Looking for an easy, inexpensive way to dress up a gift of flowers? Using scallop scissors, cut several inches off the top of a colored gift bag (available at crafts and party-supply stores). Arrange blooms (we used tulips) inside a low vase with just an inch or so of water in it, and carefully place the vessel inside the bag. (If the bottom of the bag seems flimsy, reinforce it with a piece of cardboard cut to fit.) Inscribe a gift tag with a message, and tie it around the bag with twine in a complementary color.
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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
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.
Brass-hook sash lifts in polished nickel; $11 for 2; Rejuvenation; 888-401-1900 or rejuvenation.com.
SourceMartha Stewart Living, April 2008
You won't have to bother washing your paint pan if you line it with heavy-duty aluminum foil before using it. This trick is especially helpful if you're painting with different colors -- for each new hue, throw away the old foil (after pouring excess paint back into the can), and put in a fresh sheet, molding it to the inside of the pan.
SourceMartha Stewart Living, March 2004
A bit of frill adds instant holiday flair. To make a sparkling underskirt, find a slip slightly longer than your dress. Use fabric glue, such as Magna-Tac, to attach overlapping rows of 30-mm gold paillettes to the hem.
For the look: Madison dress, in Aqua Marine, 57grand.com.
SourceMartha Stewart Living, December 2010
A monochromatic log cabin design in soft cowhide gives the pattern a modern yet relaxed vibe.
To make the bag, stitch together an 8-by-5 1/2-inch rectangle and 3-inch-wide strips using a leather needle and heavy-duty thread. Be sure to increase the stitch length to avoid perforating the leather. Add a strap of natural canvas. If you like, you can sew a matching lining.
Sources: Wyoming cowhide, in Beige, globalleathers.com.
SourceMartha Stewart Living, January 2011
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