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Crafting and DIY

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Skull Treat Boxes

Steps:5
This sparkling Halloween craft makes a wonderful holiday gift bag or decoration.
Materials
  • Skull template
  • Pinking shears
  • Cream-colored cardboard
  • White glue (tinted light brown with tempura paint)
  • White sliding favor box
  • Glue gun and hot glue
  • Foam brush
  • Glitter
  • Acetate
  • Craft punch
  • Two fiberboard drying boards or two books lined with wax paper
  • Scissors
  • Rickrack trim
  • Paper
  • Pencil
  • Packaged candy
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Spiderweb Accordion Card

Steps:5
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Woven Ribbon Wrap

Steps:3
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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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Twig Vase

Steps:5
Martha is always looking for unusual containers for flower arrangements. Recently, she fashioned a natural-looking vase from a coffee can and twigs gathered during a walk in the woods. Tied with a length of raffia, it makes a charming holder for garden flowers or a rustic desk organizer.
Materials
  • Ruler or measuring tape (optional)
  • Paper or paint
  • Scissors (optional)
  • Coffee can
  • Twigs
  • Pruning shears
  • Hot-glue gun or rubber bands
  • Raffia
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City-Mouse Toy

Steps:8
Materials
  • 1 skein Vanna's Choice yarn, in Taupe (No. 860-125) or another color (A), from Lion Brand Yarn, 800-258-9276 or lionbrand.com
  • 1 skein Vanna's Choice Baby, in Goldfish (No. 840-132) or another color (B), from Lion Brand Yarn, 800-258-9276 or lionbrand.com
  • Double-pointed knitting needles, (No. 0008-05), size 5, from Lion Brand Yarn, 800-258-9276 or lionbrand.com
  • Stitch markers (No. 400-3002), from Lion Brand Yarn, 800-258-9276 or lionbrand.com.
  • Large-eye blunt needles (No. 400-5002), from Lion Brand Yarn, 800-258-9276 or lionbrand.com
  • Fiberfill stuffing, by Mountain Mist Fiber Loft, from Lion Brand Yarn, 800-258-9276 or lionbrand.com
  • Small amounts of black and white yarn
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Cork Leaf Coasters

Steps:4
Other Ideas:
Fall
It's difficult to not feel inspired when you see the fall foliage blaze in brilliant colors on northeastern trees. This craft project takes its cue from just such autumnal leaves.
Materials
  • Cork (4-foot roll)
  • Felt
  • Acrylic paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Utility knife
  • Glue
  • Leaf template
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Leather Flowers

Steps:7
Other Ideas:
Accessories, Leather, Templates
Wear lovely leather flowers as pins or clipped to the top of ballet flats for a timeless summer look.
Materials
  • Leather flower template
  • Card stock
  • Thin leather (such as pigskin or sheepskin)
  • Pen
  • Sharp scissors
  • Bowl of very warm to hot water
  • Paper towels
  • Pencils
  • Styrofoam block
  • White craft glue
  • Small wide-mouthed cup, like a teacup
  • Craft knife
  • Clear grid ruler
  • Coil-less safety pin or shoe clip
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Candle Creatures

Steps:4
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