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Crafting and DIY

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Daffodil Candles

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Owl Mask

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Halloween costumes
Real owls have feathers radiating from the edges of their eyes, giving them their distinctive inquisitive look. These colorful rings, formed by layers of ruffled crepe paper, mimic that effect.
Materials
  • Owl Mask template
  • Papier-mache mask, mardigrasoutlet.com
  • Foam brush
  • Brown acrylic paint, misterart.com
  • Yellow, brown, gray, green, and black crepe paper, castleintheair.biz and misterart.com
  • Glue stick
  • Broad scallop scissors
  • Scissors
  • 2 ribbon ties to replace elastic (we used twill tape)
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Martha's Glittered Star Tree Topper

Steps:4
Learn how to make her glittery gold-star tree topper for your own evergreen.
Materials
  • Single-thick chipboard (#13115-2222), 22-by-28 inches, from Blick Art Materials, dickblick.com
  • Glass glitter, in gold, by Wendy Addison, from tinseltrading.com
  • Gold acrylic paint
  • Craft knife
  • Cutting mat
  • Flat dowel
  • Tape
  • Bone folder
  • Straight edge
  • Hot-glue gun
  • Star template
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Star Medallion

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Sock Dog

Steps:13
It takes only an afternoon and some very basic sewing skills to turn a pair of stray socks into a cuddly canine -- and what's better than getting a puppy for Christmas?
Materials
  • Pair of socks
  • Stuffing needle and thread
  • Pipe cleaners (for tail, ears, and antlers)
  • Large button with two holes or a pom-pom (for nose) 2 small buttons (for eyes)
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Glittered Candleholders

Steps:2
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Candleholders, Glitter
With their motion frozen in clear glass glitter, coniferous trees and reindeer encircle hurricane lamps lighted from within by tall, rose-hued candles. Here, the candleholders are elevated on glass cake stands, then faux snow is dusted around them.
Materials
  • Glitter Candle Template
  • Glass hurricane lamp
  • Transparent tape
  • Glue
  • Bottle with fine-tip applicator
  • Bowl
  • Clear glass glitter
  • Cake stand
  • Candle
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Needle-Felt with Felt Cutouts, Roving, and Yarn

Needle-felting intertwines wool fibers with each prick of a barbed tool. Use this technique to ...
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Felting
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Fabric-Punched Mother's Day Card

Steps:3
Send homemade greetings to Mom with a Mother's Day card full of lifelike blooms made from petal- and leaf-shaped craft punches.
Materials
  • Lightweight fabrics, such as voile or Indian cotton 
  • Tray Medium paintbrush
  • Liquid fabric stiffener, at crafts stores
  • Petal and leaf craft punches
  • Craft glue
  • Paper or blank premade cards
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Ribbon-Poinsettia Wreath

Steps:3
There were no golden poinsettias in nature until a pioneering family of poinsettia growers bred a golden-yellow variety late in the 20th century.
Materials
  • Similar wide satin ribbon in 1.5 inch and 2.25 inches (No. 00300) (No. 00299), from mjtrim.com
  • 26-gauge wire, by Darice, from createforless.com
  • Wire cutters, from crafts or hardware-suppy store
  • Similar stamens in assorted colors, from blumchen.com
  • Craft glue
  • Green ribbon (half as wide as the satin ribbon), from fabric or trim store
  • 18-inch Styrofoam wreath form, from styrofoam-chenille.com
  • Straight pins
  • Hot-glue gun
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Leaf-Carved Pumpkin Lanterns

Steps:3
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Pumpkin carving
Trick-or-treaters and Halloween guests should feel more welcome than wary ascending a staircase lit up with leaf-carved pumpkin lanterns. The pumpkins' motifs are produced using a variety of basic carving techniques. The resulting patterns are as varied as fallen leaves, which provide the only templates you'll need.
Materials
  • Fallen leaves
  • Pumpkins
  • Hole cutters
  • Tape
  • Grease pencil
  • Linoleum cutter or long miniature saw
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