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Colorful Clay

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Kids love to play with modeling clay -- whether they're sculpting it, pounding it, or throwing it. Replenish their supply with this colorful clay that's fun to make.
Materials
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon cooking oil
  • Food coloring
  • Saucepan
  • Spoon
  • Airtight container
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Surprising Garden Pots: Milk Pails

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Dime Store Games: Magnetic Skater

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Faberge Egg Ornaments

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One Faberge egg is beautiful, but a collection of the valuable, meticulously crafted pieces is even more striking. Try making your own version to use as ornaments. These eggs are made from cardboard egg boxes and ornate beads and trimmings instead of precious metals and stones.
Materials
  • Cardboard egg boxes
  • Spray primer
  • Spray paint
  • Spray lacquer
  • Leafing supplies (instructions follow)
  • Magna-Tac glue
  • Various trims and cords
  • Tweezers
  • Various rhinestones, gems, and beads
  • Large needle
  • Thin cord for hanging
  • Small scissors
  • Brush
  • Gilder's tip
  • Gold and silver leaf
  • Petroleum jelly, optional
  • Cotton balls
  • Lacquer
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All Dressed Up: Outer Space

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Picnic Napkin Rings

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Copper Leaf Bobeches

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Metallic-Dipped Branches

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Transform regular branches into sparkling holiday decorations with this innovative paint-dipping technique. (Martha Stewart Living editorial director of decorating Kevin Sharkey used this method to create an Asian-Inspired Christmas Tree.)
Materials
  • Wide, shallow plastic bin
  • Tap water
  • 1 quart oil-based metallic paint
  • Artificial cedar branch
  • Twine for hanging branch
  • Newspaper
  • Floral wire
  • Ribbon
  • Ornaments and Glittered Birds (optional)
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