Assembled from yarn, rope, and foam balls, these homespun pumpkin decorations are simple to make. For each, gently press top and bottom of a Styrofoam ball against a work surface to flatten ends (so ball doesn't roll). Wrap orange roving around ball. Insert a T pin into top. Tie cream or orange mohair yarn to pin and cover ball. Cut a length of rope; place over pin, and attach with a hot-glue gun, pressing to secure.
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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.
SourceMartha Stewart Living, Volume 145 December 2005
Instead of writing new tags every year, keep a file of names on your computer. Print our gift tag templates. Type personalized inscriptions, print onto card stock, and cut out.
SourceMartha Stewart Living, December 2009
Woolen gloves keep hands toasty, but they can make for some slippery situations. To get a better handle on things, try this: Download our template, print, and cut out. (You may have to reduce or enlarge the image, depending on your glove size.) Trace template onto Ultrasuede fabric; cut out. Turn template over, and repeat. Sew onto gloves by whipstitching around edges of fabric using matching thread.
SourceMartha Stewart Living, January
Clothespins can be used to organize and hang papers, photos, and cards when they're turned into refrigerator magnets. To make them, remove the springs from wooden clothespins, and lightly sand wood with sandpaper. Coat with acrylic paint; let dry. Reattach springs, and affix a small magnet to 1 side of each pin with multipurpose cement.
Mighty round magnets; $12.99 for 16; Container Store; containerstore.com.
SourceMartha Stewart Living, April 2008
Salt and seashells are a match made in the ocean. To make this pretty dish, press the shell edges into a gold stamp pad, and then fill the shell with sea salt. Here, we used black-lip oyster shells; you should clean them, of course, before using. Polished black-lip oyster, Conch King.
SourceMartha Stewart Weddings, Summer 2009
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