Direct guests to their seats with name cards topped by leaves that look like they just blew in. To make each card, fold a piece of brown cover-weight card stock in half. Write guest's name with a white gel pen. Cut 1 or 2 notches (about 1 inch wide) in card, at an angle. Slide fallen leaves -- fresh or dried and pressed -- into each notch.
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This project calls for textile, paper, and glassine doilies. You can find them at crafts stores and flea markets. As is the case with snowflakes, variety is welcome.
Stiffened Doilies How-To
1. Lay textile doilies on a covered surface. With a foam brush or roller, coat both sides of doilies with undiluted fabric stiffener until just saturated. Let dry overnight.
2. Press with an iron. Hang from thread or monofilament.
SourceMartha Stewart Living, December 2008
A quick hand-dying technique gives bead necklaces casually elegant appeal. Layer for dramatic effect, or don a single strand for a simple burst of color.
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SourceThe Martha Stewart Show, Episode 5128
Artist Nathan Vincent uses the "feminine" process of crocheting to create "masculine" works of art.
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For more information on Nathan and his work, visit nathanvincent.com.
SourceThe Martha Stewart Show, March 2009
Give someone the star treatment by presenting a gift card in this easy-to-make paper holder. You can also use the decoration instead of a bow to jazz up a plainly wrapped package.
Cut out a pair of paper triangles using our template, one blue and one white.
Using a craft knife, make a slit wide enough to fit a gift card in one triangle.
Attach triangles with double-sided tape, creating a pouch.
Using a ruler and blue ink, draw borders. Insert gift card.
SourceMartha Stewart Living, December 2009
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.
SourceMartha Stewart Living, October 2009
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