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Lace-Patterned Pumpkins

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Not all pumpkins are orange, nor are they necessarily destined to become leering jack-o'-lanterns. The designs used on these pumpkins, carved freehand, mimic the lacelike openwork of 18th-century pierced creamware dishes, and turn any pumpkin (especially a pale Lumina) into an intricately patterned lamp.
Materials
  • Pumpkin or squash
  • Wood-carving tools
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Felt Animal Ornaments

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Glitter-Striped Shell Ornament

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Channeling childhood summers on Cape Cod, crafts director Hannah Milman created a from-the-sea tree. Shells, sea stars, and sand dollars are dusted with glitter -- a single color, or two shades blended for an ombre effect -- or simply left as is. Naturally spotted tun shells sport sparkly stripes.
Materials
  • Tun shell (seashellcity.com)
  • Glue pen
  • Glitter (Martha Stewart Crafts, from Michaels)
  • Metallic cord
  • Hot-glue gun
  • 1 pearl bead (lavalierenyc.com)
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Scarf Stocking

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Decorated Berry Baskets

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Punched "Tin" Napkin Rings

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Bald Eagle Tissue Paper Lanterns

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Pipe Cleaner Decorations: Christmas Tree

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Midas Touches: Flocking Together

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Materials
  • For Gold Leaf Turkeys: Resin turkeys
  • Acrylic paint in a pale, neutral color
  • 2 paintbrushes
  • Size liquid adhesive
  • White cotton gloves
  • Faux gold leaf
  • Soft-bristle brush
  • For the Turkey Napkin: Table napkins
  • Gold twine or ribbon, cut to 6-inch lengths
  • Glue dots
  • Golden Dresden ornament in a turkey pattern
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