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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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.
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.
SourceMartha Stewart Kids, Special Issue 2004
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.
SourceMartha Stewart Living, March 2008
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.
SourceMartha Stewart Living, December 2007
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.
SourceThe Martha Stewart Show, February 2011
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