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Spooky Bird Silhouettes

Set an ominous scene with these monstrous birds, who greet visitors in the form of silhouettes (drawn and cut from black plastic weed barrier). The otherworldly light comes from green bulbs pointed at the windows inside each room.
  • Panel of white muslin or polyester, cut to fit window, Roc-Lon Muslin (CIA123 3558715), in 90-inch, from Joann Fabric and Craft Stores
  • Black plastic weed barrier (0214444), from Polsteins Home & Beyond or garden centers
  • Yardstick
  • White chalk
  • Scissors
  • Fabric glue, by Dritz, from Joann Fabric and Craft Stores
  • Bird templates

Stuffed Pig

Other Ideas:
Crafting and DIY, Felt

Mirror-Image Silhouette Cards


Pinecone Elves

Memo to Santa's assistants from Head Elf, Creative Department: It has come to our attention that these elf figurines are a joy to make. All you need are pinecones, pipe cleaners, and other simple supplies (no toy-making expertise necessary). 
  • Elf TemplateDownload the PDF
  • Pinecones, from
  • Wool felt, from
  • Brown pipe cleaners
  • Hot-glue gun
  • 3/4-inch wooden craft bead
  • Acrylic paint
  • Disappearing-ink pen
  • Needle and thread to match felt
  • Metallic bell bead or very small metallic jingle bell

Heirloom Family Tree in a Glass Dome

A random assortment of family keepsakes, from a grandfather's spectacles to a baby's christening spoon, takes on a cohesive, deliberate look that's almost Victorian when encased in a delicate glass dome. The little tree is a lightweight branch bought from a florist, then spray-painted matte gold and held upright with epoxy.
  • Handsaw
  • 18-inch manzanita branch (or use branch from yard)
  • Glass dome and wooden base
  • Sandpaper
  • Spray paint
  • Epoxy
  • Name-tag templates
  • Fine-tip pen
  • Craft knife
  • Cutting mat
  • Family curios and keepsakes
  • Museum wax

No-Sew Applique Curtains with Ginger Flower Print


Flower Family Tree

Families grow like flower gardens -- with lots of time, care, and love. This wall hanging represents that basic biological truth with a variety of subtly colored clip-art blossoms.
  • Stem and leaf templates
  • Clip-art blossoms
  • Artist's paper, such as Saint Armand paper in Elephant, from New York Central Art Supply
  • Graphite transfer paper, such as Saral,
  • Craft knife
  • Cutting mat
  • 32-by-40-inch art board, 1/2-inch thick,
  • Small paintbrush for glue, size 20, Blick Academic,
  • Black fine-tip pen
  • Paste,

Halloween Lantern Party Favors

The orange balloon-shape calyxes of Chinese lanterns (Physalis alkekengi) make perfect stand-ins for pumpkins in these fun decorations. To complete the look, glue on a face and attach a leaf or two.
  • Chinese lantern branches
  • Black and green construction paper
  • Craft glue
  • Paintbrush
  • Green floral wire (optional)
  • Cellophane bags
  • Orange candy, like chocolate-covered apricot balls
  • Green ribbon
  • Face and Leaf Templates

Paper-Cutout Cards

Other Ideas:
Crafting and DIY, Paper
These beautifully rendered paper cutouts require only patience, concentration, and a careful hand to make. The materials required for even the most elaborate cutouts are simple and inexpensive -- paper and pencil, scissors and knife.
  • Paper of your choice, from Martha Stewart Crafts
  • Sharp pair of embroidery or cuticle scissors
  • Pencil 
  • Utility knife with replacement blades
  • Transfer paper 
  • Bone folder, from Martha Stewart Crafts
  • White craft glue (or spray adhesive), from Martha Stewart Crafts
  • Glue stick (if using heavier paper), from Martha Stewart Crafts
  • Fine-tipped brush
  • Self-healing cutting mat
  • Flower templates

Packaging for Candied Citrus Peels

Other Ideas:
Crafting and DIY
These sweet citrus treats are presented in a fluted tart pan that's wrapped in glassine, tied with ribbon, and topped with a label that evokes old-fashioned dime-store packaging. A batch of each flavor will yield enough for one 7 7/8-inch tart pan, plus leftovers (for snacking).
  • Candied Citrus Peels
  • 7 7/8-inch tart pan (T200),
  • Similar glassine: German tissue paper in White (No. 737911), from Kate's Paperie, 800-809-9880
  • Similar ribbon: 5/8-inch-wide imported chromspun grosgrain in Bright Red (No. 02215), from M&J Trimming, 800-965-8746
  • Paper: 8 1/2-by-11-inch Premium Presentation Matte (S041257), from