You'll want to fashion lots of these pretty hair clips (enough for friends -- and a few to keep). Using heavy thread, sew a button or two to the top of a colored bobby pin (for a flower, first sew button to a felt leaf). Stamp name on card stock, cut slit, and insert hairpin.
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Glass and ceramic are used to make this ocean-blue-green bracelet. You'll need sea glass pieces of the same size and color for this project.
1. Apply a dot of cement glue to each disk on a disk-and-loop bracelet form (available at jewelry-supply stores).
2. Adhere glass to disks, and let dry overnight.
7 3/4-inch silver-plated disk loop bracelet (No. 40-347-3), $2.50, from Rings and Things
SourceMartha Stewart Living, August 2007
Stylish and functional, these storage boxes are treasured by Living's decorating editorial director, Kevin Sharkey: "It's a practical way to bring color into your home or your office."
Covered in embossed matelasse paper with contrasting trim, the exquisite handmade containers come in a range of hues, shapes, and sizes, all the better to hold papers, shoes, and other objects. We've personalized ours with labels.
SourceMartha Stewart Living, September 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
Clothespins can be used to organize and hang papers, photos, and cards when they're turned into refrigerator magnets. To make them, remove the springs from wooden clothespins, and lightly sand wood with sandpaper. Coat with acrylic paint; let dry. Reattach springs, and affix a small magnet to 1 side of each pin with multipurpose cement.
Mighty round magnets; $12.99 for 16; Container Store; containerstore.com.
SourceMartha Stewart Living, April 2008
Treat yourself to a restorative soak, or assemble the ingredients for this natural blend to give to friends. Combine 2 cups baking soda, 1 cup Epsom salts, and 2 tablespoons ground ginger. Add to a tub of warm water, and soak for 20 to 30 minutes. For gifts, put the ingredients in cellophane bags; tie with ribbon, and add tags.
SourceMartha Stewart Living, January 2010
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