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Cake Pan Centerpiece
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If You Simply Must
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Tablecloth Ironing Board
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Large Wooden
Monopoly Houses
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American Girl
Picnic Table
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Mad Hatter's Hat
Centerpiece
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Igloo Cake Construction
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PVC Puppet Theater
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Photo Lanterns
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PVC Playhouse
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Felt & Pipe Cleaner Leprechauns
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Chicken Wire Cloche
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Christmas Village Tutorial
Viking Hat
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Materials and tools: duct tape, newspaper, aluminum foil, scissors, masking tape, brown paper grocery bags, wallpaper paste or wheat paste, black felt marker, paint and paintbrush(optional) and faux fur (optional).*


*Furry stuffed animals purchased at garage sales
are a cheap source of fake fur scraps.
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Cut off one narrow side and the bottom from two grocery bags.
Paste the two sheets of brown paper together, making a jam sandwich.
The paper is the bread. The paste is the jam.
Make sure to cover the inside of the sheets completely, rubbing the top sheet with the flat of your hand.
Use plenty of THICK glue.

It's the paste that makes the hat strong, not the paper.
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Place the pasted sheets on the Viking's head.
Press and smooth with your hands, shaping the paper to fit the head.
Don't worry about folds and wrinkles. A good fit is the only concern.
Wrap with twine and tie.
Have the Viking cover his face with his hands and
trim excess paper all around his head.
(The littlest Vikings may begin to feel claustrophobic until this is done.)
Figure out something for your Viking to do while the paste sets up!
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The hat does not have to be dry before removing it.
If it's able to hold its shape, then it's fine.

Prior to removal, mark where you will be attaching the horns.
Pencil on a line around the lower edge of the hat
where additional trimming may be necessary.

Write the owner's name on the underside of the hat.
(Not all heads are the same size.)

Mark the front and back of the hat on the underside as well.
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When the hat is dry, make a dome of newspaper on top of the hat and secure with masking tape.
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Fashion horns from aluminum foil.
A thriftier method would be to use newspaper,
but foil is MUCH easier to mold.
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Wrap the horns completely with masking tape.
Use more masking tape to secure the horns to either side of the hat.
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Tear the leftover paper bag scraps into strips.
Cover both sides of the strips with paste.
Cover the hat with the strips, overlapping as you go.
Allow to dry. If a liberal amount of thick paste was used, it should be very rigid when left to dry overnight.
(Twenty minutes in a 200 degree oven will speed things along.)

The construction phase of the hat is complete.
For long term use, cover the horns with a layer of pasted paper strips and paint them a bone color.
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Draw rivets with a black marker.
Glue faux fur around the base of the horns.
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Angel Food Cake Pan Centerpiece

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Gather together:
Candle adhesive (I used Stick-Um),
Hot glue stick and glue gun,
Angel food cake pan,
Glass chimney,
Glass vase or large votive holder
(tall enough to cover the pan's inner cone),
Candle.

Invert the vase over the inner cone.
Attach the candle to the bottom of the vase with candle adhesive.
Slip the chimney over the candle. Use a few dabs of hot glue to secure glass elements.

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Fill with water and add flowers.
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Large Wooden Monopoly Buildings
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PhotobucketThere's really not much to it. I used a scrap 4X6 from a recent kitchen remodel. Made a pattern for the ends and for the sides. Then I traced it onto the wood. I can't remember which cuts I made first, but I know I cut what "felt comfortable" first. The saw scares me a little.
2.PhotobucketIn retrospect, I think tapering the sides was unnecessary. Clamping the thick wood in order to get a tapered cut on the sides was more work than it was worth.
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After filling the cracks with wood filler, the houses were lightly sanded and sprayed with a primer.
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Finally, they received a coat of their now-famous colors: Hotel Red and House Green.
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Mad Hatter's Hat
You will need:
One small wastebasket with tapered sides,
cardboard,
three paper bags,
glue,
scissors,
tape,
spray paint,
ribbon, and
cording (Optional)
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2. Cut a heavy piece of cardboard or foam board slightly wider than the diameter of the wastebasket.Tape it to the top.
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3. Cut one of the groceries bags open, discarding the bottom portion. Rolling the wastebasket on the paper, make a pattern of its vertical surface.
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4. Cover the wastebasket with plastic wrap. Invert the basket onto a bowl or small block of wood whose diameter is smaller than the basket's.

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5. Cut open the second bag and paint it with thick white glue.

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6. Place the first bag (with the pattern you just made) pattern side up on top of the glue-smeared bag, creating a jam sandwich. (The glue is the jam and the paper bags are the bread.)
Press and smooth the bag to make sure the entire surface receives glue.

Cut around the pattern, leaving an extra one and one-half inches all around the perimeter.

Go to the sink and wash your scissors off right now!

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7. Wrap the paper bag sandwich around the wastebasket. Do NOT fold under the lower edge.

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8. Cut slits in the excess paper that extends above the top. Fold the excess over.
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9. Weigh down the folded edge while it dries.
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10. From a paper bag, cut two ovals for the brim and glue together. (See Steps 4 and 5.) Before the glue dries completely, turn up the edges.
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11. Glue the crown to the brim. Add cording around the edge of the brim (optional).
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12. Spray paint with the color of your choice. Add a hat band with ribbon or brightly colored paper. If necessary, trim the top of the brim to a height that is comfortable for your planned arrangement.
Make the 10/6 sign and insert in the hat band.
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13. Insert a vase, fill with water and add flowers -
or just use fake flowers, like I did.
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Igloo Cake Construction

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1. Bake cakes of your choice in three 7-inch pans. (I used one chocolate and one white mix.) Pour a little more batter into one of the pans so that it rises above the pan's 2-inch sides when baked. This layer will be the top of the igloo.
You will have enough batter left to bake an additional 7-inch round or several cupcakes.

Photobucket2. Stack two of the cake rounds, spreading a layer of frosting in between. Choose the tallest of the three layers for the top. Using a serrated knife, trim the top layer to form the igloo's dome top.

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3. Fashion the igloo door from the third cake round. Cover with white frosting or icing.

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4. Pipe blue lines to indicate ice blocks.
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5. Sprinkle with shredded or flaked coconut.
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Photo Lanterns

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1. Size and/or crop three photos of your choice. Print all three out in black and white on standard printer paper.

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2. Cut three same-size cardboard frames to fit the pictures. Spray black.
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Trim the excess paper around the pictures and tape them to the back of the frames.

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3. Tape the frames together using a dark, opaque tape (e.g. black duct tape or electrical tape).

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4. Place the lantern over a votive candle in a glass holder, a battery operated candle or (for the brightest effect) a string of battery-operated LED lights.
(Remember, you must use LEDs, as they don't give off heat.)

If your lantern is on the tall side, you may wish to tape a few of the string lights to the top of the lantern in order to more evenly distribute the light.

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5. Hide the unattractive string lights with a triangle top made from cardboard.

These photo lanterns have been adapted from a Martha Stewart craft project.
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