Add a splash of color to basic storage boxes. Cut a plus-sign shape out of book cloth, measuring fabric so each side panel covers box with an extra 1/2 inch on both sides and 2 inches on end. (Get the template.) Spread paste on center cloth panel; set box on top. Spread paste on side panels, and cover box, folding excess cloth over top edge, around corners, or under itself to hide seams. Hold in place with clothespins; let dry overnight. Cover lids if desired.
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Fragrant floral teas find a handsome home in glass canisters, where their soft hues are on full display.
Simply fill your favorite jars with colorful varieties of loose tea petals -- we like chamomile, violet, red rose, jasmine, jasmine-scented flowering, and plum berry teas -- and arrange together for a striking counter adornment.
It's not only an attractive display, but also a convenient reminder of the varieties you have on hand.
SourceThe Martha Stewart Show, Episode 5128
Organization and a few helpful tricks can make your move more manageable, ensuring your belongings will travel safely and easily from one home to the next.
Download and print our exclusive moving to-do list for quick reference.
Print our moving box labels on self-adhesive paper to keep all of your packed belongings in order.
SourceMartha Stewart Living, April 2008
Martha presents tips on fitting your candles into candleholders for the holidays.
For candle suggestions and tips on resizing tapers, holding candles in place, and protecting from drips, see Our Favorite Candles for Every Occasion from Martha Stewart Living.
SourceThe Martha Stewart Show, November 2009
Whether they're from the North or South, birds love Alabama's state fruit, blackberries. If they're enjoying yours before you get the chance, set up this low-tech line of defense: Drive bamboo stakes into the ground around the perimeter of the berry patch. Perch flowerpots on top, and cover with bird netting, which you can find at garden centers.
Use bamboo stakes that are taller than the berry bushes and you, so you can move around underneath the netting. Make sure the netting drapes all the way to the ground.
SourceMartha Stewart Living, July 2010
Return from vacation to find your plants thriving, not barely surviving. Create care instructions for your house sitters. Print a note for each plant (including watering guidelines). Then stick the instructions to wooden plant markers (or chopsticks). If you want to take the extra step of laminating, your notes -- and probably your plants -- will last a lot longer.
SourceMartha Stewart Living, August 2010
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