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Flower Family Tree

Steps:3
Families grow like flower gardens -- with lots of time, care, and love. This wall hanging represents that basic biological truth with a variety of subtly colored clip-art blossoms.
Materials
  • Stem and leaf templates
  • Clip-art blossoms
  • Artist's paper, such as Saint Armand paper in Elephant, from New York Central Art Supply
  • Graphite transfer paper, such as Saral, utrecht.com
  • Craft knife
  • Cutting mat
  • 32-by-40-inch art board, 1/2-inch thick, dickblick.com
  • Small paintbrush for glue, size 20, Blick Academic, dickblick.com
  • Black fine-tip pen
  • Paste, artsuppliesonline.com
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Heart Envelope Card

Steps:4
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Metallic Pinecone or Acorn Box

Steps:5
Other Ideas:
Christmas details
Fill these boxes with walnut cookies and hand them out as favors, or hang them on the tree.
Materials
  • Paintbrushes
  • Acrylic paint
  • Cotton gloves
  • Size (adhesive available at craft and art supply stores)
  • Gold- or silver-leaf sheets
  • Pressed-paper ornament box (pinecone or acorn)
  • Shredded glassine
  • Cookies
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Bunny Fold for Napkins

Steps:6
Easter-rabbit-shaped napkins are a festive detail for the holiday table, and they only require a few simple folds. Well-starched crisp cotton or linen will transform into the sturdiest bunnies. Fold napkins the day before your meal so your "warren" is full when guests arrive.
Materials
  • Cotton or linen napkins, starched
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Mini Witch and Cat Pumpkins

Steps:6
Materials
  • 3 mini pumpkins
  • Melon baller
  • China marker
  • Pumpkin saw or miniature saw: Keyhole saw blade, X-Acto No. 15 (LXKY31), and X-Acto Knife No. 2 (LXKY73), from Tower Hobbies
  • Wooden skewers
  • Black construction paper, by Martha Stewart Crafts, from marthastewartcrafts.com
  • Toothpicks
  • Waxed twine in black (WL4PLYBLK), from The Caning Shop
  • Nylon broom bristles
  • Black crepe paper
  • Red straight pins (for vampire bat eyes)
  • Small branch (optional, for witch's broom)
  • Straw (optional, for witch's broom)
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Faux-Bois Planter Mold

Steps:3
Materials
  • Four 12-by-16-inch rubber texture mats, in wood-grain pattern (PA 02-4), $12, from Chinese Clay Art, 408-343-3919.
  • Four 15-by-20-inch pieces of 1/2-inch-thick plywood
  • Carpet tape (No. 50-605), by Roberts from Home Depot, 800-553-3199.
  • Drill with regular and masonry bits
  • 12 wood screws
  • 20-by-20-inch piece of 1/2-inch-thick plywood
  • Universal Smooth-On Mold Release (No. 66MR1), from the Compleat Sculptor, 800-972-8578.
  • Rubber mallet
  • Gloves
  • Dust mask
  • Peat moss (No. 809383),  by Miracle-Gro; Gray
  • Perlite, (No. 809352), by Miracle-Gro; Gray
  • Portland cement, from Home Depot, 800-553-3199
  • Interior mold (or construct one from cardboard, wrapping it with duct tape)
  • Sheet of plastic
  • Surform Plane Type, regular cut blade (No. 185515), by Stanley from Home Depot, 800-553-3199.
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Needle-Felt with Felt Cutouts, Roving, and Yarn

Needle-felting intertwines wool fibers with each prick of a barbed tool. Use this technique to ...
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Felting
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Sock Dog

Steps:13
It takes only an afternoon and some very basic sewing skills to turn a pair of stray socks into a cuddly canine -- and what's better than getting a puppy for Christmas?
Materials
  • Pair of socks
  • Stuffing needle and thread
  • Pipe cleaners (for tail, ears, and antlers)
  • Large button with two holes or a pom-pom (for nose) 2 small buttons (for eyes)
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Mystery-Braided Leather Cuff

Steps:10
When is a braid not a braid? When you use this technique. Referred to as mystery, magic, or trick braiding, it involves manipulating a single piece of leather with two slits into a braided strip.
Materials
  • Straightedge
  • Matte knife
  • Vegetable-tanned leather scraps, 8 oz., theleatherguy.org
  • Awl
  • Cord or embroidery floss
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Star Medallion

Steps:6
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