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Crafting and DIY techniques

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Tree Table

Steps:6
Tree stumps, used individually or clustered together, function as low tables in a living room. A coat of enamel paint applied to the tops serves a dual purpose: It adds a jolt of color and creates a smooth, sealed surface. Furniture gliders can be attached to protect the floor.
Materials
  • Electric sander
  • Tree stump
  • Sandpaper in extra-fine, fine, medium, and coarse grades
  • Wood filler
  • 2 paintbrushes, 1 for primer and 1 for paint
  • Wood primer
  • Enamel paint
  • Hammer
  • 3 to 4 furniture gliders
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Kid-Made Doorbells

Steps:3
Deck the doorknobs with jolly kid-made bells. It's a great activity for days when it's too wet or chilly to play outside and -- between your craft bin and the refrigerator -- you probably have all the supplies on hand: an egg carton, paint, glitter, glue, and yarn.
Materials
  • Scissors
  • Egg carton
  • Acrylic poster paint
  • Glue
  • Glitter
  • Embroidery needle
  • Yarn
  • Jingle bells
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Making Dioramas with Emma Redmond

Steps:5
Other Ideas:
Kids, Paper
You can make a diorama of just about anything: a garden, your favorite city, or an underwater scene. Emma Redmond joined Martha to create a diorama of a forest.
Materials
  • Shoe box
  • Multicolored paper
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Glue
  • Glue stick
  • Circle cutter
  • Deckled-edge scissors
  • Edgers with a wavy blade
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Rock Climbing Birthday Party Invitations and Name Tags

Steps:6
Materials
  • For Invitations and Name Tags: Permanent markers
  • Clear shipping labels
  • Oak tags
  • Scissors
  • Nova-Brite cord (available at marine-supply or outdoor-sporting-goods stores)
  • Small rocks, about 2 ounces
  • Bubble-lined envelope (optional)
  • Carabiner-style key rings
  • Sports water bottle with loop top (see sources)
  • For Gorp: Dry-roasted peanuts (or use Cheerios or Fritos)
  • Raisins
  • M&M's
  • Resealable plastic bags
  • Mesh bags
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Spidery Sills and Window Webs

Steps:4
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Blossoming Branch Shadow Box

Steps:4
Use a mix of natural materials and craft punches to create this charming three-dimensional shadow box.
Materials
  • 12-inch-by-12-inch classic botanical paper pad
  • Swan craftstock
  • Pink carnation craftstock
  • 3-in-1 hydrangea craft punch
  • Hydrangea craft punch
  • Classic butterfly craft punch
  • Essential colors glitter set
  • Ebony 8.75-inch-by-11.25-inch specimen collector box
  • Wide-tip glue pen
  • 1/8-inch double-sided adhesive foam dots
  • Double-sided tissue tape
  • Twigs
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Jack-o'-Lantern Treat Boxes

Steps:9
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Insect Finger Puppets

Steps:4
With just a few basic supplies, you can transform a stray glove into an assortment of whimsical toys that will provide your children with hours of amusement. As Martha demonstrates, you can use the basic butterfly technique (below) to create other charming creatures, including dragonflies and bumblebees.
Materials
  • Glove, or sewn felt fingers
  • Needle and thread
  • Small buttons
  • Scissors
  • Toile rounds in various colors
  • Iron
  • Adhesive felt or felt scraps (optional)
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Woven Ribbon Wrap

Steps:3
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