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Punching and paper cutting

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Paper Butterflies

These winged insects, attached to wires, flutter around the hydrangea arrangements.
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Fabric-Punched Mother's Day Card

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Send homemade greetings to Mom with a Mother's Day card full of lifelike blooms made from petal- and leaf-shaped craft punches.
Materials
  • Lightweight fabrics, such as voile or Indian cotton 
  • Tray Medium paintbrush
  • Liquid fabric stiffener, at crafts stores
  • Petal and leaf craft punches
  • Craft glue
  • Paper or blank premade cards
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Caterpillar Art Triptych

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Add this charming three-panel piece featuring a crawly critter to a kid's bedroom or playroom. Also try: Ladybug Art and Bumblee Art.
Materials
  • Card stock (dark green, light green, yellow, orange, and red)
  • Circle cutters (small and large)
  • Craft knife or scissors
  • Ruler or straightedge
  • Frames
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Bumblebee Art

Steps:6
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Birdhouse Valentine

Steps:7
Make a sweet handmade card for your Valentine using versatile craft punches and a charming three-dimensional element with this how-to from artist Rosa Clifford. Accent with glitter for extra texture and sparkle.
Materials
  • Decorative paper
  • Scissors and/or craft knife
  • Birdhouse template
  • Brown card stock
  • All Over the Page Heart punch
  • Glue or glue pen
  • Heart Confetti punch
  • Five-Leaf Branch punch
  • Light green card stock
  • Adhesive foam dots
  • Bird stickers (such as these)
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Robot Pop-Up Card

Steps:7
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Snowflake Hurricane Candleholder

Steps:7
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Birch Bark Frame

Steps:6
Turn an ordinary photo frame into beautiful handmade gift with this easy and affordable craft.
Materials
  • 11- by 14-inch wood frame
  • Utility knife
  • Birch bark tiles
  • Ruler
  • Ruled cutting mat
  • "Liquid Nails" adhesive
  • Clamps
  • Metallic paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Paper mat to fit frame (optional)Slightly darker shade of paint for mat (optional)
  • Slightly darker shade of paint for mat (optional)
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Bat Umbrella

Steps:9
Transform an umbrella into a fun and festive Halloween decoration -- or costume accessory -- using this how-to from puppeteer Basil Twist.
Materials
  • Umbrella
  • Bat template
  • Duct tape
  • String or nylon cord
  • Key ring
  • Silver spray paint
  • Scissors
  • Craft foam
  • Pencil
  • Faux fur
  • Aluminum foil
  • Hot glue and hot glue sticks
  • Red marbles (or similar)
  • Dittalini pasta
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Pasta Fascinators

Steps:3
Fancy, royal-inspired headpieces made of easy and affordable ... pasta!
Materials
  • Fabric- or ribbon-covered plain headbands
  • Pasta in a variety of shapes
  • Hot-glue gun and hot-glue sticks
  • Circles cut from cardboard, or half of a small Styrofoam ball
  • Circle cut from felt to match cardboard or Styrofoam
  • Craft paint
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