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Ball and Light Wreath

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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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Mending a Terra-Cotta Pot

Steps:2
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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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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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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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Witch Jack-o'-Lanterns

Steps:4
Other Ideas:
Pumpkin carving, Pumpkins
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