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Semiprecious Stone Necklace

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This versatile necklace adjusts to your outfit and your mood. Wear it long and lean, double it to accentuate a plunging neckline (shown here), or turn it into a ribbon-tied collar.
Materials
  • Gemstones
  • Crystal beads, from Fusion Beads
  • Nylon-coated beading wire (ours is 55 inches)
  • Metal crimp
  • Needle-nose pliers
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Egg-Dyeing Basics

Steps:3
Other Ideas:
Dyeing, Easter, Eggs
Eggs and dyes are the two central elements of Easter crafts. Decorating eggs perfectly isn't hard; just follow our tips.
Materials
  • Raw eggs
  • Sharp utility knife
  • Paper clip
  • Bowl
  • Heatproof bowl, cup, or jar (for hot water)
  • Rubber ear syringe
  • Paper towels or newspaper
  • Vinegar
  • Food coloring in various colors
  • Tongs
  • Drying rack made with pins and a foam board
  • For pre-blown eggs, visit lavendervalleyfarm.com
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Joy-Themed Christmas Lighting

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Write a message in lights to share with all who pass by. We used LED rope lighting (with lights encased in flexible plastic tubing, available at hardware stores), which is bright, energy-efficient, and easy to work with. The rope lighting is secured to a grid of wire wreath forms with heavy-duty cable ties.
Materials
  • Super Bright Rope light kit (#363-285), 24 feet, by Hampton Bay, from Home Depot
  • Straight wreath forms (SWF26-5), from Maine Wreath, mainewreathco.com
  • Zip ties, 4 inches
  • Nylon cable, 8 inches
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Envelope-Fold Holiday Letter

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Glittered Pop-Up Christmas Cards

Steps:2
With a few basic techniques, you can create a wide range of looks by varying shapes, color, and decorative details. These snowman and snowflake pop-ups are decorated with glitter and glue, and inscribed with a fountain pen dipped in red ink.
Materials
  • Pop-Up Card templates, enlarged to desired size
  • Fountain pen
  • Red ink
  • Card stock
  • Utility knife
  • Glue
  • Glitter
  • Ribbon, optional
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Sweetgum-Fruit Wreath

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Family Dessert Book

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When you were young, cookies, birthday cakes, and holiday treats may have seemed to appear magically from your mother's kitchen. Now you know they took time, planning, and recipes. Preserve those memories by gathering your favorite dessert recipes into a book to share with your siblings.
Materials
  • Paper
  • Baker's twine
  • Sewing needle
  • Bone folder
  • Optional: Archival adhesive
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Tissue Fan Fireworks with Clip-Art Medallions

Steps:4
An array of circular tissue fans, cut to different sizes, creates a fireworks effect. On some of these pendants, the center is snipped flat, making room for a clip-art medallion.
Materials
  • Circular tissue fans, from Party Cheap
  • Scissors
  • Heavyweight paper
  • Printer
  • Scallop scissors
  • Hot glue and hot-glue gun
  • Monofilament
  • Large medallion 1
  • Large medallion 2
  • Large medallion 3
  • Small medallion 1
  • Small medallion 2
  • Small medallion 3
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Shimmery Corn Table Ornaments

Steps:4
Create an artful backdrop for your dishes by dipping the edges of black bamboo place mats in bleach. At each seat, an ear of dried miniature corn, its husks sprayed silver, unfurls elegantly on a platinum-rimmed plate and echoes the two-tone effect.
Materials
  • Masking tape
  • Ears of dried miniature corn
  • Metallic floral spray paint
  • Ribbon
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Jack-o'-Clock

Steps:8
Other Ideas:
Pumpkin carving, Pumpkins
Cinderella pumpkins are bright orange and somewhat squat. Choose one with a clean, flat base, which will serve as the clock's face. The design is carved with a linoleum cutter, which removes only the outer flesh.
Materials
  • Squat pumpkin
  • Clock-Face and Clock-Hands template
  • Scissors
  • Keyhole saw
  • Fleshing tool
  • Masking tape
  • Awl
  • Linoleum cutter set
  • Strand of 25 miniature outdoor lights
  • Glass jar
  • Black card stock
  • Black-headed sewing pin
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