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Twine and Dine

Photography: Burcu Avsar

Source: Martha Stewart


Your backyard may be blanketed with snow at the moment, but that doesn't mean you can't put your garden twine to use inside the house. Try using the household staple to add a handmade touch of spring to dinner-party decor. Use twine to label pitchers of drinks and jarred toppings. Wrap it around the handles of a serving tray or a candleholder. (Tuck in the end you started with, after you've made a few loops. When you're finished wrapping, cut the twine and tuck in that end as well.) Knot some twine around flat stones for rustic place cards. (Use a white paint pen or gel ink pen to write guests' names in script for an elegant contrast.) Or use twine to bundle flatware and napkins together for casual, grabbable place settings.

Utilitarian items pair well with garden twine.

Resources: Green topstitch and ikat cloth napkins, by C. Wonder; glass cylinder candleholder, 5" by 5",; Vinny carafe,


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