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.
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This project calls for textile, paper, and glassine doilies. You can find them at crafts stores and flea markets. As is the case with snowflakes, variety is welcome.
Stiffened Doilies How-To
1. Lay textile doilies on a covered surface. With a foam brush or roller, coat both sides of doilies with undiluted fabric stiffener until just saturated. Let dry overnight.
2. Press with an iron. Hang from thread or monofilament.
SourceMartha Stewart Living, December 2008
These frames are a snap for kids to make. Take photos of guests with an instant camera. Kids can mat them to precut card-stock squares, then embellish the borders. Add self-adhesive magnets to the back for hanging on the fridge.
SourceMartha Stewart Kids, Volume 17 2005
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.
SourceMartha Stewart Living
Create a seasonal garland to drape around the doorway using multicolored decorative dried corn.
Space cobs 6 to 8 inches apart on a length of raffia (available at crafts stores), tying it around each piece where the husk meets the kernels.
The cobs will hang vertically; if you'd like them to be horizontal (as shown in the center of garland), tie the tip of each cob to the husk of the next using floral wire.
SourceMartha Stewart Living, November 2008
Transform an inexpensive flower bucket into a nice-looking umbrella stand by painting the bottom of the bucket with glossy oil-based enamel paint. In addition to providing color, the paint will help disguise any rust caused by dripping umbrellas. Mark the bottom third of a tall galvanized bucket (available at garden centers) with painters' tape; prime and paint this area and the bottom of the bucket. Let dry 24 hours before removing tape.
SourceMartha Stewart Living, April 2008
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