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  1. Bird-Watcher Costume

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    An avid bird watcher keeps an eye on her little owl with a pair of binoculars. Other than the hat and a canteen (available at camping-supply stores), this costume can be assembled entirely from ordinary street clothes: Choose an outfit that consists of neutral, outdoorsy pieces, such as the safari-style jacket and brown pants shown, and don't forget a pair of sensible shoes.

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    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.

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    Martha Stewart Living, December 2009
  3. Scalloped Bouquet Wrapper

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    There's a simple way to replace the standard wrapping from a florist with something prettier and more personal -- always a nice touch when giving someone flowers. Cut a length of white parchment paper so it's large enough to wrap around the arrangement. Using scallop scissors, trim along all sides. Lay flowers on a diagonal at one corner of the parchment. Wrap the paper around the blooms. Cut a length of ribbon, and tie it around the bundle to secure.

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    Martha Stewart Living, April 2008
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    Bucket Umbrella Stand

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    Transform an inexpensive flower bucket into a nice-looking umbrella stand by painting the bottom of the bucket with glossy oil-based enamel paint. In addition to providing color, the paint will help disguise any rust caused by dripping umbrellas. Mark the bottom third of a tall galvanized bucket (available at garden centers) with painters' tape; prime and paint this area and the bottom of the bucket. Let dry 24 hours before removing tape.

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    Martha Stewart Living, April 2008
  5. Fabric Napkins with Stamped Borders

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    While you have your eraser and fabric paint at the ready (after making game boards), why not give some plain-Jane napkins a little personality? Stamp a bright border in any pattern and palette you fancy.

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    Martha Stewart Living, August 2010
  6. Felt Cozy for Hot-Water Bottles

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    A hot-water bottle is one of life's little luxuries. A soft felt sleeve makes it even cozier -- and a great gift. Cut two pieces of 10-by-15-inch felt, sew three sides, and turn it inside out. Insert the bottle and cinch the top with ribbon. 

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    Cashmere blanket, by Umrao Cashmere, from abchome.com.

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    Martha Stewart Living, February 2011
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