Create lasting portraits of family members. First, plot them out on graph paper, using our templates as inspiration. To cross-stitch, sew a row of diagonal stitches on Aida cloth, which has a gridlike weave. Then stitch back along each line, creating Xs.
For necklace at left, thread multiple strands of lanyard through wooden beads. For other necklace, cut 2 lanyard pieces to twice desired length. Slide both strands through a bead, leaving a 12-inch tail. Loop ends back over bead; thread through again. Repeat. Leave a 12-inch tail; knot to close.
For large owl, use a large and a small pom-pom (either store-bought or handmade from a pom-pom kit). Sew head to body. Cut out felt wings, eyes, and beak using templates; stitch through knotted center of pom-pom to secure. For baby owl, follow same steps with 1 small pom-pom.
Martha Stewart Living, July/August 2014