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Standing Owl Treat Boxes

Three perched owls, made from egg-shaped pressed-paper boxes, don't need to hunt for another meal. Their bellies are filled with enough treats to last the night. Make this standing owl, or try the hanging version with a waxed-twine loop.
  • Egg boxes, 3, 4, or 4 1/2 inches, from D. Blumchen & Co
  • Americana acrylic paint, in Bright Orange and Light Cinnamon, by DecoArt, from
  • Foam brush
  • Glue stick
  • Crepe-paper folds, 20 inches by 7 1/2 feet, in Black, Bright Orange, Brown, and Canary, by Cindus, from
  • Matte-cover card stock, in Electric Orange and Coco, from Paper Presentation
  • Owl Treat Box templates
  • Hot-glue gun

Metallic and Spun-Glass Ornaments

  • 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
  • Cord, 1.7 mm imported fine metallic twist, from
  • Hot glue

Tulip and Rose Flower Costumes

Other Ideas:
Baby, Halloween costumes, Women
A blooming crepe-paper tulip cap and rosebud headband -- each in pastel hues -- turn a mother-daughter duo into a sprightly pair.
  • Scissors
  • Pen
  • Craft glue
  • 22-gauge floral wire
  • Wire cutters
  • Floral tape
  • Brown-paper-wrapped 18-gauge floral wire
  • 2 plain headbands
  • 6 1/2-inch pail with handle
  • Double-sided tape
  • Crepe paper in the following colors and quantities: 2 sheets salmon (for tulip cap and pail), 2 sheets green (for leaves and calyxes), and 1 sheet pale pink (for rose headband).
  • Petal template for tulip and rose, plus calyx template for tulip headdress, rose, and pail

Cozy Travel Cushion for Pets

Other Ideas:
Pet accessories
Dogs will love the comfort of this soft bed made from towels; you'll love the convenience. It's lightweight, easy to roll up and pack, and even machine-washable.
  • Sewing machine
  • 2 matching towels
  • 1/2-inch-thick polyester batting
  • Large sewing needle
  • Embroidery floss

Silver-Coated Lined Basket Centerpiece

Dress up plain woven bread baskets by painting them a single, glistening shade and fitting colorful fabric inside. For a lush centerpiece, insert a plastic liner, and fill with a mix of neutral, silvery-leafed plants along with flowers in deep purples and soft magentas. Here, we used mums, dusty miller, viburnum, globe thistle, cabbage rosettes, and kale leaves -- all inexpensive and readily available in fall.
  • Basket
  • Metallic spray paint
  • Fabric, such as linen
  • Tape measure
  • Straight pins
  • Sewing machine
  • Needle and thread

Map Coasters

Don't stash away or discard maps from your favorite vacation spots. Use them to make these handy coasters and you'll be reminded of that special destination every time you reach for one. 
  • Maps
  • Cutting mat
  • Round cork coasters, in Natural
  • Craft knife
  • Foam paintbrush
  • Glue sealant

Sparkling Snowman Treat Boxes


Jewelry Box for Semiprecious Candies

A pile of gemstones in luminous pinks, reds, and corals is a thrill to behold. These turn out to be good to eat as well. Use the same mold to make shiny hard candies (these are cinnamon flavored) and chocolates that can be wrapped in gleaming metallic foil. Tuck them into this handcrafted jewelry box for a special someone, or give them out to your dazzling friends.
  • Two 3 1/4-by-5 1/4 inch cardboard jewelry boxes with accompanying batting
  • Decorative faux-lizard paper
  • Craft knife
  • Bone folder
  • Ruler
  • Paste-style glue
  • Foam craft brush
  • Red art board (a heavier weight than card stock)
  • Satin fabric
  • Tape
  • Gold banding border and gold paper
  • Gem candies

Tissue-Star Christmas Ornament

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.
  • 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,
  • Wrapping ribbon or holly (optional)
  • Ornament template