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Felt Pencil Case

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Decorated Pencils

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Linked Bead Necklace

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Brooch Ribbon Necklace

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Treat your sisters and girlfriends (and yourself) to jewelry that shimmers with style. Start with a handful of inexpensive costume pieces -- brooches and earrings with openwork designs -- and give them a new-old coppery patina using spray paint. Then link them together and add pretty pink ribbon. No one will guess you didn't break the bank.
Materials
  • Costume brooches (we used 6, about 2 inches wide) or earrings (we used about 5 pairs, 3/4 inch to 1 1/2 inches wide) with openwork designs, from Bijoux Way
  • Wire cutters
  • Sandpaper
  • Clear nail polish (optional)
  • Copper spray paint
  • Paper towels
  • 1/4-inch jump rings
  • Needlenose pliers
  • 1 1/2-inch-wide silk ribbon, cut into two 24-inch lengths
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Curios Cluster Necklace

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The carefree cool of this anything-goes necklace extends to how you wear it. Tie the bow in the back or off to the side for a funkier finish.
Materials
  • Large crescent template
  • Small crescent template
  • Lightweight gauzy linen, in Open Weave #10, graylinelinen.com
  • Heavyweight linen, in Basket Weave #4, graylinelinen.com
  • Embellishments, such as beads
  • Digital camera
  • Beading needle, sewing needle, and polyester thread
  • Magna-Tac glue
  • Two 20-inch ribbons for ties (Ribbon #148, in Gray #131, by Shindo; 212-868-9311)
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Leather Necklace

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Other Ideas:
Leather, Necklaces
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Shimmery Lariat Necklace

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With its flowing ribbon ends and spots of sparkle, this necklace can go with a pretty dress or a casual T-shirt.
Materials
  • Magna-Tac glue
  • Two 12-inch pieces of linen twill tape, toptrimming.com
  • Assorted pearl, cube, and bugle beads
  • 36-inch piece of metallic ribbon, in Silver
  • Beading needle and polyester thread
  • Rectangular sequins
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Owl Mask

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Real owls have feathers radiating from the edges of their eyes, giving them their distinctive inquisitive look. These colorful rings, formed by layers of ruffled crepe paper, mimic that effect.
Materials
  • Owl Mask template
  • Papier-mache mask, mardigrasoutlet.com
  • Foam brush
  • Brown acrylic paint, misterart.com
  • Yellow, brown, gray, green, and black crepe paper, castleintheair.biz and misterart.com
  • Glue stick
  • Broad scallop scissors
  • Scissors
  • 2 ribbon ties to replace elastic (we used twill tape)
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