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  • Pet-Portrait Pillows>>

    These pillows are a unique way to honor cherished four-legged family members, and they're easier than they look.>>

  • Christmas Collar Covers>>

    Dress up a dog or cat with quick collar covers (minimal sewing skills required!).>>

  • Animal Albums>>

    Too many pictures, too little space? Personalized animal albums will keep them all in one spot.>>

  • Family Photo Concentration>>

    Every family has a pile of marginal photographs that have never made it into the photo album. Recycle them with this new twist on an old game that makes a great gift.>>

  • Bubble Tubes>>

    These easy-to-make toys are terrific gifts for younger siblings.>>

  • Glitter Dough>>

    Glitter dough is a great gift for kids of any age (except those young enough to want to eat the stuff). This recipe is infinitely superior to the store-bought kind. Use icing food-coloring paste if possible; it creates a deep color that regular food coloring cannot match.>>

  • 8 Unique Gifts for Pet Lovers>>

    Help cut the guess-work out of holiday shopping with these fun, one-of-a-kind gifts for pet lovers.>>

  • Sensational Slime>>

    This project is one of those exhilarating activities that everybody loves. By making and playing with this weird substance, your child is exploring the scientific properties of an elasto-viscous material. What's an elasto-viscous material? The earth, for one. When the earth moves slowly, as in glacial movement or continental drift, it behaves like a liquid. When it moves quickly or abruptly, as in an earthquake, it behaves like a solid and fractures. Sensational Slime moves and stretches and fractures and slides in the same amazing way. (And parents note: Buying the borax and glue is the hard part. This stuff is simple to make and easily cleaned up with a little water. This slime will also copy newsprint when pressed against the newspaper [comics are fun!]).>>

  • Bounce-a-rama Superballs>>

    These balls are so much fun, be sure to make one for yourself.>>

  • Bodacious Bubble Solution>>

    This recipe makes enough for at least two gifts-plus some to keep for yourself.>>

  • Covered Clay Pots>>

    These charming pots are so pretty, you'd expect to see them at a fancy gardening store!>>

  • Dip-Dyed Tablecloth>>

    If you choose only one gift-making project during the holidays, make it this one! The process is a rewarding one and offers kids the chance to play with colour. Best of all, when the pieces are taped together, it makes a truly spectacular gift.>>

  • Pomanders>>

    Pomanders have a glorious fragrance, make wonderful gifts, and are easy enough for even young children to make. Note, however, that curing your pomander will take at least 2 weeks.>>

  • Bath Powder>>

    This is a truly special-and yet simple-gift. Cornstarch makes a natural powder, and the essential oils give it a fabulous scent. It's really fun to mix up a batch by hand.>>

  • Beeswax Candles>>

    These candles are flawlessly simple, allowing plenty of room for self-expression. The ingredients are found at candle-making-supply or hobby shops and are worth the trouble of finding!>>

  • Transparent Herb Soaps>>

    You can make several batches of these glycerine jewels in just one afternoon. If you don't want to bother buying traditional soap molds, you can use muffin tins, candy molds, even ice cube trays. And if you don't want to bother buying commercial glycerine (available at craft stores), you can use colored glycerine soap bars sold at pharmacies.>>

  • Scented Bath Oil>>

    Pamper loved ones with a gift of this sweet-smelling moisturizing mixture. The ingredients are available from your local health-food and craft stores.>>

  • Reverse-Stencil Ornament>>

    With this stenciling method, it takes just minutes to create a gorgeous keepsake. Make extra balls to give as gifts.>>

  • Citrus Centerpiece>>

    Lovely limes and lemons are a smashing contrast to shiny Christmas balls in this easy centerpiece. Be sure to choose the best looking fruit at the supermarket.>>

  • Helping-Hand Spoon Rest>>

    Everyone needs a spoon rest beside the stove, and this one is as much fun to make as it to use. Sculpey clay is used here because it is more pliable and easier to roll out than other clays on the market.>>

  • Rosemary Pomanders>>

    These fragrant, topiary-like decorations last for years, and they aren't difficult to make. The ends of the rosemary sprigs stick right into the florist's foam -- no glue necessary. Just work carefully, especially when trimming the sprigs to the same length.>>

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