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.
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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
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
With the help of these candle and flower centerpieces, the whole table will shine. For each one, use candle wax to attach a small floral frog to the center of a shallow bowl. Push a taper into the floral frog to secure. Pour water into the bowl. Clip amaryllis blooms (or other large flowers) from their stems, and arrange them in the bowl around the candle.
SourceMartha Stewart Living, December 2007
All it takes to propagate African violets is a large healthy leaf, cut in half. To turn the leaf into a pretty gift, snip it into the shape of a heart. Using clean, sharp scissors, remove a leaf with 1 inch of stem from a plant, and shape the leaf. Fill a small pot with fresh potting soil, and poke a hole in the soil with a pencil. Insert 3/4 inch of stem, pack soil firmly around it, and water well. (While rooting, the leaf should be covered with a glass jar or a plastic bag and removed from bright light to keep it moist.) A new plantlet should emerge in 6 to 8 weeks.
SourceMartha Stewart Living, February 2009
Flags tucked into a cupcake can herald any special occasion. Make flags by doubling strips of one-inch-wide paper around wooden skewers; fasten using double-sided tape. Print the picture, and use a stamp to fill in the flags with a message.
Custom Stamp-Setting kit, $25, by Martha Stewart Crafts, from michaels.com.
SourceMartha Stewart Living, February 2011
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