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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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
For party favors or treats on Halloween night, fill crepe-paper pumpkin pouches with tiny toys and candy eggs.
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
Sometimes bookmarks fall out and you're left thumbing through page after page, trying to remember where you left off. Or you have to look up that often-used recipe in your favorite cookbook because its ribbon markers already hold the places of other tried-and-true dishes. Avoid these annoyances with placeholders that fit onto the corner of any page.
To make one, cut a bottom corner from an ungusseted paper bag (the kind card shops use) or a colorful envelope. Ours is about 2 inches long from corner to cut. Create several to track your best-loved recipes or when planning the menu for a special dinner.
SourceMartha Stewart Living, March 2009
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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