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Dog Appliqued Infant Bodysuits

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Share some puppy love with the baby in your life with these one-of-a-kind appliqued bodysuits.
Materials
  • French Bulldog Template or photo of a dog in profile
  • Iron
  • Sewing machine
  • Scissors
  • Damp, clean cloth
  • Card stock
  • Patterned fabric
  • Trans-Web or other fusible webbing on release paper
  • Black marker
  • Blank baby bodysuit
  • Machine-sewing thread in a coordinating color for decorative topstitch
  • Hand-sewing needle
  • Button in coordinating color (optional)
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Lace-Patterned Pumpkins

Steps:3
Not all pumpkins are orange, nor are they necessarily destined to become leering jack-o'-lanterns. The designs used on these pumpkins, carved freehand, mimic the lacelike openwork of 18th-century pierced creamware dishes, and turn any pumpkin (especially a pale Lumina) into an intricately patterned lamp.
Materials
  • Pumpkin or squash
  • Wood-carving tools
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Stenciled Floral Curtains and Pillow

Steps:13
Give your home a modern boost by stenciling pillows with stylish patterns.
Materials
  • 2 copies of the star-shaped template
  • 2 copies of the bell flower template
  • 4 sheets of 8 1/2-by-11-inch waterproof paper
  • Cutting mat
  • Drafting tape
  • Craft knife
  • 4 sheets of 11-by-17-inch vellum, printed with full curtain template
  • Transparent tape
  • 2 curtain panels
  • Straight pins
  • Small sheet of glass (palette)
  • Palette knife
  • 5 to 7 ounces water-based permanent textile paint in yellow, red, dark green, light green, and white, by Jacquard, dharmatrading.com
  • Natural sea sponges
  • Double-sided tape
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Rubber Band Message Board

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Felt Animal Ornaments

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Pom-Pom Bunny

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Glitter-Striped Shell Ornament

Steps:3
Channeling childhood summers on Cape Cod, crafts director Hannah Milman created a from-the-sea tree. Shells, sea stars, and sand dollars are dusted with glitter -- a single color, or two shades blended for an ombre effect -- or simply left as is. Naturally spotted tun shells sport sparkly stripes.
Materials
  • Tun shell (seashellcity.com)
  • Glue pen
  • Glitter (Martha Stewart Crafts, from Michaels)
  • Metallic cord
  • Hot-glue gun
  • 1 pearl bead (lavalierenyc.com)
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Christmas Cookie Ornament

Steps:8
Other Ideas:
Christmas, Ornaments
Miniature artist Betsy Niederer joins Martha to make an adorable snowflake cookie Christmas ornament using simple craft punches in holiday shapes.
Materials
  • Premo polymer clay in white, cadmium yellow, and translucent
  • Pasta maker, rolling pin, or glass bottle for rolling out clay
  • Knife or other tool for cutting clay
  • Craft punches in holiday shapes
  • Cornstarch
  • Flat-tipped paintbrush
  • Light-brown artists' pastel
  • 6-by-6-inch tile
  • Acrylic varnish
  • Coarse glitter
  • Ribbon
  • Crafter's Pick "Ultimate" glue
  • Small sticker medallion or piece of decorative paper
  • Acrylic white paint (optional, for icing)
  • Texture medium (optional, for icing)
  • Pastry tip (optional, for icing)
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