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Outdoor entertaining

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Soda Bottle Stand How-To

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Bamboo Tiki Bar

Steps:7
Materials
  • 2 Martha Stewart Everyday stools
  • 1 sheet of plywood, 72 inches long, 24 inches wide, 3/4 inch thick
  • Rubber bumpers
  • Tatami mat
  • 2 table skirts
  • 6 pieces of bamboo, 1 1/2 inch in diameter (one piece, 6 feet, 2 inches; two pieces, 2 feet; three pieces, 6 feet, 5 inches)
  • Raffia
  • Staple gun and staples
  • Matte knife
  • Drill
  • Finishing hammer
  • 1/16-inch drill bit and 7/32-inch drill bit
  • Seven 1 1/2-inch finishing nails
  • Two 1-inch wood screws
  • Zip ties
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Paper-Bag Party Lights

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Light Columns

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Geometric "topiaries" inspired by the paper sculptures of Isamu Noguchi stand on both sides of this swimming pool. A few white plastic beach balls tied to weighted lines float in the pool like pearls cut loose from a giant strand (for safety, never cover the surface of a pool with a large number of balls).
Materials
  • Bamboo stick or dowel, 6 feet long and 1 inch in diameter
  • 50-bulb string of lights
  • Paper lanterns (ours were 14 inches in diameter)
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Patriotic Votives

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When twilight follows the sunset this Fourth of July, you can add a bit of illumination to the festivities by transforming different-size glass containers into patriotic votives. The process is simple, and all the required materials are easily available at local crafts stores.
Materials
  • Assorted cylindrical clear-glass containers
  • Glassine sheets in red, white, and blue
  • Tape measure
  • Rotary cutter or edgers
  • Double-sided tape
  • Glue stick
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Punch Bowl Prop

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Blowing Out an Egg

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Ti Leaf Ice Bucket

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Use ti leaves to dress up a plain ice bucket for the perfect way to serve drinks at your luau. To decorate other items, such as tall candles, place leaves vertically against the outside of the candleholder. Or, wrap a ti leaf horizontally around votives.
Materials
  • Ti leaves
  • Ice bucket
  • Double-sided tape
  • Raffia
  • Tall candles and votives, optional
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