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Postcard Pages

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Other Ideas:
Memorabilia, Scrapbooks
Postcards provide glimpses into long-ago adventures, and their dashed-off notes are lasting links to family and friends. Design a scrapbook just for them, complete with windows revealing the front and back of each card. Ours are framed, labeled, and dated.
Materials
  • Pages from a post- or ring-bound scrapbook
  • Colored paper
  • Double-sided tape
  • Border template
  • Utility knife
  • Clear adhesive photo corners
  • Archival glue stick
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Glittered Eggs

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Coating Easter eggs with glitter provides a sparkling alternative to coloring them with dyes. Powdered glitter comes in an array of colors, which can be mixed to create different shades. For added shimmer, combine colored glitter with either gold or silver glitter.
Materials
  • Eggs (for varying sizes, try chicken, quail, and goose eggs).
  • Powdered glitter in assorted colors, including gold for sparkle
  • Egg blower (available at crafts stores) or rubber ear syringe (available at drugstores)
  • Craft glue
  • Paintbrush
  • Pin
  • Wax paper
  • Bowls and spoons (for glitter)
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Easter Paper Chains

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Symbols of rebirth -- downy newborn chicks and rabbits -- abound at springtime. Their proliferation is charmingly represented in simple paper chains, which make perfect Easter decorations.
Materials
  • Bunny/Chick template
  • Parchment or tissue paper
  • Scissors
  • Double-sided tape
  • Card stock
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Pecan Cluster Packaging

Steps:4
The base of this package slides out to reveal the delectable confections within. Red-and-white candy cups hold individual treats.
Materials
  • Pecan Clusters
  • Paper: 8 1/2-by-11-inch premium presentation matte (No. S041257), from Epson
  • Box in glossy white (No. 85), from Liberty Display and Supply
  • Tissue paper: 27 1/2-by-39-inch Fabriano Tiziano Rosso Fiere (No. 41), from New York Central Art Supply
  • Pisa baking cups in red (No. 450C), from Viking Importing
  • Clip-art labels
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Semiprecious Stone Necklace

Steps:2
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

Steps:6
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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