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Giving Tree Family Tree

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With its warm gray tone and beautiful details, this drawing by New York artist Melinda Beck has a sophisticated charm and a pleasing symmetry that's perfect for an elegant family tree.
Materials
  • Tree and label templates
  • 30-by-40-inch watercolor paper, aceartsupplies.com
  • Craft knife
  • Cutting mat
  • Gold drawing ink
  • Fine-tip paintbrush (for glue, size 20)
  • Black fine-tip pen (for names, size 0, by Blick Master, dickblick.com)
  • Paste
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Leaf and Flower Easter Eggs

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Wooden-Circle Bib Necklace

Steps:7
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Haunted Manor Pumpkins

Steps:2
Once the grandest house on the block, this multistory pumpkin mansion now features rickety shutters and boarded-up doors and windows. Cheesecloth ghosts wander the barren yard; lights illuminate the carved details, including the ghoulish residents.
Materials
  • Pumpkins
  • Grease pencil
  • Intricate Openings Templates
  • Square, ridged cookie cutter
  • Linoleum cutter
  • Straight pins
  • Wood gouge
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Wooden skewers (if stacking pumpkins)
  • Lights
  • Moss or leaves, to hide light cords
  • Cheesecloth
  • Cardboard tubes
  • Starch
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Brooch Ribbon Necklace

Steps:3
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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Antique-Style Valentine

Steps:7
As early as the 1790s, sweethearts exchanged "puzzle purses." In this version, a poem runs along the edges, starting outside the folded square. The text, embellished with stamped and painted designs, is revealed in stages as the card is opened.
Materials
  • 12-inch square sheet of decorative paper )both sides will be visible, so avoid papers that have bar codes or logos)
  • Wide acrylic or standard ruler
  • Bone folder
  • Decorative elements (photos, glitter, stickers)
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Embroidered-Thread Rosettes

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Mini Travel Photo Pages

Steps:3
Other Ideas:
Memorabilia, Scrapbooks
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Braided Octopus Doll Craft

Steps:4
Braid colorful strips of fabric to make a bright detail for a dress, or strands of cotton yarn for a cuddly creature's legs -- all eight of them. These projects are simple enough that kids can help.
Materials
  • Organic cotton yarn: Pakucho Sport, from Purl Soho
  • 2-inch Styrofoam ball
  • Scissors
  • Needle and black thread
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Felted Knitting Basket

Steps:3
This pliable 10-inch-tall knitting basket was made from a snowy Aran sweater. Its sides came from the body of the sweater; its base was cut from the sleeves. For a primer on felting, see our instructions.
Materials
  • Sweater
  • Scissors
  • Sweater comb
  • Basic sewing supplies
  • Ruler
  • Paper
  • Pins
  • Iron
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