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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Lace Taper Candle How-To
1. Trim a strip of rub-on transfer to the length of a taper candle. Hold strip in place on candle with low-tack tape.
2. Working from bottom to top, burnish transfer onto candle with a craft stick or bone folder.
3. Remove tape and transfer backing.
Crafty young gardeners know just how to make bare branches bloom in winter -- they just add tissue paper. Gather branches that have fallen outside; let dry, if necessary. Cut out 2-inch squares of pink tissue, pinch tightly in the middle to create blooms, and affix them to branches with white glue. Display in a tall container, such as a canning jar with the lid's center removed.
SourceMartha Stewart Kids, Volume 11 2004
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
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.
Two Ways to Use Them
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
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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