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Pop-Up Card

Steps:5
Other Ideas:
Card making, Mother's Day
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Ombre Glittered Bells

Steps:5
Glitter in an ombre pattern -- with one color blending gradually into another -- makes simple bells sparkle with sophistication.
Materials
  • Fine glitter, in White Gold, Tourmaline, and Garnet, Essential Colors glitter set; all by Martha Stewart Crafts, from Michaels
  • Plastic bells
  • Small baking cups (to hold glitter)
  • White acrylic paint
  • White craft glue
  • Small paintbrush
  • Spoon
  • 200-grit sandpaper
  • 1 3/8-size jingle bell
  • Wire
  • 1/4-inch-wide metallic ribbon
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Shell Specimen Pedestal

Steps:5
Other Ideas:
Shells
Materials
  • Assorted sea-life specimens
  • Assorted wooden base objects
  • Drill, with 3/64-inch bit
  • 1 1/2-inch wooden bristle brush
  • Acrylic paint in gray and white
  • 5-minute epoxy
  • Wooden craft stick
  • Black wire
  • Wire cutters
  • Screwdriver and rubber mallet for sea fans and metal file for coral branches (optional)
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Double-Border Frame

Steps:3
Other Ideas:
Framing, Wood
Materials
  • 1/2-by-1/2-inch basswood, in various sizes, davinciartistsupply.com
  • Miter box, acehardware.com
  • Wooden frame, 8 by 10 inches or larger
  • Sandpaper, fine grit
  • Flat-bristle brushes
  • Tacky glue, such as Aleene's
  • Primer and paint, in Blue Suede, by Martha Stewart Living Paint, from Home Depot and in Mulholland Yellow, benjaminmoore.com
  • Mini Moldings, 1/4 by 9/16 inches, by Artistic Woodworking, from acmoore.com
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Sea Fan Sconce

Steps:5
Other Ideas:
Nature crafts
A metal sconce with a simple design lets the sea fan take the starring role; sanding the sconce after painting gives it a soft patina.
Materials
  • Wrought-iron sconce
  • Paintbrush
  • Acrylic paint in white
  • Sandpaper
  • Screwdriver
  • Rubber mallet
  • Sea fan
  • Metal file
  • Wooden craft stick
  • 5-minute epoxy
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Lace Tile

Steps:4
Other Ideas:
Coasters, Trivets
Why should lingerie have a lock on lace? Used as a stencil with metallic paints, the fabric transforms porcelain tiles into softly burnished, intricately patterned trivets and coasters.
Materials
  • Lace yardage (or scraps), Chantilly lace trims
  • Tiles, Daltile bullnose glazed ceramic wall tiles, 4 1/4 inches square, semigloss, in White
  • Spray adhesive
  • Enamel metallic spray paint
  • Felt or cork surface protectors
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Monogram Twin Beds

Steps:4
Other Ideas:
Headboards, Monogramming
 Use the darkest veneer for the surname initial to create a strong frame for the interlocking letters. 
Materials
  • Monogram templates
  • Double-sided tape
  • Wood veneer in dark, medium, and light shades; wisewoodveneer.com
  • Cutting mat
  • Craft knife
  • Nonskid ruler
  • Rubber contact cement
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Star Wreath with Glitter-Dusted Pinecones and Baubles

Steps:3
Other Ideas:
Christmas, Garlands, Wreaths
Materials
  • Hand pruners
  • Evergreen branches, such as noble fir
  • 26-gauge floral wire, 26 gauge, Michaels stores
  • Small wire cutters
  • Star wreath form, mainewreathco.com
  • Pearlized globe lights (optional)
  • White craft glue
  • 2 small bowls
  • Clear microbead glitter
  • Small paintbrush
  • Wired glass balls, 25 mm and 35mm, from B&J Florist Supply, 212-564-6086
  • Pinecones
  • Spoon
  • Wooden floral picks
  • Nail or hook
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Girl's Shirt Dress

Steps:4
Other Ideas:
Sewing
With this sweet adaptation of the classic button-down, a little girl can channel the guy she adores -- Dad. The dress, which fits most children ages 4 to 8, has a drawstring neckline and sleeves.
Materials
  • Clear tape
  • Men's medium or large button-down shirt
  • Disappearing-ink pen
  • Sewing machine and sewing supplies
  • Iron 2 yards of 1-inch single-fold bias tape 1/4 yard fabric (for ties)
  • Loop turner 1 yard of 1/8-inch elastic
  • Pattern Pieces Template
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