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Martha Stewart's Handmade Holiday Crafts: 225 Inspired Projects for Year-round Celebrations [Hardcover] Paperback – 2011


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  • ASIN: B005ZCP9UE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,989,721 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Martha Stewart is the author of dozens of bestselling books on cooking, entertaining, homekeeping, gardening, weddings, and decorating. She is the host of The Martha Stewart Show, the Emmy-winning daily syndicated television program, and founder of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, which publishes several magazines, including Martha Stewart Living; produces Martha Stewart Living Radio; and provides a wealth of ideas and information on her website.

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A good craft book chock full of great ideas.
ToniWI
It is beautifully photographed with clear step-by-step instructions and illustrations for the projects.
Especially Happy
The book was new and had many craft ideas I think I will use.
Deborah Wood

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65 of 74 people found the following review helpful By 3dogs1cat on October 1, 2011
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Martha Stewart was on a talk show dissing Rachael Ray. Martha said "Rachael's new cook book has repeat recipes that were already published in other books." Many of the craft projects that were in her magazine are now in this new book. Some of the projects are really nice but many of them are geared towards children. I gave the book 3 stars because of the repeats and there are NO patterns!!! If a particular project needs a template,clipart, etc. --- you need to go to the Martha Stewart website to download the pattern. What is going to happen in the future when I want to do a project and the patterns are not available? I would have NEVER purchased this book-- if I knew the patterns were not included in the book.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By wogan TOP 500 REVIEWER on October 2, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This craft book has 255 projects to make for various holidays throughout the year. Many of the `crafts' involve ideas such as putting cellophane and candy in clear plastic balls and placing them in a large glass bowl, or putting dollies on top of wrapped packages for decoration.
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.
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42 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer L. Rinehart VINE VOICE on October 9, 2011
Format: Hardcover
As always, the pictures are lovely and the completed crafts unique and dazzling, but sadly, I wasn't very inspired.

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!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Isadore Ann VINE VOICE on September 29, 2011
Format: Hardcover
What a great resource. The book has several ideas from past Martha episodes and some that are included on her website. This book combines them all for a complete resource. The DIY Party Favors and "Bubble Favors" were probably my favorites. I love the idea of making things for a party, both as decoration and as a nice take home item. The ideas in here are pretty inexpensive and don't take a ton of "artsy talent," so if you're usually not craft inclined I think you'll find several projects here that you can use. Other projects included knot bracelets (which are making a comeback) and several ideas for gift wrapping touches. There are ideas for virtually every holiday and budget.
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful By BeachBrights VINE VOICE on October 15, 2011
Format: Hardcover
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Serene Night on January 25, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Martha Stewart's Handmade Holiday Crafts is a weighty tome chock full of great ideas on how to decorate for the Holidays. Decorations range from easy- making a centerpiece out of wheat, to hard- handmade wreaths and cinnamon decorated bird ornaments for the tree!

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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