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How To: Make an Elf costume for Christmas

Our holiday expert Matt Cail will show you how to make your very own elf costume, starting with the undergarments and tights, then on to the shoes, gloves and familiar elf hat. He also includes tips for elf makeup, ideas for the kind of presents elves like to give, and even tells you how elves are supposed to behave.

How To: Fold napkins in decorative ways

Well fret not, frantic dinner party hosts! In this video series, learn how to fold napkins in a variety of fancy, fun, elegant and eclectic ways. Our expert will show you step-by-step napkin folding techniques that’ll you can learn in a few minutes. No guests have arrived yet, so with 20 minutes to spare, watch a few video clips and get some good housekeeping tips on how to liven up your place settings. Remember: it’s the details that count. A specially-folded napkin is sure to add that je ne...

How To: Make a Star of David with popsicle sticks

Celebrate your Jewish heritage this holiday season by creating a Star of David with this easy instructional video. Make a Star of David by following along with this easy instructional video. Materials needed to complete this project include blue paint, a paint brush, ribbon, popsicle sticks and a glue gun.

How To: Make a professionally styled diaper cake

If you're looking for a great gift to give to a soon-to-be mother, a diaper cake is a great idea. Not only can it be customized to make a cool looking gift, but it gives the potential parrent(s) some much needed diapers. So in this tutorial, you'll see how to put together a professionally styled diaper cake in no time at all. Good luck and enjoy!

How To: Tie a bow using #40 satin ribbon

Jane from Afloral.com shows you how to make a bow using #40 satin ribbon with this tutorial. This is a beautiful ribbon for a present, a flower arrangement or just as a decoration. You will also learn how you can attach this bow to a flower wreath. Watch this how to video and you can tie this large fluffy bow in no time.

How To: Tie a corsage bow

Sandy from Afloral.com shows you how to create a corsage bow with this tutorial. This is a lovely little bow to add to any bouquet, present or use it as a decoration. Watch this how to video and you will be tying a corsage bow in no time at all.

How To: Make baby shower balloon art for a centerpiece or gift

Making balloon art for a baby shower is explained easily and clearly. The step-by-step directions will have you making your own creations in no time. The various products needed are also clearly explained and demonstrated. Become the envy of your friends by throwing the best parties around with these balloon centerpieces.

How To: Make decorative napkin rings from shower curtain rings

The beauty of home crafting projects is in transforming old junk into something you can use. Host Heather's how-to video shows how to make quick and easy napkin rings to add a little bit of flair to the table. You will need plastic shower curtain rings, clippers, ribbon, rhinestones or any other embellishments, and a hot glue gun. Find out how to make quick and easy napkin rings from old plastic shower curtain rings by watching this video tutorial.

How To: Make double bows

In this tutorial, we learn how to make a double bow with Sandy. First, take two satin ribbons of different colors and place one on top of the other. Leave a long tail, then make a large loop and scrunch it in. Make a loop on the top and a loop on the bottom. Each should get a half a twist and be opposite of the one you made before it. Practice with a single ribbon before you do this one. After you have six loops, create four more to make a bigger bow. When finished, you will have six large lo...

How To: Fold a cloth napkin into a flower

In this Hosting & Entertaining video tutorial you will learn how to fold a cloth napkin into a flower. First fold the napkin in half. Then lift one corner and fold it back up to the center fold line and do the same for the other corner also. Now fold the center point back up to the center fold line. Flip the napkin over and repeat these steps. Then open up the center fold and fold the protruding triangles back up to the center point of the napkin. You now have a square folded napkin. . Now fo...

How To: Make a Decorative Ribbon Bow

Looking to give your party a more decorative atmosphere? In this video, Judy of A-BnC Parties and More, Inc. shows how easy it is to make a decorative bow with ribbon, a sharp pair of scissors, some curling ribbon or a twist tie, and the knowledge held in this how-to. One can use these bows to decorate your wedding, place them on chairs, canopies, or even add them as an accent to gift baskets. Take your party decor to the next level with help from this free tutorial.

How To: Make a big ribbon bow

Have you run out of ideas to decorate your Christmas tree? Well, here is a fantastic video on how to make big ribbon bows. The video shows how to make bow ribbons in a single color and in a double color. It is quite interesting to see a strip of ribbon change into a wonderful bow. This can be used to decorate homes for Christmas, birthday party or any festive function. Attach one onto a gift packet and see the reaction on the faces of the recipient. This sure is one easy and simple idea to tr...

How To: Tie a ribbon bow

You will need about 3 yards of ribbon. Make a loop and twist it. Continue making more loops and twisting them until you have 4 or 5 loops. Make sure to secure the bow in the center with a tie of some sort. Snip off the edges. Following this video you can make a pretty bow for your friends gifts and they will love it.

How To: Make a Druid costume for Halloween

In this video series, watch as makeup artist Matt Cail teaches how to make a Druid costume and do Druid makeup. Learn how to find the robe, apply the Celtic lettering to the forehead, find props, and how to distinguish a Druid costume from a monk costume. The Druids don't have to be forgotten, let the spirit of Stonehenge fill you with its mysterious power and take you back to the land of dragons, runes, and human sacrifices...and have a great Halloween costume.