One Faberge egg is beautiful, but a collection of the valuable, meticulously crafted pieces is even more striking. Try making your own version to use as ornaments. These eggs are made from cardboard egg boxes and ornate beads and trimmings instead of precious metals and stones.
Transform regular branches into sparkling holiday decorations with this innovative paint-dipping technique. (Martha Stewart Living editorial director of decorating Kevin Sharkey used this method to create an Asian-Inspired Christmas Tree.)
Alternate glass beads and leaves with colorful bells to create jewelry that evokes snow-covered Christmas holly sprigs and other winter berries. All the jewelry findings you will need are available at crafts stores.
Soft, shimmering yarns make the most of this basic pattern. We used two yarns -- one ivory mohair and one sequined novelty yarn. A simple technique called grafting is used to close the toe and heel, or you can hand-sew them closed using mohair yarn.
Needles: 4 double-pointed knitting needles and 1 tapestry needle. Adjust size to obtain gauge.
Gauge: 5 stitches per inch
Kid mohair yarn, in Snow (No. 250), and beaded silk and sequin yarn, in Snow (No. 250S); both by Artyarns, from Fabulousyarn, 845-757-4322.
Wool felt (WF23), 18 by 18 inches, in white, from A Child's Dream Come True, 800-359-2906.
Novelty wool fabric, in ivory, from B&J Fabrics, 212-354-8150.
Cup loose sequins (No. 34425), in Oyster White, and velvet ribbon (No. 02416), in Ivory; both from M&J Trimming, 800-965-8746.