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Ribbon-Punched Valentine

Steps:3
Heart shapes embroidered in ribbon send unique messages of affection to loved ones on Valentine's Day.
Materials
  • 18-by-18-inch assorted craftstock
  • Screw punch
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick
  • Cutting mat
  • Bone folder
  • Assorted paper, such as: 12-by-12-inch crafting paper/pegboard multipack and 8 1/2-by-11-inch vellum/swan multipack
  • 3/16-inch camellia pink-coffee bean piped nylon ribbon 
  • 3/16-inch brick-ladybug woven ombre ribbon
  • 1/2-inch ladybug craft seam binding
  • White cherish labels
  • Optional tools for embellishment:1-inch circle craft punchCornice edge punchSans serif alphabet acrylic stamp setInk stamp pad
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Needle-Felted Polar Bear

Steps:10
Other Ideas:
Felting
Materials
  • White cotton pipe cleaners, 8 inches by 1/8 inch, blumchen.com
  • Merino wool roving, in Black, Pewter, and Pumpkin, and undyed merino roving, both by Ashland Bay, from the Yarn Tree
  • Felting needles, 36 gauge and 38 gauge, by Colonial Needle
  • Small felting needle mat (#8910), from Clover (optional)
  • Ivory wool felt, for ears, magiccabin.com
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Moth-Dog Pet Costume

Steps:4
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Framed Silhouette Family Tree

Steps:3
Other Ideas:
Decorating, Frames
A crisp, graphic take on the family tree, this display has a silhouette of each family member set in an inexpensive store-bought frame. Don't worry if you can't find suitable portraits of everyone -- showing people's bodies in motion, engaged in activity (tennis, anyone?), or standing in a characteristic pose is an unusual and elegant way to depict family members.
Materials
  • Store-bought frames (Ribba frame, 8 by 10 inches, ikea.com)
  • Printouts of photographs
  • Patterned artist's paper (Nepal mini dots paper in black, New York Central Art Supply)
  • Solid-color artist's paper (Indian Lime paper, Saint Armand paper in Elephant, and cave paper in teal; New York Central Art Supply)
  • Graphite transfer paper by Saral, utrecht.com
  • Craft knife
  • Cutting mat
  • Paste (Yes Paste, artsuppliesonline.com)
  • Paintbrush (for glue), size 20, by Blick Academic; dickblick.com
  • White-ink pen by Pentel, jetpens.com
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Velvet Trivets

Steps:2
Set the table with this easy and elegant velvet trivet.
Materials
  • Wood art-box board, 5-by-7-inch box by American Easel; dickblick.com
  • Silk-and-rayon velvet, in Gold, 44 inches, New York Elegant Fabrics, 212-302-4980
  • Washed silk-and-rayon velvet in Blue, B&J Frabrics
  • Foam brush
  • Adhesive, Yes Paste; artsuppliesonline.com
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Eric Pike's Glittered Snowflake Ornaments

Steps:7
Other Ideas:
Christmas, Glittering
Materials
  • 2-inch snowflake craft punches, Himalayan and Icelandic snowflake large craft punches
  • Metallic card stock, by Martha Stewart Crafts, Michaels stores
  • White craft glue
  • Small paintbrush
  • Glitter in Green Agate, Aquamarine, Feldspar, Sterling, and Kunzite, by Martha Stewart Crafts, shop.marthastewart.com
  • Spoon
  • Silver beads
  • Silver cord
  • Ribbon (for ribbon snowflake)
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Sequined Christmas Tree Centerpiece

Steps:4
Other Ideas:
Centerpieces, Christmas
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Velvet Dahlia Arrangement

Steps:2
These stylish branches and flowers are beautiful enough to have come from nature. And they're so easy to make: Just attach pom-poms to twigs or sew on velvet petals to make dahlias.
Materials
  • Silk-and-rayon velvet, 44 inches, New York Elegant Fabrics, 212-302-4984
  • Detail scissors
  • Thread
  • Paper-wrapped wire, 18 inches long, 18 gauge, by Panacea,createforless.com
  • Green floral tape by Panacea, createforless.com
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Graveyard Ghost

Steps:11
Clearly, white can provoke fright. With the help of some tattered cloth, 'Lumina' pumpkins are easily transformed into fearsome ghosts that arise from an ancient graveyard on All Hallows' Eve.
Materials
  • White pumpkin (stem intact)
  • Ghost Eyes and Mouth templates
  • Scissors
  • Keyhole saw
  • Fleshing tool
  • Masking tape
  • Awl
  • Miniature saw
  • 3-foot, 4-foot, and 6-foot bamboo poles
  • Black paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Zip ties
  • Mallet
  • 20-foot strand of miniature outdoor lights
  • 3 yards of 60-inch-wide white cotton fabric, cut into 1-yard and 2-yard lengths
  • Safety pins
  • T pins
  • 5 yards of cheesecloth
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Pinecone Picture-Frame Ornaments

Steps:2
Other Ideas:
Christmas, Pinecones
Photos displayed in pinecone frames demand a closer look; when hung on the tree, each ornament, like a page in a scrapbook, tells a story. A single ornament -- or a set -- makes a lovely keepsake to share with family members.
Materials
  • Pinecones
  • Family photos
  • Small floral clippers
  • Craft glue
  • Card stock
  • Pencil
  • Circle template (make yourself or buy at a crafts store)
  • Decorative paper
  • Ribbon
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