Beautiful and durable, crepe paper lends itself to countless applications. Glue bands of it to a bunch of eggs, affix tiny crepe blooms, and pile them in a bowl for a simple, elegant display. You also can use the paper to create lifelike flowers with egg centers. Or add crepe ears to an egg and watch it turn into a bunny.
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.
2 shades of paint (one coat for "wood grain" and the other for the background color)
Glass (same size as bottom of tray; Martha used a 3/16-inch-thick glass plate)
These pretty little sachets look like something you'd discover in an elegant Parisian boutique, but they're quite easy to make. Fill them with sweet-smelling potpourri, and tuck them into Christmas stockings or give them as small gifts. We used a mixture of dried lavender, calendula, chamomile, and roses for our potpourri; a few drops of lily-of-the-valley and freesia-scented oils enhance the fragrance. Add a teaspoon of orris root, a fixative, to help retain the potpourri's scent.
Dried flowers for potpourri
1/2 yard silk organza
1/2 yard tracing paper from a roll, or two sheets from a pad