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Glittered Halloween Tree

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Perfect for hanging your favorite handmade Halloween ornaments, spiders, treat boxes and party-favor cones, this tree can be made in any size you like.
Materials
  • Tape
  • Black glitter
  • 12-foot copper electrical wire (7 strands coiled)
  • Medium cast-iron urn
  •  Plaster 
  • Sheet moss
  • Hot glue and hot-glue gun
  • Faux distressed leaves
  • Double-round needle-nose pliers
  • Ornaments
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Halloween Party Picks

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Map Textile Pillows

Steps:3
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Doily Tablecloth

Steps:4
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Wax Animals and Trees

Steps:4
For any of these projects, you need only master a few basic techniques. Find 8 1/2-by-16 3/4-inch sheets of beeswax-and many of the other materials-at crafts stores. Store leftover sheets and your creations in a cool, dry place.
Materials
  • Colored beeswax sheets
  • Baking sheet
  • Hair dryer
  • Metal cookie cutters
  • Cotton wicking
  • Cocktail picks
  • Flat toothpicks
  • Silver cord
  • Thumbtack
  • Utility knife
  • Ruler
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Goody Witches

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Pierced-Paper Hurricane

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Gourd Candles

Steps:9
The gourd's natural form lends a lovely organic feel to an autumnal table. And since no two gourds are ever identical, these candles are all variations on a single theme, but no two will ever be exactly alike. Use beeswax for a fresh, sweet smell and a long, slow burn.
Materials
  • Acorn squash
  • Bleached beeswax (1 pound for a 2-pound squash)
  • Paring knife
  • 6-inch chef's knife
  • Melon baller
  • Ceramist's trimming tool
  • Utility knife
  • Pencil or chop stick
  • Aniline dyes (we used gold and blue)
  • Wicks and wick tabs
  • Tin cans or "nests" of aluminum foil (to hold gourd in place as wax cools)
  • Candy thermometer
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