Earn bonus points for original packaging with these deconstructed Valentine's Day notes: The envelopes don't hold the cards -- they are the cards.
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Give everything needed for great hot chocolate, served in a bowl big enough to satisfy any chocolate fanatic.
To make this gift, fill an antique bowl with Mexican chocolate, cinnamon sticks, a vanilla bean, and miniature marshmallows. Wrap with a bow, and include your favorite recipe for hot chocolate.
Ceramic bowls or mugs
Ibarra sweet Mexican chocolate (or other high-quality chocolate)
SourceMartha Stewart Living
Stack and fold two sheets of black paper in half. Enlarge template. Position template on fold, trace, and cut out, making two bats. With black craft wire, poke a hole in the center of one bat; hold the end of the wire. Glue second bat on top, sandwiching wire in between. Wrap opposite end of the wire around a thin headband (ours was 1/4-inch wide) to secure. Repeat, adding more bats.
Use our red, white, and blue designs to cover empty tin cans, then fill them with flowers (we chose sweet pea and veronica), utensils, breadsticks, and more.
SourceMartha Stewart Living, July 2006
Plants that are past their prime can be stunning. Their imperfections -- the dramatic shapes, colors, and textures not found in just-bloomed plants -- are part of the appeal.
To create this arrangement, we tapped our gardens for rose hips and seed heads from coneflowers and asters. See what catches your eye in your yard.
SourceMartha Stewart Living, October 2009
What could be sweeter than a village of bite-size houses built from bricks of chocolate-gingerbread cake? To make these party favors, cut a sheet cake into 75 one-inch squares. Cut 25 of the squares in half diagonally, creating 50 triangles. Place a triangle, cut side down, on top of each remaining square, using a dab of frosting to adhere. Tuck in small pieces of red licorice for chimneys, and dust with confectioners' sugar before arranging on place cards.
SourceMartha Stewart Living, December 2007
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