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Textured Pillows

Steps:3
Other Ideas:
Decorative pillows, Sewing
Subtler than graphics, textural accents give pillow covers a decorative extra without being distracting.
Materials
  • Pillowcases (we used 20-by-20-inch Napoli vintage linen in Flax and Petwer, and 15-by-15-inch in Plum Frost, from libecohomestores.com, but you can substitute with any fabric of your choice)
  • Disappearing-ink pen
  • Needle
  • Heavy-duty thread
  • Pillow inserts, one or two sizes smaller than original case
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Iron-On Monogram Tote with Petals

Steps:7
Other Ideas:
Clip art, Clip-art crafts
An iron-on initial in a woodsy typeface is an inspired (and easy) alternative to embroidery. Floral appliques naturally extend the theme. The same applique makes a nice arrangement on the end of a bobby pin.
Materials
  • Avery Dark T-Shirt Transfers, if doing a white-on-dark transfer
  • Epson Iron-On Cool Peel Transfer Paper, for basic transfer
  • Natural-fiber (such as cotton) tote bags
  • Lightweight natural fabric, such as cotton voile (for appliqued flowers)
  • Scissors or craft knife
  • Ironed pillowcase
  • Iron
  • Clip Art (see step 1)
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Black Cat Treat Boxes

Steps:3
Other Ideas:
Treat packaging
A family of black pressed-paper cats prowls through a pumpkin patch. Their bodies are made from different sizes of heart-shaped boxes turned upside down.
Materials
  • Heart boxes, 4 inches (BX033) and 4 3/4 inches (BX034); from D. Blumchen & Co.
  • Similar heart box, 6.8 inches (No. 4420617), from German Corner
  • Crepe-paper folds, 20 inches by 7 1/2 feet, in Black, Bright Orange, Canary, Emerald Green, and Gray
  • Americana acrylic paint, in Lamp Black, 2 ounces
  • Matte-cover card stock, in Black, 25 sheets
  • Foam brush
  • Glue stick
  • Cat Treat Box Template
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Bay Leaf and Pomegranate Garland

Steps:3
Other Ideas:
Christmas details, Greenery
Drape this delicate garland over your mantel, banister, or mirror this holiday season and enjoy this magical -- and long-lasting -- holiday swag well into the new year.
Materials
  • Rotary tool such as Dremel Stylus, by Dremel, from Home Depot
  • Dried pomegranates, from Curious Country Creations
  • Fresh bay leaves
  • Twine
  • Big craft needle such as Jumbo tapestry needle (No. 44758582), by Clover, from createforless.com
  • 26-gauge floral wire (No. 82822306), by Panacea, from createforless.com
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Witch Jack-o'-Lanterns

Steps:4
Other Ideas:
Pumpkin carving, Pumpkins
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Spring Menagerie Eggs

Steps:5
Other Ideas:
Dyeing, Easter eggs
Playful creatures and fresh veggies adorn these eggs. Each design starts with circle stencils made using a craft punch and black adhesive vinyl.
Materials
  • Blank vinyl sheet, 9"-by-12", by C-Thru, from duall.com
  • 3/4-inch, 1/2-inch, and 1/8-inch craft punch, by Martha Stewart Crafts, from Martha Stewart Shop, Michaels, and createforless.com
  • Dye (the classic four-pack or a neon variation)
  • Craft knife, from Martha Stewart Shop
  • Fine-tipped permanent-ink marker
  • Fine-tipped permanent-ink marker
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Four-Bow Boxwood Window Wreath

Steps:7
Other Ideas:
Christmas details, Greenery
The shiny green foliage of a boxwood wreath embellished with a quartet of slim satin bows captures the classic Christmas pairing of red and green. This window wreath could just as easily adorn a door or wall to make a festive statement.
Materials
  • 22-inch-diameter
  • Boxwood wreath
  • 5 yards of 1 1/2-inch-wide
  • Red satin ribbon
  • Scissors
  • 1/2-inch-wide double-sided tape
  • 1 foot of 24-gauge floral wire
  • U pins
  • Hammer and small nail
  • Fishing line
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Mending a Terra-Cotta Pot

Steps:2
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Moth-Dog Pet Costume

Steps:4
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Glittered Santa Treat Boxes

Steps:5
Other Ideas:
Christmas, Clip-art crafts
Materials
  • Egg boxes, 4", and 4 1/2"
  • Acrylic paint, in red
  • Wool felt, 8" by 12", in white
  • Small paintbrush
  • Large Santa template
  • Medium Santa template
  • Small Santa template
  • Paper, in white and black
  • Cover-weight paper (card stock), in red, white, and gray; text-weight paper, in black
  • 1/4-inch hole punch
  • Glue stick
  • Hot-glue gun
  • Craft glue
  • Fine glass glitter
  • Large glitter shards or flakes
  • Trinket for Santa, such as a gift, a checklist, or a pine tree made from a bottle brush (optional)
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