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Papier-Mache Hot Air Balloons

Steps:8
The sky is the limit with these charming papier-mache balloons: Use them at children's parties, baby showers, nurseries, or any place your decor needs a lift.
Materials
  • 12-inch balloon
  • Large bowl
  • Newspaper
  • Half-water/half-white-glue mixture
  • Scissors
  • Sandpaper
  • 1/4-inch tape
  • Craft paint in 3 to 4 colors
  • Paintbrush
  • 1/4-inch ribbon
  • Fabric glue
  • Paper cup
  • Pencil
  • 1/4-inch hole punch
  • Scrap of pom-pom trim
  • Monofilament
  • Small 2-inch scrap of dowel or piece of wood
  • Wooden bead
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Cupcake-Paper Carnations

Steps:5
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Haunted Halloween Village

Steps:8
Materials
  • Pumpkin
  • Knife, for carving
  • Spoon or ice cream scoop
  • China marker
  • Utility knife, straight-blade knife, or small saw
  • Cheesecloth
  • Toothpick
  • Construction paper (optional)
  • Wire (optional)
  • Double-sided tape
  • Small Halloween toys (optional)
  • Fine-gauge or copper wire
  • Votive candle
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Outdoor Lighting: Winter Fence

Steps:3
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Button Necklace

Steps:3
Exquisite jewelry needn't be fashioned from gold or studded with diamonds, rubies, or other precious stones. You can craft beautiful pieces with far more common materials, such as abalone-shell or pink mother-of-pearl buttons.
Materials
  • Abalone-shell or pink mother-of-pearl buttons
  • Beading string, cut to 40 inches
  • Crimp bead
  • Needle-nose pliers
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Terry Cloth Pillow

Steps:3
Other Ideas:
Sewing
A terry-cloth pillow makes a comfortable headrest after a shower or a dip in the pool. It's absorbent and easy to clean and dry. But best of all, you can make one at home in just a few minutes with a hand towel, a boudoir pillow form, and some simple sewing equipment.
Materials
  • 16-by-30-inch hand towel
  • 12-by-16-inch polyfill boudoir-pillow form
  • Ruler
  • Straight pins
  • Sewing machine
  • Matching thread
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