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Fabric Pumpkins

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Halloween pumpkins, Sewing
A novice sewer can easily stitch up this pumpkin patch, rendered in matte and lustrous linen, silk, and velvet. Set the sewn pumpkins among real ones (some natural-hued, others spray-painted) in a cool autumnal scene of spare branches and scattered leaves spray-painted silver.
  • Assorted fabrics, like washed-silk or rayon velvet, 45 inches wide, or silk dupioni fabric,
  • Sewing machine
  • Batting
  • Long sewing needle
  • Embroidery floss
  • Needle and thread

Eyes of Newt Clip-Art Favor Boxes

Send your guests home at the end of the night with these newt-eye favors, which taste strangely like jelly beans. The green goodies are packed in painted wooden boxes topped with clip-art labels.
  • Green acrylic paint
  • Water
  • Sponge brush
  • 3-inch round boxes (Michaels)
  • Labels
  • Plain paper or tea-dyed paper
  • Glue stick
  • Template
  • Strong black tea
  • Plastic bin
  • Uncoated 8 1/2-by-11-inch paper
  • Paper towels

Clip-Art Butterfly Specimens

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Clip-art crafts
Beautiful butterflies seem to float off the pages of a dusty old tome, growing as they flit around this library. You can make these creatures in different sizes for your display.
  • Butterfly clip art 1
  • Butterfly clip art 2
  • Butterfly clip art 3
  • Heavyweight printer paper, 13 by 19 inches and 8 1/2 by 11 inches,
  • Spray adhesive
  • Heavy textured black art paper, by Strathmore, available at Michaels
  • Double-sided tape
  • Poster putty
  • Piano wire, 0.02 thickness,
  • Pliers
  • Glue gun
  • 1/8-inch-thick foam board,
  • Painters' tape or removable hooks (such as Command hooks)
  • Glue stick
  • 1/4-inch wooden dowel
  • Black paint (optional)

Celestial Pumpkins

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Pumpkin carving, Pumpkins
Add twinkle to your fall nights with these magical pumpkin lanterns. Instead of carving traditional faces, drill tiny holes into each pumpkin. Use strings of tiny white lights to illuminate the pumpkins, creating star-studded globes sure to delight any ghost or goblin.
  • Pumpkins of varying sizes
  • Tiny white string lights
  • Drill with 1/4-inch bit 
  • Knife 
  • Fleshing tool (No. FT453), from Ceramic Supply Inc.
  • Black tape

Ghostly Equestrienne Costume

Martha's grand cape swells behind her as she rides through a twilight gloaming; her pale eyes stare from beneath red-rimmed lids. Although the cape looks elaborate, it's constructed with just a few folds and seams in a long piece of taffeta. A top hat veiled with black netting is trimmed with gray ribbon and an ostrich feather.
  • Basic sewing supplies
  • 9 yards of black taffeta
  • 1 1/2 yards of 1 1/2-inch-wide black ribbon
  • A top hat in black, available at Hats Plus Ltd.
  • 1 yard of black military netting
  • 1 yard of black tulle
  • 1 2/3 yards of 1 1/2-inch-wide gray ribbon, 630-Smoke by Morex Corp.
  • 1 black ostrich feather
  • Fabric glue
  • 2/3 yard of white cotton shirting (optional)

Lump of Coal Gift Box (with a Secret)

We all know what good-for-nothings get in their stockings: coal. But something is different this year. These sparkling nuggets are no ordinary lumps but gift boxes embellished with paint, paper, and lots of glitter. The faux-coal pieces are just the right size to package earrings, a rolled-up tie, and other small gifts. Looks like landing on the Naughty List isn't so terrible after all.
  • Hexagonal boxes (square boxes will also work)
  • Crepe masking tape, in black
  • Fabric stiffener
  • Shards vintage glass glitter
  • Glitter
  • Stocking template

Fourth of July Clip-Art Candy Container


Pumpkin Sconces

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Pumpkin lighting, Pumpkins

Cinnamon Bird Ornament

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Christmas details
Although these whimsical birds look and smell like gingerbread cookies, their sparkling plumage hints at their true nature as sweet (though not edible) works of art. 
  • Two medium bowls
  • 1 cup ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup applesauce
  • Craft glue
  • Rolling pin
  • Bird templates
  • Utility knife, or bird-shaped cookie cutters
  • One straw
  • Wire rack
  • Paper towels
  • Baking sheet
  • Glitter and beads
  • Bottle with applicator tip
  • Length of thin ribbon for each ornament
  • Tissue paper, for storing

Pom-Pom Snowman

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Christmas, Pom-poms
Made of woolly white pom-poms, felt, and ribbon, this frosty friend never has to melt. He makes a great toy for a child; add a loop to the hat, and he becomes an ornament.
  • Two 2 1/4-inch pom-poms
  • One 1 3/4-inch pom-pom
  • Gray yarn
  • Black yarn
  • Red yarn
  • Yarn needle
  • Orange felt
  • Red felt
  • Needle
  • Invisible thread
  • Red ribbon