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How To: Wrap gifts with the furoshiki eco-friendly method

Join Molly de Vries and pick up some new holiday tricks with a green conscience. She shows us how to make a festive fabric garland from attractive scraps, then shows a furoshiki fabric gift wrapping technique. Molly is a sustainable textiles maven and creator of Ambatalia "The Fabric Society." Learn how to wrap gifts the furoshiki method.

How To: Make a flower costume for Halloween

You’ll have a blooming good time in the colorful costume in this how-to video! Dress up with some friends and go as a bouquet this Halloween! You will need a green long sleeved shirt, black leggings, black shoes, 4 sheets pink sticky felt, green pipe cleaners, yellow pipe cleaners, white glitter paint, a marker, a headband, scissors, a fake leaf garland, and the step-by step instructions in this video costume-making tutorial. Make a flower costume for Halloween.

How To: Make a decorative ribbon

Judy, of A-BnC Parties and More, Inc., shows you how easy it is to make a decorative bow from #9 ribbon. All you need is the ribbon, a sharp scissors, some curling ribbon or a twist tie, and the know-how. Use these bows to decorate your wedding, placing them on chairs, canopies, etc., or as an accent to gift baskets.

How To: Make a ghost costume

In this video series, let Matt Cail show you how to make a scary ghost costume for Halloween. Matt shows you how to drape, cut, and trim a sheet for Halloween. He even shows you some makeup tricks to achieve your inner ghost. Learn how to walk like a ghost too.

How To: Make a ribbon gift bow

Choose ribbon in an appropriate color, texture and width. Are you trying to match the ribbon color to a particular gift wrap? Will the ribbon width give you the size bow you want? How will you be using the bow?

How To: Make a lifesize Halloween zombie corpse prop

The spooky Halloween prop in this how-to video is a great addition to a haunted house or a front lawn display. Scare kids and trick-or-treaters with this surprisingly life-like for the undead looking zombie corpse. This prop may be a little time intensive, but the finished product is worth the effort. Watch this video tutorial and learn how to make a zombie corpse for Halloween.

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 Frankenstein costume

If you are looking for a great Halloween costume idea, why not try dressing up as Frankenstein's Monster? This video series will help you put together a costume that would make Boris Karloff proud! Matt Cail shows you how to make a great yet inexpensive costume from items you probably already have around the house, including the boxy jacket and clunky shoes. He also offers tips on getting your Halloween makeup just right, including the green flesh and gruesome facial stitches, as well as the ...

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: Build a Halloween troll prop

Whether you're building a lawn display or a haunted house for Halloween, this how-to video shows the process of building a creepy troll prop. These building tips can be used for any kind of humanoid prop building, if trolls aren't what you're going for. Check out this video prop-building tutorial and learn how to craft a Halloween troll prop.

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 gift bow

In order to decorate your presents during the holiday season, this quick tutorial will show you how to make a beautiful gift bow. Using a somewhat thick ribbon, determine the size of your bow and wind it around itself about 8-12 times, the more winds, the thicker your bow will be. Squeeze the loops of the ribbon together, making the ends overlap on the inside and fold it over. Then make two cuts on a diagonal through the center, making sure that you do not cut through. Unfold the loop and tie...

News: Trick or Treat! DIY Faux Owl Pellets (Spitballs Made of Hair and Bones)

Ew, yes, you read right. Owl Pellets: masses of bone, teeth, hair, feathers and exoskeletons of various animals preyed upon by raptors, or birds of prey (re: spitballs of nastiness). For the lighter stomachs out there, have no fear, this Halloween party favor tutorial is from yuppie central, Martha Stewart's craft department, so all bones and other indigestible matter are completely faux.

How To: Make paper Christmas gift bows

In this video tutorial, viewers learn how to make paper gift bows. Begin by cutting 12 one inch wide strips of paper. Then fold the strip over to itself to create a cone shape and tape it together to hold it. Do the same for the other 3 strips. This will be the bottom of the bow. Glue the 4 pieces together. Do the same thing as the first 4 strips and create a second and third layer on the bow. Finish by making a small cylinder and glue it to the center of the bow. This video will benefit thos...

How To: Make an Irish themed gift basket for St. Patrick's Day

In this tutorial, learn how to make a beautiful traditional Irish themed gift basket for celebrating St. Patrick's Day. Give this gift baskets to guests at your St. Patty's party or save one for that special Irish friend. You can make a game out of it and the winner will receive the basket, or even auction it off! Enjoy this fun and great looking gift at your next Irish get together.

How To: Make candy bouquet for Easter

We are shown how to make a delectable piece of art given by the author of Delectable Art. It's an Easter candy bouquet. Its a great gift to give during the Easter season following the candy giving tradition of Easter. The supplies needed to make this are: cellophane wrap (four different colors are used), scissors, floral wire, ruler, needle nose pliers, wire cutters, decorative Easter mug, sterofoam, clear scotch tape, glue and glue gun, floral tape and the candy of your choice. Directions on...

How To: Make a vibrant holiday bow

Jennisse uses an item called a Bowdabra which was purchased at Michaels to create beautiful holiday bow. First she uses a wire covered in gold and places it in the center of the Bowdabra. She uses two rolls of ribbon, making sure the wire on the sides is thick. Use a long piece of the ribbon to make longer legs on the bow. Facing down, she places it into the Bowdabra, twist the end, and make sure the ends are the same size. Press down the center of the Bowdabra making it tight, lift the wire,...