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Egg-Dyeing Basics

Steps:3
Other Ideas:
Dyeing, Easter, Eggs
Eggs and dyes are the two central elements of Easter crafts. Decorating eggs perfectly isn't hard; just follow our tips.
Materials
  • Raw eggs
  • Sharp utility knife
  • Paper clip
  • Bowl
  • Heatproof bowl, cup, or jar (for hot water)
  • Rubber ear syringe
  • Paper towels or newspaper
  • Vinegar
  • Food coloring in various colors
  • Tongs
  • Drying rack made with pins and a foam board
  • For pre-blown eggs, visit lavendervalleyfarm.com
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Joy-Themed Christmas Lighting

Steps:6
Write a message in lights to share with all who pass by. We used LED rope lighting (with lights encased in flexible plastic tubing, available at hardware stores), which is bright, energy-efficient, and easy to work with. The rope lighting is secured to a grid of wire wreath forms with heavy-duty cable ties.
Materials
  • Super Bright Rope light kit (#363-285), 24 feet, by Hampton Bay, from Home Depot
  • Straight wreath forms (SWF26-5), from Maine Wreath, mainewreathco.com
  • Zip ties, 4 inches
  • Nylon cable, 8 inches
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Envelope-Fold Holiday Letter

Steps:2
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Glittered Pop-Up Christmas Cards

Steps:2
With a few basic techniques, you can create a wide range of looks by varying shapes, color, and decorative details. These snowman and snowflake pop-ups are decorated with glitter and glue, and inscribed with a fountain pen dipped in red ink.
Materials
  • Pop-Up Card templates, enlarged to desired size
  • Fountain pen
  • Red ink
  • Card stock
  • Utility knife
  • Glue
  • Glitter
  • Ribbon, optional
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Sweetgum-Fruit Wreath

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Family Dessert Book

Steps:3
When you were young, cookies, birthday cakes, and holiday treats may have seemed to appear magically from your mother's kitchen. Now you know they took time, planning, and recipes. Preserve those memories by gathering your favorite dessert recipes into a book to share with your siblings.
Materials
  • Paper
  • Baker's twine
  • Sewing needle
  • Bone folder
  • Optional: Archival adhesive
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Tissue Fan Fireworks with Clip-Art Medallions

Steps:4
An array of circular tissue fans, cut to different sizes, creates a fireworks effect. On some of these pendants, the center is snipped flat, making room for a clip-art medallion.
Materials
  • Circular tissue fans, from Party Cheap
  • Scissors
  • Heavyweight paper
  • Printer
  • Scallop scissors
  • Hot glue and hot-glue gun
  • Monofilament
  • Large medallion 1
  • Large medallion 2
  • Large medallion 3
  • Small medallion 1
  • Small medallion 2
  • Small medallion 3
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Shimmery Corn Table Ornaments

Steps:4
Create an artful backdrop for your dishes by dipping the edges of black bamboo place mats in bleach. At each seat, an ear of dried miniature corn, its husks sprayed silver, unfurls elegantly on a platinum-rimmed plate and echoes the two-tone effect.
Materials
  • Masking tape
  • Ears of dried miniature corn
  • Metallic floral spray paint
  • Ribbon
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Pumpkin Wreath Chandelier

Steps:4
Casually adorned with colorful fallen leaves, a simple grapevine wreath is illuminated by tea lights set inside mini-pumpkin holders. Suspended from a ceiling hook, it gives a warm, rustic atmosphere to a front porch. To make the glow last, light the candles just before your guests arrive.
Materials
  • Grapevine wreath
  • Wax pencil
  • 6 miniature pumpkins
  • Small knife or serrated carving tool
  • Spoon or looped fleshing tool
  • Brass ball chain, (BRA824), Metalliferous
  • Brass couplings for ball chain, (BRA831), Metalliferous
  • 25-gauge annealed iron wire, (IR4760), Metalliferous
  • S hook
  • Florist's wire
  • Awl
  • Votive candles
  • Leaves and berries for embellishment
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Fabric Pumpkins

Steps:5
Other Ideas:
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.
Materials
  • Assorted fabrics, like washed-silk or rayon velvet, 45 inches wide, bandjfabrics.com or silk dupioni fabric, nyelegant.com
  • Sewing machine
  • Batting
  • Long sewing needle
  • Embroidery floss
  • Needle and thread
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