Crafty young gardeners know just how to make bare branches bloom in winter -- they just add tissue paper. Gather branches that have fallen outside; let dry, if necessary. Cut out 2-inch squares of pink tissue, pinch tightly in the middle to create blooms, and affix them to branches with white glue. Display in a tall container, such as a canning jar with the lid's center removed.
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It's hard to believe these glitzy bangles began as humble paper-towel tubes. Prepare for the party by slicing the tubes into rings with a utility knife. Wait until kids are finished decorating before you snip the rings open for wearing -- gluing is easier when they're still intact.
SourceMartha Stewart Kids, Volume 17 2005
An oversize egg doubles as an Easter basket, with smaller versions inside -- one cracked and bearing a pom-pom chick.
The shell is made with three layers of paper strips: Pink paper is revealed when the egg is cut open; two layers of plain newsprint are on top.
SourceMartha Stewart Living, April 2010
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.
SourceMartha Stewart Living, October 2006
Staying with friends this summer? Show your gratitude by sending them a photo CD of your trip. Save digital images to a disc, and then personalize it further by adhering a print to the top. It's easy with specialized CD/DVD labels (officedepot.com).
SourceMartha Stewart Living, August 2009
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.
SourceMartha Stewart Living, November 2009
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