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  1. Floral-Cutout Wrap and Cards

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    Add a new dimension to gift wrap and cards with these floral cutouts. Download the template and cut it out. Using a pencil, trace the template onto the desired surface. Carefully cut along traced lines with a craft knife, leaving gaps between petals. For gifts, wrap item with paper in a contrasting color before covering with cutout layer. For cards, attach a cutout card to a second card in a contrasting color using double-sided tape.

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    Martha Stewart Living, April 2008
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  2. Sea-Glass Bracelet

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    Glass and ceramic are used to make this ocean-blue-green bracelet. You'll need sea glass pieces of the same size and color for this project.

    Bracelet How-To
    1. Apply a dot of cement glue to each disk on a disk-and-loop bracelet form (available at jewelry-supply stores). 

    2. Adhere glass to disks, and let dry overnight.

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    7 3/4-inch silver-plated disk loop bracelet (No. 40-347-3), $2.50, from Rings and Things

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    Martha Stewart Living, August 2007
  3. 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
  4. Paper Leaves of Thanks

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    The meaning of Thanksgiving can get lost in the whirlwind of holiday preparations. These paper leaves provide a fun way to acknowledge the things you're grateful for. To make them, fold card stock and cut out leaf shapes freehand, finishing edges with scallop scissors.

    Two Ways to Use Them 
    Ask family and friends to write their name and one thing they appreciate on a leaf. Then read the sentiments aloud during dinner. Or keep the notes anonymous and have everyone try to guess who wrote each message.

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    Martha Stewart Living, November 2009
  5. Good Thing

    Tangle-Proof Yarn Case

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    For many of us, knitting is relaxing. But when the yarn inevitably becomes tangled, it can feel more like an exercise in frustration. Here's one way to keep things from getting knotty. Gather empty cookie tins left over from the holidays, or purchase new ones. Apply a coat of oil-based enamel paint in any hue to outside of tin and lid; let dry overnight. Using a grommet kit (available at hardware stores), attach a grommet to the lid's center. Place ball of yarn inside, and thread an end through the grommet before securing lid.

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    Martha Stewart Living, January
  6. Heart-Shaped African Violets

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    All it takes to propagate African violets is a large healthy leaf, cut in half. To turn the leaf into a pretty gift, snip it into the shape of a heart. Using clean, sharp scissors, remove a leaf with 1 inch of stem from a plant, and shape the leaf. Fill a small pot with fresh potting soil, and poke a hole in the soil with a pencil. Insert 3/4 inch of stem, pack soil firmly around it, and water well. (While rooting, the leaf should be covered with a glass jar or a plastic bag and removed from bright light to keep it moist.) A new plantlet should emerge in 6 to 8 weeks.

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    Martha Stewart Living, February 2009
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