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Greetings Tree

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Each card you receive is like a little gift, carefully chosen by a friend or family member; as such, it deserves more than a passing glance and makeshift presentation. Suspend cards-turned-ornaments from dried winter branches in a bucket, vase, or other vessel; you don't need to add any water to enjoy this nature-inspired card display.
Materials
  • Dried branches
  • Bucket or vase
  • Similar ribbons: various shades of brown and metallics
  • 1/4-inch hole punch
  • Similar beads
  • 28-gauge wire
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Puzzle-Cut Pine Tree Cards

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Trees fashioned from colored and textured papers are adorned with sequins and glitter. The boughs of a pretty pink pine literally spring to life.
Materials
  • Tree template, enlarged to desired size
  • Sturdy paper or card stock
  • Utility knife
  • Heavy thread
  • Glue
  • Glitter
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Pinecone Rosette Garland

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Festive Window Swag

Steps:8
Materials
  • 18-inch-wide bunting, flagsexpress.com or apolloflags.com
  • Rotary cutter or scissors
  • Fusible webbing, 1/2-inch-by-20-yard, from createforless.com
  • Iron
  • Sewing machine (optional)
  • Disappearing-ink pen
  • Strong double-sided tape (optional)
  • 1/4-inch rectangular dowel (3 feet long)
  • 1/2-inch round dowel (3 feet long)
  • Eye hooks
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Bone Frame with Sea-Life Skeleton Clip-Art Print

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Other Ideas:
Clip-art crafts, Framing
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Patchwork Throw

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A diverse collection of castoffs becomes a dashing throw with a flexible design of squares and rectangles.
Materials
  • Rotary cutter
  • Cutting mat
  • Assorted menswear fabrics in similar weights (such as wool, flannel, cotton velvet, and corduroy)
  • Sewing machine and sewing supplies
  • Iron
  • 4 yards cotton flannel (for insulation)
  • 4 yards cotton shirting fabric (for backing)
  • Wool yarn (for ties)
  • Darning needle
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Jasperware Ornaments

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Ornaments based on jasperware, the unglazed stoneware first produced by Wedgwood in the late 18th century, transform branches into a holiday display. Jasperware is known for its blue background and white cameo patterns, but antique and newer versions come in a variety of colors, including lilac and green. Create your own ornaments using Paperclay modeling material and German springerle-cookie molds, or paint store-bought architectural ornaments. These branches have been sprayed white and dusted with glittering mica flakes.
Materials
  • 1-pound block of clay
  • Acrylic paint
  • Springerle molds
  • Nonstick baking mat
  • Cookie cutter or straight edge of a dough scraper
  • Small brush
  • Patterned paper
  • 1 1/2-inch length of grosgrain ribbon for each ornament
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Elegant Paper Easter Eggs

Steps:5
Other Ideas:
Easter, Newspaper, Papier-mache
They may look like porcelain, but these eggs, from from five to 12 inches tall, are made with papier-mache. No painting is necessary; the color is determined by the paper.
Materials
  • Plain newsprint, metallic paper (nycentralartsupply.com), matte medium, or tissue paper
  • Metal ruler
  • Balloon
  • Glass bowl
  • Larger bowl
  • 2 cups matte-finish sealant (such as Mod Podge)
  • Small, sharp scissors
  • Pencil
  • Craft knife
  • Sobo craft and fabric glue, #23820-1008, by Delta, dickblick.com
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Cornhusk Napkin Rings and Place Cards

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In fall, the blossoms of summertime are little more than a distant memory. But you can bring some of their delicate beauty to your fall decorating by fashioning flowers from the husks of dried Indian corn -- a farm-stand staple at this time of year.
Materials
  • Printable templates
  • Cornhusks, in off-white, purple, and pink
  • Card stock
  • Scissors
  • Wire, 32-gauge
  • Brown floral tape
  • Tented place cards
  • Micro hole punch
  • Ribbon or string
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Spider-Dog Pet Costume

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Martha's beloved French bulldogs are all dressed up for Halloween, too. Francesca, disguised as a devious black widow spider, is out to catch the little moth Sharkey in her web!
Materials
  • Basic sewing supplies
  • 36-inch square black felt
  • Orange felt
  • Fill
  • Knitting needle
  • Fabric glue
  • Black dog T-shirt
  • Body, leg, and diamond templates
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