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  1. Creepy Candles

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    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.

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    Martha Stewart Living, October 2007
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  2. Wintry Scene Cutout for Gift Wrap

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    Create a wintry scene on a wrapped present using a paper-dolls technique. 

    Enlarge the two-tree template to desired size; cut out. 

    Accordion-fold a piece of paper to the width of the template. 

    Trace the template onto top fold. Make "ornaments" with a screw punch. 

    Cut out and unfurl trees. Adhere with a glue stick or spray adhesive.

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    Martha Stewart Living, December 2009
  3. Rescued Ribbon Tree

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    Give bits of ribbon left over from gift wrapping a new life as merry tree ornaments. The ribbons' colors and patterns don't need to match exactly, since their simple shape will tie the look together. Begin by knotting scraps into basic bows around a few inches of floral wire. Next, twist the wire to secure the bows to tree branches, indoors or out. To remove the ornaments, untwist the wire, and store flat between layers of tissue paper.

     

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    Martha Stewart Living, Volume 145 December 2005
  4. Button Hair Clips

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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.

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    Martha Stewart Kids, Volume 20 November/December 2005
  5. Roses and Kale Basket

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    This unusual pairing features two items with similar budlike shapes: creamy-white roses and emerald-green ornamental kale.

    Basket How-To
    If your basket has gaps in its sides, weave a ribbon through the rungs. Next, tuck a plastic liner inside, and then trim a block of floral foam to fit. Soak the foam in water and set it in the liner. Push the kale and rose stems into it. Do the same with sprigs of pine around the edges. Finish by wrapping branches of pine around the handle, securing them with floral wire. The display will stay fresh for several days.

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    Martha Stewart Living, Volume 145 December 2005
  6. Chinese New Year Envelope Place Setting

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    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.

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    Martha Stewart Living, January 2009
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