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  1. Sunflower Place Card

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    From the Sunflower State of Kansas, here's a way to welcome guests to the table with a great big hello. Trim sunflower stems short, so they fit into juice glasses. Cut paper into petal shapes and write guests' names on them. Then add the extra petal to the flowers with dots of tacky white glue.

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    Marguerite plate, $71, johnderian.com

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    Martha Stewart Living, July 2010
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  2. 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
  3. Gift-Topper Berries

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    Decorate holiday packages with these red-and-green berry clusters, left. Attach them with waxed twine, and then tie gift tags to the stems.

    1. To make leaves and berries, follow the instructions for our Fall Berry Wreath, but use light-green and dark-green felt for the leaves' top and bottom layers, respectively, and dark-red felt for the berries. 

    2. Cluster leaf and berry stems; bind with green floral tape.

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    Martha Stewart Living
  4. Grassy Place Card, No Mowing

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    Celebrate the new season with place cards that resemble tufts of grass. Cut a 3-by-4-inch rectangle from green card stock. On 1 short side, fold under 1 inch to create a base. Stamp or write a name on the place card. Using scissors, cut a series of grass blades, as shown, stopping about 1 inch from the bottom. To finish, make angled cuts along the top.

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    Martha Stewart Living, March 2008
  5. Heart-Shaped African Violets

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    All it takes to propagate African violets is a large healthy leaf, cut in half. To turn the leaf into a pretty gift, snip it into the shape of a heart. Using clean, sharp scissors, remove a leaf with 1 inch of stem from a plant, and shape the leaf. Fill a small pot with fresh potting soil, and poke a hole in the soil with a pencil. Insert 3/4 inch of stem, pack soil firmly around it, and water well. (While rooting, the leaf should be covered with a glass jar or a plastic bag and removed from bright light to keep it moist.) A new plantlet should emerge in 6 to 8 weeks.

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    Martha Stewart Living, February 2009
  6. Project

    Clip-Art Carnation Cones

    These paper-wrapped posies are as sweet as ice cream.

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    1. Step 1

      Print carnation cone clip art onto heavyweight paper, and cut out. Shape into a cone, and fasten at tabs using double-sided tape.

    2. Step 2

      Bind stems with floral tape, and set inside cone.

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    Martha Stewart Living, February 2011
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