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Smocked Sundress

Steps:9
Materials
  • 3/4 yard of 45-inch-wide lightweight woven fabric, pre-washed (Any fabric that is lightweight enough to yield to the elastic thread will work. Quilting cottons, gauzes, lighter linens, chambrays, and shirting weights are all ideal.)
  • Scissors
  • Iron
  • All-purpose thread to match fabric
  • Elastic thread wound around an extra bobbin
  • Water-soluble fabric-marking pen
  • Transparent quilter's ruler
  • Measuring tape
  • 2 yards of spaghetti strap, bias tape (sewn closed), or ribbon for ties, cut into four equal lengths
  • Sewing pins
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Chameleon Pipe Cleaner Creature

Steps:8
Other Ideas:
Kids, Pipe cleaners
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Surprising Garden Pots: Milk Pails

Steps:2
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Colorful Clay

Steps:2
Kids love to play with modeling clay -- whether they're sculpting it, pounding it, or throwing it. Replenish their supply with this colorful clay that's fun to make.
Materials
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon cooking oil
  • Food coloring
  • Saucepan
  • Spoon
  • Airtight container
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Shell Mirror

Steps:3
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Dime Store Games: Magnetic Skater

Steps:4
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Faberge Egg Ornaments

Steps:7
One Faberge egg is beautiful, but a collection of the valuable, meticulously crafted pieces is even more striking. Try making your own version to use as ornaments. These eggs are made from cardboard egg boxes and ornate beads and trimmings instead of precious metals and stones.
Materials
  • Cardboard egg boxes
  • Spray primer
  • Spray paint
  • Spray lacquer
  • Leafing supplies (instructions follow)
  • Magna-Tac glue
  • Various trims and cords
  • Tweezers
  • Various rhinestones, gems, and beads
  • Large needle
  • Thin cord for hanging
  • Small scissors
  • Brush
  • Gilder's tip
  • Gold and silver leaf
  • Petroleum jelly, optional
  • Cotton balls
  • Lacquer
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Copper Leaf Bobeches

Steps:4
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