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Vampire-Count Costume

Steps:5
Other Ideas:
Halloween costumes, Men
A billowing cloak of red taffeta surrounds this dashing creature of the night, shielding his countenance from scrutiny. A formal cummerbund and bow tie -- just strips of taffeta tied in place -- dress up the tuxedo shirt. His medals of honor are constructed from gold origami paper and snips of ribbon. Only the razor-sharp fangs reveal his true nature.
Materials
  • Basic sewing supplies
  • 2 1/2 yards red taffeta
  • Scissors
  • 1 1/2 yards of 1 1/2-inch-wide red ribbon (for cape)
  • Gold paper
  • Assorted widths of ribbon in shades of red (for medals)
  • Craft glue
  • Assorted small pom-poms
  • 20 inches of 2-inch-wide ribbon (for rosette)
  • 2 yards of 4-inch-wide velvet ribbon (for sash)
  • Small paintbrush
  • 1/2 yard black taffeta (for cummerbund)
  • Safety pins
  • BlueStik reusable adhesive
  • Fangs
  • Four-Point-Star Template
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Tie a Tassel

Steps:4
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Christmas Candy Carolers

Steps:5
These jaunty candy Christmas carolers can be set on a windowsill or shelf amid a windfall of sugary snow, hung from the tree, or placed by the front door of a gingerbread house.
Materials
  • Sour gummy worms
  • Uncoated red gumdrops, such as Dots
  • White gumdrops
  • Striped soft peppermint candy, from candywarehouse.com
  • Nonpareils in black and red
  • Plastic knife
  • Toothpick
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Spooky Bird Silhouettes

Steps:3
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.
Materials
  • 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
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Fortune Teller Costume

Steps:4
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.
Materials
  • 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
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Stuffed Pig

Steps:10
Other Ideas:
Clip-art crafts, Felt
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Three-Dimensional Doily Ornament

Steps:9
Let easily crafted snowflake-inspired ornaments of cloth, ribbon, veneer, string, and paper fill your tree.
Materials
  • Doily templates
  • Disappearing-ink marker
  • Laminated linen or other sturdy, nonfraying fabric
  • Ruler
  • Fabric shears
  • Scallop shears
  • Neutral-colored thread
  • Needle
  • Pins
  • Twine
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Crepe-Paper Amaryllis

Steps:10
Tie these faux flowers in with crepe-paper napkin rings to personalize each place setting.
Materials
  • Thick crepe paper in white, yellow, and green (we used White (CR16), Light Yellow (CR07), and Verdant Green (CR7), from Roze, and similar, from D. Blumchen & Co., 866-653-9627)
  • Acrylic paint in pink or red
  • Small paintbrush
  • Cloth-covered floral wire in light green
  • Floral tape in light green
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Paper Pilgrim Bonnet

Steps:3
Remember the Mayflower, and give the little ones a fun way to play out scenes from the first Thanksgiving with these paper bonnets. You do the cutting, and the kids can do the gluing and tying.
Materials
  • Bonnet Template
  • Heavy-stock paper, 11 by 17 inches
  • Binding, two 24" lengths
  • Ruler
  • Hole punch
  • Ribbon
  • Glue
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Filigree Pumpkin

Steps:7
Other Ideas:
Pumpkin carving, Pumpkins
Pale pumpkins, such as 'Long Island Cheese,' work best with open-worked designs.
Materials
  • Pale pumpkin
  • Keyhole saw
  • Fleshing tool
  • Masking tape
  • Metal tubes in different shapes (we used brass round telescoping seamless, brass square telescoping, bronze rectangular, brass hexagonal telescoping, and 1/4-inch-wide aluminum square, from smallparts.com)
  • Strand of 25 miniature outdoor lights
  • Glass jar
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