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  1. Spirited Service

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    Ever the loyal servant, the butler ladles out punch for guests. (He passed away some time ago but never really retired.) We photographed the room and the butler separately, then digitally pasted him in midair, with his legs fading away. Black turnips and mini-pumpkin cups help set a ghoulish party scene.

    Punch Bowl Prop How-To

     

     

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    Martha Stewart Living, October 2006
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  2. Square-Patterned Eggs

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    Bright colors and geometric designs make modern-looking eggs. Here, we've displayed a trio of square-patterned eggs in a graceful vintage wirework holder.

    To create the pattern, pieces of electrical tape are shifted slightly between two dips in dye. For chicken eggs, we used 1/2-inch squares; for goose eggs, slightly larger squares as well as rectangles. When layering hues, start with the paler one and move on to the darker one.

    Learn How to Make Shapes Using Electrical Tape

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    Martha Stewart Living, April 2010
  3. How-To

    Lace-Embellished Taper Candle

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    Lace Taper Candle How-To
    1. Trim a strip of rub-on transfer to the length of a taper candle. Hold strip in place on candle with low-tack tape. 

    2. Working from bottom to top, burnish transfer onto candle with a craft stick or bone folder. 

    3. Remove tape and transfer backing.

  4. Tissue Cherry-Blossom Tree

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    Crafty young gardeners know just how to make bare branches bloom in winter -- they just add tissue paper. Gather branches that have fallen outside; let dry, if necessary. Cut out 2-inch squares of pink tissue, pinch tightly in the middle to create blooms, and affix them to branches with white glue. Display in a tall container, such as a canning jar with the lid's center removed.

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    Martha Stewart Kids, Volume 11 2004
  5. Sunflower Place Card

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    From the Sunflower State of Kansas, here's a way to welcome guests to the table with a great big hello. Trim sunflower stems short, so they fit into juice glasses. Cut paper into petal shapes and write guests' names on them. Then add the extra petal to the flowers with dots of tacky white glue.

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    Marguerite plate, $71, johnderian.com

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    Martha Stewart Living, July 2010
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