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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These "cracked" eggshells get their jagged edges from electrical tape: Use a craft knife to cut a random zigzag pattern into a strip of tape, and position it around an egg that has been dyed a pale color. Dip the egg partially into the same dye bath again, up to the tape, holding it in until the desired darker shade is reached.
A chirping chick is made by dabbing food coloring into vinyl stencils.
SourceMartha Stewart Living, April 2010
It's a dog's life -- and a cushy one at that. This soft bed, suitable for small pooches, can be refreshed with a quick switch of covers. You'll need 2 same-size dish towels, 2-inch-thick foam (cut 4 inches shorter and narrower than the towels), and iron-on Velcro fasteners. Lay towels on top of each other, good sides facing. Sew 3 sides, about 1/2 inch in from towel edges. Turn inside out, insert foam, and iron the fasteners to the open side. For a neat appearance, fold that end as if gift-wrapping a box and use the fasteners to keep in place.
SourceMartha Stewart Living, May 2007
He'll go nuts for personalized pistachios -- or pickles or hot sauce. In fact, these retro labels make it a cinch to turn any of Dad's favorite foods into a custom gift for Father's Day.
1. Download our designs. Print them onto plain or self-adhesive paper, enlarging or reducing the size as desired.
SourceMartha Stewart Living, June 2010
Looking for an easy, inexpensive way to dress up a gift of flowers? Using scallop scissors, cut several inches off the top of a colored gift bag (available at crafts and party-supply stores). Arrange blooms (we used tulips) inside a low vase with just an inch or so of water in it, and carefully place the vessel inside the bag. (If the bottom of the bag seems flimsy, reinforce it with a piece of cardboard cut to fit.) Inscribe a gift tag with a message, and tie it around the bag with twine in a complementary color.
SourceMartha Stewart Living, January
While you have your eraser and fabric paint at the ready (after making game boards), why not give some plain-Jane napkins a little personality? Stamp a bright border in any pattern and palette you fancy.
SourceMartha Stewart Living, August 2010
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