Evoke a Victorian Christmas with place cards that resemble elegant paper scrolls. To make them, cut a 1-by-8-inch strip from heavyweight paper, and trim the ends at a 45-degree angle. Write a guest's name on top, centering it on the strip. To curl the ends, as shown, wrap them around a smooth-sided pen or pencil. At every place setting, lay a scroll atop a sprig of holly.
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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
Hundreds of years ago, astronomers fashioned volvelles -- wheels of paper that worked like circular slide rules -- to help track the movement of the planets. This version of a volvelle conceals rotating endearments along with phrases and symbols that convey your affection with a turn of the wheel.
SourceMartha Stewart Living, February 2003
Bring a bit of the forest indoors by decorating a lamp finial with a pinecone, plain or spray-painted silver. If your lamp doesn't already have a basic finial -- the small piece that screws onto the top of a lamp's harp -- you can buy one at the hardware store.
Lamp Finial How-To
1. Sand the bottom of the pinecone to create a smooth surface.
2. Dab a bit of hot glue onto the flattened area, and press the pinecone onto the top of the finial.
SourceMartha Stewart Living, November 2008
Wish someone an auspicious new year with a jade plant, Crassula ovata. This easy-care succulent is said to bring prosperity.
To wrap the pot, place it on a square sheet of decorative paper. Bring up two opposite corners, and secure to the pot with double-sided tape.
Fold the other two flaps as shown; tape. Tie gold cord around the pot, and add a tag with a message.
SourceMartha Stewart Living, January 2010
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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