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Friday, November 11, 2011

Paper Mayflower Centerpiece

Make a mini Mayflower centerpiece: A sheet of torn-edged watercolor paper becomes the main sail, and a blue burlap tablecloth replicates the waters of Massachusetts Bay. Hat kits are ready for each young master (boy) and goody (girl).
Get step-by-step instructions.
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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Cornhusk Flowers

In November, the blossoms of summertime are little more than a distant memory. But you can bring some of their delicate beauty to your fall decorating by fashioning flowers from the husks of dried Indian corn -- a farm-stand staple at this time of year. Inspired by the early American craft tradition of making dolls from cornhusks, our cornhusk flowers -- mimicking cosmos, daisies, and sunflowers -- are both elegant and simple to create.
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Monday, October 31, 2011

EASY Trick or Treat bags!

These clever trick-or-treat bags are simple to construct and help keep children safe because they glow in the dark.

Tools and Materials
Templates (bat, ghost, ghost window, spider, spider web) Brown paper bag (approximately 13 by 10 inches long and 5 inches deep) Glue Glow tape, 1/2 inch in width Craft knife Mini Slinkies White duct tape Martha Stewart screw hole punch Reflective fabric Black fun foam Black duct tape Chip board

Bat Trick-or-Treat Bag How-To 1. Cut a circle out of reflective fabric. Glue circle to bag.

2. Download and print bat template. Trace bat template onto black fun foam. Cut out bat from fun foam using craft knife.

3. Take a mini Slinky and cut off a section of approximately 6 coils. Stretch the Slinky so it pops out. Attach Slinky to back of bat with black duct tape. Placing chip board inside of bag for protection, take the Martha Stewart screw hole punch and punch through the center of the yellow moon. Feed other end of Slinky through hole and tape with duct tape inside.

Ghost Trick-or-Treat Bag How-To 1. Download and print ghost and ghost window templates. Take brown paper bag. First, make the ghost window by cutting one black rectangle, about 8 1/2 by 4 inches. Place rectangle on a piece of wax paper.

2. Start peeling strips of 1/2-inch glow tape and stick around window to make frame. Then, using scissors, cut the 1/2-inch glow-tape strips into 1/4-inch glow-tape strips. To make the window sill, cut a 1/4-inch strip of glow tape about 5 inches in length and apply to window frame. Then peel and stick 1/4-inch strips of glow tape horizontally and vertically to form window. Using rubber cement, paint back of completed window and paint brown bag where window will be placed. Let rubber cement dry for approximately 3 minutes. Stick window onto bag.

3. Take sheet of white fun foam; trace ghost template. Cut out ghost using craft knife.

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Saturday, October 29, 2011

Zombie Pumpkins

Creating your own googly-eyed monsters has never been easier. Just don't get too close -- these guys look hungry.

Tools and Materials Miniature saw Small pumpkin (For a petrifying pale complexion, look for a white pumpkin) Plastic eyeballs Thumbtack or pin For the eyes, hold saw at an angle and cut 2 cone-shaped holes into the pumpkin. The diameter of the holes should be slightly smaller than the eyeballs' diameter. Print mouth template. Lay template on pumpkin, and poke tack through, all along outline, to transfer design. Cut along that outline with saw, and remove excess flesh. Wedge eyeballs into holes. Thanks Martha Stewart!

Friday, October 28, 2011

Halloween Treat Bags and Favors

These stamped muslin bags delight, and not just because of the candy inside. You can print the design yourself using a Lady apple.

How-To 1. Cut apple vertically, avoiding core and seeds. Using a craft knife, carve out a face. 2. With a foam brush, apply a thin layer of orange acrylic paint to surface of apple. 3. Lay a bag on a washcloth, and stamp with apple. 4. To create a stem shape, cut off the tip of a triangular makeup sponge; dip in green paint, and stamp.

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Glowing Ghosts

These apparitions may seem friendly at first, but in the darkness their scary side comes out. To summon a ghost, snap one or two green eight-hour light sticks so they glow, and insert them into a white balloon. Inflate the balloon and tie it closed. Use a black marker to draw a wide-eyed visage. Repeat to make more, then affix ghosts to a wall with transparent tape and lower the lights.

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