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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Martha chats about the creation of her latest book, "Martha Stewart's Encyclopedia of Sewing and Fabric Crafts."
A comprehensive visual reference for beginners and experienced sewers alike, the book covers the basics of sewing by hand or machine, along with five other time-honored crafts techniques, and step-by-step instructions for more than 150 projects.
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Get a sneak peek at a selection of fun projects from the book.
SourceThe Martha Stewart Show, March 2010
Create a wintry scene on a wrapped present using a paper-dolls technique.
Enlarge the two-tree template to desired size; cut out.
Accordion-fold a piece of paper to the width of the template.
Trace the template onto top fold. Make "ornaments" with a screw punch.
Cut out and unfurl trees. Adhere with a glue stick or spray adhesive.
SourceMartha Stewart Living, December 2009
The meaning of Thanksgiving can get lost in the whirlwind of holiday preparations. These paper leaves provide a fun way to acknowledge the things you're grateful for. To make them, fold card stock and cut out leaf shapes freehand, finishing edges with scallop scissors.
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Ask family and friends to write their name and one thing they appreciate on a leaf. Then read the sentiments aloud during dinner. Or keep the notes anonymous and have everyone try to guess who wrote each message.
SourceMartha Stewart Living, November 2009
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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SourceMartha Stewart Living, July 2010
A present bearing a hand-painted monogram shows affectionate effort. Use a set of hand towels and a letter stencil. Lay towel over a sheet of paper. Center stencil on towel and, holding it firmly, apply two coats of washable fabric paint with a medium-size brush. Remove stencil, and let dry, about three hours.
SourceMartha Stewart Living, February 2004
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