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Hanging Bird Basin

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Leafy Table Runner

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Decorative Picture Frame

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Decorative Photo Album

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Frosty Salted Pillar Candles

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Mexican Paper Decorations

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Papel picado is the Mexican folk art of paper-cutting. The colorful, lattice-like designs, traditionally cut into tissue paper, are made to celebrate religious festivals and national holidays. Mexican craftsmen use punches, knives, hammers, chisels, and scissors to cut holes in the tissue. Sometimes the result is a simple symmetrical design, or it may depict a scene from the Bible. The decorations are placed in windows and hung as banners. You can also use them as table runners and place mats for a Mexican-style fiesta.
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  • 10-inch-by-14-inch sheets of brightly colored tissue paper
  • Decorative hole punches
  • Iron
  • Craft scissors or pinking shears
  • String
  • Glue
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Trimming a Side Chair

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Try re-covering a side chair with taffeta fabric, and use a trim called gimp to edge the frame of the chair (and conceal the staples). Gimp is an ornamental flat braid or round cord used for trimming that you can find at fabric stores. Even if you don't re-cover the chair yourself, you can easily add an elegant finish with some decorative trim.
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  • Kraft paper
  • Muslin
  • Scissors
  • Gimp
  • Hot-glue gun or vinyl adhesive
  • Fray check
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