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  1. How-To

    Stiffened Doilies

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    This project calls for textile, paper, and glassine doilies. You can find them at crafts stores and flea markets. As is the case with snowflakes, variety is welcome.

    Stiffened Doilies How-To

    1. Lay textile doilies on a covered surface. With a foam brush or roller, coat both sides of doilies with undiluted fabric stiffener until just saturated. Let dry overnight.

    2. Press with an iron. Hang from thread or monofilament.

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    Martha Stewart Living, December 2008
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  2. Spirited Service

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    Ever the loyal servant, the butler ladles out punch for guests. (He passed away some time ago but never really retired.) We photographed the room and the butler separately, then digitally pasted him in midair, with his legs fading away. Black turnips and mini-pumpkin cups help set a ghoulish party scene.

    Punch Bowl Prop How-To

     

     

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    Martha Stewart Living, October 2006
  3. Gift-Topper Berries

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    Decorate holiday packages with these red-and-green berry clusters, left. Attach them with waxed twine, and then tie gift tags to the stems.

    1. To make leaves and berries, follow the instructions for our Fall Berry Wreath, but use light-green and dark-green felt for the leaves' top and bottom layers, respectively, and dark-red felt for the berries. 

    2. Cluster leaf and berry stems; bind with green floral tape.

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    Martha Stewart Living
  4. Paper Liners

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    Here's a quick and easy way to brighten your work space: Measure the dimensions of a clear, straight-sided drinking glass, and cut a piece of card stock to the vessel's height and circumference. Next, cut a piece of decorative paper to the same height as the glass and 1 inch longer than its circumference. Center the card stock on the back of the decorative paper; fold excess paper over the edges of the card stock, and secure with double-sided tape. Line the glass with paper, and fill with supplies.

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    Martha Stewart Living, October 2007
  5. Paper Leaves of Thanks

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    The meaning of Thanksgiving can get lost in the whirlwind of holiday preparations. These paper leaves provide a fun way to acknowledge the things you're grateful for. To make them, fold card stock and cut out leaf shapes freehand, finishing edges with scallop scissors.

    Two Ways to Use Them 
    Ask family and friends to write their name and one thing they appreciate on a leaf. Then read the sentiments aloud during dinner. Or keep the notes anonymous and have everyone try to guess who wrote each message.

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    Martha Stewart Living, November 2009
  6. Homemade Bath Blend

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    Treat yourself to a restorative soak, or assemble the ingredients for this natural blend to give to friends. Combine 2 cups baking soda, 1 cup Epsom salts, and 2 tablespoons ground ginger. Add to a tub of warm water, and soak for 20 to 30 minutes. For gifts, put the ingredients in cellophane bags; tie with ribbon, and add tags.

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    Martha Stewart Living, January 2010
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