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Haunted Halloween Village

Steps:8
Materials
  • Pumpkin
  • Knife, for carving
  • Spoon or ice cream scoop
  • China marker
  • Utility knife, straight-blade knife, or small saw
  • Cheesecloth
  • Toothpick
  • Construction paper (optional)
  • Wire (optional)
  • Double-sided tape
  • Small Halloween toys (optional)
  • Fine-gauge or copper wire
  • Votive candle
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Outdoor Lighting: Winter Fence

Steps:3
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First-Day Books and Party Albums

The beginning of a new year offers a natural occasion for reflecting on the past and planning ...
The beginning of a new year offers a natural occasion for reflecting on the past and planning for the future. This year, preserve tokens of the symbolic day in a first-day book or a party album. The resulting collection of written messages, photographs, and other mementos will serve as a tangible record of your New Year's celebration and more; to create an unfolding narrative, leave your book unfinished, and continue to add to it throughout the coming year.
Source:Celebrating 2000, Volume 2000 Special Issue 2000
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Felt Frame Cover

Steps:8
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Pumpkin Lantern

Steps:5
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Bookcase Armoire

Steps:9
Materials
  • Paint (optional)
  • 2 bookcases with adjustable shelves
  • Rectangular piece of wood (for desk extension): the same thickness as a shelf, 1/2 inch shorter than the length of a shelf, no more than 14 inches wide
  • Rectangular piece of pegboard (the length of a shelf with a height equal to the space between the desk shelf and the shelf above)
  • Four 1-by-2-inch boards (for pegboard frame): 2 cut to the height of the pegboard and 2 cut to its length minus 3 inches
  • Hacksaw or jigsaw with a metal blade (to cut piano hinge)
  • 2 piano hinges (1 to attach bookcases and 1 to attach desk extension)
  • 5/8-inch screws (for hinges, if screws aren't included)
  • Electric drill
  • Screws that are 3/4 inch longer than the thickness of desk-side bookcase's back panel (to secure existing desk shelf and pegboard frame)
  • Lid stay or flap stay
  • Glass-bead or other molding (to secure Plexiglas), cut into strips: 5 pieces the length of a shelf, 8 pieces 2 1/2 inches long, and 2 pieces 8 1/2 inches long
  • Hand miter saw (to cut molding)
  • Hammer
  • 3-D 1-inch finish nails (to secure molding for Plexiglas)
  • 5 Plexiglas guards: 4 pieces cut 3 inches tall and to the length of a shelf and 1 piece cut 9 inches tall and to the length of a shelf
  • 3/4-inch screws (to attach pegboard to frame; for casters, if screws aren't included; and for L brackets, if using)
  • Draw-bolt latch or flush-mount lock (for armoire latch)
  • 8 casters (at least 1 inch)
  • Two 3-inch L brackets (to attach case to wall, optional)
  • Appropriate wall anchors and matching screws (for L brackets)
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Simple Bolster Cover

Steps:5
Placing an abundance of pillows on a bed is a luxurious way to tie together the decor of a room.
Materials
  • 36-inch-long bolster
  • 3/4 yard fabric, for cover
  • Measuring tape
  • Chalk
  • Fabric scissors
  • Pinking shears
  • Round object, such as a small plate, for a guide
  • 1/2-inch linen tape or twill tape
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Skirted Tray Table

Steps:5
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Bewitching Tree Decoration

Scare up fun at a Halloween party with a centerpiece that displays favor bags and seasonal ...
Scare up fun at a Halloween party with a centerpiece that displays favor bags and seasonal ornaments. Branches hold evil-eyed black cats and jolly jack-'o-lanterns fashioned from paper, as well as candy-filled bags for guests to bring back to their lairs. 
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Stair-Tread Side Table

Steps:3
Materials
  • Handsaw and miter box
  • 1-by-4, for recessed skirting
  • 1/2-inch cove molding
  • 1-inch stair-tread nosing
  • One 48-by-11 1/2-inch wooden stair tread
  • Wood glue
  • 1- and 1 1/2-inch finishing nails
  • 8 L brackets and screws
  • 2 wooden balusters
  • Four 2-inch wood screws
  • Electric drill with screwdriver bit
  • 1 quart each primer and paint
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