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Martha Stewart Living, December 2009

This year, we're offering magical inspirations to brighten the season with sparkle, glitter, and dazzle.

Here you'll find web-exclusive templates and how-tos from the December 2009 issue of Martha Stewart Living.

Ombre Glittered Bells
Glitter in an ombre pattern makes simple bells sparkle with sophistication.
Get the How-To

Martha's Glittered Star Tree Topper
Make a statement with a sparkling star atop your evergreen.
Print the Glittered Star Template
Get the How-To

Scalloped Felt Tree Skirt
Conceal a Christmas tree stand with a lovely scalloped tree skirt.
Get the How-To
Print the Tree Skirt Template

Monogrammed Hanukkah Cookies
Add a personal touch to your holiday table by monogramming cookies with guests' initials.
Get the Shortbread Cookie Dough Recipe
Get the Monogrammed Cookies How-To

Star-Punched Paper Hurricanes and Votives 
Hurricane vases and votive candle holders are wrapped in star-punched paper -- an easy way to suffuse your party with warmth.
Print the Templates
Get the How-To

Hanukkah Clip-Art Favor Boxes 
Silver gelt, chocolate coins wrapped in foil, make charming favors when presented in clip-art card stock boxes tied with ribbon and a Star of David. 
Print the Clip Art
Get the How-To

Felt Holly Corsage 
Make a batch of these simple-to-make, yet sophisticated-to-wear holly corsages to give as holiday gifts for loved ones this year.
Print the Holly Leaf Template
Get the How-To
More Beautiful Bow Ideas

Decorative Decal Pillar Candles 
Our clip-art designs make it easy to decorate pillar candles for gift-giving.  
Get the How-To
Choose from 10 Candle Clip-Art Designs
Choose from 12 Clip-Art Designs for the Matchbox Wrapper

Scented Soy Votive Candles 
Create a trio of fragrant votive candles, complete with clip-art labels and packaging. 
Print the Partitioned Clear Plastic Box Template
Print the Clip-Art Labels
Get the Soy Votive Candle How-To

Typewritten Gift Tags 
Instead of writing new tags every year, keep a file of names on your computer.  
Print the Tag Templates 
Get the How-To

Wintry Scene Cutout for Gift Wrap
Create a wintry scene on a wrapped present using a paper-dolls technique. 
Print the Two-Tree Template
Get the How-To for the Wintry Scene Gift Wrap

Hanukkah Gift Card
Use our template to create a star-shaped holder for a gift card.
Print the Triangle Template
Get the How-To for the Hanukkah Gift-Card

Manzanita-Branch Menorah
Dress up your Hanukkah table with a manzanita-branch menorah, silver spray, and glittered stars.
Print the Star Template
Watch the Video How-To

Mistletoe Kissing Ball
With mistletoe fashioned from silk fabric, the merriment lasts all season.
Print the Leaf Template
Watch the Video How-To

Coconut Angel Food Cake
This light-as-air angel food cake is covered with drifts of fluffy coconut and topped with angel-shaped lollipops.
Get the Spun Sugar Recipe
Get the Angel Food Cake Recipe

Jingle-Bell Dog Collar 
It's the time of year for everyone -- canines included -- to don finery.  
Get the How-To

Christmas Cookies
With an ingenious icing technique, it's easy to turn basic sugar cookies into edible works of art.
Make the Snowman Cookies 
Step-by-Step Photos for Snowman Cookies 

Make the Partridge in a Pear Tree Cookies
Step-by-Step Photos for Partridge in a Pear Tree Cookies  

Make the Santa Cookies
Step-by-Step Photos for Santa Claus Cookies  

Make the Reindeer Cookies
Step-by-Step Photos for Reindeer Cookies

Make the Snow Globe Cookies  

Make the Peppermint Candy-Shaped Cookies

Deck the Halls: Holly-Day Christmas Table
Add a bit of romance to your holiday table with resoundingly red decorations.
Get the Red Holly-Leaf Place Cards How-To
Get the Glittered Faux Holly Bobeches and Chandelier Garland How-To  

Elves at Work
These pinecone elves can be used as decorations on a mantel, under a tree, or atop presents. 
Print the Elf Shoe Template  
Get the How-To

Jolly Kris Kringle 
No holiday figure is as instantly recognizable as Kris Kringle, better known as Santa Claus, the jovial, red-suited icon who has inspired a galaxy of Christmas decorations.
Learn About Santa Collectibles
See More Collectible Santa Figurines
Coming Soon: Show Us Your Santa Collections

Outdoor Lighting: Joy
Write a message in lights to share with all who pass by.  
Get the How-To
Print the "Joy" Template

Lump of Coal Gift Box (with a Secret) 
These sparkling nuggets are no ordinary lumps but gift boxes embellished with paint, paper, and lots of glitter.
Print the Gift Box Template  
Get the How-To

Needle-Felted Polar Bear 
This incredibly soft polar bear -- perfect for a stocking stuffer -- was made by needle-felting.
Get the How-To

Peppermint House 
This cottage looks like somewhere Santa's elves might live. Thanks to our shortcut in its construction, it's easy enough for your own little elves to help create.
Get the How-To and Recipes

Snowman Treat Boxes 
The spheres for these frosty figures come in different sizes. 
Print the large snowman template or small snowman template.
Get the How-To

Glittered Santa Treat Boxes 
Santas in multiple sizes can be crafted using oval treat boxes, red paint, clip art, and glitter.
Print the large Santa, medium Santa, or small Santa templates.
Get the How-To

Christmas Stockings with Wool-Felt Icicles 
Ivory fabric is capped with wool-felt icicles for a wintry touch.
Print the templates for the stocking and cuff
Get the How-To 

Sequined Mohair Stockings 
Soft, shimmering yarns make the most of this basic pattern.
Get the How-To 

Winter Welcome Silhouette Door Decoration 
Create a snowy door-cling that can be used to welcome visitors year after year. 
Print the Cling Template  
Get the How-To

Yule Log Favor Boxes 
These versions of yule log are actually favor boxes decorated to resemble birch logs and filled with treats. 
Get the Clip Art 
Get the How-To

Yule Logs 
This buche de Noel, a French Yule log cake, is richly detailed with a wood-grain pattern.  
Get the Recipe
Make the Sugared White Pine Needles
Make the Milk-Chocolate Pinecones

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