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Quilted Coaster Set

Steps:10
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Fish-Shaped Dresser Pulls

Steps:4
Materials
  • Pinewood fish-shaped cutouts
  • Several 4-inch common nails
  • Hammer
  • 2-inch length of 14-gauge wire
  • 1-inch-wide dowel (long enough to be cut into 3/4-inch lengths, one for each pull)
  • Saw
  • Drill and 3/16-inch bit
  • Wood glue
  • Small vise
  • 2-inch sheet-metal screws
  • Primer
  • Enamel paint
  • Fine sandpaper
  • Washers
  • Cordless drill or screwdriver
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Lace-Patterned Pumpkins

Steps:3
Not all pumpkins are orange, nor are they necessarily destined to become leering jack-o'-lanterns. The designs used on these pumpkins, carved freehand, mimic the lacelike openwork of 18th-century pierced creamware dishes, and turn any pumpkin (especially a pale Lumina) into an intricately patterned lamp.
Materials
  • Pumpkin or squash
  • Wood-carving tools
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Stenciled Floral Curtains and Pillow

Steps:13
Give your home a modern boost by stenciling pillows with stylish patterns.
Materials
  • 2 copies of the star-shaped template
  • 2 copies of the bell flower template
  • 4 sheets of 8 1/2-by-11-inch waterproof paper
  • Cutting mat
  • Drafting tape
  • Craft knife
  • 4 sheets of 11-by-17-inch vellum, printed with full curtain template
  • Transparent tape
  • 2 curtain panels
  • Straight pins
  • Small sheet of glass (palette)
  • Palette knife
  • 5 to 7 ounces water-based permanent textile paint in yellow, red, dark green, light green, and white, by Jacquard, dharmatrading.com
  • Natural sea sponges
  • Double-sided tape
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Reversible Place Mats

Steps:9
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Classic Photographs with Trim

Steps:8
These sepia landscapes are framed by a decorative trim that sticks to surfaces when gently heated. The images and trim are arranged on freestanding panels that were painted to match the walls and then mounted when the artwork was complete.
Materials
  • Large-format ink-jet printer
  • Scissors
  • Ruler and pencil
  • Plastic putty knife
  • Paste-style glue
  • Primer
  • Oil-based paint
  • Leaf-trim ornament strips (ours are from decoratorssupply.com)
  • Spatter screen
  • Pot for boiling water
  • Offset metal spatula
  • Wood glue
  • Fine craft brush
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Polymer Clay Easter Eggs

Steps:11
Create your most sophisticated Easter eggs ever using an innovative polymer clay technique from artist Liz Smith.
Materials
  • Large egg
  • Egg blower
  • 2 packages white clay
  • 1 package blue (or other color) clay
  • Pasta machine or craft/clay rolling machine
  • Polymer clay blade
  • Doll needle or very thin knitting needle
  • Acrylic rod (sold for use with polymer clay)
  • Polyester batting
  • Oven
  • Sandpaper in 240, 400, and 800 grits
  • Water-based polyurethane (optional)
  • Linen or denim cloth (optional)
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Botanical Eggs

Steps:5
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