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Make a Peg Rack

Steps:10
One way to help keep your house clutter-free is to have a place to put things when you walk through the door. Martha has solved this problem by outfitting her mudroom with peg racks modeled after a beautiful Shaker design.
Materials
  • Pencil
  • Colonial molding, or any other style molding, cut to the desired length
  • Premade pegs
  • Yardstick
  • Drill
  • 7/16-inch spade drill bit
  • Wood glue
  • Rubber mallet
  • Stud finder
  • 3/8-inch tapered wood plugs
  • Primer
  • Paint or stain
  • Paintbrush
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Felt Tote Bag

Steps:12
Martha and crafter Jen Hopwood demonstrate an inventive technique for embellishing plain canvas bags with felt accessories.
Materials
  • Canvas tote bag
  • Seam ripper or small thread scissors
  • Plain white paper
  • Pins
  • Permanent marker
  • Wool felt in two colors -- enough to cover entire design
  • Machine-sewing thread in same color as top layer of felt
  • Sewing machine with quilting foot, free-motion foot, or clear foot
  • Sharp scissors or applique scissors
  • Scratch paper and pencil
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Customizing a Mouse Pad

Steps:3
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Ribbon Board

Steps:4
Other Ideas:
Crafting and DIY
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Apple Pencil Holder

Steps:4
Materials
  • 12-by-12-inch warm colors school days multimedia pad available from Martha Stewart Crafts at Michaels
  • Apple craft punch available from Martha Stewart Crafts at Michaels
  • 3-in-1 butterfly craft punch available from Martha Stewart Crafts at Michaels
  • 0.5 mm fine-tip writing pen; sepia available from Martha Stewart Crafts at Michaels
  • 1/4-inch double-sided adhesive foam dots
  • Double-sided tissue tape
  • Tin can or other container
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Child's Coat Hook Craft

Steps:6
Kids will always have a place to hang their coats with these adorable, personalized hooks.
Materials
  • 8-inch-round plaque
  • White acrylic paint
  • Large map or atlas
  • Color photocopier
  • Double Tack double-sided adhesive
  • Brayer or bone folder
  • Craft knife
  • Circle cutter or 8-inch plate
  • Adhesive roller or double-sided tape
  • Pre-made chipboard letter, or mat board and colored paper
  • Dremel stylus with 1/32-inch drill bit
  • Hammer
  • Finishing tacks
  • Hook hardware
  • Flush mount hanging hardware
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Leather Desk Blotter

Steps:8
Give your workspace a professional look with this distinctive leather desk blotter from Gillian Stevens of Dewdrop Designs.
Materials
  • Stack (about 25 sheets) of blotter paper in chosen size (we used 25 1/2-by-17 1/2-inch paper for large blotter)
  • 110-point (1/8-inch thick) chipboard
  • Bookcloth
  • Craft knife
  • Scissors
  • Kraft paper or newspaper
  • White craft glue
  • Small paint roller
  • Heavy weights (such as cans, books, etc.)
  • Thin leather
  • Piece of 1/4-inch plywood or 1/4-inch thick board, cut to dimensions of paper
  • Colored base sheet of paper in same size as blotter paper
  • Double-sided tape
  • Stamps and stamp pad; silk screening supplies (optional)
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