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Paper Whirlybird

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Memorable Gift Wrap

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The simple act of wrapping gifts takes on a ritual grace at holiday time. With each crease of the paper and knot of the ribbon, you are creating a tiny drama that will be played out when the package is opened. The ideas shown here are designed to be something of a tease: Colored tissue peeks through sheer white vellum; cutouts reveal hidden textures beneath. You can use specialty papers such as colored tissue, glassine, and waxed paper, but even ordinary materials become beautiful when used in an unexpected way.
Materials
  • For Christmas-Tree Silhouette: silver and gold paper
  • For Tower of boxes: sheet of glassine
  • For Tower of boxes: colored tissue paper
  • For purse shaped package: 12-by-27-inch piece of Japanese kozo paper
  • Utility knife
  • For purse shaped package: green paper and green satin ribbon
  • Bone folder or ruler
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Easy Backpack

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This pretty satchel is a cinch to put together, and it takes only about an hour. Choose fabrics in colors that coordinate with favorite outfits. We used washable cotton for the exterior and lined the pack with water-resistant nylon for durability.
Materials
  • Preshrunk cotton (one 14 1/2-by-32-inch rectangle)
  • Nylon (one 14 1/2-by-32-inch rectangle)
  • Pins
  • Cord (two 4-inch lengths, plus two 50-inch lengths)
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Tinsel Stars

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Pinecone Turkey

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Leaf Notions

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These fall-inspired pieces keep sewing tools handy any time of year -- and it doesn't take a stitch to make them.
Materials
  • Rubber leaf stamps (4 to 6 inches)
  • White-ink stamp pad
  • Felt
  • Muslin
  • Iron
  • Fabric scissors
  • Fabric glue
  • Small funnel
  • Craft sand
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Costumed Candleholders

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What better way to brighten Halloween's gloom than by dotting your windowsills with grinning -- or scowling -- hurricane lanterns?
Materials
  • Measuring tape
  • Cylindrical glass hurricane lantern or votive
  • Scissors
  • Tissue paper (2 colors)
  • White paper
  • Pencil
  • Utility knife
  • Clear, double-faced tape
  • Candle
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Boughs of Snowballs

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For decorations that would make Frosty proud, hang spheres of snow on a tree in the yard. This project is best when the snow is neither powdery nor slushy; it's easiest if you use a snowball-making tool.
Materials
  • Sticks
  • Wire cutters
  •  Floral wire 
  • Snowball maker
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