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Christmas Candy Carolers

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Glittered Faux Lemons and Velvet Leaves

Steps:8
A brightly hued citrus centerpiece, piled high with velvet leaves and silver balls, brings sophisticated cheer to an evening of Champagne toasts. The faux lemons covered with glitter are for display only, but lemon-drop candies, arranged in personalized baskets atop each plate, encourage a sweet start to the coming year.
Materials
  • Single-faced velvet ribbon in shades of green and yellow
  • Iron
  • White fabric-covered floral wire
  • Craft glue
  • Clear glitter
  • Spray adhesive
  • Silver balls
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Rose Dome Arrangement

Steps:6
Other Ideas:
Flower arrangements
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Shrunken Apple Head Decorations

Steps:3
Oh, the horror! Gnarled branches adorned with gruesome heads warn visitors to beware -- at least if your guests happen to be apples.
Materials
  • Paring knife
  • Firm, unbruised apples
  • Lemon juice
  • Salt
  • Small bowl
  • Knotted cord or twine
  • Toothpicks
  • Optional: Urn or vase filled with dried branches
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Flower Family Tree

Steps:3
Families grow like flower gardens -- with lots of time, care, and love. This wall hanging represents that basic biological truth with a variety of subtly colored clip-art blossoms.
Materials
  • Stem and leaf templates
  • Clip-art blossoms
  • Artist's paper, such as Saint Armand paper in Elephant, from New York Central Art Supply
  • Graphite transfer paper, such as Saral, utrecht.com
  • Craft knife
  • Cutting mat
  • 32-by-40-inch art board, 1/2-inch thick, dickblick.com
  • Small paintbrush for glue, size 20, Blick Academic, dickblick.com
  • Black fine-tip pen
  • Paste, artsuppliesonline.com
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Bunny Fold for Napkins

Steps:6
Easter-rabbit-shaped napkins are a festive detail for the holiday table, and they only require a few simple folds. Well-starched crisp cotton or linen will transform into the sturdiest bunnies. Fold napkins the day before your meal so your "warren" is full when guests arrive.
Materials
  • Cotton or linen napkins, starched
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Cherry Blossom and Dogwood Arrangement

Steps:7
Other Ideas:
Centerpieces, Flowers
Jump-start spring by forcing branches of early-flowering trees and shrubs. (Read our tips on how to force successfully.) Massed at eye level in a rustic trough, pink cherry blossoms join white dogwood and spirea to give armchair nature lovers a breath of fresh air. The branches stand in chicken wire that has been bent to fit the container's liner. Moss and lichen from a florist mask the wire support in sylvan style.
Materials
  • Watertight liners
  • Watertight containers
  • Gloves
  • Wire cutters
  • Sheet moss
  • Lichen
  • Cherry blossom, dogwood, and spirea branches
  • Garden shears
  • Water picks
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Peacock Walk with Black-and-White Backdrop

Steps:7
These birds, a colorful departure from crows and ravens, bring an element of mystery to a Halloween party.
Materials
  • 1/2-inch grid hardware cloth, 4-by-10-foot roll by Redi-Roll; hardwarestore.com
  • Straightedge
  • Permanent-ink marker
  • Wire cutters, 7 inches; 2fiskars.com
  • 24-gauge wire
  • Pliers
  • Branch
  • Faux peacock, closed-tail-feather peacock, 24 inches; hankenimports.com
  • Faux peacock, open-tail-feather peacock, 60 inches; hankenimports.com
  • S hook
  • Chain
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Snow-Swept Gingerbread Cottage

Steps:6
The caramelized-syrup windows of this colonial house are lit from within by a string of holiday bulbs, which flicker and glow like firelight. Intricate piped-icing details reflect the home's period; cookie trees and evergreen shrubbery (plus a tiny wreath) complete the scene.
Materials
  • Snow-Swept Gingerbread Cottage Recipe
  • Gingerbread Cottage Templates
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Napkins with a Modern Fold

Steps:7
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