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Crafting and DIY

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Sea-Glass-Tiled Tray or Tabletop

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Bits of sea glass introduce organic shapes to mosaic tiles in a tray or a geometric tile arrangement on a table. Because they're plentiful, bright bottle-green shards are ideal for large crafts.
Materials
  • Sheet of 1-inch square tiles in green or blue (if making sea-glass-tiled tray), by Murado Bay, from Complete Tile, 1-by-2-inch white tiles with black accents (if making a sea-glass tabletop)
  • Large sea-glass shards
  • Craft knife
  • Mortar, Weldbond adhesive, from Blick Art Materials
  • Spackling knife
  • Damp sponge
  • Craft stick
  • Masking tape (tray only)
  • Fine white unsanded grout, like Poly-grout Plus, by Miracle, from Bella Tile, 212-475-2909
  • Tile sponge
  • Grout sealer, by Miracle, from Bella Tile, 212-475-2909
  • Optional: Tile cutter
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Papier-Mache Pumpkins

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Masked Easter Eggs

Steps:6
Other Ideas:
Dyeing, Easter, Easter eggs
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Precious Diamonds Family Tree

Steps:3
This family tree was created by arranging printouts of family photographs in an argyle design. Black-and-white images connect generations in a way that's classic yet modern.
Materials
  • Photographs
  • Photo paper (15 sheets, by Hahnemuhle, from New York Central Art Supply, 212-473-7705)
  • Diamond template
  • Craft knife and cutting mat
  • Watercolor paper, 30 by 40 inches, from aceartsupplies.com
  • Paintbrush (for glue), size 20, by Blick Academic
  • Paste
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Satin Bow Napkin Rings

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Pinecone Elves

Steps:6
Memo to Santa's assistants from Head Elf, Creative Department: It has come to our attention that these elf figurines are a joy to make. All you need are pinecones, pipe cleaners, and other simple supplies (no toy-making expertise necessary). 
Materials
  • Elf TemplateDownload the PDF
  • Pinecones, from winterwoods.com
  • Wool felt, from magiccabin.com
  • Brown pipe cleaners
  • Hot-glue gun
  • 3/4-inch wooden craft bead
  • Acrylic paint
  • Disappearing-ink pen
  • Needle and thread to match felt
  • Metallic bell bead or very small metallic jingle bell
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Heirloom Family Tree in a Glass Dome

Steps:4
A random assortment of family keepsakes, from a grandfather's spectacles to a baby's christening spoon, takes on a cohesive, deliberate look that's almost Victorian when encased in a delicate glass dome. The little tree is a lightweight branch bought from a florist, then spray-painted matte gold and held upright with epoxy.
Materials
  • Handsaw
  • 18-inch manzanita branch (or use branch from yard)
  • Glass dome and wooden base
  • Sandpaper
  • Spray paint
  • Epoxy
  • Name-tag templates
  • Fine-tip pen
  • Craft knife
  • Cutting mat
  • Family curios and keepsakes
  • Museum wax
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Paper-Doily Wreath

A delicate-looking wreath that creates the magical effect of candles flickering in the snow is ...
A delicate-looking wreath that creates the magical effect of candles flickering in the snow is easy to make and surprisingly sturdy. Wreath frames are strung with twinkling lights that are nestled in frothy, doilylike paper bouquet holders known as "Biedermeiermanschetten."
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Shrunken Apple Head Decorations

Steps:3
Oh, the horror! Gnarled branches adorned with gruesome heads warn visitors to beware -- at least if your guests happen to be apples.
Materials
  • Paring knife
  • Firm, unbruised apples
  • Lemon juice
  • Salt
  • Small bowl
  • Knotted cord or twine
  • Toothpicks
  • Optional: Urn or vase filled with dried branches
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