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Making Figures: Snowman

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Inspired by vintage Christmas decorations, this pipe-cleaner snowman is the perfect craft to do with a little one. Make a matching pipe-cleaner wreath and candy canes for a trio of ornaments to keep in the family for years to come.
Materials
  • Pipe cleaner
  • Wooden beads
  • Black chenille
  • Hot glue
  • Wire-tinsel
  • Felt-tip pen
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Moth-Eaten Curtains

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Knotted Napkin Rings

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Other Ideas:
Napkins
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Decorative Skeleton Bone Table

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There's nothing bare-bones about this table decoration. The table legs are legs indeed -- store-bought faux bones. Note: The legs can't stand up to heavy weights; use the decorative table to display light items.
Materials
  • Coping saw
  • Four faux bone legs
  • Four faux bone legs
  • Four double-threaded screws
  • Epoxy
  • Drill (with 1/2-inch bit)
  • One precut 1-inch-thick round or oval piece of wood (ours is 18-by-28-inch medium-density fiberboard)
  • Double-threaded wood-screw studs, steel, 3/16" by 3"
  • Wood putty and putty knife
  • Sandpaper
  • Paint to match the color of the bones
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Table Decorations: Place-Card Holders

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3-D Ornament and Tree Topper

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A far cry from Charlie Brown's sad sapling, Amy Butler's snow-white tree is meant to be trim. "It's the perfect modern twist on the classic fir," says Amy, who replaced the original base with a shapely, sand-filled lacquer vase, then hung it with homemade 3-D ornaments made from bits of fabric stitched together and stuffed with quilt batting. The gifts underneath are also swathed in her signature fabric. Not only does this leave less trash for the waste bin, but the recipient can repurpose the swatches as napkins, patches for a quilt, or even as wrapping for future gifts.
Materials
  • 1 or 2 yards of decorative fabric, depending on repeat and number of ornaments desired
  • 1 yard patterned fabric with complementary colors
  • 2 yards silver cord or ribbon, depending on number of ornaments desired
  • 1 yard wool batting in craft or crib weight
  • 1 yard heavy fusible interfacing
  • Scissors
  • Pinking shears
  • Needle and thread or sewing machine
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Pop-Up Christmas Trees

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Turn paper into a distinctive pop-up holiday centerpiece with this craft from pop-up book author David Carter.
Materials
  • Christmas tree template
  • Base template
  • 2 pieces light-green lightweight card stock or art paper
  • 1 piece white lightweight card stock or art paper
  • Stapler
  • Tape
  • Ruler
  • Bone folder
  • Craft knife
  • Screw punch
  • Craft glue
  • Two pieces of cardboard, mat board, or chip board, at least 10 by 14 inches.
  • Battery-powered LED light
  • Craft punches and decorative paper for decorating tree (optional)
  • Gem stickers for decorating tree (optional)
  • Fake snow (optional)
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3-D Paper Star Decorations

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Using our 3-D paper star template and red, white, and blue card stock, you can create three-dimensional, star-shaped cutouts. Festive and easy to make, they're ideal for decorating tables or invitations to a Fourth of July party.
Materials
  • 3-D paper star template
  • Red, white, and blue card stock
  • Ruler
  • Bone folder
  • Stapler
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Shamrock Boutonnieres

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Saint Patrick would have approved of these little green accessories. According to popular legend, the fifth-century Christian missionary to "heathen" Ireland used a three-leaf clover to explain the Trinity. The shamrock later became the Irish national emblem, proudly worn on Saint Patrick's Day (March 17) to honor the Emerald Isle and its patron saint. This year, add a personal touch: Wear shamrocks of your own design.
Materials
  • Cotton fabric in a mix of green solids and patterns
  • Waxed paper
  • Paintbrush
  • Liquid starch
  • Iron
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Floral wire
  • Craft glue
  • Green ribbon
  • Corsage pins
  • Shamrock template
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