To dry leaves, lay down a sheet of newsprint, followed by paper towels. Arrange leaves on paper towels, then place a second layer of paper towels and a sheet of newsprint on top. Set stack in a phone book, and place in a dry, ventilated spot for several days. To make place cards, use a gel-ink pen -- ours had white ink, but metallic shades will also work well -- to add guests' names.
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Who says Christmas trees have to be fir? Inspired by the bonsai collection at the Arnold Arboretum in his native Boston, Martha Stewart Living's Kevin Sharkey created this enchanting roost using an artificial bonsai.
Spray-painted gold and accented with glitter, it rises out of a traditional pot topped with moss and snow. Japanese-lantern ornaments provide a pleasing change of scale, but the crowning glories of this tree are the birds -- coated in glitter and grouped in flocks of like colors.
SourceMartha Stewart Living, December 2009
During a taping of "The Martha Stewart Show," makeup artist Charlie Green shows how to create a sinister skeleton look for Halloween, to be revealed at the end of the episode. Take a look.
Learn more about this episode, and get Charlie's Halloween makeup tips.
SourceThe Martha Stewart Show, October 2010
Here's an attractive way to package unusually shaped gifts, such as glassware or bottles: Put them in mailing tubes dressed up as Yule logs.
SourceMartha Stewart Living, December 2007
Sometimes it's what you don't see that really counts. Suspend your holiday wreath from the top of the door frame and avoid making unsightly holes. Cut a 3-inch-wide satin or grosgrain ribbon long enough, when doubled, to hang wreath at the desired height. Loop ribbon around back of wreath form. Join ends, and fold them over 1/2 inch. Secure to top of door with thumbtacks.
This technique is great for mirrors, too: Hang a wreath in front of the glass, and tack the hanger behind the frame.
SourceMartha Stewart Living, December 2010
The vase underneath this bunch of roses, dusty miller foliage, and nerine lilies is wrapped to look like a box of chocolate.
SourceMartha Stewart Living, February 2011
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