I just received my copy of a DVD that taught Basic Cake Decorating. This DVD was made by a homemaker and owner of www.teachinggoodthings.com. She spends about an hour going through all kinds of cake decorating skills, tips, and hints to help you learn quickly and easily how to decorate your own cakes at home.
Here is her sales page for it.
I enjoyed this DVD. I felt like I was in the kitchen with this mom as she took me step by step through all the basics.
Since I do not have any of the cake decorating basics, I am going to check my local freecycle list and will let you know how it goes when I strike out on my own to decorate some cakes or cookies.