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Rose Petal Vase

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.
  • 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)

Shell House


Patchwork Throw

A diverse collection of castoffs becomes a dashing throw with a flexible design of squares and rectangles.
  • 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

Cornhusk Napkin Rings and Place Cards

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.
  • 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

Jasperware Ornaments

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.
  • 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

Tie a Tassel


Spooky Bird Silhouettes

Set an ominous scene with these monstrous birds, who greet visitors in the form of silhouettes (drawn and cut from black plastic weed barrier). The otherworldly light comes from green bulbs pointed at the windows inside each room.
  • Panel of white muslin or polyester, cut to fit window, Roc-Lon Muslin (CIA123 3558715), in 90-inch, from Joann Fabric and Craft Stores
  • Black plastic weed barrier (0214444), from Polsteins Home & Beyond or garden centers
  • Yardstick
  • White chalk
  • Scissors
  • Fabric glue, by Dritz, from Joann Fabric and Craft Stores
  • Bird templates

Fortune Teller Costume

Other Ideas:
Halloween costumes, Women
This Halloween take on a tarot-card reader's disguise, complete with chains, medallions, and deck of cards. The necklaces may look flashy, but they're just "costume" jewelry -- gold paper circles glued to lengths of cord. A tattered skirt doesn't require any sewing; instead, cotton squares are tied together with twill tape. Ours is made from 10 squares of fabric; add or subtract squares to adjust the size.
  • Eleven 30-inch squares of cotton fabric, in floral
  • 36-inch square of linen, fringe edges if desired, in lilac
  • 5 feet of 1/2-inch twill tape in white
  • Double-sided metallic gold craft paper (or glue two pieces together, back to back)
  • Circle punches
  • Gold cord
  • Fabric glue
  • Safety pin
  • Hair clips or bobby pins

Three-Dimensional Doily Ornament

Let easily crafted snowflake-inspired ornaments of cloth, ribbon, veneer, string, and paper fill your tree.
  • Doily templates
  • Disappearing-ink marker
  • Laminated linen or other sturdy, nonfraying fabric
  • Ruler
  • Fabric shears
  • Scallop shears
  • Neutral-colored thread
  • Needle
  • Pins
  • Twine

Stuffed Pig

Other Ideas:
Clip-art crafts, Felt