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Reinforce a Tattered Buttonhole

Steps:4
Other Ideas:
Sewing
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Curios Cluster Necklace

Steps:4
The carefree cool of this anything-goes necklace extends to how you wear it. Tie the bow in the back or off to the side for a funkier finish.
Materials
  • Large crescent template
  • Small crescent template
  • Lightweight gauzy linen, in Open Weave #10, graylinelinen.com
  • Heavyweight linen, in Basket Weave #4, graylinelinen.com
  • Embellishments, such as beads
  • Digital camera
  • Beading needle, sewing needle, and polyester thread
  • Magna-Tac glue
  • Two 20-inch ribbons for ties (Ribbon #148, in Gray #131, by Shindo; 212-868-9311)
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Shimmery Lariat Necklace

Steps:3
With its flowing ribbon ends and spots of sparkle, this necklace can go with a pretty dress or a casual T-shirt.
Materials
  • Magna-Tac glue
  • Two 12-inch pieces of linen twill tape, toptrimming.com
  • Assorted pearl, cube, and bugle beads
  • 36-inch piece of metallic ribbon, in Silver
  • Beading needle and polyester thread
  • Rectangular sequins
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Ombre Glittered Bells

Steps:5
Glitter in an ombre pattern -- with one color blending gradually into another -- makes simple bells sparkle with sophistication.
Materials
  • Fine glitter, in White Gold, Tourmaline, and Garnet, Essential Colors glitter set; all by Martha Stewart Crafts, from Michaels
  • Plastic bells
  • Small baking cups (to hold glitter)
  • White acrylic paint
  • White craft glue
  • Small paintbrush
  • Spoon
  • 200-grit sandpaper
  • 1 3/8-size jingle bell
  • Wire
  • 1/4-inch-wide metallic ribbon
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Monogram Twin Beds

Steps:4
Other Ideas:
Headboards, Monogramming
 Use the darkest veneer for the surname initial to create a strong frame for the interlocking letters. 
Materials
  • Monogram templates
  • Double-sided tape
  • Wood veneer in dark, medium, and light shades; wisewoodveneer.com
  • Cutting mat
  • Craft knife
  • Nonskid ruler
  • Rubber contact cement
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Shell Specimen Pedestal

Steps:5
Other Ideas:
Shells
Materials
  • Assorted sea-life specimens
  • Assorted wooden base objects
  • Drill, with 3/64-inch bit
  • 1 1/2-inch wooden bristle brush
  • Acrylic paint in gray and white
  • 5-minute epoxy
  • Wooden craft stick
  • Black wire
  • Wire cutters
  • Screwdriver and rubber mallet for sea fans and metal file for coral branches (optional)
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Double-Border Frame

Steps:3
Other Ideas:
Framing, Wood
Materials
  • 1/2-by-1/2-inch basswood, in various sizes, davinciartistsupply.com
  • Miter box, acehardware.com
  • Wooden frame, 8 by 10 inches or larger
  • Sandpaper, fine grit
  • Flat-bristle brushes
  • Tacky glue, such as Aleene's
  • Primer and paint, in Blue Suede, by Martha Stewart Living Paint, from Home Depot and in Mulholland Yellow, benjaminmoore.com
  • Mini Moldings, 1/4 by 9/16 inches, by Artistic Woodworking, from acmoore.com
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Sea Fan Sconce

Steps:5
Other Ideas:
Nature crafts
A metal sconce with a simple design lets the sea fan take the starring role; sanding the sconce after painting gives it a soft patina.
Materials
  • Wrought-iron sconce
  • Paintbrush
  • Acrylic paint in white
  • Sandpaper
  • Screwdriver
  • Rubber mallet
  • Sea fan
  • Metal file
  • Wooden craft stick
  • 5-minute epoxy
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Lace Tile

Steps:4
Other Ideas:
Coasters, Trivets
Why should lingerie have a lock on lace? Used as a stencil with metallic paints, the fabric transforms porcelain tiles into softly burnished, intricately patterned trivets and coasters.
Materials
  • Lace yardage (or scraps), Chantilly lace trims
  • Tiles, Daltile bullnose glazed ceramic wall tiles, 4 1/4 inches square, semigloss, in White
  • Spray adhesive
  • Enamel metallic spray paint
  • Felt or cork surface protectors
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Hanging Acorn Treat Boxes

Steps:4
Materials
  • Acorn-shaped pressed-paper box
  • Orange and brown acrylic paint, from misterart.com
  • Foam brush
  • Fine crepe paper in white and black, from misterart.com
  • Template
  • Glue stick
  • Waxed linen (#WL4PLYWAL), in Walnut, from The Caning Shop, 800-544-3373Hot-glue gun
  • Acorn Box Templates
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