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Ribbon Chalkboard with Key Hooks

Steps:5
Other Ideas:
Decorating, Foyer, Organizing, Wood
If you've ever rushed around the house, looking in vain for your keys or for a pen to take a message, you'll appreciate the thinking behind this homemade message center. Adding cup hooks and a ribbon tie to a simple crafts-store chalkboard will make it the first and last place you need to look.
Materials
  • 9 3/4-by-12 1/2-inch chalkboard with unfinished wood frame
  • Five 3/4-inch cup hooks
  • Ruler
  • Awl
  • Drill fitted with a 1/8-inch bit
  • 20-inch length of ribbon or twine
  • Waxed twine
  • Chalk
  • Small screw-eye
  • Wooden-handled eraser
  • Binder clips
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Stick-On Stars

Steps:2
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Kids' Sock Puppets

Steps:1
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Spring Favors

Steps:3
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Easter Bucket

Steps:8
Materials
  • Chick and flower template
  • Plastic bucket in a spring color
  • Fun foam, $4.99 per package of 40, from Jo-Ann Stores
  • Scissors
  • Craft glue, from Martha Stewart Crafts, or  Perfect Glue No. 2, $3.11, by Liquid Nails, available at amazon.com and hardware stores
  • Easter Grass (you can also buy readymade Easter grass at D. Blumchen & Company)
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Patterned Sachets

Steps:2
Other Ideas:
Christmas, Digital crafts, Paper
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Handmade Holiday Gift: Papier-Mache Pull Toys

Steps:13
Materials
  • Elephant template
  • Squirrel template
  • Corrugated cardboard
  • Craft glue
  • Papier-mache mix (Activa Fast Mache or Celluclay)
  • Creative Paperclay
  • Fine-grit sandpaper
  • Acrylic paint in a variety of colors
  • 1/4-inch wooden dowel
  • Nontoxic water-based polyurethane
  • 1/2-inch poplar board
  • Craft saw
  • Drill
  • Wood wheels and axles
  • Wood glue
  • Paintbrush
  • Additional items for the elephant: Two wooden circles for ears
  • Wire
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Autumn Branch Centerpiece

Steps:5
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Design a Fruit Centerpiece

Steps:4
Fruit has a long history of being used as an adornment to grace a tabletop: A first-century fresco in Pompeii depicts a lavish table with a fruit centerpiece, and the French later raised this table decoration to a high art. Try using these easy-to-find fruits and nuts to transform your own table.
Materials
  • Pomegranates
  • Hazelnuts
  • Walnuts
  • Pecans
  • Oak leaves
  • AquaSize
  • 1-inch foam brush
  • Mica powder
  • Dish
  • Blush brush
  • Bowl for display
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Handmade Valentine Cards

Steps:4
Other Ideas:
Paper, Valentine's Day
Remember when you were a child in grade school, making your first Valentine's Day card for a classmate? You really wanted it to be special. Using the same basic cut-and-paste techniques, you or your children can create really beautiful cards for friends, family, and a special someone.
Materials
  • Various paper
  • Card kit
  • Scissors or utility knife
  • Paper edgers, optional
  • Paper punches, optional
  • Rubber cement or glue stick
  • Pen
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