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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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Molded Squash Candles

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Wax-Resist Egg Dyeing Techniques

Steps:3
If you draw on eggs with wax and then dip them in dye, the color doesn't adhere to the wax -- so when you melt it away, you reveal the design. Use a stylus to apply wax in refined, precise patterns, or try a crayon for simple motifs.
Materials
  • Room-temperature eggs (wax won't adhere to cold ones)
  • Wax stylus (This tool looks much like a pen, but has a barrel at the end for holding and dispensing wax) or crayon
  • Candle
  • Beeswax patty
  • Paper towels
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No-Sew Applique Curtains with Ginger Flower Print

Steps:6
Materials
  • Lightweight fabric (we used Indian cotton voile in green, from B&J Fabrics)
  • Handkerchief linen (we used Soft Emerald, from Gray Linens Linen)
  • Fusible webbing with paper backing, Steam-A-Seam 2 Lite (#5324), by the Warm Co., from Backdoor Quilt Shoppe
  • Iron
  • Ginger Flower Template
  • Scissors
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Pressed-Leaf Place Mats

Steps:3
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Mini Witch and Cat Pumpkins

Steps:6
Materials
  • 3 mini pumpkins
  • Melon baller
  • China marker
  • Pumpkin saw or miniature saw: Keyhole saw blade, X-Acto No. 15 (LXKY31), and X-Acto Knife No. 2 (LXKY73), from Tower Hobbies
  • Wooden skewers
  • Black construction paper, by Martha Stewart Crafts, from marthastewartcrafts.com
  • Toothpicks
  • Waxed twine in black (WL4PLYBLK), from The Caning Shop
  • Nylon broom bristles
  • Black crepe paper
  • Red straight pins (for vampire bat eyes)
  • Small branch (optional, for witch's broom)
  • Straw (optional, for witch's broom)
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Metallic Pinecone or Acorn Box

Steps:5
Other Ideas:
Christmas details
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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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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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Faux-Bois Planter Mold

Steps:3
Materials
  • Four 12-by-16-inch rubber texture mats, in wood-grain pattern (PA 02-4), $12, from Chinese Clay Art, 408-343-3919.
  • Four 15-by-20-inch pieces of 1/2-inch-thick plywood
  • Carpet tape (No. 50-605), by Roberts from Home Depot, 800-553-3199.
  • Drill with regular and masonry bits
  • 12 wood screws
  • 20-by-20-inch piece of 1/2-inch-thick plywood
  • Universal Smooth-On Mold Release (No. 66MR1), from the Compleat Sculptor, 800-972-8578.
  • Rubber mallet
  • Gloves
  • Dust mask
  • Peat moss (No. 809383),  by Miracle-Gro; Gray
  • Perlite, (No. 809352), by Miracle-Gro; Gray
  • Portland cement, from Home Depot, 800-553-3199
  • Interior mold (or construct one from cardboard, wrapping it with duct tape)
  • Sheet of plastic
  • Surform Plane Type, regular cut blade (No. 185515), by Stanley from Home Depot, 800-553-3199.
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