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  1. Stationery with a Colorful Edge

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    Transform the plainest note cards into cheery, even elegant, stationery with nothing more than a stamp pad. Just run the edge of the paper and envelopes along the pad (use one that's soft and spongy). These bright colors are perfect for spring and summer, but you can swap them out for different shades to suit your mood or the occasion. For a more formal look, try a gold or silver stamp pad.

    Voyage pigment ink pad set, $10, by Martha Stewart Crafts; michaels.com.

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    Martha Stewart Living, June 2011
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  2. Painted Bamboo Cutlery

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    Transform reusable bamboo utensils with a few deft strokes of model paint, which can withstand hand-washing. 

    To create stripes, tape off the areas you don't want painted using painters' tape; then paint, let dry, and ring the picnic bell.

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    Similar bamboo flatware (#20-2006), totallybamboo.com

    Enamel paints, testors.com

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    Martha Stewart Living, March 2010
  3. Cracked Paper Eggshell Dishes

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    The "cracked" tops of papier-mache eggshells with pink, gold, and white linings become dishes for foil-wrapped chocolates and candy eggs. For the nest, decorative paper is cut with fringe scissors.

    Get Our Papier-Mache How-To

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    Fringe scissors, $13, by Martha Stewart Crafts, from Michaels

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    Martha Stewart Living, April 2010
  4. Hostess Gift: Personalized Photo CD

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    Staying with friends this summer? Show your gratitude by sending them a photo CD of your trip. Save digital images to a disc, and then personalize it further by adhering a print to the top. It's easy with specialized CD/DVD labels (officedepot.com).

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    Martha Stewart Living, August 2009
  5. Fancy Flowers

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    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.

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    Martha Stewart Living, January
  6. Good Thing

    Lucky Plant Gift

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    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.

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    Martha Stewart Living, January 2010
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