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Wrap Stars

Who says you can't judge a gift by its wrapping? In a season when the thought counts more than ever, express your affection from the outside in, with artful presentation. Here, five New York designers help you think out of the box.

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Martha Stewart, design guru
"I wanted to bring White Christmas splendor into my home. I started by flattening the box and spray-painting it minty green. Once it dried, I applied sprigs of cedar, spray-painted them white, and peeled them off. Then, I pasted glass glitter to the outline and silver berries all over, reassembled the box, and put a bow and a sprig on the top." Krylon spray paint is available at Janovic stores; glitter from Martha by Mail (800-950-7130 or www.marthastewart.com); sprigs from your local tree vendor.

Jonathan Adler, potter
"I've been wrapping myself in Lacoste my whole life." Vintage Lacoste shirt from Sugartown Traders, Lawrence, Kansas (785-331-2791); belt from J. Press, 7 E. 44th St. (212-687-7642); pens from Staples.

Elizabeth Ryan, florist
"I papered the box with galax leaves, spray-painted silver. It's a gift within a gift -- the box will last long after the holidays." Spray glue, spray paint, and wire from Saifee,114 First Ave. (212-979-6396); balls from Kmart.

Betsey Johnson, fashion designer
"I used florist foil -- it comes in lots of colors. No tape, no strings . . . this takes two seconds!" Marabou trim from M&J Trimmings, 1008 Sixth Ave., near 38th St. (212-391-9072).

David Yurman, jewelry designer
"We all need angels right now. I first made this angel in bronze over 25 years ago. She's perfect for my holiday gifts." Synthetic suede is available in a range of colors at B&J Fabrics, 263 W. 40th St. (212-354-8150).


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