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Acorn Cap Candleholders

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Ti Leaf Ice Bucket

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Use ti leaves to dress up a plain ice bucket for the perfect way to serve drinks at your luau. To decorate other items, such as tall candles, place leaves vertically against the outside of the candleholder. Or, wrap a ti leaf horizontally around votives.
Materials
  • Ti leaves
  • Ice bucket
  • Double-sided tape
  • Raffia
  • Tall candles and votives, optional
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Wrapping Layers

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3-D Ornament and Tree Topper

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A far cry from Charlie Brown's sad sapling, Amy Butler's snow-white tree is meant to be trim. "It's the perfect modern twist on the classic fir," says Amy, who replaced the original base with a shapely, sand-filled lacquer vase, then hung it with homemade 3-D ornaments made from bits of fabric stitched together and stuffed with quilt batting. The gifts underneath are also swathed in her signature fabric. Not only does this leave less trash for the waste bin, but the recipient can repurpose the swatches as napkins, patches for a quilt, or even as wrapping for future gifts.
Materials
  • 1 or 2 yards of decorative fabric, depending on repeat and number of ornaments desired
  • 1 yard patterned fabric with complementary colors
  • 2 yards silver cord or ribbon, depending on number of ornaments desired
  • 1 yard wool batting in craft or crib weight
  • 1 yard heavy fusible interfacing
  • Scissors
  • Pinking shears
  • Needle and thread or sewing machine
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Napkin Holder

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Lobster Baby Costume

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You can create viewer Isabelle Ortley's fun and adorable baby Halloween costumes at home. Although the general processes to create Isabelle's original costumes follow, no two costumes are exactly alike. In the end, any costume you design will be memorable and guaranteed to be loved by your friends, family, and, of course, baby!
Materials
  • Muslin fabric
  • Pencil
  • Sewing machine
  • Needle and thread
  • Cotton stuffing (acrylic or plastic bags also work)
  • Red pipe cleaners
  • Velcro
  • Fabric paint (light red, darker red, brown, and black)
  •  Puffy paint 
  • Sponge
  • Assorted ribbons
  • Silk flower
  • Hot glue gun
  • Fake vegetables
  • Serving platter
  • 1-inch foam
  •   1/2 yard pant weight fabricSmall butter container  
  • Glue
  • Small butter container
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Clay Flowers

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Sure to fool anyone's eye, these breathtaking hydrangea bouquets are actually created by manipulating pieces of ClayCraft -- air-dried clay that is soft, durable, and lightweight -- into beautiful flower shapes.
Materials
  • ClayCraft clay (white, yellow, blue, red)
  • Thin blade scissors
  • Small detail sticks or toothpicks
  • Cookie rack
  • 24-gauge floral wire
  • Craft glue
  • Floral tape
  • Vase
  • Green clay-covered Styrofoam
  • Leaves or plastic floral fillers (optional)
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Halloween Baby Costume: Pie

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Halloween Treat Bags

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Gourd Candles

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The gourd's natural form lends a lovely organic feel to an autumnal table. And since no two gourds are ever identical, these candles are all variations on a single theme, but no two will ever be exactly alike. Use beeswax for a fresh, sweet smell and a long, slow burn.
Materials
  • Acorn squash
  • Bleached beeswax (1 pound for a 2-pound squash)
  • Paring knife
  • 6-inch chef's knife
  • Melon baller
  • Ceramist's trimming tool
  • Utility knife
  • Pencil or chop stick
  • Aniline dyes (we used gold and blue)
  • Wicks and wick tabs
  • Tin cans or "nests" of aluminum foil (to hold gourd in place as wax cools)
  • Candy thermometer
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