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  1. Pumpkin Balloons

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    A gaggle of helium-filled jack-o'-lantern balloons hovers near the refreshment table. The simple features are drawn onto the inflated balloons with permanent marker. Choose an assortment of geometric shapes that are easy to create freehand.

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  2. How-To

    Bat Headband

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    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.

  3. Gift Monogram

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    Recycle holiday cards as labels for presents.

    With a pencil, kids can draw (or stencil) the recipient's initial onto a card, and cut it out. Punch a hole in the letter, and tie to gift with yarn or ribbon.

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    Martha Stewart Kids, Special Issue 2004
  4. Artistry and Old Lace

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    This Easter, take hard-boiled eggs to new heights by embellishing them with lacy patterns. All you need to make them is standard egg dye, rubber bands, and inexpensive lace trimmings from a fabric store. (You can also use scraps cut from a worn tablecloth or curtains.) Once the eggs are dyed and dry, pile them in a large bowl and use them as a centerpiece.

    Lacy Egg How-To

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    Martha Stewart Living, March 2008
  5. Yule Log Gift Packaging

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    Here's an attractive way to package unusually shaped gifts, such as glassware or bottles: Put them in mailing tubes dressed up as Yule logs.

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    Martha Stewart Living, December 2007
  6. Good Thing

    Valentine's Day Treat Bags

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    If you're looking for a last-minute Valentine's Day present, you can't go wrong with candy.

    For an easy-to-make gift, simply fill a cello bag three-quarters full with layers of jelly beans and hard candy. Top it off with a heart-shaped lollipop, stuck directly into the mixture, and tie the whole package together with a beautiful ribbon.

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    The Martha Stewart Show, February 2011
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