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Doily Star Tree-Topper

Steps:7
Other Ideas:
Decorating, Tissue paper
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Felt Holly Corsage

Steps:4
For a playful nod to the traditional Christmas pin, try these cheerful corsages. They're easy enough for a child to make but sophisticated enough for her mom to wear. Once you gather your supplies, it's a snap to make multiple corsages in a single afternoon.
Materials
  • Wool felt, 18 by 18 inches, in assorted colors, available at magiccabin.com
  • Holly template
  • Iron
  • Hot-glue gun
  • Ribbon, such as satin-backed velvet ribbons from hymanhendler.com
  • Assorted embellishments
  • Barrettes or brooch pins from tohoshoji-ny.com
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Silvery Angel Tree Toppers and Ornaments

Steps:6
Create a heavenly tree by adorning it with delicate silvery angels. These classic Christmas-tree toppers make lovely ornaments as well.
Materials
  • Textured foil paper (preferably double-sided), in Pony Skin Silver, from New York Central Art Supply
  • Scissors
  • Scallop scissors
  • Silver cord, 1/16-inch, tinseltrading.com
  • Narrow silver tinsel roping, 1/4-inch, blumchen.com
  • Silver glass ball picks, 25 mm, from B&J Florist Supply, 212-564-6086
  • Hot-glue gun
  • Pencil
  • Template
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Glittered Paper Cutout Ornaments

Steps:4
A blue spruce's "snow"-dusted branches, metallic balls, and shimmering paper ornaments sparkle in the morning light. Templates (birds, butterflies, ice skates, and many more) for the ornaments are provided, so all you have to do is cut, glue, and glitter. The ornaments are so simple -- and inexpensive -- to create that you could fill a whole tree with them.
Materials
  • Heavy card stock
  • Paintbrush
  • Craft glue
  • Glitter
  • Bowl
  • Bottled glue with a fine-tip applicator
  • Hole puncher
  • Silver twine
  • Bead
  • Thin ribbon bows (optional)
  • Hot glue (optional)
  • Flying bird template
  • Reindeer template
  • Butterfly template
  • Large candy cane template
  • Small candy cane template
  • Ornament ball template
  • Fancy ornament ball template
  • Cloud template
  • Bear template
  • Wreath template
  • Christmas tree template
  • Bird template
  • Ice skate template
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Metallic and Spun-Glass Ornaments

Steps:6
Materials
  • Paintbrushes
  • Acrylic paint in Yellow Ochre and Ivory White, by Plaid, from Michaels stores
  • Size (an adhesive available at art-supply stores)
  • Cotton gloves
  • Gold- or silver-leaf sheets, from nycentralart.com
  • Cord, 1.7 mm imported fine metallic twist, from mjtrim.com
  • Hot glue
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Red-Berry-Light Garland

Steps:2
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Sparkling Snowman Treat Boxes

Steps:8
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Chic Tree Skirt

Steps:4
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Tissue-Star Christmas Ornament

Steps:8
Offering one tree ornament every year is a lovely way to tell a friend or relative that you value the continuity of your relationship. This year, try your hand at something new and challenging: a ball that reflects the complex beauty of origami.
Materials
  • Enough colored tissue paper to make 12 circles, each 3 1/2 inches wide
  • Pencil
  • Glue
  • One toothpick
  • Utility knife
  • Ribbon or string
  • 3-by-3-inch transparent boxes, nycake.com
  • Wrapping ribbon or holly (optional)
  • Ornament template
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