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Holidays

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Holiday Apron

Steps:6
With eyelet embellishment and a gift-wrapped pocket, this apron makes the perfect handmade holiday gift.
Materials
  • Sewing machine and thread
  • Fabric
  • Scissors
  • 21-by-45-inch piece of eyelet
  • Ruffle foot
  • 2 1/2-yard piece of 2-inch-wide grosgrain ribbon
  • Pins
  • Pocket-curve template tool
  • Iron
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Metallic Swag Garlands

Steps:4
Materials
  • Quarter-inch gator board or heavy-duty foam core
  • Scissors
  • Utility knife
  • Hot-glue gun and glue sticks
  • Bow
  • Natural materials: dried artichoke, poppy pods, eucalyptus seeds, and tallow berry 
  • Artificial oak leaves
  • Glycerin-treated fern fronds
  • Gold, silver, and gold glitter spray paint
  • Finishing nails or wire
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Clamshell Wreath

Steps:4
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Dried-Corn Wreath

Steps:2
Make this festive wreath to decorate your halls for Thanksgiving.
Materials
  • Dremel drill fitted with a standard bit
  • 18-gauge stem wire
  • 32-gauge floral wire wound on a paddle
  • Craft glue
  • Wire cutters
  • A wire wreath form
  • Dried pink miniature corn (available at farmer's markets or online)
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Beekeeper Costume

Steps:4
This watchful beekeeper always takes good care of his bee colony. He wears a sting-resistant suit (actually a pair of painter's coveralls, available at hardware stores), work gloves to protect his hands, and a long tulle veil to guard his face. Dozens of "bees" are glued to the open-mesh netting; others buzz around his wide-brimmed straw hat. The stenciled bucket becomes a winsome receptacle for Halloween treats.
Materials
  • Scissors
  • Black tulle netting
  • White wide-brimmed straw hat (or spray-paint a regular straw hat)
  • White spray paint (optional)
  • Hot-glue gun 
  • White seam binding
  • Wire cutters
  • Millinery bees
  • Letter stencils
  • Yellow paint pen
  • Metal bucket with handle
  • Duct tape
  • Light-colored shirt
  • Pair of painter's coveralls
  • Pair of cotton work gloves with yellow accents
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Craft Punch Halloween Cards

Steps:6
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Fabric-Punched Bouquet

Steps:6
Martha and Marcie McGoldrick, holiday editor for Martha Stewart Living, use simple craft punches to make fabric flowers for a beautiful springtime bouquet.
Materials
  • Lightweight fabrics (such as voile or Indian cotton)
  • Tray
  • Medium paintbrush
  • Liquid fabric stiffener, at crafts stores
  • Petal and leaf craft punches
  • Micro hole punch
  • Floral pips (small wires with colored tips used to make silk flowers), at crafts stores
  • Contact cement
  • Floral wire
  • Wire cutters
  • Green floral tape
  • Floral tape
  • Vase (optional)
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Tissue-Paper-Decorated Eggs

Steps:2
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