make and take

If you don’t have a sig­na­ture craft, con­sider one of these crowd-pleasers. The only rule: Your work should be non­per­ish­able.

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1 MATCH STRIK­ERS A graphic combo of spray-painted lines and strips of match-strike pa­per (avail­able on Ama­zon or Etsy) turns glass jars into man­tel-ready match strik­ers. Leave the matches in boxes un­til it’s party time. 2 SCRAPE-PAINT

WRAP­PING PA­PER Dot paint across the sur­face of pa­per, and use a plas­tic ruler as a squeegee to pull it from top to bot­tom. 3 COOKIE BUT­TER Score pre­sen­ta­tion points by in­clud­ing dip-dyed wooden spoons with jars of cookie but­ter (store­bought cook­ies blended into a spread; two-week shelf life). 4 SEED PACK­ETS

AND MARK­ERS Make seed en­velopes with ma­chinestitched pa­per pouches.

Stamped row mark­ers made from air-dry clay dou­ble as ID tags. 5 WOOD AND FELT

DOLL OR­NA­MENTS Build a band of car­ol­ers from clothes­pins and other wooden craft­ing pieces. Dress them in felt out­fits and che­nille pipe cleaner ear­muffs or acorn caps.

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