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Tulip and Rose Flower Costumes

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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

Chic Tree Skirt


Candlelit Branch and Ribbon Star of David

Celebrate the Festival of Lights with this manzanita-branch menorah, sprayed shimmering silver and trimmed with candles.
  • Manzanita branch
  • Silver floral spray
  • 9 candle clips
  • Pencil
  • Star template
  • Pale blue vellum, by Cromatica, from New York Central Art Supply
  • 3/4-inch circle craft punch
  • Hanukkah candles
  • Classic fluted candleholders, from
  • 1-inch-wide ribbon, from
  • Ruler
  • Disappearing-ink pen
  • Hot-glue gun

Masked Owl Costume

Give a fledgling aviator wings in the form of a felt owl costume. Contoured brown and white feathers, made by cutting and creasing the fabric, adorn the wings and belly; perked-up ears are attached to a jaunty pilot's cap. Goggled peepers enhance the look.
  • Basic sewing supplies
  • Templates
  • Two 18-inch squares of tan felt and one square each of chocolate, brown, white, ochre, and black felt
  • Brown pilot's cap (we dyed a white one)
  • Glue
  • Velcro strips
  • Fusible interfacing
  • Elastic
  • Iron
  • White long-sleeve snap-bottom T-shirt
  • Tights

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

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

Skull Treat Boxes

Mischievous smiles make these skulls more sweet than scary. Before you start, learn how to work with crepe paper.
  • Egg boxes, 3 3/8-inch (BX009), 4-inch (BX010), and 4 1/2-inch (BX011), from D. Blumchen & Co. or Castle in the Air
  • Crepe-paper folds, 20-inch-by-7 1/2-foot, in Black
  • Americana acrylic paint, in Warm White, by DecoArt,
  • Foam brush
  • Glue stick
  • Hot-glue gun
  • Skull treat box template

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