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.
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Who says Christmas trees have to be fir? Inspired by the bonsai collection at the Arnold Arboretum in his native Boston, Martha Stewart Living's Kevin Sharkey created this enchanting roost using an artificial bonsai.
Spray-painted gold and accented with glitter, it rises out of a traditional pot topped with moss and snow. Japanese-lantern ornaments provide a pleasing change of scale, but the crowning glories of this tree are the birds -- coated in glitter and grouped in flocks of like colors.
SourceMartha Stewart Living, December 2009
Give everything needed for great hot chocolate, served in a bowl big enough to satisfy any chocolate fanatic.
To make this gift, fill an antique bowl with Mexican chocolate, cinnamon sticks, a vanilla bean, and miniature marshmallows. Wrap with a bow, and include your favorite recipe for hot chocolate.
Ceramic bowls or mugs
Ibarra sweet Mexican chocolate (or other high-quality chocolate)
SourceMartha Stewart Living
No need to go to excess this holiday season. Small glints and gleams make the greatest impression. Use the most precious metal, real and faux, to highlight and amplify natural beauty and your celebrations are sure to be filled with golden moments.
SourceMartha Stewart Living, November 2007
In Spain, revelers mark the new year by quickly eating a dozen grapes at midnight. The fruit is said to be a predictor of the year ahead: Each sweet grape represents a good month, each sour grape a less-than-lucky one.
Adopt the tradition by threading grapes onto skewers, and serve each in a glass of Champagne just before the countdown.
SourceMartha Stewart Living, January
This arrangement speaks for itself. To create it, cut out paper conversation hearts and, using string, attach them to an 11-inch piece of wire bent into a curve. Tuck into a bouquet (we used parrot tulips and nerine lilies).
SourceMartha Stewart Living, February 2011
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