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Tinsel Light Garland

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Yuletide Topiary

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Using carnations to evoke a snow-covered tree, this centerpiece transforms the tabletop into a fanciful winter garden. Moistened floral foam supplies hidden support for fluffy white blossoms, their stems cut short so they form an uninterrupted mass of petals.
Materials
  • One block of floral foam (or one block for the cone and another for the base)
  • Floral adhesive
  • Serrated knife
  • Cachepot or urn
  • Basin or tub
  • Florist's cutters
  • Carnations
  • Small Christmas balls with wire hangers
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Antiquing Glass Ornaments

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This simple technique lends new, shiny glass ornaments the muted, authentic appearance of antique mercury glass in just minutes. (As mercury glass ages, it loses some of its luster and tends to darken in spots.) All you need is a little paint and small sponges with which to apply it.
Materials
  • 1 small tube of white gouache paint
  • 1 small tube of black gouache paint
  • 2 small bowls
  • Silver-ball ornaments
  • 2 small natural sponges
  • Tissues
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Earring Holiday Gift Card

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A handmade card -- adorned with handmade earrings -- makes a thoughtful gift for any fashion-conscious friend.
Materials
  • Card stock
  • Craft knife
  • Ruler
  • Stamp kit
  • Embossing stamp pad
  • Embossing powder
  • Soft bristle brush
  • Heat gun
  • Screw punch
  • Double-sided tape
  • Flat-backed rhinestones
  • Earring posts
  • Earring backs
  • Quick-set epoxy
  • Bamboo skewer
  • Gift box
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Egg-Corn Decorations

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Securing Ornaments

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Now that you've taken the time to choose the perfect ornaments and decorations for your tree, you don't want to worry about them falling off and shattering on the floor during the commotion in your home around the holidays. Here's a Good Thing to secure your ornaments in place. Instead of relying on the hook that's already attached to them, use 24-gauge floral wire.
Materials
  • 24-gauge floral wire
  • Wire cutters
  • Ornament
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