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1  Crafting with Candy Corn in Halloween Decor and Parties by bcrafty on: September 29, 2012 06:55:23 AM
There are so many cool things you can make with Candy Corns. By simply placing one glass inside a clear vase and filling the space with candy corn, you have the perfect Halloween vase for your fall flowers.


You can string the Candy Corn on to elastic thread to make napkin rings, garland, bracelets or necklaces. The napkin rings would be a great accent for your Thanksgiving table.



I'd like to see what other people have made with candy corn.
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2  Cheese Cloth Ghost in Halloween Decor and Parties by bcrafty on: October 26, 2011 09:39:44 AM
I have made many of these cheese cloth ghosts over the years but I have always made them table top ones (so that they can stand up) I saw on the Today show today that they made some basically the same way but they cut the cheese cloth into smaller pieces and when they were done, hung them on trees. I thought this was a really neat idea but I don't think you can hang them outside because the elements would ruin the shapes. If you haven't made them before, what you do is cut a piece of cheese cloth and dip it in a liquid starch. Then place it over a a form you have made (I use a styrofoam ball on top of a water bottle and stick pencils out of the sides for arms) until it is dry. The ones on the Today show were more simple as they didn't have arms.

If you need more help learning how to make cheese cloth ghosts you can get a tutorial at Craft Elf http://www.craftelf.com/Craft_elf_holiday_Halloween_cheese_cloth_ghost.htm
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3  Learn to Sew Ghost in Halloween Decor and Parties by bcrafty on: October 24, 2011 10:35:34 AM
This is such a great craft project for teaching kids to sew. I have made these with large groups of children and have always had success. First you trace and cut out two ghost shapes from felt then make holes around the edge of the ghosts punching through both layers at one time to be sure the holes line up correctly. Having the holes pre-made for the children helps them to learn how to space the stitches. Using yarn and an yarn needle, teach the kids how to whip stitch the edges together. Leave an opening for the kids to stuff and then stitch it closed. After adding a face and a bow you have an adorable ghost decoration!

You can get a pattern and some tips at Craft Elf http://www.craftelf.com/craft_elf_holiday_halloween_Learn%20to%20Sew%20Ghost.htm
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4  Re: Black Cat magnet in Halloween Decor and Parties by bcrafty on: October 24, 2011 10:10:03 AM
I also like to make these super easy crochet pumpkin pins. They are inexpensive and are made by crocheting a round flat circle adding a few stitches for the stem and then embroidering a face on with black yarn. They would be a great party favor for a Halloween party.

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5  Jelly bean carrotts in Easter by bcrafty on: April 19, 2011 07:41:10 AM
This is such a quick craft, you can literally make them at the last minute. Just fill a clear frosting bag with orange jelly beans, add tissue paper for the carrot topper and tie off with raffia. No need to pay big money for pre-made ones in the store.

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6  Towel Bunnies in Easter by bcrafty on: March 27, 2011 07:07:30 AM
If you are looking to make an Easter gift for your Mom or Grandmother, I think this is the perfect idea. It's a bunny made from a towel and two facecloths and looks great hung up in the kitchen. There is very little sewing required - just sewing the ring on the back for hanging and taking a couple of stitches to keep the hands together. Everything else is just tied. Pretty simple.
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7  Flower pin in Crochet: Completed Projects by bcrafty on: March 21, 2011 06:35:59 AM
These flower pins stitch up quickly and are great for Mother's day or Easter. I adjusted a pattern I have for an afghan with flower centers and used a smaller hook and baby yarn then stitched on a bar pin and glued a pompom to the center of the flower. I love making them in pastel colors.

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8  Cheap but beautiful Valentine to give out in Valentine's Day by bcrafty on: February 04, 2011 07:50:06 AM
These lollipop flowers are so inexpensive to make that the kids can give them out to all their friends and maybe give a bouquet of them to the teacher or a grandparent. The only thing you need to make them is tissue paper cut into the shape of flower petals, lollipops and floral tape. You could even make them with a whole classroom filled with children.

You could put several in a vase filled with M&Ms for a nice centerpiece.
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9  Rice Wreath Ornaments in Winter Holidays by bcrafty on: December 14, 2010 05:46:11 AM
I was playing around in my craft room and came up with these wreath ornaments made from rice, glue and food coloring all mixed together then shaped into wreaths. You could make a bunch as gifts and they only cost pennies to make. They only took a few hours to dry.

If you want a complete tutorial you can find it here: http://www.craftelf.com/Crafts/Rice%20wreath%20ornament%20craft.JPG

Let me know what you think or if you have any questions. Merry Christmas!
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10  Re: Gumdrop Christmas Tree in Winter Holidays by bcrafty on: November 21, 2010 10:19:45 AM
I just made a gumdrop wreath. It is made much the same way but since my guests won't be eating it I sprayed it to keep the bugs away and sprinkled it with some Glamour Dust. You could also put a big bow on it if you want to. I prefer it plain.
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