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Martha Stewart's Handmade Holiday Crafts: 225 Inspired Projects for Year-Round Celebrations
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- Each idea is sure to make the holidays more festive and memorable
- Softcover book
- Book contains 365 pages
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New Year’s – Valentine’s Day – Easter – Mother’s Day – Father’s Day – Fourth of July – Halloween – Thanksgiving – Hanukkah – Christmas
Let Martha inspire your creativity with the most beautiful crafts. The 225 handmade projects include cards and greetings, decorations, gifts and gift wrapping, tabletop accents, party favors, and kids’ crafts, as well as more holiday-specific activities, such as egg-dyeing, pumpkin carving, and tree trimming. Each idea is sure to make the holidays more festive—and memorable.
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There are some good ideas; for example how to cover a balloon with glitter, making the popular love knot bracelets (although the bracelets shown are not the thick ones many prefer), felt fortune cookies and many egg dying tips. Sometimes the directions, quite frankly, are awful - almost no directions at all, for instance on how to make a birch basket. One project says use wheat paste, but neglects to tell how to make it or if you should purchase it. Another tells you to download and print spider web templates-where? - There is no recommendation within the project directions itself.
Silhouette templates for windows that appear to be 3-4 feet high are less than ½ inch large? This book just does not lend much of a helping hand most of the time. An illuminated trick or treat bag, which is a fabulous idea, gives no illustration at all with the very short directions on how to accomplish this task. The so called templates for all the crafts are at most 1" high.
The holidays covered are; New Year's, Valentine's Day, Easter, Mother's day, Father's day, Fourth of July, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Hanukkah and Christmas. There is an index and a section on basic techniques - cutting with a craft knife, using a pom-pom maker, embroidery stiches, etc. A source guide with phone numbers, web sites and some addresses and a buyer's guide are also included.
If you are a beginning crafter, you really need more help than this book will give you. Even experienced crafters might rub their head and eyes in exasperation.
First off, there are a lot of thinsg to buy, many of them pricey and only found at craft stores and second, many of the crafts don't seem very durable, so basically you'd only have them for the one holiday and once you took them down they'd go straight into the garbage, frown.
Her are some examples of these disposable crafts:
Gilded pears - take some pears, cover them with real gold dust. Done. Not only am I skeezed out by the thought of making a perfectly edible food into a non edible art, GOLD DUST is frigging pricey! Not to mention people starving, sorry, it just made me mad, it seems wildy inappropriate right now.
Golden Walnut Ball - Stick walnuts, real ones, onto a ball, spray paint them gold. this one would probably last a holiday or two, but it is again, food being wasted. I grew up in a trailerpark and wasting food bothers me, I know, get over yourself, but old habits and all that.
Gourd Candles - Melt wax into a hollowed out gourd, light it on fire. Okay, okay, there is no directive to light it on fire, and I will admit the candles are pretty and props for the fact that people don't eat gourds (can they be eaten?) but these will be a one-dinner-party attraction and I'm kinda craft-challenged, if I go to the expense and time of making something, I'd like it to be around for more than a couple of hours.
But some of the crafts were genius, for example;
A paper Sail centerpiece for a Thankgiving feast, the pictures show a perfectly pristine craft stick, but I think a dry stick from the garden could work just as well, same with the tiny bucket of rocks - I like that it's easily found and cheap!Read more ›
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Martha Stewart's projects are all lovingly photographed and documented and look really stunning in their simplicity. I particularly loved the decorations for Halloween such as the jack-0-lanterns and the treat bags shaped like pumpkins. Other favorites were the giant bird silhouette window, the instructions on how to fold napkins and the cute Pilgrim costumes for Thanksgiving, turkeys, and sail's for the table.
The photographs are all really well done too. There really is never a question how the finished item is supposed to look. The index at the end includes places where you can purchase items for the projects in the book, and also include templates. This book is a must have for the holiday crafter in your life.
Review copy courtesy of Netgalley
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I'm not big on a lot of Martha's products they seem to be inferior. But this one seem better.Published 1 month ago by fairy grams
Great book that has plenty of crafts!! Great product and fast shipping!Published 10 months ago by always2happy
Lots of good ideas here. All in one book. Before I had them in files. This is much neater and easier. No one does holidays like Martha.Published 11 months ago by D. Alford