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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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    Lace-Embellished Taper Candle

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    Lace Taper Candle How-To
    1. Trim a strip of rub-on transfer to the length of a taper candle. Hold strip in place on candle with low-tack tape. 

    2. Working from bottom to top, burnish transfer onto candle with a craft stick or bone folder. 

    3. Remove tape and transfer backing.

  3. Wintry Scene Cutout for Gift Wrap

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    Create a wintry scene on a wrapped present using a paper-dolls technique. 

    Enlarge the two-tree template to desired size; cut out. 

    Accordion-fold a piece of paper to the width of the template. 

    Trace the template onto top fold. Make "ornaments" with a screw punch. 

    Cut out and unfurl trees. Adhere with a glue stick or spray adhesive.

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    Martha Stewart Living, December 2009
  4. Magazine Holders with Handles

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    Magazine holders are good for keeping old issues in order, but their handleless backs make it difficult to access them when you need to. For a permanent fix, position a sash lift on the back of a holder, and mark screw holes with a pen. With a hand drill, make two holes in holder to accommodate small bolts. Secure the lift to the holder with bolts and matching nuts.

    Sources
    Brass-hook sash lifts in polished nickel; $11 for 2; Rejuvenation; 888-401-1900 or rejuvenation.com.

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    Martha Stewart Living, April 2008
  5. Pinecone Lamp Finial

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    Bring a bit of the forest indoors by decorating a lamp finial with a pinecone, plain or spray-painted silver. If your lamp doesn't already have a basic finial -- the small piece that screws onto the top of a lamp's harp -- you can buy one at the hardware store. 

    Lamp Finial How-To
    1. Sand the bottom of the pinecone to create a smooth surface. 

    2. Dab a bit of hot glue onto the flattened area, and press the pinecone onto the top of the finial.

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    Martha Stewart Living, November 2008
  6. Chinese New Year Envelope Place Setting

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    Giving red envelopes filled with coins is a custom at Chinese New Year (which starts January 26), designed to bring good fortune to the recipients. Here's how to share the luck with dinner guests. 

    1. Rubber-stamp a red envelope with a New Year's greeting -- in any language -- using a gold-ink pad. 

    2. Fill it with change, and then lay it on a folded napkin wrapped with a band of patterned paper. 

    3. Tie in back with gold cord.

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    Martha Stewart Living, January 2009
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