Embellish holiday parcels with mistletoe made from felt leaves.
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Bring a bit of the forest indoors by decorating a lamp finial with a pinecone, plain or spray-painted silver. If your lamp doesn't already have a basic finial -- the small piece that screws onto the top of a lamp's harp -- you can buy one at the hardware store.
Lamp Finial How-To
1. Sand the bottom of the pinecone to create a smooth surface.
2. Dab a bit of hot glue onto the flattened area, and press the pinecone onto the top of the finial.
SourceMartha Stewart Living, November 2008
Cast a sinister glow over any setting with a cluster of white tapers dripping with "blood" (actually red candle wax). Fill a cup or a small pail with sand, and plant white candles inside so they stand upright. Light a red candle and tip it over the white candles so the wax drips down the tops and sides, being careful not to burn yourself. Let wax cool completely before removing candles from sand.
SourceMartha Stewart Living, October 2007
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.
SourceMartha Stewart Living, January
Welcome guests to a spring meal with little pots of moss. Covered with a glass, each looks like a mini terrarium. Fill a 1 1/2-inch terra-cotta pot with moss, insert twig in center, and glue a name tag to twig. Cover with a glass, which can be used for drinks.
SourceMartha Stewart Living, March 2011
Place a piece of clear tape over a lid, and use a marker to create a pattern of holes. With a pushpin, pierce the lid at each mark. Remove tape, and head to the picnic.
Mini preserves, 69 cents each, by Bonne Maman; englishteastore.com.
SourceMartha Stewart Living, July 2011
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