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Harvest Centerpieces with Fruits and Leaves

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There is so much emphasis placed on planning a Thanksgiving menu that the table setting is sometimes overlooked, but a festive centerpiece is an important element of any holiday meal. Instead of the traditional floral arrangements, consider a simple, elegant arrangement of seasonal produce.
Materials
  • Cake stands, assorted sizes
  • Glass bowls
  • Assorted fall foliage, such as oak leaves and branches
  • Assorted fall produce such as gourds, figs, star fruit, and quince
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Doily Lace Frame with Flowers

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Sand Candles

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Clothespin Valentine

Steps:2
Secure a small satchel of Valentine's Day treats with this festive fastener. Use any size of clothespins and as many different colors of paper as you like, but it's best to use wooden pins, which hold the glue better than the plastic variety.
Materials
  • Wooden clothespins
  • Decorative paper
  • Tacky glue
  • Card stock or other heavy-weight paper
  • 1/16-inch circular punch or paper edgers (optional)
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Make a Pinata

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Part of a pinata's unique charm is that no matter how ornate it is or how much time went into making it, its decorative qualities are entirely temporary. Stuffed with candy and treats, the pinata is meant to be smashed apart, spilling its contents into the hands of the children clustered around it at parties.
Materials
  • 14-inch balloon
  • Cloth tape
  • Scissors
  • Newspaper, cut into 1-by-6-inch strips
  • Wheat-paste powder
  • Strong white paper (20-pound copy paper works well)
  • Spray mount
  • Compass
  • Craft glue
  • Tissue paper in several colors
  • Rotary cutter (optional)
  • Self-healing mat (optional)
  • Utility knife
  • Large needle or piece of wire
  • Tissue-paper streamers
  • Strong cord
  • Candy, treats, and small prizes, for stuffing
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Baby Travel Kit

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Materials
  • Bibs
  • Pain reliever, such as Baby Tylenol
  • Thermometer
  • Baby wipes
  • Diaper-rash (or antibacterial cream, such as Balmex)
  • Gauze
  • Bandages
  • Large resealable plastic bags (for soiled items like diapers and wipes)
  • Sunblock (for children over 6 months)
  • Infant decongestant (for children over 6 months)
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Silver-Leafing Candlesticks

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