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Crafting and DIY

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Gingerbread Bedroom Mobile

Steps:7
Materials
  • Rolling Pin
  • Gingerbread cookies (see above)
  • Royal Icing
  • Templates or cookie cutters
  • Paring knife
  • Skewer or large plain round pastry tip (such as Ateco #10)
  • Pastry bag fitted with a small round tip (such as Ateco #0 or #1)
  • Small paintbrush
  • Red tempera paint
  • 12-inch-diameter wooden embroidery hoop
  • Eight 12-inch lengths of red-and-white baker's twine
  • Screw hook in white
  • Four 1-yard lengths of cotton ribbon in red mini gingham or gingham
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Dreamroom Canopy

Steps:2
Young crafters will always make workrooms of their bedrooms, and of the rest of the house as well, for that matter. With a little imagination and work, you can make a bedroom for your child that strikes the right balance between creativity and chaos; one that lets a child's imagination take wing.
Materials
  • Cotton voile
  • Sewing machine
  • Needle and thread
  • Velcro strips
  • Staple gun
  • White canvas
  • 20-inch square of 1-inch plywood
  • Hot glue gun
  • Two 8-inch-long two-by-fours
  • Screws
  • Finnish washers
  • White paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Hand drill
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Lavender Sachet

Steps:3
There's no mystery to lavender's popularity: It can be used in every room of the house--to discourage insects, perfume the water in a bath, or impart its subtle flavor in certain dishes. Tucking scented sachets into closets, corners, and drawers is a lovely and centuries-old way to release lavender's scent.
Materials
  • One 8 1/2 by 11-inch piece of paper
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • One 17-by-11-inch piece of fabric
  • Tailor's chalk
  • 1 cup dried lavender florets
  • Pins
  • Needle
  • Thread
  • Ribbon
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Cookie-Cutter Candles

Steps:3
With a set of graduated cookie cutters, you can make stars or other shapes in many sizes. Arrange the candles on a platter, or place them in shallow dishes of water.
Materials
  • Metal cookie cutters
  • Masking tape
  • Scissors
  • Aluminum foil
  • Petroleum jelly
  • Double boiler
  • Craft sticks (for stirring)
  • Candy thermometer
  • Metal-tabbed tea-light wicks
  • Beeswax
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Pumpkin Lanterns

Steps:4
Take an ordinary paper lantern, dress it up with leaves, a stem, and tendrils, and it will assume a totally unexpected identity: a Halloween pumpkin. A few craft supplies are all you need to transform these inexpensive, light-as-air globes.
Materials
  • Leaf template
  • Green paper
  • Scissors
  • Craft glue
  • Dark-green and brown pipe cleaners
  • Wire frame
  • Fishing line
  • Newspaper
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Doily Stencil

Steps:3
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Thatched Columns

Steps:7
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Children's Animal Trunk

Steps:5
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