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Spider-Dog Pet Costume

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Martha's beloved French bulldogs are all dressed up for Halloween, too. Francesca, disguised as a devious black widow spider, is out to catch the little moth Sharkey in her web!
Materials
  • Basic sewing supplies
  • 36-inch square black felt
  • Orange felt
  • Fill
  • Knitting needle
  • Fabric glue
  • Black dog T-shirt
  • Body, leg, and diamond templates
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Jasperware Ornaments

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Ornaments based on jasperware, the unglazed stoneware first produced by Wedgwood in the late 18th century, transform branches into a holiday display. Jasperware is known for its blue background and white cameo patterns, but antique and newer versions come in a variety of colors, including lilac and green. Create your own ornaments using Paperclay modeling material and German springerle-cookie molds, or paint store-bought architectural ornaments. These branches have been sprayed white and dusted with glittering mica flakes.
Materials
  • 1-pound block of clay
  • Acrylic paint
  • Springerle molds
  • Nonstick baking mat
  • Cookie cutter or straight edge of a dough scraper
  • Small brush
  • Patterned paper
  • 1 1/2-inch length of grosgrain ribbon for each ornament
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Potted Amaryllis Gift Wrap

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Patchwork Throw

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A diverse collection of castoffs becomes a dashing throw with a flexible design of squares and rectangles.
Materials
  • Rotary cutter
  • Cutting mat
  • Assorted menswear fabrics in similar weights (such as wool, flannel, cotton velvet, and corduroy)
  • Sewing machine and sewing supplies
  • Iron
  • 4 yards cotton flannel (for insulation)
  • 4 yards cotton shirting fabric (for backing)
  • Wool yarn (for ties)
  • Darning needle
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Cornhusk Napkin Rings and Place Cards

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In fall, the blossoms of summertime are little more than a distant memory. But you can bring some of their delicate beauty to your fall decorating by fashioning flowers from the husks of dried Indian corn -- a farm-stand staple at this time of year.
Materials
  • Printable templates
  • Cornhusks, in off-white, purple, and pink
  • Card stock
  • Scissors
  • Wire, 32-gauge
  • Brown floral tape
  • Tented place cards
  • Micro hole punch
  • Ribbon or string
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Rose Petal Vase

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Our bunch of dainty spray roses, gently clasped by a little rose-petal "vase," is romantic enough to give to your sweetheart yet demure enough to present to a friend.
Materials
  • Plastic yogurt cup, or another container about 6 inches tall, such as a paper cup or a terra-cotta flower pot
  • Sobo glue
  • Disposable foam paintbrush
  • Silk rose petals
  • Floral shears
  • Flower pruners
  • Spray roses (and other flowers, if desired; we added sweet peas to one arrangement)
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Elegant Paper Easter Eggs

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Other Ideas:
Easter, Newspaper, Papier-mache
They may look like porcelain, but these eggs, from from five to 12 inches tall, are made with papier-mache. No painting is necessary; the color is determined by the paper.
Materials
  • Plain newsprint, metallic paper (nycentralartsupply.com), matte medium, or tissue paper
  • Metal ruler
  • Balloon
  • Glass bowl
  • Larger bowl
  • 2 cups matte-finish sealant (such as Mod Podge)
  • Small, sharp scissors
  • Pencil
  • Craft knife
  • Sobo craft and fabric glue, #23820-1008, by Delta, dickblick.com
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Shell House

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Mirror-Image Silhouette Cards

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Tie a Tassel

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