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On this In the Season show, I demonstrated how to make these pretty maple leaf roses. Because on that day, the leaves were too wet and soggy for me to use, I showed the technique using leaves made of felt. For the real maple leaf rose bud, I used 3 leaves but since the felt is so much thicker, I only used 2 of them for it. The lovely thing about the real roses is that once you have made the roses, they will dry and take on some really pretty tones and textures.
I also showed how to make these whimsical paper pine cones. I did them in brown tones so that they would be suitable for fall and Thanksgiving displays, but I can see them being really pretty in a Christmas print or a metallic paper.
The pine cones are made from paper, wire, and beads. You can hang them like an ornament or perhaps a window decoration or I can picture them in a basket type display as well.
Although I didn't show the steps for making these, I did show an adorable little craft made from plastic needlepoint canvas. For this one, I had made it into a Jack O'Lantern for Hallowe'en but there are lots of other possibilities.
You can attach a string to these to make them into ornaments, use a pin-back to turn it into a brooch, or even hang it from a cord as a necklace. They are quick and easy to assemble requiring only three small pieces of canvas and some yarn (I added features with fun foam). Attach a note to each one that says "Squeeze my cheeks and I'll give you a kiss."
When you squeeze on either side, it pops open like a little mouth is opening up. Place a Hershey's kiss in there for a surprise treat!
Here are some links to some other versions of this but I would think it would be pretty easy to just come up with your own design for many items just like I did:
Kissing Mouse http://www.kckpl.lib.ks.us/ys/crafts/kissin.htm
Kissing Frog http://www.kckpl.lib.ks.us/ys/crafts/Kissfrog.htm
Kissing Santa http://sweetteasoakers.blogspot.com/2009/12/squeeze-my-cheeks-and-ill-give-you-kiss.html
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