Hot Holidays Posts

How To: Make Christmas napkin rings

Arona Khan shows how to make this Christmas adornment. A cheap yet stylish alternative for your Christmas dinner. The napkin ring will always impress friends and family, and here's how to do it! Make Christmas napkin rings.

How To: Carve a pumpkin freehand or with a stencil

Carving pumpkins is a seasonal tradition in many families. Learn how to carve shapes into a pumpkin freehand or using a stencil. f you can, it's fun to pick your own pumpkin at a pumpkin patch. You can also get a fresh pumpkin at a market or farm stand. Choose a pumpkin with a bright orange color that has no bruises, soft spots, scars or mold. The stem should be attached and be dried or slightly brittle. You will need a long thin knife, an ice cream scoop, a poking tool and a saw knife. A beg...

How To: Carve a smiling or scary Jack-O'-Lantern for Halloween

Carving a pumpkin is an American Halloween tradition. It may seem intimidating, but it's really quite simple. If you need help to create the perfect Jack O Lantern, read on! This page will show you how to carve a pumpkin, step by step. If you want your Halloween guests greeted at the door by a smiling or scary Jack O Lantern, you'll follow the steps below. Select your pumpkin, assemble a few basic tools, and get ready to have some creative fun.

How To: Screen print holiday snowflake gift wrap with Etsy

This week, Etsy How-Tuesday presents Kari aka ikyoto and Stella aka lookcloselypress of The {NewNew} York Team. Today we're going to learn how to screenprint our own snowflake gift wrap for the holidays. Kari and Stella remind us that recycling paper bags is a great source for materials for this kind of project.

How To: Make a scary light up pumpkin that blasts a truck horn

Warning: this video does not demonstrate the actual instructions for making this spooky Halloween LED light up pumpkin that blasts a truck horn. Check out http://blog.makezine.com/archive/2008/10/howto_tuesday_scariest_pu.html for more information and a complete build process. Learn how to make it with the text and image process step by step. Halloween fun!!

How To: Apply sexy vampire makeup for Halloween

This how-to video shows off an extreme look for Halloween, if you want to be a glammed up, sexy vampire. For an optional accessory, try Lestat on your arm. The cosmetic products used to create this look are: Bare Escentual mineral foundation - Fairly Light, NYX White e/s, MAC Copperplate e/s (contouring), MAC Paint - Flammable, NYX Sunrise e/s, MAC Beauty Marked e/s, Revlon Colorstay liquid eyeliner in black, Ben Nye Cosmic Violet e/s, black kohl eyeliner (nameless brand), DUO Adhesive glue, ...

How To: Carve a Jack-o'-lantern with a Dremel rotary tool

In this Halloween-time how-to from the people at Home Depot, we learn how to carve a pumpkin using a Dremel rotary tool. It's easy! So easy, in fact, that this DIY guide can present a complete overview of the process in just over a minute. For all of the details, and to get started creating your own pumpkin carvings with a Dremel rotary tool, take a look.

How To: Make a Halloween goblin costume

In this video series, our expert will show you how to make a ghoulish goblin Halloween costume. You will learn how to pick the best black robe, how to use liquid latex to create laugh lines and warts, and how to apply goblin makeup. You will also get tips on how to add accessories to your goblin Halloween costume, and most importantly, how to act like a goblin.

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 an edible 24 carat gold bar with gold leaf

Don't know what to get your sweetheart this Valentine's Day? Why not something sweet? In this how-to, we get a step-by-step process on how to turn a regular old chocolate bar into a sparkling 24-carat bar of gold! Materials you will need include chocolate candy, gold leaf, and a paint brush. The finished project also makes for a great goody for a gift bag or perhaps a pirate-themed birthday party!

How To: Apply snow queen or winter themed costume makeup

Whether you're dressing up as a snow queen, maybe from Narnia, or just going for some sort of wintery look, this how-to video shows a way to make some stunning costume makeup. The cosmetics used to create this look are Coty Translucent Setting Powder, Matte Texture Cream, Sugar, Brows: Platinum Plus Pro Lash Mascara, MAC Pixel Paint, MAC Silver Fog Pigment, MAC, Dovefeather Eye Shadow liner, MAC Facsinating Eye Kohl, Dovefeather Eye Shadow, Platinum Plus Pro Lash Mascara, Makeup Forever White...

HowTo: This Ain't No Twilight Vampire Makeup

Soft and sexy vampires are a dime a dozen these days. If you're tired of the soft, romanticized Twilight look, go for hardcore, traditional blood and gore. Max Sparber's nasty, blood-caked DIY vampire makeup is a relatively simple process and calls for few supplies.

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 a lucky charm shamrock key ring

In this how-to video, you will learn how to create a lucky charm. It is a symbol of good luck among the Irish. You will need a baking sheet, green polymer clay, a paper clip, pencil, and a key ring. Roll three one inch balls from the clay. Shape them into the clover leaves. Next, put them on a baking sheet and stick the pointed ends together. Set a paper clip in the center and flatten a piece of clay to seal the paper clip in. Draw lines in the center of the leaves with the pencil. Bake it ac...

How To: 5 Homemade Gifts for Your Favorite Lady on Mother's Day

For 365 days of the year, our mothers show their love for us by driving us places, cooking us food, doing our laundry, and being our number-one cheerleader. But for one day of the year, we all get up early in the morning and show our love for our favorite women. Often, that means cooking breakfast or making brunch, or running to the store to grab a pre-selected bouquet of flowers.

How To: Celebrate National Boss's Day to Get What You Want by "Managing Your Boss"

Boss's Day is on October 16th, and this year it falls on a Saturday— what better of a day to celebrate Boss's Day? More than likely, you won't be working in the office this weekend, and if you are, you probably don't feel like celebrating and thanking your boss for being so kind and fair. So, forget the cake and ice cream and instead, take the chance to develop a good relationship with your boss, because hating or kissing up to your boss just isn't the way to go.

How To: Apply bloody scar face make-up for a Halloween costume

Get ready to gore it up this Halloween with some gruesome make-up, shown in this how-to video! In no time you'll have some bloody scars that are sure to give everyone a fright! You will need tissue paper, corn syrup, spirit gum, a rubber scar, some make up (to match skin tone), make up sponges, fake blood, a cotton swab, and the step-by-step instructions in this video Halloween prep tutorial. Apply bloody scar face make-up for a Halloween costume.

How To: Craft a turkey gourd Thanksgiving centerpiece

This how-to video from a Piece of Craft shows a way to take some fall seasonal gourds to make a decorative centerpiece for you Thanksgiving tabletop. You will need artificial leaves and berries, candles, and gourds. Watch this video hosting tutorial and learn how to craft a turkey shaped Thanksgiving table-top centerpiece.

HowTo: Make Your Own Star Wars Snowflakes

Inject some Star Wars nerd into your holiday spirit: "My wife is a genius. She made these little beauties while making paper snowflakes with the kids. She saw our son Ethan making one that somewhat looked like a Storm Trooper. She then ran with the idea and made these masterpieces."

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...