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Woven Ribbon Wrap

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Skull Treat Boxes

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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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Paludariums

Steps:4
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Kids
A paludarium is a cross between an aquarium and a terrarium, encasing a miniaturized world of unusual landscapes and plants in a tropical environment. Children often find that paludariums offer the ideal terrain to place such toys as plastic dinosaurs and alligators.
Materials
  • Glass tank
  • Glass divider
  • Silicone sealer
  • Smooth pebbles
  • Gravel
  • Ground carbon
  • Soil
  • Small tropical plants
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Felt Tote Bag

Steps:12
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Materials, Felt, Organizing
Martha and crafter Jen Hopwood demonstrate an inventive technique for embellishing plain canvas bags with felt accessories.
Materials
  • Canvas tote bag
  • Seam ripper or small thread scissors
  • Plain white paper
  • Pins
  • Permanent marker
  • Wool felt in two colors -- enough to cover entire design
  • Machine-sewing thread in same color as top layer of felt
  • Sewing machine with quilting foot, free-motion foot, or clear foot
  • Sharp scissors or applique scissors
  • Scratch paper and pencil
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Succulent Wreath

Steps:5
This beautiful succulent wreath will last year-round.
Materials
  • Succulents (Martha used Aeonium, Crassula, Echeveria, Gasteria, Haworthia, Kalanchoe, Sedum, and Sempervivum), simplysucculents.com
  • Scissors
  • 12-inch wire wreath frame, topiaryartworks.com
  • Sphagnum moss, topiaryartworks.com
  • Moistened soil
  • Copper wire
  • Pencil or screwdriver
  • Floral pins
  • Fertilizer
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Cork Leaf Coasters

Steps:4
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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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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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Candle Creatures

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Jingle Bell Stockings

Steps:4
The pierced detailing on these felt stockings -- reminiscent of openwork on creamware china -- is made using decorative hole punches.
Materials
  • Red and white felt
  • Stocking Template
  • Decorative punches (teardrop-shaped, hole-shaped, etc.)
  • Pencil
  • Needle and thread; sewing machine
  • Scissors
  • Scallop scissors
  • Tiny bells for embellishing
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