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A Silver Linings Playbook
"For a show-stopping centerpiece—that's also easy on the budget—simply collect branches from the yard: I love to grab the really gnarly, interesting-looking ones, nothing too pin-straight. To make them even prettier, I wrap them in aluminum foil tape, which is real aluminum backed with adhesive and can be found in any hardware store. Pressing the tape all over the branches gives them the effect of silver leaf, and the result is stunning." —Danny Seo, author of Upcycling Celebrations: A Use-What-You-Have Guide to Decorating, Gift-Giving & Entertaining (Running Press)

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