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Stamp Art

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Recycled materials
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Scented Soy Votive Candles

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What holiday window, mantel, or table is complete without the inviting glow of candlelight? A collection of winter-themed pillar candles or softly scented votive candles is a gift that will make any host beam. And creating -- or just embellishing -- them at home saves money and allows you to customize the color, design, and scent for every person on your list.
Materials
  • Soy wax (#112138), Yaley Candle
  • Votive glasses, Ikea
  • Wax color chips
  • Essential oils (for 3 cups of wax, you'll need 40 drops), 1 oz. each
  • Small pipettes, (#108-2401), Majestic Mountain Sage, thesage.com
  • Small braided wick, (12R, #120473), Yaley Candle
  • Metal wick clips, (#110517), 15 mm, Yaley Candle
  • Small wooden skewers
  • Funnel
  • Clip-art labels and partition templates
  • Crystal Clear Pop & Lock boxes, (PLB138), clearbags.com (optional)
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Tote Bag with Iron-On Blooms

Steps:4
Other Ideas:
Bags, Canvas, Clip-art crafts
Cherry blossoms are famously short-lived, but on a sturdy satchel they can last long past the season. These motifs, sized from little to large, are easy to affix with a hot iron. Look for natural-fiber bags, such as cotton, which withstand heat better than synthetics.
Materials
  •  Blossom Clip Art:Extra-Small BlossomSmall BlossomMedium BlossomLarge BlossomExtra-Large Blossom 
  • Epson Iron-On Cool Peel Transfer Paper
  • Natural-fiber (such as cotton) tote bags
  • Scissors or craft knife
  • Ironed pillowcase
  • Iron
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Menswear Bedding

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Clothing, Sewing
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Felt Holly Corsage

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For a playful nod to the traditional Christmas pin, try these cheerful corsages. They're easy enough for a child to make but sophisticated enough for her mom to wear. Once you gather your supplies, it's a snap to make multiple corsages in a single afternoon.
Materials
  • Wool felt, 18 by 18 inches, in assorted colors, available at magiccabin.com
  • Holly template
  • Iron
  • Hot-glue gun
  • Ribbon, such as satin-backed velvet ribbons from hymanhendler.com
  • Assorted embellishments
  • Barrettes or brooch pins from tohoshoji-ny.com
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Bottle Wrap

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Spiderweb Tablecloth with Pom-Pom Spiders

Steps:4
Other Ideas:
Halloween, Tablecloths
Thrill Halloween party guests with a tablecloth covered in a ribbon spider web -- complete with eerie white pom-pom spiders.
Materials
  • Round cotton-twill cloth in black (K60RPCTC), from y2kuniforms.com
  • Ruler
  • Tailor's chalk
  • White ribbons or seam binding (CDJ N 041675), from Joann Fabric and Craft Stores
  • Iron-on adhesive strips (102486), from Joann Fabric and Craft Stores
  • Two pom-poms in different sizes (ex: 1 inch and 2 inch diameter) for each spider, (J8151458), from Joann Fabric and Craft Stores
  • White glue, by Martha Stewart Crafts, from marthastewartcrafts.com
  • Glue brush
  • Satin rattail cord (or other cord) in same color as pom-poms (we used white)
  • Safety pins
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Crepe-Paper Lotus Blossoms

Steps:4
Other Ideas:
Crepe paper, Paper flowers
Handmade paper flowers are as eye-catching as real ones, and they're surprisingly easy to craft. Best of all, these blooms are truly perennial.
Materials
  • Yellow tissue paper, partycity.com
  • Fringe scissors, by Martha Stewart Crafts, from Michaels
  • Cloth-covered floral wire in Green, 6", 22 gauge, from sugarcraft.com
  • Florist crepe paper (for flowers), in Dark Salmon and Pale Pink, from castleintheair.biz
  • Small rubber band
  • Floral tape, in Nile, from sugarcraft.com
  • Doublette crepe paper (for leaves), in Pale Green, from castleintheair.biz
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Silvery Angel Tree Toppers and Ornaments

Steps:6
Create a heavenly tree by adorning it with delicate silvery angels. These classic Christmas-tree toppers make lovely ornaments as well.
Materials
  • Textured foil paper (preferably double-sided), in Pony Skin Silver, from New York Central Art Supply
  • Scissors
  • Scallop scissors
  • Silver cord, 1/16-inch, tinseltrading.com
  • Narrow silver tinsel roping, 1/4-inch, blumchen.com
  • Silver glass ball picks, 25 mm, from B&J Florist Supply, 212-564-6086
  • Hot-glue gun
  • Pencil
  • Template
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Cornhusk Leaves

Steps:4
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