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Over the years, Martha Stewart's crafters have created hundreds of projects for the holidays. See which ideas have become favorites, and add them to your Christmas to-do list this holiday season!
Deputy crafts editor Silke Stoddard has made these easy, inexpensive, and sweet mice for whole preschool classes as holiday gifts and party treats. "I've even made them for holiday bake sales and used them as gift toppers," she says. For a twist, try making them on heavyweight paper instead of felt.
While you need a little crafting experience to create these trees, they're "so inexpensive to make and a clever way to recycle newspaper," says TV crafter Kristin St. Clair. She made a special one for Martha out of aluminum sheets, which turned out beautifully. "It looked like an ice-covered silver pine tree," says Kristin. "I can't imagine how amazing a forest of trees like that would look -- exquisite!"
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Lead TV crafter Hosanna Houser based this festive bottle cover craft on a project her grandmother shared with her after making for many decades. Not only can it be used for decor, but "it's super simple, and useful as a way to bring wine or champagne to a party," says Hosanna.
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These stockings have a special place in assistant crafts editor Steph Hung's heart. "It was my first Martha Stewart project, and I was only 12 at the time," she says. Inspired by "The Twelve Days of Christmas," these wool-felt "calling birds" add whimsy to mohair and cashmere Christmas stockings.
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"This was the first craft that I worked on at TV as a freelancer," says Jim Noonan, a junior crafter for "The Martha Stewart Show." While they're a popular product at stores like Crate & Barrel or Pier 1, "our version costs a whole lot less and has a real personal touch," he says. "It's a very simple craft and looks quite beautiful when done."
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Felt Holly Corsage
Martha Stewart Living crafters Blake Ramsey and Athena Preston both cite these "festive and fun" felt holly corsages from the December 2009 issue of Living as their favorite holiday craft. "I make them every year out of whatever odds and ends I have and give them to all my friends," says Athena.
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"My mom had villages all around our house year-round, both simple and elaborate," recalls TV crafter Kirsten Earl. Of course, they would be decorated especially for Christmas each year. What makes this cardboard version so special? "I like this one because you can fold it up and put it away between seasons," says Kirsten.
"Eric Pike, our creative director, had several vintage versions of these that I had admired for quite awhile," says holiday and crafts editorial director Marcie McGoldrick. She re-created these elegant beaded revelers for the "Beads to Beguile" story in December 2007, and made several more for her tree at home. "Each one ends up slightly different, so I name them after my friends," says Marcie.
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