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Leaf-Carved Pumpkin Lanterns

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Pumpkin carving
Trick-or-treaters and Halloween guests should feel more welcome than wary ascending a staircase lit up with leaf-carved pumpkin lanterns. The pumpkins' motifs are produced using a variety of basic carving techniques. The resulting patterns are as varied as fallen leaves, which provide the only templates you'll need.
  • Fallen leaves
  • Pumpkins
  • Hole cutters
  • Tape
  • Grease pencil
  • Linoleum cutter or long miniature saw

Halloween Lantern Party Favors

The orange balloon-shape calyxes of Chinese lanterns (Physalis alkekengi) make perfect stand-ins for pumpkins in these fun decorations. To complete the look, glue on a face and attach a leaf or two.
  • Chinese lantern branches
  • Black and green construction paper
  • Craft glue
  • Paintbrush
  • Green floral wire (optional)
  • Cellophane bags
  • Orange candy, like chocolate-covered apricot balls
  • Green ribbon
  • Face and Leaf Templates

Applique Robe with Hawaiian Floral Print

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A store-bought linen robe promises a relaxing weekend morning in island style. A graphic, oversize design, cut from sage linen and appliqued by hand, spills down the back and wraps around the shoulders.
  • Linen bathrobe, available at
  • Fabric (about 20 inches square) such as handkerchief linen, in Dark Sage, from Gray Linens Linen 'Ohi'a-lehua flower template
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Needle and thread
  • Applique needle
  • Iron

Felted Sweater Patches

There's no reason to toss your favorite wool cardigan when its elbows wear thin or a small hole develops. Needle-felting can disguise these flaws while making the garment fresh and fashionable.
  • Wool sweater
  • Disappearing-ink pen
  • Needle-felting mat (
  • Wool roving (
  • Needle-felting tool (

Dish Towel Picnic Carrier

These neat bundles have everything you need for a picnic meal, including a handle to transport them. With a few quick folds and a knot, you can transform a dish towel into a carrier for a sandwich and drink. Once you're at your destination, use the towel as a place mat or napkin.
  • Kitchen towels,

Bat Treat Boxes

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Painting, Treat packaging
The trick to this bat is using an upside-down, egg-shaped pressed-paper box for the body; the treat is inside.
  • Egg boxes, 3 inches (BX008), and 3 3/8 inches (BX009), from D. Blumchen & Co.
  • Americana acrylic paint, in Lamp Black, by DecoArt, from
  • Foam brush
  • Glue stick
  • Crepe-paper folds, 20 inches by 7 1/2 inches, in Black, Gray, and White, by Cindus, from
  • Matte-cover card stock, in Black, from Paper Presentation
  • Bat Treat Box template
  • Hole punch
  • Hot-glue gun

Ribbon Tower Gift-Wrap Technique

This ribbon tower "bow" was created using extra bits of gift-wrapping paper -- no ribbons or costly trimmings are necessary!
  • Four 3 1/2-by-2-inch strips of gift wrap
  • Two 15-by-2-inch strips
  • Two 9-by-2-inch strips
  • Two 5-by-2-inch strips
  • Two 2-by-2-inch strips
  • Four 2 1/2-by-2-inch strip
  • Scissors
  • Tape

Snow-Swept Gingerbread Cottage

The caramelized-syrup windows of this colonial house are lit from within by a string of holiday bulbs, which flicker and glow like firelight. Intricate piped-icing details reflect the home's period; cookie trees and evergreen shrubbery (plus a tiny wreath) complete the scene.
  • Snow-Swept Gingerbread Cottage Recipe
  • Gingerbread Cottage Templates

Bejeweled Valentine's Day Box

Dressed in apricot moire fabric and trimmed with satiny cord, a luxurious pink bow, and an array of faux gemstones, this box is no mere vessel. It's a treasure on its own. With a note, a photo, or some sweets tucked inside, it would make the perfect keepsake for Mom or anyone who appreciates a touch of luxury.
  • Ruler
  • Craft knife
  • Several pieces of mat board (32 by 40 inches),
  • Hot-glue gun
  • Apricot moire fabric, about 1 yard,
  • Decoupage glue, such as Mod Podge
  • Foam craft brush
  • Coral cording on cotton tape,
  • Wire cutters
  • Grosgrain ribbon, 4 to 5 inches wide, for bow
  • Box Base Template 
  • Lid Template

Peacock Walk with Black-and-White Backdrop

These birds, a colorful departure from crows and ravens, bring an element of mystery to a Halloween party.
  • 1/2-inch grid hardware cloth, 4-by-10-foot roll by Redi-Roll;
  • Straightedge
  • Permanent-ink marker
  • Wire cutters, 7 inches;
  • 24-gauge wire
  • Pliers
  • Branch
  • Faux peacock, closed-tail-feather peacock, 24 inches;
  • Faux peacock, open-tail-feather peacock, 60 inches;
  • S hook
  • Chain