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Crafting and DIY

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Wax Animals and Trees

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For any of these projects, you need only master a few basic techniques. Find 8 1/2-by-16 3/4-inch sheets of beeswax-and many of the other materials-at crafts stores. Store leftover sheets and your creations in a cool, dry place.
Materials
  • Colored beeswax sheets
  • Baking sheet
  • Hair dryer
  • Metal cookie cutters
  • Cotton wicking
  • Cocktail picks
  • Flat toothpicks
  • Silver cord
  • Thumbtack
  • Utility knife
  • Ruler
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Water-Bottle Cozy

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Whether it's chilly inside or out, a hot-water bottle slipped into a soft cloth cover is a classic comfort. The covers are small enough to sew with wool remnants and larger scraps. The cozy pictured was made for a two-quart water bottle from two fabrics, but you could also sew one with a single fabric.
Materials
  • Clear tape
  • 1/2 yard wool fabric in 2 colors
  • Seam binding
  • Sewing machine and sewing supplies
  • Iron
  • 2-quart hot-water bottle
  • Cozy Template
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Glitter Bird Centerpiece

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Accordion Photo Album

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Leaf Print Tablecloth

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Using leaves for craft projects is one way to capture the beauty of autumn. Fallen leaves can be used as stamps to decorate a tablecloth.
Materials
  • Sponge brushes
  • Leaves of various sizes and shapes (make sure they are not brittle)
  • Fabric paint
  • Light-colored cotton or linen tablecloth, prewashed
  • Paper towel, parchment paper, or kraft paper
  • Brayer or rolling pin
  • Iron
  • Muslin or scrap fabric (optional)
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Staircase Silhouette Halloween Decorations

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Keepsake Stocking

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This homespun stocking is a wonderful way to mark a first Christmas -- as well as his second, third, and fourth. Every year, add a new felt shape representing some favorite memory or object that your little one loves. Only the stocking requires sewing; the designs are glued on, for easy updating.
Materials
  • Stocking templates
  • Felt pieces
  • Pinking shears
  • Sewing kit
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Christmas Table with Chandelier Garland and Bobeche Trim

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Add a bit of romance to your holiday table with resoundingly red decorations. Fashion a striking centerpiece with crimson roses, anemones, and berry-laden stems of deciduous holly.
Materials
  • Red-glittered faux holly leaves and stems (available at crafts and holiday stores)
  • Candle adhesive (optional)
  • Red glass-ball ornaments (the number of ornaments and garlands will depend on the size of your chandelier.)
  • Hot-glue gun
  • Red beaded garlands
  • 28-gauge aluminum wire
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Tiered Paper Candy Stand

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If you're hosting a birthday party, make it a "green" one. Forget the plastic and go paper -- paper plates, paper tablecloth, and all-paper decorations!
Materials
  • 2 paper cups
  • 3 paper plates (1 small, 1 medium, and 1 large)
  • Pencil
  • Hot glue gun
  • Candy cups
  • Assortment of treats, such as candy and macarons
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