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Halloween Lantern Party Favors

The orange balloon-shape calyxes of Chinese lanterns (Physalis alkekengi) make perfect stand-ins for pumpkins in these fun decorations. To complete the look, glue on a face and attach a leaf or two.
  • Chinese lantern branches
  • Black and green construction paper
  • Craft glue
  • Paintbrush
  • Green floral wire (optional)
  • Cellophane bags
  • Orange candy, like chocolate-covered apricot balls
  • Green ribbon
  • Face and Leaf Templates

Greenery Garland Stocking

Fresh garlands tied with ribbons enliven plain stockings. When cast in sunny shades, the stockings create vibrant accents for a Christmas-morning gift exchange. The stockings featured here are trimmed with Port Orford cedar, a delicate-looking evergreen that is versatile and hardy, and eucalyptus, which dries nicely and smells lovely.
  • Stocking template
  • Linen
  • Tailor's chalk
  • Needle and thread
  • Four 8-inch lengths thin ribbon for each stocking
  • Evergreen branches
  • Floral wire

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

Paper-Cutout Cards

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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

Oval Holly Wreath

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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

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

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

Peacock Walk with Black-and-White Backdrop

These birds, a colorful departure from crows and ravens, bring an element of mystery to a Halloween party.
  • 1/2-inch grid hardware cloth, 4-by-10-foot roll by Redi-Roll;
  • Straightedge
  • Permanent-ink marker
  • Wire cutters, 7 inches;
  • 24-gauge wire
  • Pliers
  • Branch
  • Faux peacock, closed-tail-feather peacock, 24 inches;
  • Faux peacock, open-tail-feather peacock, 60 inches;
  • S hook
  • Chain

Magnolia Garland

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Christmas details