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Felting 101

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Paper-Bag Party Lights

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Light Columns

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Geometric "topiaries" inspired by the paper sculptures of Isamu Noguchi stand on both sides of this swimming pool. A few white plastic beach balls tied to weighted lines float in the pool like pearls cut loose from a giant strand (for safety, never cover the surface of a pool with a large number of balls).
Materials
  • Bamboo stick or dowel, 6 feet long and 1 inch in diameter
  • 50-bulb string of lights
  • Paper lanterns (ours were 14 inches in diameter)
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Shamrock Potato Print

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Here's a quick way to add a bit of Irish spirit to a St. Patrick's Day meal: green shamrocks made with rustic potato prints. This project can be started and finished while a stew is simmering in an oven, so consider printing these cheerful good-luck symbols on napkins, place mats made from masking paper, and place cards.
Materials
  • Potatoes
  • Heart-shaped cookie cutter
  • Scalloping scissors
  • Paring knife
  • Masking paper (available at auto-supply stores)
  • Green ink pad
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Stenciled Stool

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Make this adorable stenciled stool to add color and height to any child's bedroom.
Materials
  • Small unfinished footstool
  • Personalized silhouette image, alphabet template
  • Sycamore tree template
  • Card stock
  • Martha Stewart Crafts craft knife
  • Stencil adhesive
  • Acrylic paint
  • Sea sponge
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Two-Tone Pillow

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Other Ideas:
Crafting and DIY, Sewing
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Container Candles

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These wonderful candles are a fun project that will leave your home beautifully lit and wonderful smelling.
Materials
  • 2/3 cup Hydrogenated soybean wax or food shortening
  • 2 2/3 bars Paraffin wax
  • Double boiler
  • Dye pellets or food coloring
  • 5 teaspoons essential oils (such as vanilla, cinnamon stick, or apple)
  • Stirring spoons
  • Container for candle (able to withstand extremely hot water; has a thick base)
  • Cotton, medium-gauge wick
  • Popsicle stick
  • Metal wick holder
  • Hot-glue gun and glue sticks
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New Butterfly Costume

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Once you have a basic pair of wings, you can embellish them to create many different costumes.
Materials
  • Kraft paper
  • 18-gauge steel wire
  • Black tape
  • Butterfly wings template
  • Duct tape
  • Panty hose
  • Colored Halloween hair spray
  • Plastic gems
  • Glue gun
  • Clear elastic (1 foot)
  • Black headband
  • Black pipe cleaners
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