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Pro-Tips From Martha Stewart Crafts Professionals

We’re home now, but while on our Martha Stewart Crafts Getaway Weekend, we were privileged to get the inside scoop from the Martha Stewart Craft Editors.  Nothing like hanging out at the pool with crafty gurus sharing all their tips and tricks.  It was cool enough to meet these amazing ladies but to have them share some of their vast craft knowledge was the ultimate experience.
We brought back some of their coolest and craftiest tips for you!
Jodi Levine and Hannah Milman sharing some of the inspiration behind their projects for Martha Stewart Craft

Meet the amazing ladies from The Crafts Department that were on-hand to create, teach, and inspire.

Here are some pro-tips from the masters!

Hannah Milman
SVP Exec Editorial Director Holiday and Crafts

1.  Create snow globes this holiday season with an old jar and a simple recipe.  Mix water and glycerin and just a pinch of glitter to your old jar.  Affix plastic or ceramic figures to the inside of the lid with cement glue.  Attach the lid to the jar with silicone.  This is a great project to get the kids involved with or children of all ages.

2.  If you want to wow your guests at your next holiday party, you can add some sugared flowers to your cake.  Adding something as sophisticated as edible flowers like pansies or snapdragons will spark interest amongst your guests.  Whisk one egg white with one teaspoon of water and begin by carefully painting the mixture on the backside of the flower.  If you are leery about using raw egg, you can also substitute with freeze dried eggs.  Dust with superfine sugar.  Repeat the process on the top of the flower, working slowly as to not tear the petals and again dust with sugar.  Dry the flowers overnight on a parchment lined baking sheet.  Store in an airtight container.  Now, just add some to your favorite cupcake or cake or even store bought dessert and voila, your guests are amazed.

3.  Before covering a piece completely with glitter, tint your glue with a little acrylic paint or dye ink.  That way, should a bit of glitter fall off your project, the color will still remain and it will be less noticeable.  When creating completely glittered ornaments, this tip is a must-do!

Jodi Levine
Kids Editorial Director and Designer for Martha Stewart Crafts

1.  I am always taking used but clean copier paper home from the recycle bin at work. My kids draw a lot. You’ll often find a (non-confidential) memo or expense report on the back of their artwork!!!

2.  We recycle lots more junk into crafts, like paper towel and toilet paper tubes.  My boys and I use them for making cars (with plastic bottle cap wheels) and castle towers.  We came home from the museum one day and were inspired to make totem poles and the paper towel tube was the perfect base!  You can use them to make cute bracelets too.

3.  Another recycled craft we loved: Styrofoam tray prints!  We save the trays that fruit or meat is sometimes packed on.  If you don’t have Styrofoam trays you can use cut pieces of corrugated cardboard glued to another piece of cardboard. You ink up the raised cut shapes on top and create these abstract rose prints.

Lauren Murphy
Crafts Department Assistant/Glitter Queen

1.  When covering an item completely with glitter, it is best to double glitter!  Cover your entire piece with glittering glue and then glitter, allow to dry then add another layer of glue and glitter.  This will ensure that there are no bald spots on your piece.
Perfect for making Ombre Glittered Bells.

2.  When working with glitter, mix up those colors!  You can create a whole new color by mixing several tones.  If you are working on a vintage project, mix in a little metallic to your color to give it an Old World feel.  Add gold glitter to your warm toned colors and silver to your cool tones.

3.  When using several colors of glitter on a project, use cupcake liners to hold your glitter.  The liners are lined with wax, thus anti-static, and great for getting that glitter back into the bottle when you are finished.

We can’t say enough good things about these talented women, or about what a wonderful time we had at the Beaches Resort on Turks and Caicos. Hope you enjoyed reading about our adventures! Check back soon for our list of Martha Stewart Week Winners!

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2 Responses to Pro-Tips From Martha Stewart Crafts Professionals

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    Elaine A November 22, 2010 at 9:40 am #

    Thank you for some of the wonderful tips and ideas!

    Elaine Allen

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    Annette A. February 23, 2011 at 3:52 pm #

    awesome tips…thanks for sharing