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Cardboard Tube Space Ship

You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to build one of these svelte spacecrafts. All you’ll ...

Quilt Stocking

While kids are tucked tightly into their beds, their littlest gifts can be tucked inside a quilt stocking. Use a thick old quilt or plushy bedspread to make it. With a cutout stocking template, you can easily decide which part of the blanket will yield the best-looking stocking. Position the template so that the top of the stocking falls along a hemmed edge to make sewing a snap.

Quilted Silk-Tie Pillow

Other Ideas:
Crafting and DIY, Sewing
  • Log cabin template
  • Fabric scraps or cut-up silk ties, in similar colors
  • Silk pins
  • Sewing machine threaded with coordinating thread
  • 3/4 yards silk taffeta fabric, in a lighter color than scraps
  • Iron
  • Scissors
  • Rotary fabric cutter
  • Ruler
  • Rotary paper cutter
  • Low-loft quilt batting
  • Plain muslin
  • Bone folder
  • Silk thread in coordinating or contrasting color
  • 18-inch pillow form

Kid-Made Doorbells

Deck the doorknobs with jolly kid-made bells. It's a great activity for days when it's too wet or chilly to play outside and -- between your craft bin and the refrigerator -- you probably have all the supplies on hand: an egg carton, paint, glitter, glue, and yarn.
  • Scissors
  • Egg carton
  • Acrylic poster paint
  • Glue
  • Glitter
  • Embroidery needle
  • Yarn
  • Jingle bells

Twig Vase

Martha is always looking for unusual containers for flower arrangements. Recently, she fashioned a natural-looking vase from a coffee can and twigs gathered during a walk in the woods. Tied with a length of raffia, it makes a charming holder for garden flowers or a rustic desk organizer.
  • Ruler or measuring tape (optional)
  • Paper or paint
  • Scissors (optional)
  • Coffee can
  • Twigs
  • Pruning shears
  • Hot-glue gun or rubber bands
  • Raffia

Dime Store Games: Ball-in-the-Hole

These little boxed universes can be lined with scenes cut out of old or new Christmas cards. It takes less patience to make the games than it does to play them. The trick is to get a bead to roll into a hole. Your scene determines whether the beads are stars, bells, or bright holly berries.
  • Small box
  • Picture
  • Scissors
  • Hole punch
  • Beads
  • White craft glue
  • Glass or thin plastic
  • Super glue
  • Pencil
  • Paper
  • Stiff paper or cardboard

Cardboard-Box Oven Craft

  • Scrap pieces of cardboard or cardboard boxes
  • Mat knife or box cutter
  • Hot-glue gun and hot-glue sticks
  • Adhesive foam dots
  • Spray paint in chosen color for oven
  • Silver spray paint
  • Four plastic condiment-cup lids
  • Four small bottle caps
  • One large bottle cap
  • Template for knob labels
  • Full-sheet printable label paper
  • Paper fasteners (brads)
  • Blank or old CDs
  • Black permanent marker
  • Ruler
  • Sheet protector
  • Double-sided tape
  • Plastic clothes hanger
  • Battery-powered light (optional)

Patterned Mosaic Pots

Bedecking small household objects, such as these terra-cotta planters, with china fragments adds a delightfully unexpected flourish -- and requires only a few plates per pot.
  • Tile nippers
  • Plate fragments
  • Terra cotta pots
  • Glue
  • Grout
  • Wooden stick
  • Gloves
  • Sponge or rag
  • Foam brush or spray 
  • Grout sealant