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cooking, entertaining, gardening, weddings, and decorating. She is
also the host of The Martha Stewart Show, the award-winning daily
television show. For more ideas, visit www.marthastewart.com.

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Martha Stewart is the author of dozens of bestselling books on

Handmade Holiday Crafts

Let Martha Stewart inspire your creativity with the most beautiful holiday
crafts. The 225 handmade projects include cards and greetings, decorations, gifts
and gift wrapping, tabletop accents, party favors, and kids’ crafts, as well as more
holiday-specific activities, such as egg dyeing, pumpkin carving, and tree trimming.
Each idea is sure to make the holidays more festive—and memorable.

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Fourth of July • Halloween • Thanksgiving • hanukkah • Christmas

handmade

holiday crafts
225 Inspired Projects
for Year-Round
Celebrations

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HALLOWEEN PUMPKINS GALORE

MARTHA STEWART

papier-mâché pumpkins

The stairway in an entry hall serves as the perfect landing spot for a set of
handmade paper jack-o’-lanterns in graduated sizes. For safety, these beaming
faces are lit from within by battery-powered lights. A single sheet of tissue pasted
inside diffuses the light and hides the working parts; floral wire and tape make
optional stem and tendrils.
WHAT YOU WILL NEED Balloons, glass jars, wheat paste, tissue paper (in orange and yellow),
paintbrush, clothespins and clothesline, small scissors, craft knife, floral wire, cotton balls,
floral tape, pencil

1 Begin by blowing up a balloon and
tying it off. Rest balloon on an empty
jar. Dab wheat paste on a small section of the balloon and drape a strip of
orange tissue paper vertically from the
balloon’s crown to its knot. Using the
paintbrush, apply wheat paste evenly
over the strip. Add another strip so that
it slightly overlaps the first, and brush
on more paste. Continue around the
balloon until it is covered completely.
After two layers of orange tissue, apply
two layers of yellow.

2 Using clothespins, hang covered balloons on the clothesline by their knots.
When they are completely dry, pop each
balloon by snipping with scissors as
you hold the knot. Remove the balloon
through the hole around the knot.

3 To cut a lid, make an incision in the
knot end with a craft knife. Finish cutting out with scissors. Remove a small
circle from the other end to create a
base. Mark and cut out eyes, nose, and
mouth. On the inside, cover these holes
with a single layer of tissue paper
(apply paste to edges of tissue before
positioning). For the stem, push 3 different lengths of floral wire through the
knot hole in the lid. (Stuff a cotton ball
in the underside of the hole; secure with
floral tape.) Wrap each piece of wire
in floral tape, and then wrap all 3 pieces
together to create the base of the stem.
Wrap the free ends of the wires around
a pencil to resemble tendrils.

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197

HALLOWEEN PUMPKINS GALORE

MARTHA STEWART

papier-mâché pumpkins

The stairway in an entry hall serves as the perfect landing spot for a set of
handmade paper jack-o’-lanterns in graduated sizes. For safety, these beaming
faces are lit from within by battery-powered lights. A single sheet of tissue pasted
inside diffuses the light and hides the working parts; floral wire and tape make
optional stem and tendrils.
WHAT YOU WILL NEED Balloons, glass jars, wheat paste, tissue paper (in orange and yellow),
paintbrush, clothespins and clothesline, small scissors, craft knife, floral wire, cotton balls,
floral tape, pencil

1 Begin by blowing up a balloon and
tying it off. Rest balloon on an empty
jar. Dab wheat paste on a small section of the balloon and drape a strip of
orange tissue paper vertically from the
balloon’s crown to its knot. Using the
paintbrush, apply wheat paste evenly
over the strip. Add another strip so that
it slightly overlaps the first, and brush
on more paste. Continue around the
balloon until it is covered completely.
After two layers of orange tissue, apply
two layers of yellow.

2 Using clothespins, hang covered balloons on the clothesline by their knots.
When they are completely dry, pop each
balloon by snipping with scissors as
you hold the knot. Remove the balloon
through the hole around the knot.

3 To cut a lid, make an incision in the
knot end with a craft knife. Finish cutting out with scissors. Remove a small
circle from the other end to create a
base. Mark and cut out eyes, nose, and
mouth. On the inside, cover these holes
with a single layer of tissue paper
(apply paste to edges of tissue before
positioning). For the stem, push 3 different lengths of floral wire through the
knot hole in the lid. (Stuff a cotton ball
in the underside of the hole; secure with
floral tape.) Wrap each piece of wire
in floral tape, and then wrap all 3 pieces
together to create the base of the stem.
Wrap the free ends of the wires around
a pencil to resemble tendrils.

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