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Glittered Leaf Gift Toppers

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Birch Christmas Tree Stand

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Ink-Block Print Thank-You Cards

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Card making, Ink, Stamping
Make an impression with ink-block printing, an art form dating back to ninth-century China. A block print is an ink impression of a design carved into wood, linoleum, or other engravable material. Once you've cut out a design, you can use the block to make an unlimited number of identical prints.
Materials
  • Plain store-bought cards, or assorted paper
  • Image of your choice, photocopied to fit card
  • Tracing paper
  • Pencil
  • Ink block
  • Linoleum-cutting tool
  • Block-printing ink, available at art-supply stores
  • Paper plate
  • Brayer tool, available at art-supply stores
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Santa and Snowmen Bars

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Put your littlest elves to work making the fingerprint-stamped faces.
Materials
  • Chocolate bars
  • Ivory, white, and orange text-weight paper
  • Red vellum
  • White pom-poms
  • Glue stick
  • Black, pink, and red ink pads
  • Scalloped paper coasters
  • Yarn
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Photo Gift Tags

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Leather Cuff Bracelets

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This sophisticated leather cuff from Gillian Stevens of Dewdrops Designs can be made for less than $15. Give to fashion-forward friends for a stylish Handmade Holiday Gift.
Materials
  • Surface (decorative) leather
  • Tooling leather
  • Grid ruler
  • 45-mm rotary blade
  • Leather glue
  • Edging solution
  • 1/2-inch cuff bracelet clasp
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Foil Flower Wreaths

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Pinecone Village

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Materials
  • Template A
  • Template B 
  • 5 pieces 3/32-inch-thick basswood, cut to 6-by-24-inch rectangles
  • Carbon tracing paper
  • Utility and mat knife (with extra blades)
  • Self-healing cutting board
  • Hot-glue gun (with extra glue sticks)
  • Wood glue
  • Masking tape
  • Sandpaper (#220)
  • Oil-based wood stain (walnut or mahogany)
  • White latex paint
  • Small paintbrushes
  • Plate or palette for mixing paint
  • 24 pinecones (white pine, white spruce, ponderosa)
  • Thin birch twigs
  • Parchment paper
  • Battery-operated Christmas lights
  • Heavy-duty plastic bag or drop cloth
  • Moss or pine needles
  • Evergreen tips
  • Dark plastic covering for tabletop
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Winter Mirror "Wreath" Craft

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 Embellish square or round mirrors with wintry natural adornments for a festive, seasonal touch. The how-to comes from artist Naomi Martin. 
Materials
  • Square or round mirror
  • Scissors
  • Foam core
  • Construction adhesive
  • Hot-glue gun
  • Styrofoam
  • Frost spray
  • Greening pins
  • Noble fir, incense cedar boughs, Western cedar, and/or lemon leaves
  • Pine cones, red dogwood twigs, and/or acorns
  • Skewers
  • Snow flocking spray
  • Straight pins
  • Drill with small bit
  • Wire
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Tinsel Trading Ornaments

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Make good use of all those pretty ribbons and notions you've saved to make exquisite holiday ornaments.
Materials
  • Petal template
  • 3- and 4-inch Styrofoam balls
  • Pencil
  • Thin cardboard
  • Craft scissors or utility knife
  • Tape measure
  • French curve drafting tool
  • Fabric
  • Tailor's chalk
  • Fabric scissors
  • 1-inch sewing pins, for fabric
  • Assorted metallic ribbons, cording, trimming, thread, and notions like sequins and buttons
  • 3/4-inch sewing pins, for ribbons
  • Transparent tape
  • 1 1/2- to 2-inch decorative glass- or pearl-headed pins or hat pins
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