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Sequined Christmas Tree Centerpiece

Steps:4
Other Ideas:
Centerpieces, Christmas
A gleaming grove of triangular trees makes an enchanting centerpiece.
Materials
  • Several pieces of 11-by-17-inch pearlized card stock, 120 lb., in Quartz, paperpresentation.com
  • Craft ruler, marthastewartcrafts.com
  • Craft knife, marthastewartcrafts.com
  • Bone folder, marthastewartcrafts.com
  • Tacky white glue with a fine applicator
  • Assorted loose sequins and small paillettes
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Graveyard Ghost

Steps:11
Clearly, white can provoke fright. With the help of some tattered cloth, 'Lumina' pumpkins are easily transformed into fearsome ghosts that arise from an ancient graveyard on All Hallows' Eve.
Materials
  • White pumpkin (stem intact)
  • Ghost Eyes and Mouth templates
  • Scissors
  • Keyhole saw
  • Fleshing tool
  • Masking tape
  • Awl
  • Miniature saw
  • 3-foot, 4-foot, and 6-foot bamboo poles
  • Black paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Zip ties
  • Mallet
  • 20-foot strand of miniature outdoor lights
  • 3 yards of 60-inch-wide white cotton fabric, cut into 1-yard and 2-yard lengths
  • Safety pins
  • T pins
  • 5 yards of cheesecloth
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Framed Silhouette Family Tree

Steps:3
Other Ideas:
Decorating, Frames
A crisp, graphic take on the family tree, this display has a silhouette of each family member set in an inexpensive store-bought frame. Don't worry if you can't find suitable portraits of everyone -- showing people's bodies in motion, engaged in activity (tennis, anyone?), or standing in a characteristic pose is an unusual and elegant way to depict family members.
Materials
  • Store-bought frames (Ribba frame, 8 by 10 inches, ikea.com)
  • Printouts of photographs
  • Patterned artist's paper (Nepal mini dots paper in black, New York Central Art Supply)
  • Solid-color artist's paper (Indian Lime paper, Saint Armand paper in Elephant, and cave paper in teal; New York Central Art Supply)
  • Graphite transfer paper by Saral, utrecht.com
  • Craft knife
  • Cutting mat
  • Paste (Yes Paste, artsuppliesonline.com)
  • Paintbrush (for glue), size 20, by Blick Academic; dickblick.com
  • White-ink pen by Pentel, jetpens.com
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Sign of Love and Love Multiplies Valentine's Day Cards

Steps:2
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Quilted Potholders with Inside-Out Quilting Technique

Steps:4
Other Ideas:
Quilting
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Metallic Foil Paillette Tree Mobile

Steps:5
Other Ideas:
Christmas, Entertaining
In this twist on the traditional focal point, metallic foil paillettes (ranging from small to supersize) hang from graduated wire wreath forms, creating a modern mobile that evokes a trimmed tree.
Materials
  • Cutting mat
  • Metallic foil board in gold, silver, and teal (double-sided is best), 12 inches
  • square, hygloss.com
  • Spray adhesive (if card stock is single-sided)
  • Circle cutter, shop.marthastewart.com
  • Micro hole punch
  • Metallic embroidery thread
  • 4 wire wreath forms in 8-, 14-, 20-, and 24-inch diameters, mainewreathco.com
  • Small silver ring or S hook
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Heartstrings Valentine's Day Card

Steps:5
Other Ideas:
Card making
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Heart-in-the-Fold Valentine's Day Card

Steps:6
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Reinforce a Tattered Buttonhole

Steps:4
Other Ideas:
Sewing
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Curios Cluster Necklace

Steps:4
The carefree cool of this anything-goes necklace extends to how you wear it. Tie the bow in the back or off to the side for a funkier finish.
Materials
  • Large crescent template
  • Small crescent template
  • Lightweight gauzy linen, in Open Weave #10, graylinelinen.com
  • Heavyweight linen, in Basket Weave #4, graylinelinen.com
  • Embellishments, such as beads
  • Digital camera
  • Beading needle, sewing needle, and polyester thread
  • Magna-Tac glue
  • Two 20-inch ribbons for ties (Ribbon #148, in Gray #131, by Shindo; 212-868-9311)
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