Unlike Narnia, where it's always winter and Christmas never comes, this land of ice and snow welcomes festivities (sound track: Louis Armstrong's "Cool Yule"). A combination of vintage and contemporary vessels holds white spider mums as well as seeded eucalyptus (available at florists) and blue Atlas cedar branches lightly frosted with silver floral spray paint. For a change of scene, line up containers across a mantel, along a windowsill, or down the middle of a table.
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Stack and fold two sheets of black paper in half. Enlarge template. Position template on fold, trace, and cut out, making two bats. With black craft wire, poke a hole in the center of one bat; hold the end of the wire. Glue second bat on top, sandwiching wire in between. Wrap opposite end of the wire around a thin headband (ours was 1/4-inch wide) to secure. Repeat, adding more bats.
For many, the best part about Halloween is decorating! But using nails or pieces of tape to hang decorations can cause damage to your walls. To avoid this, "The Martha Stewart Show" art director, Anduin Havens, has been using 3M Command strips and hooks to decorate our set for years. While they stick on strong, when the holiday season is over, they will come right off without leaving a mark.
For more information, visit 3m.com.
SourceThe Martha Stewart Show, October 2009
Up the elegance of this year's evergreen with beautiful celestial symbols. Delicate silvery angels flit among hand-tied ribbon stars. A scalloped felt tree skirt conceals the stand.
SourceMartha Stewart Living, December 2009
Turn the kitchen sink into a blue lagoon with nontoxic dye pellets, designed to tint children's bathwater. When the water is turned on, the burst of color will be short-lived yet shocking.
SourceMartha Stewart Living, April 2009
A gaggle of helium-filled jack-o'-lantern balloons hovers near the refreshment table. The simple features are drawn onto the inflated balloons with permanent marker. Choose an assortment of geometric shapes that are easy to create freehand.
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