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Crafting and DIY

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Metallic and Spun-Glass Ornaments

Steps:6
Materials
  • 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 nycentralart.com
  • Cord, 1.7 mm imported fine metallic twist, from mjtrim.com
  • Hot glue
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Jewelry Box for Semiprecious Candies

Steps:4
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.
Materials
  • 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
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Map Coasters

Steps:4
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. 
Materials
  • Maps
  • Cutting mat
  • Round cork coasters, in Natural
  • Craft knife
  • Foam paintbrush
  • Glue sealant
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Skull Treat Boxes

Steps:3
Mischievous smiles make these skulls more sweet than scary. Before you start, learn how to work with crepe paper.
Materials
  • 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, MisterArt.com
  • Foam brush
  • Glue stick
  • Hot-glue gun
  • Skull treat box template
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Sparkling Snowman Treat Boxes

Steps:8
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Masked Owl Costume

Steps:7
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.
Materials
  • 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
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Chic Tree Skirt

Steps:4
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Tissue-Star Christmas Ornament

Steps:8
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.
Materials
  • 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, nycake.com
  • Wrapping ribbon or holly (optional)
  • Ornament template
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Candlelit Branch and Ribbon Star of David

Steps:11
Celebrate the Festival of Lights with this manzanita-branch menorah, sprayed shimmering silver and trimmed with candles.
Materials
  • 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 germanplaza.com
  • 1-inch-wide ribbon, from mokubany.com
  • Ruler
  • Disappearing-ink pen
  • Hot-glue gun
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