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Ribbon Tower Gift-Wrap Technique

This ribbon tower "bow" was created using extra bits of gift-wrapping paper -- no ribbons or costly trimmings are necessary!
  • Four 3 1/2-by-2-inch strips of gift wrap
  • Two 15-by-2-inch strips
  • Two 9-by-2-inch strips
  • Two 5-by-2-inch strips
  • Two 2-by-2-inch strips
  • Four 2 1/2-by-2-inch strip
  • Scissors
  • Tape

Bejeweled Valentine's Day Box

Dressed in apricot moire fabric and trimmed with satiny cord, a luxurious pink bow, and an array of faux gemstones, this box is no mere vessel. It's a treasure on its own. With a note, a photo, or some sweets tucked inside, it would make the perfect keepsake for Mom or anyone who appreciates a touch of luxury.
  • Ruler
  • Craft knife
  • Several pieces of mat board (32 by 40 inches),
  • Hot-glue gun
  • Apricot moire fabric, about 1 yard,
  • Decoupage glue, such as Mod Podge
  • Foam craft brush
  • Coral cording on cotton tape,
  • Wire cutters
  • Grosgrain ribbon, 4 to 5 inches wide, for bow
  • Box Base Template 
  • Lid Template

Oval Holly Wreath

Other Ideas:
Decorating, Greenery
  • 18-inch round double-wire wreath form (No. DRWR18), from Maine Wreath Company
  • Pruning shears (model 2), by Felco, from The Felco Store
  • 4-inch holly branch tips 
  • Berry clusters with stems, trimmed from other holly branches 
  • Paddle of 24-gauge floral wire (No. 94464202), by Panacea, from
  • Ribbon from fabric or trim store

Snow-Swept Gingerbread Cottage

The caramelized-syrup windows of this colonial house are lit from within by a string of holiday bulbs, which flicker and glow like firelight. Intricate piped-icing details reflect the home's period; cookie trees and evergreen shrubbery (plus a tiny wreath) complete the scene.
  • Snow-Swept Gingerbread Cottage Recipe
  • Gingerbread Cottage Templates

Paper-Cutout Cards

Other Ideas:
Clip-art crafts, Paper
These beautifully rendered paper cutouts require only patience, concentration, and a careful hand to make. The materials required for even the most elaborate cutouts are simple and inexpensive -- paper and pencil, scissors and knife.
  • Paper of your choice, from Martha Stewart Crafts
  • Sharp pair of embroidery or cuticle scissors
  • Pencil 
  • Utility knife with replacement blades
  • Transfer paper 
  • Bone folder, from Martha Stewart Crafts
  • White craft glue (or spray adhesive), from Martha Stewart Crafts
  • Glue stick (if using heavier paper), from Martha Stewart Crafts
  • Fine-tipped brush
  • Self-healing cutting mat
  • Flower templates

Flowering Branches with Fabric Quince Blossoms

A bunch of branches wrapped in seam binding and bedecked with fabric flowers makes a striking alternative to a traditional floral arrangement. Here, we adorned branches with fabric flowers resembling a spray of quince blossoms.
  • Basic sewing supplies
  • 1/2-inch lightweight cotton fabric or grosgrain ribbon
  • Liquid seam sealant
  • Artificial stamens, at crafts stores
  • Tacky glue
  • Tree branches
  • 1/2-inch-wide seam binding
  • Floral wire and floral tape, available at crafts stores

Knitted Neck Scarf

Other Ideas:
  • Yarn: 2 skeins (50 grams )sport-weight yarn in desired color, using about 150 yards
  • Needles: 2 needles in size U.S. 4 (3 1/2 mm), 1 double-pointed needle in same size. Adjust needle size as necessary to obtain correct gauge (gauge: 5 stitches and 11 rows equal 1 inch in garter stitch)
  • Stitch holder
  • Tapestry needle

Ball and Light Wreath

Make the entrance to your home inviting to holiday visitors -- including Santa -- with bright, merry lights; their sparkle highlights the shimmering globes and greenery of this double wreath. Combine two ornamental rings into one spectacular showpiece; weave in red lights to accentuate the luster of colorful Christmas balls.
  • 16-inch-diameter wreath of shiny plastic or metallic Christmas balls
  • 16-inch-diameter pine wreath
  • Floral wire
  • Two 33-light strands of red pearl lights
  • Rubber bands
  • U-pins (greening pins) (available at Michaels)

Gray Lady Ghost Costume

Legend has it the gray lady was a beautiful young bride, left stranded at the altar. She died tragically of a broken heart, but her love is never ending. Even in death she waits for her betrothed.
  • 8 1/2 yards of gray tulle
  • 1 yard of gray seam binding
  • Large 14/18 yarn darners needle (such as a yarn or upholstery needle)
  • Gray lacy tights
  • Silk flowers (we used hydrangeas)
  • Gray floral spray
  • 1 yard of 2-inch-wide gray ribbon
  • Paper doily
  • White face paint (and someone to help you apply it)
  • Makeup sponge
  • 2 yards of 3-inch-wide gray ribbon (for dress)
  • 2 yards of gray lace fabric (for veil)
  • Bobby pins or hair clips

Stuffed Menswear Bunny

Other Ideas:
Baby, Clothing, Sewing
Suiting fabrics are an unconventional but charming choice for making toy bunnies. Bright cotton shirting adds a surprising pop of color inside the ears.
  • 2 menswear fabrics (such as wool flannel and cotton shirting)
  • Sewing machine and sewing supplies
  • Iron
  • Fill
  • Embroidery floss
  • Embroidery needle
  • Bunny template