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Exposed-Bone Jeans

Steps:3
Create a skeleton-inspired disguise for Halloween with a pair of basic black jeans and a little acrylic paint. Complete the look with an easy-to-make Rib Cage T-Shirt.
Materials
  • Bone template
  • Black canvas
  • White acrylic paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Pair of jeans
  • Scissors
  • Hand-sewing needle
  • Black embroidery thread
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Glittered ''Candy'' Garland Craft

Steps:5
Here's a way to enjoy candy corn and wrapped treats without the potential cavities -- a whimsical garland made of glittered candy-shaped foam.
Materials
  • Bamboo skewers
  • 2-inch foam balls
  • White glue
  • Paintbrush
  • Iridescent glitter, in orange, black, white, and yellow
  • Mini treat wrappers
  • Screw punch
  • Hot-glue gun
  • 4-by-2-inch foam cones
  • Tinsel garland
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Paste Paper Making with Sage

Steps:6
Other Ideas:
Kids, Painting, Paper
Materials
  • Large resealable plastic bowl
  • Wire whisk
  • 1/2 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon alum
  • 2 cups cold water
  • 4 cups boiling water
  • Steel pot
  • Fine-mesh sieve
  • Rubber spatula
  • 1 cup Liquitex Acrylic Gloss Medium & Varnish
  • Small plastic container
  • Acrylic paint
  • White rag paper, such as Arches Text Laid
  • Sponge
  • 3-inch paintbrush
  • Design tools, such as brushes, graining combs, feathers, or eraser stamps
  • Metal spatula
  • Newsprint
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Mexican Fiesta Flower Arrangement

Steps:2
Materials
  • Vase or container
  • Flower frog
  • Cut-flower food
  • Assorted zinnias, such as Z. elegans 'Radiant Orange,' 'Radiant Purple,' 'Lilac,' 'Radiant White,' and Z. haageana 'Persian Carpet'
  • Assorted dahlias, such as D. 'Thomas Jefferson,' 'Fern Irene,' and 'Sunny Yellow'
  • Assorted China asters, such as Callistephus chinensis 'Matsumoto'
  • Assorted salvias, such as S. farinacea 'Victoria'
  • Sharp knife or bypass pruners
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Follow-the-Lines Baby Quilt

Steps:7
Materials
  • Fabric 1: 1 yard of 45-inch-wide printed cotton (with a design that varies in size), for quilt front
  • Fabric 2: 1 1/4 yards of 45-inch-wide coordinating printed cotton, for quilt back
  • Fabric 3: 1/2 yard of 45-inch-wide solid cotton, for binding
  • Hand-quilting thread
  • Hand-quilting needle(s) (I prefer size 10 betweens)
  • Wool batting, 36 by 46 inchesNote: If you use Quilter's Dream wool or cotton batting, your stitching can be up to 8 inches apart and the batting will remain stable. If you use another brand, check the manufacturer's directions for the maximum distance between stitches.
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Origami with Gay

Steps:8
Other Ideas:
Paper
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Metallic Eggs

Steps:2
Other Ideas:
Easter, Easter baskets
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Beekeeper Costume

Steps:4
This watchful beekeeper always takes good care of his bee colony. He wears a sting-resistant suit (actually a pair of painter's coveralls, available at hardware stores), work gloves to protect his hands, and a long tulle veil to guard his face. Dozens of "bees" are glued to the open-mesh netting; others buzz around his wide-brimmed straw hat. The stenciled bucket becomes a winsome receptacle for Halloween treats.
Materials
  • Scissors
  • Black tulle netting
  • White wide-brimmed straw hat (or spray-paint a regular straw hat)
  • White spray paint (optional)
  • Hot-glue gun 
  • White seam binding
  • Wire cutters
  • Millinery bees
  • Letter stencils
  • Yellow paint pen
  • Metal bucket with handle
  • Duct tape
  • Light-colored shirt
  • Pair of painter's coveralls
  • Pair of cotton work gloves with yellow accents
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