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Celestial Pumpkins

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Pumpkin carving, Pumpkins
Add twinkle to your fall nights with these magical pumpkin lanterns. Instead of carving traditional faces, drill tiny holes into each pumpkin. Use strings of tiny white lights to illuminate the pumpkins, creating star-studded globes sure to delight any ghost or goblin.
  • Pumpkins of varying sizes
  • Tiny white string lights
  • Drill with 1/4-inch bit 
  • Knife 
  • Fleshing tool (No. FT453), from Ceramic Supply Inc.
  • Black tape

Ghostly Equestrienne Costume

Martha's grand cape swells behind her as she rides through a twilight gloaming; her pale eyes stare from beneath red-rimmed lids. Although the cape looks elaborate, it's constructed with just a few folds and seams in a long piece of taffeta. A top hat veiled with black netting is trimmed with gray ribbon and an ostrich feather.
  • Basic sewing supplies
  • 9 yards of black taffeta
  • 1 1/2 yards of 1 1/2-inch-wide black ribbon
  • A top hat in black, available at Hats Plus Ltd.
  • 1 yard of black military netting
  • 1 yard of black tulle
  • 1 2/3 yards of 1 1/2-inch-wide gray ribbon, 630-Smoke by Morex Corp.
  • 1 black ostrich feather
  • Fabric glue
  • 2/3 yard of white cotton shirting (optional)

Fourth of July Clip-Art Candy Container


Lump of Coal Gift Box (with a Secret)

We all know what good-for-nothings get in their stockings: coal. But something is different this year. These sparkling nuggets are no ordinary lumps but gift boxes embellished with paint, paper, and lots of glitter. The faux-coal pieces are just the right size to package earrings, a rolled-up tie, and other small gifts. Looks like landing on the Naughty List isn't so terrible after all.
  • Hexagonal boxes (square boxes will also work)
  • Crepe masking tape, in black
  • Fabric stiffener
  • Shards vintage glass glitter
  • Glitter
  • Stocking template

Pumpkin Sconces

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Pumpkin lighting, Pumpkins

Cinnamon Bird Ornament

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Christmas details
Although these whimsical birds look and smell like gingerbread cookies, their sparkling plumage hints at their true nature as sweet (though not edible) works of art. 
  • Two medium bowls
  • 1 cup ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup applesauce
  • Craft glue
  • Rolling pin
  • Bird templates
  • Utility knife, or bird-shaped cookie cutters
  • One straw
  • Wire rack
  • Paper towels
  • Baking sheet
  • Glitter and beads
  • Bottle with applicator tip
  • Length of thin ribbon for each ornament
  • Tissue paper, for storing

Pom-Pom Snowman

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Christmas, Pom-poms
Made of woolly white pom-poms, felt, and ribbon, this frosty friend never has to melt. He makes a great toy for a child; add a loop to the hat, and he becomes an ornament.
  • Two 2 1/4-inch pom-poms
  • One 1 3/4-inch pom-pom
  • Gray yarn
  • Black yarn
  • Red yarn
  • Yarn needle
  • Orange felt
  • Red felt
  • Needle
  • Invisible thread
  • Red ribbon

Shell-Covered Pots


Seersucker Pillow Sleeve

Every year, Kevin Sharkey has a summer fling with cool, colorful seersucker -- and the easy decorations it brings to his home. It feels good, can vary in scale, works well with other fabrics, and lends itself to a lot of different forms, be it a bed skirt, a pillow cover, or a napkin. Doubling the sleeve's thickness gives it heft and will keep it from slipping off the pillow.
  • Seersucker fabric
  • Sewing machine and sewing supplies
  • Grosgrain ribbon
  • Snaps or Velcro fasteners