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Crafting and DIY

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Making Figures: Snowman

Steps:3
Inspired by vintage Christmas decorations, this pipe-cleaner snowman is the perfect craft to do with a little one. Make a matching pipe-cleaner wreath and candy canes for a trio of ornaments to keep in the family for years to come.
Materials
  • Pipe cleaner
  • Wooden beads
  • Black chenille
  • Hot glue
  • Wire-tinsel
  • Felt-tip pen
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Animal Silhouette Pillow

Steps:9
Make a decorative linen pillow adorned with charming felt animals -- perfect for any child's bedroom.
Materials
  • Farm animal template 1
  • Farm animal template 2
  • Farm animal template 3
  • Sea animals template 1
  • Sea animals template 2
  • Laser printer
  • Scissors
  • Iron
  • 100 percent wool felt in a variety of colors
  • Sharp fabric scissors
  • 1 yard cotton canvas fabric
  • Fabri-Tac fabric glue
  • Pins
  • Sewing machine
  • Machine-sewing thread in same color as canvas
  • 18-by-18-inch pillow form
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Medusa Ice Face and Hands Punch

Steps:6
Other Ideas:
Entertaining, Halloween
This festive Medusa punch is sure to leave your Halloween guests frozen in their tracks as they gaze into the bowl to find the serpent creature staring back at them.
Materials
  • Duct tape
  • Plastic face mask
  • Green liquid food coloring
  • Clothespins
  • Plastic container, such as a Sterilite bin
  • Packing material such as Styrofoam peanuts or bubble wrap
  • Gummy worms
  • Pair of large latex gloves
  • Rubber bands
  • Sheet pan
  • Parchment paper
  • Beverages, such as ginger ale or lemonade, to make punch
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Decorative Skeleton Bone Table

Steps:6
There's nothing bare-bones about this table decoration. The table legs are legs indeed -- store-bought faux bones. Note: The legs can't stand up to heavy weights; use the decorative table to display light items.
Materials
  • Coping saw
  • Four faux bone legs
  • Four faux bone legs
  • Four double-threaded screws
  • Epoxy
  • Drill (with 1/2-inch bit)
  • One precut 1-inch-thick round or oval piece of wood (ours is 18-by-28-inch medium-density fiberboard)
  • Double-threaded wood-screw studs, steel, 3/16" by 3"
  • Wood putty and putty knife
  • Sandpaper
  • Paint to match the color of the bones
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Table Decorations: Place-Card Holders

Steps:5
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Napkin Holder

Steps:8
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Wrapping Layers

Steps:5
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Acorn Cap Candleholders

Steps:3
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Ti Leaf Ice Bucket

Steps:3
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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3-D Ornament and Tree Topper

Steps:6
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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