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Old September 15th, 2005, 12:27 AM   #31
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Fall Themed Crafts

Corn Husk Dolls
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Materials:
? Corn husks
? Large bowl of water
? Twine or string
? Scissors
? Construction paper
? Watercolors or markers
? Glue
Time needed: Under 1 Hour

Step 1:
Soak the corn husks in warm water for about an hour until
they become pliable. Then gather several damp husks and tie
them together tightly with twine, about 1/2 inch from one end.
Step 2:
To make the head, hold the knotted end in one fist, then
fold the husks down (as though peeling a banana) so that they
cover the knotted end. Smooth out the husks to make a face,
then secure them with a piece of twine around the doll's neck.

Step 3:
To make the arms, roll up a single husk and tie it off at both
ends. Position the arms up between the husks, under the doll's
neck. Smooth the husks over the arms to form the chest and back,
then cinch in the waist with twine.
Step 4:
For a skirt or legs, arrange several husks, inverted (like a
skirt that has blown up over the doll's head) around the waist.
Secure with twine, then fold the skirt down. For legs, divide
the husks into two parts, tying each bunch at the knees and
ankles.
Step 5:
Use construction paper to fashion outfits or use markers and
watercolors to give the illusion of clothes or to add on facial
features. To make hair, hats or headdresses, glue on little
strips of construction paper.
Step 6:
Attach sticks to the backs of the dolls for mobility. For
additional fun, build a doll stage and put on a special
Thanksgiving puppet production.
Shrunken Apple Puppet
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There are so many ways to use apples that you might even
say they have nine lives--as does this shrunken-apple kitty
puppet that's just as much fun to make as to play with.



Materials:
Apple
Paring knife
Lemon juice
Whole cloves
Pencil
Jar
Glove
Felt scraps
Glue

HOW IT'S MADE:
Peel the apple and remove a bit of the core from the bottom.
To carve your kitty's face, cut holes for the eyes. Above them,
slice two triangular flaps (these will turn into the ears). For
the nose and mouth, cut a deep X. On each side of the X, make
shallow slits for whiskers.

Soak the apple in lemon juice for 15 minutes (to prevent
browning). Lightly dry it with a paper towel, then insert
cloves into the eye holes.

Push a pencil into the apple from the bottom and set it in a
jar, making sure the apple doesn't touch anything while it
dries (it could spoil). The apple head will take about 3 weeks
to dry. (You could speed the wrinkling process by using a
vegetable dehydrator.) After a couple of days, you will be able
to shape the face and lift the ears of the cat so that they dry
upright.

When the cat's face has dried, use a glove and felt scraps to
make the body. Decorate the glove by gluing on felt markings
and paws. Then insert the pencil into the middle finger hole
on the glove. Have your child slip the glove over his fist and
grasp the pencil with his three middle fingers, poking out his
pinky and thumb to form arms for the cat. Voil?--the cat puppet
is purr-fect.

Potpourri Molds
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Materials:

1 cup of flour
1/2 cup of salt
1 cup of potpourri - old or new.
You can use fragant, fresh flowers too.
Water- 1/3 to 1/2 cup
Cookie cutters
What you do:

Mix all of the ingredients together and refrigerate for 5
minutes.
Take the dough and either with your hands or a slightly
floured rolling pin, flatten it. Using your favorite cookie
cutters cut the dough. You can also use the dough like clay
and make a sculpture. This is a fun way to make beautiful and
great smelling pieces of art!

Potpourri Gel Jars
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Materials:

Jars with lids
2 cups distilled water
4 packages of plain Gelatin
50 drops essential oil (any scent)
Food Coloring
What you do:

Heat one cup of the distilled water in a saucepan. Add the
desired coloring. Remove from the heat, add remaining 1 cup
of distilled water and the gelatin, stirring to dissolve.
Divide the drops of essential oil, or potpourri oil, into
the jars (wide mouth jelly jars or canning jars work well).
Add the gelatin mixture to the jars. Place the jars in the
refrigerator for about two hours.
Remove the jars from the refrigerator and cover with plastic
wrap or the jar's lid. If you are using the plastic wrap
choose one the new colored wraps for a prettier 'topping".
Store them at room temperature. To release the scent, remove
the lid or plastic wrap. If you would like to decorate the jar
place piece of fabric over the lid or plastic wrap and tie with
a colored ribbon or lace. You can include a silk flower tied
at the end of the ribbon or knotted at the base of the jar's
mouth for a floral presentation.

Tip:
When I was making these I began to experiment a little and
found that if you put the Knox Gelatin in a cup of cold
distilled water it dissolved very quickly then add a cup of
boiling hot water with food coloring to it. I put the scent
in the jars and then poured the mixture in and cooled it in
the frig. It was so easy, quick and less mess.

Pumpkin Pins
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Materials:

Felt
- orange, green, black
Glue
- tacky glue or a hot glue gun works well
Pin backs
- can be bought easily at local craft store
Scissors
Juice can tops
- the size depends on how big you'd like your pin to be.
Permanent magic markers
Pencil
- a sewing marking pencil may be good here.
What you do:

Place juice can top on felt and trace around it with a pencil
or sewing marking pencil. You are going to cut TWO of these
shapes out of the felt- one for the front of the pin and one
for the back of the pin. The juice top forms a stable middle
for the pin.
Using your scissors cut out TWO tracings of the can top. You
can make the circle appear more pumpkin like by cutting a small
notch in the circle to form the place where the pumpkin's stem
would come out.
Using either felt or a permanent magic marker create a face for
your pumpkin pin. Do this for only one of the two circles.
The remaining circle will be on the back of the pin. You can
add the traditional "pumpkin vertical line" with the marker.
The pin can be personalized using bits of ribbon, buttons for
the eyes etc. Please do all decorating before assembling the pin.
Attach face pieces to the front of your pin with either tacky
glue or hot glue gun. With the juice top sandwiched in between
the two pieces of felt, glue the edges of the felt pieces
together. Glue a pin backing onto the back of the undecorated
pumpkin (the back of your pin).
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