Bonus! Five Web-Exclusive Decorating Ideas for the Holidays

Here's a gift: Five more ideas to make your holidays great! Includes ideas and step-by-step instructions.

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Hide CaptionShow CaptionGet the kids involved with the holiday decorating by having them help you make this quick garland.
Materials and Tools:

red and white construction paper
circle templates (seasoning and vitamin jars work great)


1. Cut several red larger size circles (about two inches in diameter). Cut the same amount of smaller white circles (about 1-1/2 inches in diameter).
2. Pull top and bobbin thread from machine so there is about 10 inches of both coming from needle and foot. Stitch a red circle directly through the center. Tip:Hold both threads and hand-turn the needle one stitch when sewing the first circle to prevent the threads from making a knot in the bobbin case. Complete three more stitches, and then stitch a white circle directly through the center. Sew three more stitches without any paper.
3. Repeat step 2 until the garland is the desired length.