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Christmas decorating made simple: How to make ornaments, wreaths and more

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Christmas decorating and end-of-the-year festivities are in full swing, which is the perfect time to share a series of do-it-yourself videos that teach how to make homemade crafts and treats for Christmas. Learn how to create ornaments, wreaths and wrapping paper for your Christmas decorating that will also save money and keep little hands occupied as they wait for Santa.

The DIY Christmas decorating videos were created by Volvo Holiday Event and detail how to celebrate Christmas in a very Swedish way, which encourages creativity and originality. Craft a lingonberry wreath, straw ornaments and seamless gift-wrapping with the Christmas decorating details that follow. The lingonberry wreath how-to video is above and the others are linked for simple do-it-yourself instructions.

The Lingonberry wreath celebrates St. Lucia, the saint of light. Swedish girls wear Lingonberry wreaths with candles on their heads. To create this Christmas decoration you will need ribbon, Lingonberry or boxwood, wreath form, floral wire, clippers, and small rubber bands.

Straw ornaments are a traditional Swedish Christmas tree decoration. Other shapes include goats and elves. You will need 12 wheat straws, hot water, pins, embroidery floss, scissors, a star template and corkboard.

Seamless gift-wrapping shows how much you care, twice. For this economical Christmas wrapping paper you will need double-sided tape, craft paper, scissors, ribbon and gift tags. I personalize the paper with sponge Christmas designs and glitter, found in any craft store, that children can easily make and grandparents cherish. My kids always love to add hand-prints to the paper; which provides them with special hand in the Christmas decorating.

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