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Valentine's Day Plant Gift

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A carefully chosen, personalized plant makes a lovely Valentine's Day present. What's more, it's a charming and affordable solution for a thoughtful child who wants to surprise his or her grandparent or a special teacher. Using this easy technique, you need only a few basic supplies to embellish a beautiful flowering primrose.
Materials
  • 5 1/8-by-3 1/8-by-10 5/8-inch brown-paper lunch bags
  • Standard scissors
  • Flowering plant in plastic container
  • Decorative scissors
  • Ribbon (optional)
  • Double-sided tape or glue
  • Cardboard
  • Skewer (optional)
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Framing a Mirror with Stock Molding

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Materials
  • 1/4-inch-thick mirror, 27 by 29 inches
  • 1/4-inch-thick sheet of plywood, 29 by 31 inches
  • Construction-grade adhesive or wood glu
  • Four 2-inch-wide 1/4-inch-thick lattice pieces (two 27 inches long and two 31 inches long)
  • Spring clamps
  • 4 case moldings (two 25 1/3 inches long, and two 27 1/2 inches long)
  • 4 rosette blocks, 3 1/2 inches square
  • Towels
  • Plywood, for weight
  • Electric screwdriver with Phillips head
  • 1-inch screws
  • 2 D-rings, for hanging
  • Picture wire
  • Vinyl picture bumpers to protect wall
  • Masking tape
  • Paintbrushes
  • Primer
  • Paint
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Shaping and Decorating a Tabletop Tree with Eric

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Jewelry Gift Pouch

On Valentine's Day, show your love by giving this beautiful heart pendant wrapped in a lovely ...
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Cameo Appearances: Iron-On Transfer Ornaments

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Other Ideas:
Christmas, Ornaments
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Block-Printed Table Linens

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Give your table linens a one-of-a-kind look by block-printing charming leaf and flower designs.
Materials
  • Leaf and flower template
  • Pencil
  • Mastercarve artist-carving blocks: one 4-by-6-inch for leaves, one 2 1/2-by-2 1/2-inch (or larger) for flower
  • Bone folder
  • Linoleum cutter with V- and U-shaped attachments in different sizes
  • Pebeo Setacolor transparent water-based fabric paint
  • Wide paintbrush
  • Solid linens for printing (pre-washed and ironed)
  • Iron
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Baby Sock Cat Toy

A flowering member of the mint family, catnip releases an aromatic oil that sends most cats into ...
A flowering member of the mint family, catnip releases an aromatic oil that sends most cats into a blissful frenzy. This simple and inexpensive mouse-size toy, filled with catnip and sewn by hand, will provide your cat with hours of entertainment.
Source:Martha Stewart Living Television
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Bird's Nest Planter

Steps:4
Materials
  • Glass cylinder, 6 inches in diameter and 2 inches high, or something similar, such as a glass cereal bowl.
  • Cooling rack and newspaper
  • Gloves
  • 10-inch circle of corrugated cardboard
  • 1 quart of 1- to 2-inch-long twigs*
  • 1 quart small white-spruce pinecones*
  • 1 pint white glue
  • Crystal coarse glitter
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