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Bird Stockings

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Quilted Silk-Tie Pillow

Steps:11
Other Ideas:
Recycled materials, Sewing
Materials
  • Log cabin template
  • Fabric scraps or cut-up silk ties, in similar colors
  • Silk pins
  • Sewing machine threaded with coordinating thread
  • 3/4 yards silk taffeta fabric, in a lighter color than scraps
  • Iron
  • Scissors
  • Rotary fabric cutter
  • Ruler
  • Rotary paper cutter
  • Low-loft quilt batting
  • Plain muslin
  • Bone folder
  • Silk thread in coordinating or contrasting color
  • 18-inch pillow form
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Crepe-Paper Curtains

Steps:4
Martha crafts creepy crepe-paper curtains, a simple and inexpensive way to "spook up" your Halloween decor.
Materials
  • Measuring tape
  • Crepe-paper curtain kit or roll of black crepe-paper streamer and monofilament
  • Scissors
  • Painter's tape
  • Double-sided tape
  • Bat garland
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Holiday Carnation Wreath

Steps:3
Step aside, holly and mistletoe -- or at least make room for something new. The carnation is a surprisingly elegant and easygoing choice for holiday displays. This wreath of white flowers with burgundy-tipped edges offers a warm welcome.
Materials
  • 12-inch floral-foam wreath forms with plastic backing (12-inch for wreath)
  • Floral shears or scissors
  • Conditioned carnations, about 7 dozen
  • Glass ornaments with wire
  • Nails
  • 2 yards ribbon
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Jeweled Eggs

Steps:4
Adorned with artificial flowers and shimmering with Swarovski crystals, these hanging eggs make a dazzling addition to any Easter decor. As Martha explains, you can suspend them in front of a window, on a decorative tree, or even from a chandelier.
Materials
  • Blown-out eggs
  • Pewter paste (optional)
  • Latex gloves, if using pewter paste
  • Paper towel, if using pewter paste
  • 20-inch length of .5 millimeter jewelry elastic
  • Teardrop-or pear-shaped Swarovski crystal bead with horizontal hole
  • Fabric flowers
  • Wire cutters
  • Beading needle, for smaller eggs
  • 6-inch piece of wire and pliers, for larger eggs
  • Needle or Dremel drill, if using store-bought blown eggs
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Glitter Ball Garland

Steps:5
Add some sparkle to your holiday decorations with this simple-to-make glitter garland.
Materials
  • 3 cups Elmer's white glue
  • Liquid acrylic paint, in a color within the glitter palette you intend to use (i.e., for warm glitter colors, use red paint; for cool glitter colors, use blue paint)
  • Quart-size (or larger) container with wide mouth
  • Bamboo skewers
  • Styrofoam balls, ranging in size from 1 1/2 inches to 3 1/2 inches in diameter
  • Chip brush (disposable paintbrush)
  • Tinsel glitter
  • Fine glitter (optional)
  • Masking tape
  • Tinsel garland
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Halloween Lollipop Packaging

Steps:7
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Glittered Spiderweb Hurricanes

Steps:6
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Metallic Polka-Dotted Eggs

Steps:4
Materials
  • Raw eggs
  • Utility knife, available from Martha Stewart Crafts at Michaels
  • Paper clip
  • Rubber ear syringe, available at drugstores, or egg blower, available at craft-supply stores
  • Egg dye or food coloring
  • Adhesive vinyl (No. 3135598), from misterart.com
  • Metallic spray paint (No. 6981120), by Krylon, from misterart.com
  • 4 millimeter silk ribbon in various colors (No. 30622419), by YLI, from createforless.com
  • Similar ribbon rosettes (No. 20453), from mjrim.com
  • Different-size hole punches, available from Martha Stewart Crafts at Michaels
  • All-purpose glue, available from Martha Stewart Crafts
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