic scene into a winter wonderland. A couple of smart touches - mini wreaths, coconut-flake "snow" - bring Christmas cheer to a nostalgic toy barnyard.
(To find a similar barn, usually for under $10, search eBay using the phrase "vintage toy barn." For similar cows visit anwo.com. For a similar wreath visit amazon.com)
2. A Homespun Tree Stand
DIY Christmas Tree Stand
Hide an unsightly tree stand in a timeless galvanized tub. "Not only does it look adorably rustic," Thompson says, "but the tub can hold enough water to nourish your tree for days at a time."
3. Colorful Cabinets
Colorful Christmas Cabinets
Give cabinets a festive feel - jolly fast. Thompson recommends dressing up kitchen cupboards with patterned wrapping paper (don't worry, it's a cinch to remove after the New Year). Just
Want to give your loved ones something truly personal this year? Use these online tools to create unique and fun gifts from family photos.Read More »from 7 Gifts Made from Family Photos
Plus: Great Holiday Gifts for Less Than $20!
1. Photo Postcards
Turn a snapshot into a postcard for a unique holiday memento that's a new take on the classic Polaroid. ($15 for seven; photojojo.com)
2. Framed Collage
Framed Photo Collage
Reinvent your favorite snaps as an elegant collage with just a click of the mouse. This framed photograph arrives ready to hang on the wall. ($40; 11" W x 14" H; pinholepress.com)
3. Playing Cards
Photo Playing Cards
You'll have the winning hand every time with these custom playing cards. ($20 for one deck; snapfish.com)
Plus: Classic Holiday Toys Gifts Kids Will Love
4. Cookie Tin
Photo Cookie Tin
Bring something sweet to the holiday cookie exchange with a tin that can be personalized with any photo. ($14; 7 1/4" D x 2 3/4" H; personalizationmall.com)
A custom message and photo makes leaving a note extra special. ($13; 4" W x 6 1/2" H; pinholepress.com)
Bring a twist to your holiday dinner table with these cool crafts and fetching finds.Read More »from 6 Ways to Spice Up the Thanksgiving Table
Plus: Ideas for the kids' table too!
1. Perfect Place Setting
Thanksgiving Table Setting Ideas
For favors sure to spark conversation, turn acorn caps into adorable mini-candles by filling them with melted wax and inserting short wicks (allow one hour of cooling time). To assemble a complete glow-on-the-go kit, stash the tiny lights, plus a few matches, in a wood box tricked out with a striker, a.k.a. a strip of sandpaper glued to one side. The final touch: Personalize the lid with a sweet frame stamp and a handwritten note.
Learn more about this craft idea here.
2. Lovely Tablescape
Lovely Tablescape Ideas
Think outside the vase. Vintage wooden spools offer a novel way to display dried leaves or branches. (If using fresh flowers, seek out spools with hollow cores wide enough to accommodate floral tubes.) The vessel that contains our loose arrangement of dahlias and pomegranates? It's a ceramic utensil holder.
Get more tablescape ideas here.
Thanksgiving is right around the corner, but don't stress if you haven't started planning your menu beyond the turkey. We've got 10 great side dishes that might just steal the spotlight away from the main course superstar.Read More »from 10 Last-Minute Thanksgiving Side Dishes
Plus: 50 Thanksgiving Side Dish Recipes and 6 DIY Thanksgiving Table-Setting Ideas
1. Brandied Cranberry and Sweet Potato Stuffing
Brandied Cranberry and Sweet Potato Stuffing recipe from CountryLiving.com
This isn't your average stuffing. Brandy, dried cranberries, and sweet potatoes offer the perfect contrast to the savory sausage and cornbread stuffing.
Get the recipe: Brandied Cranberry and Sweet Potato Stuffing
2. Buttermilk Cornbread
Buttermilk Cornbread from Country Living
Rich and sweet with a tender crumble, buttermilk cornbread is an ideal side either on its own or dipped in homemade gravy.
Get the recipe: Buttermilk Cornbread
3. Acorn Squash
Acorn Square recipe from CountryLiving.com
Bring fall's glorious colors and farm-stand flavors to your table in the form of roasted acorn squash brushed with olive oil and sprinkled with sage leaves and cinnamon.
Get the recipe: Acorn Squash
4. Cauliflower alla
Forget the turkey, the real undertaking at a Thanksgiving feast is keeping the little ones entertained. Keep them smiling throughout the holiday with these creative ideas.Read More »from 6 Ways to Make the Kids' Table Fun
We have ideas for the adults' table too. Check out: Festive Thanksgiving Table Ideas
1. Ship Race
Ship-race game from One Charming Party
Kids will have a blast (and a friendly competition) with this homemade ship-race game from Brittany of One Charming Party. The miniature Nina, Pinta, and Santa Maria are constructed from painted milk or orange juice cartons-and propelled by balloons!
Complete How-To: Ship Race
2. Cake Pops
Cakepops from bakerella.com
Turn these popular treats into an adorable gaggle of gobblers. Angie from Bakerella.com created these turkeys using snacks such as caramel-dipped candy corn (for feathers) and coated espresso beans (for faces).
Complete How-To: Turkey Cake Pops
See More: Holiday Food Recipes
3. Thank-You Tree
Thank-You Tree from Frog Prince Paperie.
Remind the kids that the holiday is about more than food and football with this pretty paper tree from Frog Prince Paperie. Guests can write
Don't throw away your vintage finds. Antiques dealer Sean Scherer explains how to save money and clean up your home's messy piles with a few innovative ideas.Read More »from 6 New Uses for Old Things
See More: 7 Ways to Declutter Your Antiques Pile
1. Put the Writing on the Wall
A fan of Russian art and design, Scherer found graphic appeal in a stack of '60s Ukrainian newspapers, just $20 at a Pennsylvania flea market. Then he placed the pages where he could really admire them-along two walls and the ceiling of a downstairs bathroom-using wallpaper paste and a flat craft sealant (such as Liquitex Matte Medium). Also in the room: an antique medical stand that acts as a caddy for hand towels.
See More: The Big Guide to Bathroom Design
2. Built-In Bookcase
To establish enough storage and display space for his growing collections, Scherer installed custom cabinets and shelves throughout his house. In each case, he combined salvaged furniture-from wood-paneled doors to full sets of lockers-with standard Home Depot materials,
Event planner Tara Wilson shares six tips for successful autumn entertaining.Read More »from How To Host a Flawless Fall Dinner Party
Fall weather can be unpredictable, depending on where you live, but event planner Tara Wilson said hosting an outdoor party in fall is unexpected-and your last chance before the chilly winter months. However, always have an indoor back-up plan in case of sudden bad weather.
See more: Fresh Ideas for a Festive Thanksgiving Table
You don't have to go over-the-top to create a stunning scene. Wilson enhances standard grocery store bouquets of roses or mums with a few natural elements, like feathers and dried wheat.
Hurricane lanterns are another great option for outdoor dinners. "They add light for function, glow for ambiance, and their shape and size make them practical in windy settings," Wilson says.
Pair a fun, seasonal beverage with your meal or appetizer. Wilson calls hot apple cider spiked with champagne, a timely (and tasty!) choice.
Recipe: Hot Spiced Cider
Transform your home into a haunted house with these spooky projects your little ones will love. Want more Halloween crafts? We have over 50 kid-friendly ideas!Read More »from 7 Halloween Crafts to Make with Your Kids
Plus: 40 ways to decorate with pumpkins!
1. Cheesecloth Ghosts
These spirited fellows are a cinch to make once you've set up a workstation.
Complete how-to: Cheesecloth Ghosts
2. Bug Soaps
Literal "creature comforts," these sink-side spectacles require soap molds, extra-clear soap base, and plastic bug toys.
Complete how-to: Bug Soaps
3. Batty Sock Puppet
Make this sock puppet with a batty personality in just three easy steps.
Complete how-to: Batty Sock Puppet
4. Spooky Paper Cutouts
The classic schoolgirl pastime graduates from cute craft to gothic decor with our templates for spiders, bones, and skulls.
Complete how-to: Spooky Paper Cutouts
5. Jack-o'-Lanterns in a Jiffy
Turn orange tissue-paper balls into proper Halloween pumpkins. Simply cut facial features and stems from construction paper and apply to the balls with