holiday issue of ReadyMade. Among the paper, wood, plastic, fabric, and metal gift guides, we took note of a few how-to's that seemed easy, proved useful, and looked good. All of them can be done with old objects at home, and each would make a sincere gift-giving gesture. The first uses wood: How to make an embroidery-hoop clock; the second is plastic: a wrapping tip using microfilm as a bow; and the third, metal: an easy planter for succulents using an old kitchen tin. Wood: Embroidery-Hoop Clock Ingredients: Embroidery hoop, sheet of wood veneer, wood-grain contact paper, clock kit Tools: Scissors, hold punch, glue, x-acto knife Plastic: Microfilm Bow Ingredients: Microfilm, clear tape, wrapped package in need of a cool bow Tools: Scissors, ruler Metal: Tin o'Succulents Ingredients: Cupcake tin or mini-loaf pan that you can set ina larger tin to allow for drainage Tools: Hammer, nail To get all step-by-step instructions, pick up ReadyMade's Dec '07/Jan '08 issue.