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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. Rescued Ribbon Tree

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    Give bits of ribbon left over from gift wrapping a new life as merry tree ornaments. The ribbons' colors and patterns don't need to match exactly, since their simple shape will tie the look together. Begin by knotting scraps into basic bows around a few inches of floral wire. Next, twist the wire to secure the bows to tree branches, indoors or out. To remove the ornaments, untwist the wire, and store flat between layers of tissue paper.

     

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    Martha Stewart Living, Volume 145 December 2005
  3. Paper Party Picture Frame

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    These frames are a snap for kids to make. Take photos of guests with an instant camera. Kids can mat them to precut card-stock squares, then embellish the borders. Add self-adhesive magnets to the back for hanging on the fridge.

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    Martha Stewart Kids, Volume 17 2005
  4. Pinecone Lamp Finial

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    Bring a bit of the forest indoors by decorating a lamp finial with a pinecone, plain or spray-painted silver. If your lamp doesn't already have a basic finial -- the small piece that screws onto the top of a lamp's harp -- you can buy one at the hardware store. 

    Lamp Finial How-To
    1. Sand the bottom of the pinecone to create a smooth surface. 

    2. Dab a bit of hot glue onto the flattened area, and press the pinecone onto the top of the finial.

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    Martha Stewart Living, November 2008
  5. 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
  6. Chinese New Year Envelope Place Setting

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    Giving red envelopes filled with coins is a custom at Chinese New Year (which starts January 26), designed to bring good fortune to the recipients. Here's how to share the luck with dinner guests. 

    1. Rubber-stamp a red envelope with a New Year's greeting -- in any language -- using a gold-ink pad. 

    2. Fill it with change, and then lay it on a folded napkin wrapped with a band of patterned paper. 

    3. Tie in back with gold cord.

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    Martha Stewart Living, January 2009
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