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  • DIY chuppah: How to build your own in four easy steps

    By Jonathan Fong

    December 16, 2016 | 3:03 pm

    When you’re getting married, expenses add up quickly, and one expense that can be pretty hefty is the chuppah rental. Many venues don’t even offer a chuppah for rent, so you have to commission a florist or wedding planner to create one for you — which is even more expensive. 

    But...

  • A DIY Chanukah menorah for the kids

    By Jonathan Fong

    December 16, 2016 | 2:04 pm

    This Chanukah, make a menorah just for the kids. This do-it-yourself menorah is made from cardboard tubes and the “flames” are actually felt, so little fingers won’t get burned. Making the menorah also can be a fun family activity that gets everyone excited about the upcoming...

  • How to tie a perfect bow for your Chanukah gift

    By Jonathan Fong

    December 1, 2016 | 10:56 am

    A beautifully tied bow elevates any gift, making even the most humble present one the recipient will ooh and aah over — even before it’s opened.

    I learned this technique from a friend who used to wrap gifts at a department store. All you need is a spool of ribbon and a pair of...

  • DIY: Folded turkey napkins for Thanksgiving

    By Jonathan Fong

    November 22, 2016 | 11:16 am

    When it comes to your Thanksgiving table, it’s the little details that count. And these napkins folded into turkey shapes certainly will have you gobbling up the compliments.

    To make these turkey-shaped napkins, you will need two square napkins for each one. I chose a plain...

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  • Give thanks with a gratitude tree

    By Jonathan Fong

    November 21, 2016 | 11:22 am

    The Thanksgiving holiday is a good reminder that even when life has its rough patches, we still have a lot to be thankful for. To help us count our blessings, this gratitude tree is an easy-to-make decoration that can be a meaningful part of your family’s Thanksgiving celebration. ...

  • How to make a fall harvest centerpiece

    By Jonathan Fong

    October 20, 2016 | 4:46 pm

    I love flowers, but when fall rolls around, I prefer making arrangements with fresh herbs and vegetables. It’s a great way to celebrate the bounty of autumn, and the centerpiece can be deconstructed — and used for cooking — after you display it. This arrangement also makes a...

  • How to make your own pumpkin spice sugar scrub

    By Jonathan Fong

    October 17, 2016 | 1:49 pm

    It’s that time of year when everything in the supermarket and coffeehouse is pumpkin spice. Some products make sense — pumpkin spice waffles and cookies make me a very happy person. But pumpkin spice hummus? Really?

    If you’re a fan of fall’s favorite flavor, here’s a recipe for a...

  • How to make a graham cracker sukkah

    By Jonathan Fong

    October 13, 2016 | 5:17 pm

    Last week, in anticipation of Sukkot, I wrote about how to make a sukkah that fits on balconies and small patios. This week, let’s shrink it down even more with a tabletop sukkah made with graham crackers. It’s a great holiday decoration for your home, and it’s also edible and fun...

  • Batting Missing Eyelashes

    By Ilana Angel

    October 6, 2016 | 11:18 am

    I am obsessed with eyelashes. I think they are fabulous and women who have great lashes do not always appreciate how lucky they are. I happen to have thick but straight lashes. I need mascara and an eyelash curler to get them to look pretty, but with the right tools they are...

  • Sukkot for two: Building a sukkah for a small patio or balcony

    By Jonathan Fong

    September 29, 2016 | 2:02 pm

    Although Sukkot is a couple of weeks away, once Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are over, it will be time to get the sukkah up. If you live in an apartment with a balcony, or even a home with only a small outdoor patio or yard, your space can be quite limited. And just the idea of...

  • Apple tealight candles for Rosh Hashanah

    By Jonathan Fong

    September 21, 2016 | 2:26 pm

    Add a festive glow to your Rosh Hashanah celebration with these tealight candles nestled in fresh apples. What a sweet way to dress your holiday table.

    What you’ll need:

    – Apples
    – Tealight candles
    – Pen
    – Knife
    – Lemon juice
    – Spoon

    1. Trace the opening

    Place a...

  • How to make a floral cake

    By Jonathan Fong

    September 14, 2016 | 4:30 pm

    Of all the floral arrangements in my repertoire, the floral cake is by far the most popular. This arrangement in the shape of a cake scores big time at birthday parties and also celebrations for anniversaries, baby and wedding showers, holidays, housewarmings — any time, really....

  • How to paint confetti wine glasses

    By Jonathan Fong

    August 31, 2016 | 1:40 pm

    With all of the holidays coming up — from Rosh Hashanah to Sukkot to Chanukah — your celebrations deserve something more festive than plain wine glasses. And what’s more festive than confetti? Hand-paint a confetti design on your glassware and you’ll add some stylish pizazz to your...

  • Make a school supply cake — The ultimate teacher appreciation gift

    By Jonathan Fong

    August 24, 2016 | 10:31 am

    If you have kids going back to school this month, help them ace Teacher Appreciation 101 with a teacher gift that will be the hit of the classroom. This “cake” made of school supplies is beautiful yet practical, filled with items teachers can actually use — pencils, crayons, glue —...

  • Dorm decorating ideas that will give you an A+ in style

    By Jonathan Fong

    August 17, 2016 | 11:25 am

    Dorm life isn’t usually glamorous, but with a little inspiration, it can certainly be more chic than you’d imagine. You can up the style quotient with creative thinking for wall decor, furniture and accessories — without breaking the bank. Whether you’re a college student living on...

  • Winning ideas for your Rio Olympics viewing party

    By Jonathan Fong

    August 10, 2016 | 3:38 pm

    You don’t have to go all the way to Rio de Janeiro to cheer on your favorite Olympic athletes. Gather your friends and family for a viewing party, and experience the thrill of victory and the agony of being too awesome for your own good. With these party inspirations, you just...

  • How to make personalized switch plates

    By Jonathan Fong

    July 27, 2016 | 2:59 pm

    You use the light switches in your home every day, but you probably don’t ever notice the switch plates. Granted, most switch plates are easy to ignore, given that they’re usually white or beige plastic. Decorative options are available made from wood, metal or stone. But you can...

  • Quick decorating fixes when you’re bored with your home

    By Jonathan Fong

    July 20, 2016 | 10:38 am

    It’s bound to happen. You were once so in love, but now the thrill is gone. Your eyes start to wander. You wonder if it’s time to move out. No, I’m not talking about your love life. I’m talking about your home. When you’ve lived in the same place for a while, it’s natural to get...

  • What I learned as a designer on a TV home makeover show

    By Jonathan Fong

    July 6, 2016 | 9:40 am

    Have you ever wanted to have your home redecorated on a television show? Several years ago, I was cast as an on-camera designer for a cable home makeover series. 

    It was fun being on the show, and I enjoyed the challenge. In addition to the demands of decorating a room and...

  • How to create your own backyard miniature golf course

    By Jonathan Fong

    June 15, 2016 | 4:45 pm

    With summer starting next week, Southern Californians are looking forward to some outdoor recreation. One of my favorite fun-in-the-sun activities is golf, although I admit I’m much better at the driving range than on an actual course. OK, who am I kidding? I’m not very good at the...

  • 7 indoor plants your home needs now

    By Jonathan Fong

    May 19, 2016 | 4:05 pm

    Back when I was little Johnny Fong in middle school, I did not dream of becoming a design maven. No, I wanted to be a botanist. It even says so under my picture in the eighth-grade yearbook. 

    I was probably interested in botany because of my fascination with indoor plants. My...

  • DIY pinwheel paper fans for Celebrate Israel Festival

    By Jonathan Fong

    May 11, 2016 | 11:37 am

    If you’re heading to the Celebrate Israel Festival this weekend in Rancho Park, your festival gear won’t be complete without one of these pinwheel paper fans. They can keep you cool in the heat and they’re perfect for waving in the air at the main stage during your favorite musical...

  • Florist secrets for a perfect Mother’s Day arrangement

    By Jonathan Fong

    May 4, 2016 | 10:22 am

    Mother’s Day is this Sunday, which means many people will be making a trip to the florist. Or, because of the lower cost and greater convenience, some of us will be picking up flowers at the supermarket instead. That’s what I do. But rather than presenting the flowers in the...

  • How to make a duct tape afikomen holder for Passover

    By Jonathan Fong

    April 20, 2016 | 2:58 pm

    One of the highlights of the Passover seder is the search for the afikomen. This year, make the tradition even more fun by creating a handmade bag fashioned from duct tape to protect your afikomen when you hide it. Unlike the more commonplace fabric covers, a duct-tape afikomen...

  • Shelf hack: Creating extra storage with old belts

    By Jonathan Fong

    April 13, 2016 | 10:40 am

    Who couldn’t use more storage space? I know I could. When your closets and cabinets are filled to the max, even one extra shelf can make a big difference with your home organization needs. And this stylish shelf hack made with old belts lets you suspend a shelf anywhere you have...

  • Flowers to dye for: How to make rainbow roses

    By Jonathan Fong

    April 6, 2016 | 11:24 am

    Red roses signify love. Yellow roses are a symbol of friendship. And pink roses represent gratitude. But what does it mean when you give multicolored rainbow roses? That you’re overflowing with emotions — and creativity! Roses are very easy to transform into rainbows of color, and...

  • How to make hamantaschen favors from paper plates

    By Jonathan Fong

    March 16, 2016 | 3:11 pm

    A Purim celebration wouldn’t be complete without hamantashen, and every celebration needs party favors. So, here’s a hamantashen-shaped party favor made from paper plates, which you can fill with candy, toys — and more hamantashen. The whole family can join in the fun of putting...

  • How to make a Chinese takeout floral arrangement

    By Jonathan Fong

    March 4, 2016 | 12:18 pm

    I grew up working in my family’s Chinese restaurant, so I know firsthand the love affair between Jews and Chinese food. For everyone who likes to serve Cantonese cuisine at home, here’s a festive floral arrangement in a takeout container that’s a “wok” in the park to make. I’ve...

  • DIY: How to make a bird feeder from an upcycled saucepan

    By Jonathan Fong

    February 24, 2016 | 2:39 pm

    I love having birds in my yard. They make me feel like ours is the fun house to hang out at in the neighborhood, at least among the aviary crowd. Although the birds don’t sit on my fingertips like I’m Snow White, they do sing a cheerful tune — and keep my dogs mesmerized for...

  • DIY: How to make guest towel cupcakes

    By Jonathan Fong

    February 17, 2016 | 10:52 am

    One of my favorite DIY gifts is guest towels, or washcloths, rolled up to look like cupcakes. Given as a set, they make adorable hostess, housewarming and birthday gifts. Pick up a pastry box at a party store or culinary supply store such as Surfas, and you can package your gift in...

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