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  1. Magazine Holders with Handles

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    Magazine holders are good for keeping old issues in order, but their handleless backs make it difficult to access them when you need to. For a permanent fix, position a sash lift on the back of a holder, and mark screw holes with a pen. With a hand drill, make two holes in holder to accommodate small bolts. Secure the lift to the holder with bolts and matching nuts.

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    Brass-hook sash lifts in polished nickel; $11 for 2; Rejuvenation; 888-401-1900 or rejuvenation.com.

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    Martha Stewart Living, April 2008
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  2. Painted Bamboo Cutlery

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    Transform reusable bamboo utensils with a few deft strokes of model paint, which can withstand hand-washing. 

    To create stripes, tape off the areas you don't want painted using painters' tape; then paint, let dry, and ring the picnic bell.

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    Similar bamboo flatware (#20-2006), totallybamboo.com

    Enamel paints, testors.com

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    Martha Stewart Living, March 2010
  3. Heart-Shaped Tea Bags

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    Warm someone up by adding a handwritten note to a tea bag. Cut two hearts out of red construction paper using a heart-shaped crafter's hole punch (available at crafts stores). Use a metallic pen to write a short message on one of the hearts. Next, remove a tea-bag tag and, at the end of the string, affix two hearts, back-to-back, using double-sided tape or a stapler. Package bags to give as a present, or steep one in hot water and serve.

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    Martha Stewart Living, February 2005
  4. Sewing Kit in a Jar

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    With just a little retrofitting, an old-fashioned Mason jar can become a new sewing kit with a built-in pincushion on top. To begin, separate the lid's sealer and screw cap. Trace around sealer on cardboard. Using a compass, draw another circle on linen or cotton, 1 inch larger in diameter than the first. Cut out both circles; make cushion by placing batting between fabric and cardboard. Turn screw cap upside down, and apply hot glue to inside edge of rim; quickly press cushion into lid until cloth protrudes smoothly above screw cap's opening and cardboard is flush against rim. Apply hot glue around edge of cardboard, fold over excess fabric, and press down. Glue top of sealer to cardboard. Fill jar.

     

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    Martha Stewart Living, August 2006
  5. Pinecone-Embellished Gift Tags

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    Add extra charm to your holiday packaging with a little help from the great outdoors. Simply attach tiny pinecones -- pristine or spruced up with metallic floral spray -- to store-bought tags and cards using glue. The pattern can be anything from a mini wreath to a pretty cluster. For the pine-needle tree, use a fine paintbrush to coat the needles with craft glue; then place them carefully with tweezers.

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    Tags and mini envelopes, from Paper Presentation

    Tamarack pinecones, from Winter Woods

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    Martha Stewart Living, December 2009
  6. Smashing Pumpkin Halloween Invitation

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    Send Halloween party invitations adorned with a familiar grin. 

    Print the pumpkin template and cut out. Trace template onto orange card stock; cut out. Form eyes, nose, and mouth from rickrack, and affix with craft glue. Glue a length of green rickrack to the back for the stem. Then glue pumpkin to the front of a plain card, and inscribe a spooky -- or sweet -- message for your guests.

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    Martha Stewart Living, October 2007
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