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Star Medallion

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Martha's Glittered Star Tree Topper

Steps:4
Learn how to make her glittery gold-star tree topper for your own evergreen.
Materials
  • Single-thick chipboard (#13115-2222), 22-by-28 inches, from Blick Art Materials, dickblick.com
  • Glass glitter, in gold, by Wendy Addison, from tinseltrading.com
  • Gold acrylic paint
  • Craft knife
  • Cutting mat
  • Flat dowel
  • Tape
  • Bone folder
  • Straight edge
  • Hot-glue gun
  • Star template
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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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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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Applique Robe with Hawaiian Floral Print

Steps:4
Other Ideas:
Applique
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.
Materials
  • Linen bathrobe, available at linendreams.com
  • 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
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Halloween Lantern Party Favors

Steps:4
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.
Materials
  • 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
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Felted Sweater Patches

Steps:3
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.
Materials
  • Wool sweater
  • Disappearing-ink pen
  • Needle-felting mat (theyarntree.com)
  • Wool roving (theyarntree.com)
  • Needle-felting tool (theyarntree.com)
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Dish Towel Picnic Carrier

Steps:3
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.
Materials
  • Kitchen towels,surlatable.com
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Ribbon-Poinsettia Wreath

Steps:3
There were no golden poinsettias in nature until a pioneering family of poinsettia growers bred a golden-yellow variety late in the 20th century.
Materials
  • Similar wide satin ribbon in 1.5 inch and 2.25 inches (No. 00300) (No. 00299), from mjtrim.com
  • 26-gauge wire, by Darice, from createforless.com
  • Wire cutters, from crafts or hardware-suppy store
  • Similar stamens in assorted colors, from blumchen.com
  • Craft glue
  • Green ribbon (half as wide as the satin ribbon), from fabric or trim store
  • 18-inch Styrofoam wreath form, from styrofoam-chenille.com
  • Straight pins
  • Hot-glue gun
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Bat Treat Boxes

Steps:3
Other Ideas:
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.
Materials
  • Egg boxes, 3 inches (BX008), and 3 3/8 inches (BX009), from D. Blumchen & Co.
  • Americana acrylic paint, in Lamp Black, by DecoArt, from MisterArt.com
  • Foam brush
  • Glue stick
  • Crepe-paper folds, 20 inches by 7 1/2 inches, in Black, Gray, and White, by Cindus, from MisterArt.com
  • Matte-cover card stock, in Black, from Paper Presentation
  • Bat Treat Box template
  • Hole punch
  • Hot-glue gun
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