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Fourth of July

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Fireworks Fans

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America's Party-Perfect Pattern

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Materials
  • Several bandanas (number varies depending on project)
  • For Invitations: Two stamp-ink colors
  • For Luminarias: Red and a white paper bag of the same size
  • For Luminarias: Decorative craft punches
  • For Luminarias: Scallop scissors
  • For Luminarias: Votive candle
  • For Table Runner: Sewing kit
  • For Table Runner: Iron
  • For Drink Cover: Template
  • For Drink Cover: Disappearing-ink fabric pen
  • For Food Flags: Craft knife
  • Toothpick or skewer
  • For Food Flags: Double-sided tape
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Flag Holder

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Cookie-Cutter Candles

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With a set of graduated cookie cutters, you can make stars or other shapes in many sizes. Arrange the candles on a platter, or place them in shallow dishes of water.
Materials
  • Metal cookie cutters
  • Masking tape
  • Scissors
  • Aluminum foil
  • Petroleum jelly
  • Double boiler
  • Craft sticks (for stirring)
  • Candy thermometer
  • Metal-tabbed tea-light wicks
  • Beeswax
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Hand-Towel Beach Bag

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Faux Bois Tray

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Faux bois means "false wood" in French; it is a simple technique that you can use to decorate wrapping paper, dressers, and walls elegantly. Here, it turns a plain wooden serving tray into one that is beautiful and special -- and perfect for a gift.
Materials
  • Mineral spirits
  • 2 shades of paint (one coat for "wood grain" and the other for the background color)
  • Paint brush
  • Wood-grain tool
  • Rag
  • Wood tray
  • Glass (same size as bottom of tray; Martha used a 3/16-inch-thick glass plate)
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Stick-On Stars

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Star Glasses

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