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Crafting and DIY

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Pinecone Ornaments

Steps:8
Other Ideas:
Christmas, Ornaments
Springerle molds are traditionally used to make an anise-flavored German cookie. But here, House on the Hill owner Connie Meisinger uses them to create beautiful handmade Christmas ornaments with clay.
Materials
  • Springerle cookie mold
  • Paperclay
  • Rolling pin
  • Craft knife or bench scraper
  • Cookie rack
  • Fine sandpaper
  • Acrylic paints
  • Glazing medium
  • Acrylic satin finish
  • Paintbrushes
  • Dark brown (raw umber) acrylic paint
  • Cotton rag
  • Coordinating paper (for back of ornament)
  • Ribbon for hanging
  • White glue
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Cardboard Table and Chairs for Dolls

Steps:8
Turn a cardboard box into an easy-to-assemble set of doll furniture that your kids will love.
Materials
  • Chair template
  • Table template
  • Bed template
  • Assembly diagram
  • Large pieces of corrugated cardboard
  • Box cutter with several sharp blades
  • Scissors
  • Hot-glue gun and hot-glue sticks
  • Ruler
  • 1 to 2 rolls of contact paper (optional)
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Stamped Valentine's Day Cocktail Napkin

Steps:4
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Reindeer Pop-Up Card

Steps:4
Spread holiday cheer with this one-of-a-kind holiday card from pop-up book artists Robert Sabuda and Matthew Reinhart.
Materials
  • Template one
  • Template two
  • Template three
  • Brown medium-weight paper, for legs
  • Silver or bone-colored medium-weight paper, for antlers
  • Colored medium-weight paper, for ornaments
  • Knitting needle or bone folder
  • Utility knife
  • Card
  • White glue
  • Silver thread
  • Mini hole-punch
  • 5-by-7-inch envelope
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Mushroom Table Decorations

Steps:7
Other Ideas:
Table decorations
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Football-Field Runner and Football Coaster

Steps:8
Materials
  • For the Football-Field Table Runner: Roll of green art paper or solid green wrapping paper
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • 3-inch-wide craft ruler
  • 1/4-inch white drafting tape (also called artist's tape)
  • 3 to 5 packs of white felt adhesive numbers
  • Football Coaster: Brown flannel-backed faux leather or brown felt
  • Scissors
  • White oil-based paint pen
  • Football-coaster template
  • Pencil
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Sparkling Centerpiece

Steps:7
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Batik T-Shirts

Steps:9
Materials
  • Baseball template
  • Or layer cake templates, or line drawing on white paper with thick black marker
  • Packing tape or sheet laminate
  • 100%-cotton garment or tote bag purchased pretreated for dyeing or treated at home with soda ash
  • Batik wax
  • Microwavable mug, double boiler, or slow cooker designated for crafts only
  • Tjanting tool (batik pen)
  • Rags for cleanup
  • Powdered fabric dyes in various colors
  • Small bowls, jars, or disposable plastic cups for mixing dyes
  • Sponge brushes: one for each color dye
  • Newspaper
  • Natural-bristle paintbrush
  • Large bucket
  • Table salt
  • Household machine washer and dryer
  • Household detergent
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Copper-Edge Magnet

Steps:4
Other Ideas:
Materials, Good Things, Magnets
A Xyron machine creates stickers, magnets, and labels -- and even allows you to laminate. Martha demonstrated how this easy-to-use machine can help create copper-edged magnets.
Materials
  • Printed image, such as our spring chicken
  • Printer paper
  • Xyron machine with adhesive backing cartridge and magnetic cartridge
  • Scissors
  • Two-ply matte board
  • Bone folder
  • Scallop copper tape
  • Utility knife
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Trick-or-Treat Bags

Steps:14
These clever trick-or-treat bags are simple to construct and help keep children safe because they glow in the dark.
Materials
  • Bat template
  • Ghost template
  • Ghost window template
  • Spider template
  • Spider web template
  • Brown paper bag (approximately 13 by 10 inches long and 5 inches deep)
  • Glue
  • Glow tape, 1/2 inch in width, such as JVCC GLW GLow In the Dark Tape, amazon.com 
  • Craft knife
  • Mini Slinkies
  • White duct tape
  • Screw hole punch, marthastewartcrafts.com
  • Reflective fabric
  • Black fun foam
  • Black duct tape
  • Chip board
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