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.
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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
Even if you tend to be scared of your own shadow, you'll still smile at your reflection, thanks to this friendly spirit on your mirror. The cutout is made of frosted-glass window film, which adheres easily and (like ghosts everywhere) disappears without a trace. Download the template, trace onto the film, cut out with a pair of scissors, and apply.
SourceMartha Stewart Living, October 2010
Cast a sinister glow over any setting with a cluster of white tapers dripping with "blood" (actually red candle wax). Fill a cup or a small pail with sand, and plant white candles inside so they stand upright. Light a red candle and tip it over the white candles so the wax drips down the tops and sides, being careful not to burn yourself. Let wax cool completely before removing candles from sand.
SourceMartha Stewart Living, October 2007
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
Sometimes bookmarks fall out and you're left thumbing through page after page, trying to remember where you left off. Or you have to look up that often-used recipe in your favorite cookbook because its ribbon markers already hold the places of other tried-and-true dishes. Avoid these annoyances with placeholders that fit onto the corner of any page.
To make one, cut a bottom corner from an ungusseted paper bag (the kind card shops use) or a colorful envelope. Ours is about 2 inches long from corner to cut. Create several to track your best-loved recipes or when planning the menu for a special dinner.
SourceMartha Stewart Living, March 2009
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