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  1. 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
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  2. Glue Ghoulery Necklace

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    Craft a ghostly necklace using simple supplies.

    Ghoul Necklace How-To
    Draw ghost outlines on parchment paper with white glue; let set five seconds. Fill in with more glue. Let dry two days, and peel off. Draw face with felt-tip pen. Punch small holes at top; weave string through.

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    Martha Stewart Kids, Volume 19 2005
  3. Petrifying Potion Display for Halloween

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    Fill old-style specimen jars with water, and add enough food coloring to produce a suitably supernatural tint. Arrange lotus pods, poppy pods, and coneflower heads within. No evil will darken your doorstep with these eerie elixirs on display.

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    Martha Stewart Living, October 2009
  4. Kids' Alphabet Magnet Thank-You Card

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    Want to inspire your kid to write thank-you notes? Put her on the card. 

    Have your child hold a magnetic board with alphabet magnets that spell out "Thanks for coming to my party." She can write a personalized note on the back of each picture. 

    Magnetic dry-erase board, boarddudesdirect.com, Magnetic lowercase letter set, $11, amazon.com

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    Martha Stewart Living, February 2011
  5. Cupcake Flags Photo Card

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    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.

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    Martha Stewart Living, February 2011
  6. Menswear-Inspired Gift Wrap

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    The whole red-hearts-and-doilies thing may not speak to the guy in your life, but he will surely appreciate a gift wrapped with classic menswear details. These look like fabric but are fashioned from paper and notions.

    To make a "cuff," cut card stock to fit, and adorn it with buttons affixed with glue. Give plain white office paper the tuxedo treatment with a series of symmetrical accordion folds from the center out. Wrap colored waxed linen thread around dark paper to create pinstripes, or thread it through a row of buttons on a narrow band of paper for a natty shirtfront look.

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    Martha Stewart Living, February 2011
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