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Magnetic Garden Organizer

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Memorable Gift Wrap

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The simple act of wrapping gifts takes on a ritual grace at holiday time. With each crease of the paper and knot of the ribbon, you are creating a tiny drama that will be played out when the package is opened. The ideas shown here are designed to be something of a tease: Colored tissue peeks through sheer white vellum; cutouts reveal hidden textures beneath. You can use specialty papers such as colored tissue, glassine, and waxed paper, but even ordinary materials become beautiful when used in an unexpected way.
Materials
  • For Christmas-Tree Silhouette: silver and gold paper
  • For Tower of boxes: sheet of glassine
  • For Tower of boxes: colored tissue paper
  • For purse shaped package: 12-by-27-inch piece of Japanese kozo paper
  • Utility knife
  • For purse shaped package: green paper and green satin ribbon
  • Bone folder or ruler
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Bamboo Napkin Rings

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Bamboo is as handsome as it is versatile. So it seems only natural that the material should join us at the table in the form of sturdy napkin rings.
Materials
  • 2-inch-diameter bamboo pole
  • Painter's tape
  • Miter saw and box
  • Drill fitted with a 1 1/2-inch paddle bit
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Cockscomb Valentine Wreath

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Nothing expresses the essence of Valentine's Day better than a big, full heart. Declare your love for a sweetheart -- or simply a love of romance -- with this handmade cockscomb wreath.
Materials
  • Heart-shaped 10-inch polystyrene wreath form (available at florists' shops)
  • Utility knife with a saw blade
  • Hot-glue gun and glue sticks
  • Several bunches of dried cockscomb (each with about eight stems)
  • 3 yards of satin ribbon
  • T-pin
  • Floral wire
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Personalized Chocolates

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Brag Books

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Card Garlands and Candy Pouches

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Easy Backpack

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This pretty satchel is a cinch to put together, and it takes only about an hour. Choose fabrics in colors that coordinate with favorite outfits. We used washable cotton for the exterior and lined the pack with water-resistant nylon for durability.
Materials
  • Preshrunk cotton (one 14 1/2-by-32-inch rectangle)
  • Nylon (one 14 1/2-by-32-inch rectangle)
  • Pins
  • Cord (two 4-inch lengths, plus two 50-inch lengths)
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