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Contests & Prizes : Holiday Giveaway #1!

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Today is December 1. Do you know where your ornaments are right now? We are in the thick of holiday season, which can mean only one thing: It’s time for glitter! In this month’s issue of Living, our creative director, Eric, shows you how to make his snowflake ornaments. (Click here for other glittered-ornament ideas.) Great …

Borax Crystal Snowflakes

Make It : Borax Crystal Snowflakes

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In preparation for this Saturday’s Martha Stewart Holiday Craft Sale, I’ve been working on a new kit in the Professor Figgy’s Fabulous Science Kits line—this one helps you grow your very own Borax Crystal Snowflake! To make the snowflake yourself, check out the process below. It requires a few basic (and readily available) tools and …

Tags, Ties & Toppers

Behind the Scenes : Tags, Ties & Toppers

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Flip to page 87 of your December issue of Living and you’ll find 55 tags, ties, and toppers—that’s right—55 different gift embellishment ideas! Most of which can be made from craft scraps and office supplies you may already have around the house. There’s something for everyone, whether you’re the type who likes to craft a …

Make It : Advent / Birthday Calendar

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Last year I shared with you that I’ve been making advent calendars for my mom’s birthday for many years. Her birthday is November 25, so it’s the perfect present, as it is so close to Christmas. Every day she gets to open an envelope with photos of her grandkids . . . it’s just a …

Inspiration Board : Happy Thanksgiving!

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We want to wish everyone a lovely holiday that is full of food, family, and friends. If you need some last-minute decorating ideas, here are some: clip-art decorations (and templates), table settings, and centerpieces for inspiration. Enjoy!…

Easy Thanksgiving Punched Crafts

Make It : Easy Thanksgiving Punched Crafts

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Thanksgiving is upon us, so I’m sharing two super-easy punched crafts for your holiday celebration. These mini paper turkeys are made using just one punch—a scalloped circle—and some scissors, glue, and double-sided tape. That’s it! The punch I used is the Martha Stewart Crafts Rose Window Punch All Over the Page. The two-part magnetic punch …

Pinecone Turkey V3.0

Make It : Pinecone Turkey V3.0

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Pinecones really lend themselves to being turned into turkeys for festive décor ideas for the holiday season, like these fun guys. And after a quick search on Martha Stewart, two more ideas show up: Feathered Pinecone Turkey Cone Husk Pinecone Turkey I couldn’t help myself from adding to the collection with this new version done …

Bright & Beautiful

Behind the Scenes : Bright & Beautiful

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When I joined the magazine, my first assignment was the outdoor lighting story featured in the December issue of Living. Eric, Marcie, and I traveled to beautiful Vermont with the promise of heavy snowfall, but we met many challenges along the way: a HEAVY 16-foot tree, slippery farm roads, and unpredictable weather patterns, to name …