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Bejeweled Valentine's Day Box

Steps:4
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.
Materials
  • Ruler
  • Craft knife
  • Several pieces of mat board (32 by 40 inches), dickblick.com
  • Hot-glue gun
  • Apricot moire fabric, about 1 yard, bandjfabrics.com
  • Decoupage glue, such as Mod Podge
  • Foam craft brush
  • Coral cording on cotton tape, mjtrim.com
  • Wire cutters
  • Grosgrain ribbon, 4 to 5 inches wide, for bow
  • Box Base Template 
  • Lid Template
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Oval Holly Wreath

Steps:2
Other Ideas:
Decorating, Greenery
Materials
  • 18-inch round double-wire wreath form (No. DRWR18), from Maine Wreath Company
  • Pruning shears (model 2), by Felco, from The Felco Store
  • 4-inch holly branch tips 
  • Berry clusters with stems, trimmed from other holly branches 
  • Paddle of 24-gauge floral wire (No. 94464202), by Panacea, from createforless.com
  • Ribbon from fabric or trim store
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Flowering Branches with Fabric Quince Blossoms

Steps:4
A bunch of branches wrapped in seam binding and bedecked with fabric flowers makes a striking alternative to a traditional floral arrangement. Here, we adorned branches with fabric flowers resembling a spray of quince blossoms.
Materials
  • Basic sewing supplies
  • 1/2-inch lightweight cotton fabric or grosgrain ribbon
  • Liquid seam sealant
  • Artificial stamens, at crafts stores
  • Tacky glue
  • Tree branches
  • 1/2-inch-wide seam binding
  • Floral wire and floral tape, available at crafts stores
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Stuffed Menswear Bunny

Steps:7
Other Ideas:
Baby, Clothing, Sewing
Suiting fabrics are an unconventional but charming choice for making toy bunnies. Bright cotton shirting adds a surprising pop of color inside the ears.
Materials
  • 2 menswear fabrics (such as wool flannel and cotton shirting)
  • Sewing machine and sewing supplies
  • Iron
  • Fill
  • Embroidery floss
  • Embroidery needle
  • Bunny template
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Ball and Light Wreath

Steps:2
Make the entrance to your home inviting to holiday visitors -- including Santa -- with bright, merry lights; their sparkle highlights the shimmering globes and greenery of this double wreath. Combine two ornamental rings into one spectacular showpiece; weave in red lights to accentuate the luster of colorful Christmas balls.
Materials
  • 16-inch-diameter wreath of shiny plastic or metallic Christmas balls
  • 16-inch-diameter pine wreath
  • Floral wire
  • Two 33-light strands of red pearl lights
  • Rubber bands
  • U-pins (greening pins) (available at Michaels)
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Gray Lady Ghost Costume

Steps:4
Legend has it the gray lady was a beautiful young bride, left stranded at the altar. She died tragically of a broken heart, but her love is never ending. Even in death she waits for her betrothed.
Materials
  • 8 1/2 yards of gray tulle
  • 1 yard of gray seam binding
  • Large 14/18 yarn darners needle (such as a yarn or upholstery needle)
  • Gray lacy tights
  • Silk flowers (we used hydrangeas)
  • Gray floral spray
  • 1 yard of 2-inch-wide gray ribbon
  • Paper doily
  • White face paint (and someone to help you apply it)
  • Makeup sponge
  • 2 yards of 3-inch-wide gray ribbon (for dress)
  • 2 yards of gray lace fabric (for veil)
  • Bobby pins or hair clips
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Ribbon Star Ornaments

Steps:5
Other Ideas:
Christmas details, Ribbons
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Magnolia Garland

Steps:4
Other Ideas:
Christmas details
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Packaging for Candied Citrus Peels

Steps:4
Other Ideas:
Clip-art crafts
These sweet citrus treats are presented in a fluted tart pan that's wrapped in glassine, tied with ribbon, and topped with a label that evokes old-fashioned dime-store packaging. A batch of each flavor will yield enough for one 7 7/8-inch tart pan, plus leftovers (for snacking).
Materials
  • Candied Citrus Peels
  • 7 7/8-inch tart pan (T200), bakedeco.com
  • Similar glassine: German tissue paper in White (No. 737911), from Kate's Paperie, 800-809-9880
  • Similar ribbon: 5/8-inch-wide imported chromspun grosgrain in Bright Red (No. 02215), from M&J Trimming, 800-965-8746
  • Paper: 8 1/2-by-11-inch Premium Presentation Matte (S041257), from Epson.com
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Knitted Neck Scarf

Steps:15
Other Ideas:
Knitting
Materials
  • Yarn: 2 skeins (50 grams )sport-weight yarn in desired color, using about 150 yards
  • Needles: 2 needles in size U.S. 4 (3 1/2 mm), 1 double-pointed needle in same size. Adjust needle size as necessary to obtain correct gauge (gauge: 5 stitches and 11 rows equal 1 inch in garter stitch)
  • Stitch holder
  • Tapestry needle
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