Here's a quick and easy way to brighten your work space: Measure the dimensions of a clear, straight-sided drinking glass, and cut a piece of card stock to the vessel's height and circumference. Next, cut a piece of decorative paper to the same height as the glass and 1 inch longer than its circumference. Center the card stock on the back of the decorative paper; fold excess paper over the edges of the card stock, and secure with double-sided tape. Line the glass with paper, and fill with supplies.
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It's hard to believe these glitzy bangles began as humble paper-towel tubes. Prepare for the party by slicing the tubes into rings with a utility knife. Wait until kids are finished decorating before you snip the rings open for wearing -- gluing is easier when they're still intact.
SourceMartha Stewart Kids, Volume 17 2005
Craft a ghostly necklace using simple supplies.
Ghoul Necklace How-To
Draw ghost outlines on parchment paper with white glue; let set five seconds. Fill in with more glue. Let dry two days, and peel off. Draw face with felt-tip pen. Punch small holes at top; weave string through.
SourceMartha Stewart Kids, Volume 19 2005
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.
Tags and mini envelopes, from Paper Presentation
Tamarack pinecones, from Winter Woods
SourceMartha Stewart Living, December 2009
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.
SourceMartha Stewart Living, January 2009
Flags tucked into a cupcake can herald any special occasion. Make flags by doubling strips of one-inch-wide paper around wooden skewers; fasten using double-sided tape. Print the picture, and use a stamp to fill in the flags with a message.
Custom Stamp-Setting kit, $25, by Martha Stewart Crafts, from michaels.com.
SourceMartha Stewart Living, February 2011
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