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How To : Fill in Ugly Bare Spots on Your Christmas Tree

You've found the perfect tree—or so you think. As hard as we try to display an ideal tree each year, both plastic and pine can disappoint, especially when you're shopping on the cheap. Whether you use an artificial or authentic Christmas tree, sometimes you discover gaping, b ...more

How To : Things to Do on WonderHowTo (11/30 - 12/06)

WonderHowTo is made up niche communities called Worlds. If you've yet to join one (or create your own), get a taste below of what's going on in the community. Check in every Wednesday for a roundup of new activities and projects. This week: Create a redstone calculator in Min ...more

How To : Safely put up a real, live Christmas tree

Make sure this year’s live holiday Christmas tree is not only pretty, but safe, too. Here's how to safely put up a real, live Christmas tree. You will need: a fresh tree a tree stand water a ceiling hook a piece of wire tree lights blue masking tape LED tree lights heavy-gaug ...more

How To : Light a hard-to-reach wick on holiday centerpieces

Around the holidays we use pretty lights and candles for everything: We hang shiny white lights on our Christmas tree, dangle them outside along our windowsill, and add candles to floral centerpieces. But how do you light a centerpiece when the candle is in a tight space and ...more

How To : Craft a cute Christmas elf girl from polymer clay

Christmas means decorating trees with store-purchased ornaments and tinsel, decorating stairwells with store-purchased garlands, and decorating the exterior of your house with store-purchased lights. These days everything you need can be puchased pre-made somewhere, and while ...more

How To : Light the Menorah on the eight days of Chanukah

When Christians are out celebrating Christmas this year, Judaists will be out celebrating Hanukkah, or Chanukah, which is a lesser Jewish festival that lasts eight days from the 25th day of Kislev (December), and commemorating the rededication of the Temple; it is marked by th ...more

How To : Craft homemade Christmas cards for the holidays

When it comes to Christmas gifts, stuff that comes from the heart and is handmade is nice, but often times we really DO want that new iPad. But it's a little bit different when it comes to Christmas cards. There's nothing better to light up your day than a personalized, handm ...more

How To : Craft a turkey greeting card for Thanksgiving

We know that Thanksgiving isn't the likeliest of holidays on which to send greeting cards. With Christmas in such close promixity, Thanksgiving usually gets relagated to being solely a food holiday where the turkey is the main attraction. But why not light up your friend's fa ...more

How To : Make triple tier Christmas tree cupcakes

The only thing better than eating a cupcake is eating two cupcakes, and the only thing better than eating two cupcakes is, as it follows, eating three. So imagine the way your kids' faces will light up when you bake them these gigantic Christmas tree cupcakes! Made of not one ...more

How To : Crochet a light star baby blanket for left handers

Remember baby Maggie from "The Simpsons" and the adorable Christmas tree-shaped star bodysuit to Lisa's sax recital? Babies look cute in almost anything but somehow wrapping them up in star-shaped blankets/costumes puts them at their cutest. Watch this video to learn how to c ...more

How To : Dominate the New York Times Crossword Puzzle

First off, don't be frustrated. YOU CAN DO IT! Contrary to the message in the image above, it's NOT over. It's just beginning. And when it comes to solving the New York Times crossword puzzle, the old cliche does apply: practice makes perfect. I've read quite a few books and ...more

How To : Use Your Kindle 3 eBook Reader Device from Amazon

According to Amazon.com, Kindle was their best-selling item this year, which means many, if not all of you are playing with a brand new Kindle on Christmas Day. Of all of Amazon's Kindle models, the Kindle 3 (6") will be the most common eReader in everyone's hands, either the ...more

How To : Decorate a Christmas tree step by step

Follow this video to view suggestions on how you can decorate a Christmas tree. It is best to start placing the lights first. Try to space them evenly and you can secure them in place by means of crafting wire. When you finish with the lights start decorating the Christmas tre ...more

News : DIY Papercraft Architecture with Lighting

This is probably the least "Mathy" thing I will ever post. In my opinion, it's impossible to have architecture that isn't mathematical in some sense, so I am posting it anyway. Two years ago, I made a papercraft version of a cathedral in Christchurch New Zealand (It was severe ...more

News : Math Craft Inspiration of the Week: Christmas Chaos

If you take two flat mirrors and place them front to back and look at them, you can see an infinite number of reflections. While this is a self-replicating pattern and can be somewhat mesmerizing, it isn't anywhere as interesting as looking at the chaotic scattering of light t ...more

How To : Craft a fancy slider Christmas card with a church

The truth is we really don't like handmade presents. Yes, grandma, we thank you for your reindeer sweater whose nose lights up, but to be honest, there's very little to beats that new headphone set we've been eyeing. But when it comes to Christmas cards, it's a whole other st ...more

How To : Decorate a designer Christmas tree easily

In this tutorial, we learn how to decorate a designer Christmas tree easily. You don't have to go out to the store and buy a bunch of expensive props for your tree, you can decorate it easily with things around your house! You can make the tree as simple or extravagant as you ...more

How To : Decorate your Christmas tree like a pro

In this tutorial, we learn how to decorate your Christmas tree like a pro. Before you do anything else, put something together that is going to look good that you can place in your tree. Put in different types of flowers, bushes, and garland to make a pretty piece to place ins ...more

How To : Bake candy cane shaped Christmas cookies

It's that time of year again! The air is a whole lot nipper, lights dance around sidewalks as you drive past shopping centers, and the scent of warm gingerbread and sweet cookies fills your nostrils when you enter your home. That's right, it's Christmas, and what better way to ...more

How To : Make a glamorous Christmas bow and wreath

In this video, Betty Jean shows us how to make a Christmas bow and wreath. You will need a wreath the size you want, then open it and fluff it so everything is out and the green branches are facing outward. Next, choose a ribbon of your choice and poinsettias. Now, take your r ...more

How To : Make an infinity mirror

Ever wanted to have your own window into the infinite? By using this tutorial by Shooting Eggs, you can create an infinity mirror that will show rows of colored lights that seem to recede into the distance forever. It's a trippy illusion you can create with simple and inexpens ...more

How To : Change spark plugs on your automobile

Spark plugs have been and probably always will be an integral part of your car, so you should consider it an essential (read: necessary) automobile maintenance skill to know how to take out old ones and install new ones. And no, we promise you won't be lit up like a Christmas ...more

How To : Create a timeless gold and green eyeshadow look

This look may take a little longer, but is well worth it. Try combining these colors to create a timeless look. Christmas time or a night out on the town, this look works for any time of the year. Products used (**all MAC unless noted otherwise): FACE **Clinique Perfectly Rea ...more

How To : Bake crispy cinnamon snap cookies for Christmas

Cinnamon seems to imbue every nook and cranny of the house during the holiday season. From a light sprinkling on top of hot cocoa to gingersnap cookies, the warm and aromatic spice adds that extra kick of flavor we associate with the holidays. Make the most of this spice by b ...more

How To : Origami an Omega Star

Merry Christmas From Kevinsorigami! This origami model makes a great Christmas Star though it looks like a sea urchin. Origami is the timeless art of Japanese paper folding. Watch this origami how to video to learn how to fold the Christmas omega star. Origami is a fun craft a ...more

How To : Build a simple Van de Graaff generator

Want to build a Van de Graaf electrostatic generator? Who doesn't! This video tutorial will show you how. To follow along at home, you'll need the following items: a rubber band–the longer the better–, a small motor, a small glass object like a Christmas tree light, and some t ...more

Holiday Project : Origami Christmas Trees

Thanksgiving. It's sadly over. But happily replaced by the Christmas season! My apartment complex is already full of the Christmas spirit. Wreaths are tacked up on wooden doors, windows contain strands of bright and colorful lights, and there's even a few nearly decorated con ...more

How To : Make a tomato cage Christmas tree

Decorating for the holidays can be a lot of fun, but it can also be a lot of work if you let it get out of hand. Keep it simple and try and use as many things as you have around the garden, like tomato cages. When you combine tomato cages with a few other unlikely objects, an ...more

How To : Make a lighted holiday bow

What a unique bow. Your gifts will be beautiful under the Christmas tree. Materials you will need are: plastic wrap, hot glue, LEDs, scissors, pliers duct tape, glue gun and glue, toothpicks and 3 volt batteries. First you take the plastic wrap and cut it about 5 times the siz ...more

How To : Apply red, green & gold shades for Christmas

In this video, we learn how to apply red, green, and gold shades for Christmas. First, apply a light concealer underneath the eyes and primer on the lids. After this, apply a gold shadow to the inner crease of the eye to half of the lid. Pat this color on so it's bright, then ...more

How To : Make Christmas patterned cardstock

In this video, we learn how to stamp your own customized X-mas patterned cardstock. You will need: green/red stamp pads, Christmas stamps, light yellow plain cardstock and a stamp foam mat. First, stamp your yellow paper as you wish with the green and red stamp pads, you can m ...more

How To : Make a Christmas table centerpiece from an antler

Danielle Proud shows you how to make a beautiful Christmas table centerpiece for your Christmas dinner! Your guests will be amazed at how incredible your table looks. This amazing display catches light and looks simply magical. All you need is an old pair of deer or elk antler ...more

How To : Make a traditional Christmas pudding

In this two-part cooking tutorial, learn how to make delicous & easy, tradition Christmas pudding with Sue McMahon, cookery editor at Women's Weekly. To make this pudding you will need the following ingredients: mised dried fruit, brown sugar, plain flour, white bread crumbs, ...more

News : DIY Origami Christmas Tree

This is how my version of an origami Christmas tree turned out based on the instructions I posted awhile back. Cory also made a version from white glossy paper, which looks great. I opted for the green and brown look, but it wasn't easy. I tried making a really small version ...more

How To : Things to Do on WonderHowTo (12/14 - 12/20)

WonderHowTo is made up niche communities called Worlds. If you've yet to join one (or create your own), get a taste below of what's going on in the community. Check in every Wednesday for a roundup of new activities and projects. This week: A nostalgia-themed cell phone photo ...more

How To : Make Your Own Photo Snow Globe

As the holidays draw closer and closer, stores are getting more and more crowded, and of course, many have put off their Christmas shopping until the very last minute. Why not avoid the mall rush this holiday season and make a personalized do-it-yourself snow globe to gift to ...more

How To : Make Icosahedral Planet Ornaments

In honor of the new Astronomy World, I thought we should look at a few planetary icosahedrons. The icosahedron is the most round of the Platonic solids with twenty faces, thus has the smallest dihedral angles. This allows it to unfold into a flat map with a reasonably acceptab ...more

Surviving the Stress : 5 Tips for Avoiding the Morgue

So, at this time of the year, everyone seems to be going through a lot of stress - and by “everyone,” I mean, “anyone who has any contact with people who are in schools of any kind.” Still, stress can hit you at any time of the year, whether it’s right before Christmas, or whe ...more

News : Birds as the Ultimate DIY Architects

The widely used expression "free as a bird" intimates an enviable existence: delicate, yet mighty wings transporting to destinations no human could so breezily venture. But despite their fanciful, superhero ability, in truth, the avian race leads one of the most difficult exis ...more

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