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  1. Pinecone-Embellished Gift Tags

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    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.

    Sources
    Tags and mini envelopes, from Paper Presentation

    Tamarack pinecones, from Winter Woods

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    Martha Stewart Living, December 2009
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  2. Bird-Watcher Costume

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    An avid bird watcher keeps an eye on her little owl with a pair of binoculars. Other than the hat and a canteen (available at camping-supply stores), this costume can be assembled entirely from ordinary street clothes: Choose an outfit that consists of neutral, outdoorsy pieces, such as the safari-style jacket and brown pants shown, and don't forget a pair of sensible shoes.

  3. Painted Bamboo Cutlery

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    Transform reusable bamboo utensils with a few deft strokes of model paint, which can withstand hand-washing. 

    To create stripes, tape off the areas you don't want painted using painters' tape; then paint, let dry, and ring the picnic bell.

    Sources
    Similar bamboo flatware (#20-2006), totallybamboo.com

    Enamel paints, testors.com

    Source
    Martha Stewart Living, March 2010
  4. Retro Father's Day Clip-Art Labels

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    He'll go nuts for personalized pistachios -- or pickles or hot sauce. In fact, these retro labels make it a cinch to turn any of Dad's favorite foods into a custom gift for Father's Day.

    How-To
    1. Download our designs. Print them onto plain or self-adhesive paper, enlarging or reducing the size as desired. 

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    Martha Stewart Living, June 2010
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    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
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    Monogrammed Hand Towel

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    A present bearing a hand-painted monogram shows affectionate effort. Use a set of hand towels and a letter stencil. Lay towel over a sheet of paper. Center stencil on towel and, holding it firmly, apply two coats of washable fabric paint with a medium-size brush. Remove stencil, and let dry, about three hours.

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    Martha Stewart Living, February 2004
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