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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You'll want to fashion lots of these pretty hair clips (enough for friends -- and a few to keep). Using heavy thread, sew a button or two to the top of a colored bobby pin (for a flower, first sew button to a felt leaf). Stamp name on card stock, cut slit, and insert hairpin.
SourceMartha Stewart Kids, Volume 20 November/December 2005
Artist Nathan Vincent uses the "feminine" process of crocheting to create "masculine" works of art.
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For more information on Nathan and his work, visit nathanvincent.com.
SourceThe Martha Stewart Show, March 2009
There's a simple way to replace the standard wrapping from a florist with something prettier and more personal -- always a nice touch when giving someone flowers. Cut a length of white parchment paper so it's large enough to wrap around the arrangement. Using scallop scissors, trim along all sides. Lay flowers on a diagonal at one corner of the parchment. Wrap the paper around the blooms. Cut a length of ribbon, and tie it around the bundle to secure.
SourceMartha Stewart Living, April 2008
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
The whole red-hearts-and-doilies thing may not speak to the guy in your life, but he will surely appreciate a gift wrapped with classic menswear details. These look like fabric but are fashioned from paper and notions.
To make a "cuff," cut card stock to fit, and adorn it with buttons affixed with glue. Give plain white office paper the tuxedo treatment with a series of symmetrical accordion folds from the center out. Wrap colored waxed linen thread around dark paper to create pinstripes, or thread it through a row of buttons on a narrow band of paper for a natty shirtfront look.
SourceMartha Stewart Living, February 2011
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