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Crafting and DIY

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Batik T-Shirts

Steps:9
Materials
  • Baseball template
  • Or layer cake templates, or line drawing on white paper with thick black marker
  • Packing tape or sheet laminate
  • 100%-cotton garment or tote bag purchased pretreated for dyeing or treated at home with soda ash
  • Batik wax
  • Microwavable mug, double boiler, or slow cooker designated for crafts only
  • Tjanting tool (batik pen)
  • Rags for cleanup
  • Powdered fabric dyes in various colors
  • Small bowls, jars, or disposable plastic cups for mixing dyes
  • Sponge brushes: one for each color dye
  • Newspaper
  • Natural-bristle paintbrush
  • Large bucket
  • Table salt
  • Household machine washer and dryer
  • Household detergent
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Copper-Edge Magnet

Steps:4
Other Ideas:
Materials, Good Things, Magnets
A Xyron machine creates stickers, magnets, and labels -- and even allows you to laminate. Martha demonstrated how this easy-to-use machine can help create copper-edged magnets.
Materials
  • Printed image, such as our spring chicken
  • Printer paper
  • Xyron machine with adhesive backing cartridge and magnetic cartridge
  • Scissors
  • Two-ply matte board
  • Bone folder
  • Scallop copper tape
  • Utility knife
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Trick-or-Treat Bags

Steps:14
These clever trick-or-treat bags are simple to construct and help keep children safe because they glow in the dark.
Materials
  • Bat template
  • Ghost template
  • Ghost window template
  • Spider template
  • Spider web template
  • Brown paper bag (approximately 13 by 10 inches long and 5 inches deep)
  • Glue
  • Glow tape, 1/2 inch in width, such as JVCC GLW GLow In the Dark Tape, amazon.com 
  • Craft knife
  • Mini Slinkies
  • White duct tape
  • Screw hole punch, marthastewartcrafts.com
  • Reflective fabric
  • Black fun foam
  • Black duct tape
  • Chip board
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Silk Screening

Steps:11
Other Ideas:
Materials, Events
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Embroidering Towels

Steps:7
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Doily Tin

Steps:5
Present cookies in tins with our download-and-print doily labels, or scan and print your own doilies.
Materials
  • Red No. 1 doily clip art
  • Red No. 2 doily clip art
  • Red No. 3 doily clip art
  • Blue No. 1 doily clip art
  • Blue No. 2 doily clip art
  • Blue No. 3 doily clip art
  • Green No. 1 doily clip art
  • Green No. 2 doily clip art
  • Green No. 3 doily clip art
  • Ink-jet printer
  • Scissors
  • Clear, full-sheet label
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Halloween Hurricane Candleholders

Steps:4
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Costumes with Wings

Steps:10
A basic pair of wings can serve as the basis for many different costumes.
Materials
  • Kraft paper
  • 18-gauge steel wire
  • Black tape
  • Bat wings template
  • Fairy wings template
  • Dragonfly wings template
  • Duct tape
  • Black spiderweb tights, for bat costume
  • Colored Halloween "hair spray"
  • Plastic gems
  • Glue gun
  • Clear elastic (1 foot)
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Fallen Tree Cutting Boards

Steps:3
Other Ideas:
Nature crafts, Wood
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