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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.

    Source
    Martha Stewart Living, December 2008
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  2. Roses and Kale Basket

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    This unusual pairing features two items with similar budlike shapes: creamy-white roses and emerald-green ornamental kale.

    Basket How-To
    If your basket has gaps in its sides, weave a ribbon through the rungs. Next, tuck a plastic liner inside, and then trim a block of floral foam to fit. Soak the foam in water and set it in the liner. Push the kale and rose stems into it. Do the same with sprigs of pine around the edges. Finish by wrapping branches of pine around the handle, securing them with floral wire. The display will stay fresh for several days.

    Source
    Martha Stewart Living, Volume 145 December 2005
  3. Cracked Paper Eggshell Dishes

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    The "cracked" tops of papier-mache eggshells with pink, gold, and white linings become dishes for foil-wrapped chocolates and candy eggs. For the nest, decorative paper is cut with fringe scissors.

    Get Our Papier-Mache How-To

    Sources
    Fringe scissors, $13, by Martha Stewart Crafts, from Michaels

    Source
    Martha Stewart Living, April 2010
  4. Heart-Shaped Tea Bags

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    Warm someone up by adding a handwritten note to a tea bag. Cut two hearts out of red construction paper using a heart-shaped crafter's hole punch (available at crafts stores). Use a metallic pen to write a short message on one of the hearts. Next, remove a tea-bag tag and, at the end of the string, affix two hearts, back-to-back, using double-sided tape or a stapler. Package bags to give as a present, or steep one in hot water and serve.

    Source
    Martha Stewart Living, February 2005
  5. Good Thing

    Hanukkah Gift Card Holder

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    Give someone the star treatment by presenting a gift card in this easy-to-make paper holder. You can also use the decoration instead of a bow to jazz up a plainly wrapped package.

    Cut out a pair of paper triangles using our template, one blue and one white. 

    Using a craft knife, make a slit wide enough to fit a gift card in one triangle. 

    Attach triangles with double-sided tape, creating a pouch. 

    Using a ruler and blue ink, draw borders. Insert gift card.

    Source
    Martha Stewart Living, December 2009
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