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  1. Sentimental Valentine's Day Wheel

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    Hundreds of years ago, astronomers fashioned volvelles -- wheels of paper that worked like circular slide rules -- to help track the movement of the planets. This version of a volvelle conceals rotating endearments along with phrases and symbols that convey your affection with a turn of the wheel.

    Valentine's Day Wheel Template

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    Martha Stewart Living, February 2003
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  2. Wintry Scene Cutout for Gift Wrap

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    Create a wintry scene on a wrapped present using a paper-dolls technique. 

    Enlarge the two-tree template to desired size; cut out. 

    Accordion-fold a piece of paper to the width of the template. 

    Trace the template onto top fold. Make "ornaments" with a screw punch. 

    Cut out and unfurl trees. Adhere with a glue stick or spray adhesive.

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    Martha Stewart Living, December 2009
  3. Magician Cape

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    All we did to transform a mere 7-year-old boy to a mighty magician was use a fabric marker to draw a tie and collar onto a white T-shirt, affix a fake carnation to his lapel, and tie a black-and-red satin cape around his neck. And lo and behold: a levitating maestro ready to make piles of candy disappear.

    Cape How-To
    This unadorned cape falls just above the knee. You will need black satin and red satin fabric and two 14-inch pieces of red satin ribbon for ties. Make the cape following the basic directions. Stitch the ribbons securely to either side of the neck.

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    Martha Stewart Kids, Volume 9 2003
  4. Ring Storage

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    It's hard to keep track of small hardware such as washers, grommets, and nuts. Here's a handy way to organize them by size and type: String them on shower curtain rings. Hang the metal rings on a board above your workbench so the loose hardware will be even easier to spot.

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    Martha Stewart Living, July 2006
  5. Paint-Pan Liner

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    You won't have to bother washing your paint pan if you line it with heavy-duty aluminum foil before using it. This trick is especially helpful if you're painting with different colors -- for each new hue, throw away the old foil (after pouring excess paint back into the can), and put in a fresh sheet, molding it to the inside of the pan.

     

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    Martha Stewart Living, March 2004
  6. 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
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