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Under-Bed Storage Box

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Those few inches of empty space under the bed are a great place to store extra pillows, sheets, blankets, and off-season clothing such as sweaters. Martha and style editor Tom Tamborello transform an Ikea under-bed storage box into an elegant piece that will look attractive under any bed.
Materials
  • Prefabricated under-bed storage box
  • Paintbrush
  • Wallpaper primer
  • Tape measure
  • Grass-cloth wallpaper
  • Scissors
  • Wallpaper adhesive
  • Pieces of wooden lattice
  • Clamps
  • Oak tag or thick construction paper
  • Leather
  • Utility knife
  • Shoemaker's glue
  • Small brush
  • Canvas
  • Sewing machine
  • Awl
  • Hammer
  • 4 large snap fasteners
  • Snap-installation tool (comes with snap fasteners)
  • Cedar plywood, cut to fit bottom of box
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Crepe-Paper Bells

Steps:7
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Beaded Jewelry

Steps:5
These sparkly earrings and necklaces are delicately detailed, and they're neither difficult nor time-consuming to construct. Beads and the thin ribbon or silk beading cord on which to string them come in about any color imaginable, so you can tailor the jewelry to suit the specific tastes of your giftees.
Materials
  • For necklace: 20 inches of 5-mm-wide ribbon
  • For necklace: 20 inches of silk beading cord
  • Beading needle
  • Large beads
  • Sead beads
  • Clasps and connectors
  • Ribbon
  • Jingle bells
  • Liquid seam sealant
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Wax Bowl Centerpiece

Steps:8
Materials
  • 3/4 pound paraffin
  • 1/4 pound beeswax
  • 1 teaspoon Vybar
  • One ivory colorant chip
  • Double boiler designated for candle-making
  • Metal mixing bowl
  • Oven mitts or hot pads
  • Tub of cold water
  • Chopsticks
  • Dried greenery
  • Mini pine cones
  • Dried star anise
  • Dried berries or rose hips
  • Warm skillet or heated cookie sheet
  • Floating candles (homemade or store-bought)
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Felting 101

Steps:3
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Striped Soaps

Steps:7
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Christmas, Events, Holidays
Delight someone with a fresh-scented and boldly striped soap. Purchase clear and white glycerin soap at a crafts store. Use a mini loaf pan as a mold; each "loaf" of soap requires 2 cups of each soap and yields six bars of soap.
Materials
  • Glycerin
  • Peppermint oil
  • Glycerin
  • Plastic spoon
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