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Introduction to Martha Stewart's Handmade Holiday Crafts

Introduction to Martha Stewart's Handmade Holiday Crafts

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Join Martha Stewart for a celebration of handcrafted holidays all year-round!

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.
Join Martha Stewart for a celebration of handcrafted holidays all year-round!

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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Publish date: Sep 27, 2011
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it has been a priority todevelop, design, and create, with our very own hands, evocative,personal, and beautiul objects that illustrate our love o, anddedication to, the celebration o the holidays.Over the years, our crats editors have been involved in theplanning and making o thousands o amazing things that speakto our celebration o Christmas, Hanukkah, and New Year’s,and many other signifcant days throughout the calendar year. We have made untold numbers o Valentines, not only thosemeant or that “special someone” but also or children andcolleagues and caregivers, and even or cats! We have dyed anddecorated so many dierent eggs or Easter that we long ago lostcount, but we haven’t stopped thinking o beautiul new ways toembellish them. We have draped miles o stars-and-stripe-covered
 
bunting and ags and swags over ences and railing and porches,all to proudly display our patriotism every Independence Day. We have made turkeys—lots o them—in honor o our nationalcelebration o thanks: pom-pom turkeys, gilded resin turkeys,and so many more. And you can’t imagine how many things we’veglittered or the holidays!In this book, you will fnd the best o that assortment with fneillustrations and glorious photographs and clear instructionsshowing you step by step how to ashion those wonderul objects.This is a special book or people whose fngers itch to make anddo, and I think that by completing these projects, our appreciationo the holidays and their real meaning, both religious and secular,is enhanced and invigorated. Enjoy!

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bookishdame reviewed this
Rated 3/5
Here's the Scoop:There is no question that Martha Stewart has long been the reigning queen of DIY home crafts and decorations. In this holiday-centered book, she has gathered the best of her ideas, giving us up-close and fully realized directions on how to create extraordinary crafts and gifts for home, family and friends. Martha doesn't disappoint her fans, and anyone is bound to find something beautiful to create in this holiday crafting book.Major holidays are segmented and ideas for crafts, home decorating and gift giving are shown for each one: New Year's, Valentine's Day, Easter, July 4th, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas...and all others in between! The large spread photographs are lovely, the ideas are not expensive, but are easily accessible; and, the resulting crafts present bright, festive, magical, and even enchanting pieces.Here's What I Liked:Valentine's Day: Red tulips in double glass vases with red cinnamon candy hearts were vibrant, beautiful and made an easy presentation for a dinner arrangement.Also, a carnation heart made of multiples of pink carnations on floral foam to make a centerpiece is quick and gorgeous!Easter :Fabulous egg-dyeing techniques using natural formulas made from coffee, cabbage, blueberries, beets and spices made incredibly beautiful and exotic eggs. And, Martha gives specific directions for marbleizing eggs! Actually, most of her egg crafting was exceptional.Thanksgiving :Gourd candles made from hollowed out mini gourds with colored, melted candles are just amazing little jewels! Pumpkin carving is fabulous!Christmas :I loved the cookie cutter ornament ideas made from various paper goods, family pictures and such. The gilded, and verdigris Polish inspired eggs, and the ribbon poinsettia wreath was just to die for.Hanukkah :Paper packages, a menorah, and satin stars are glowing and sparkling in Martha's hands.Here's what I found lacking:Often the crafts are more complex than one would want to become engaged in. The directions are not clear cut; that is, they are not in a "recipe/materials" format, but are listed in text, which I found to be more difficult to follow. I needed to break it down for myself on my own paper.Diagrams sometimes took too much for granted, or at least seemed to expect the more experienced crafter could "fill in the blanks." I wasn't up to some of that!Several projects were quite time-consuming for very little return or impact.And, finally, I found the pictures too small in the working segments.Overall Rating: 3 stars ~ I can't highly recommend it, but it's a good book to check out of the library...
twink_2 reviewed this
Rated 5/5
Oh, I fully admit it - I love crafting and making stuff. When I get my hands on a book like Martha Stewarts' Handmade Hoiday Crafts, I wait for just the right time to read it. I then flip through randomly stopping at ideas that catch my eye first time through. When I pick it up the second time (again at the right time) I read it from cover to cover.And there are some fantastic ideas in this latest Martha offering. The book is geared towards crafts for all the major holidays - Valentine's Day, Mother and Father's Days, Fourth of July, Halloween, Thanksgiving, hanukkah, New year's, Easter and yes the one that is fast approaching - Christmas.And not every one is geared towards adults. There are lots of child friendly crafts that you can do with a small person in your life. There were some excellent ideas that I can see being used at the library - a doily as a stencil, thumb print hearts, heart and lollipop flowers and more. Ideas for colouring eggs? Oh boy, there were soooo many! I think I'll try decopaging some this coming year. Cards for every occassion with patterns for the pop ups featured. I'm not sure I could duplicate some of the elaborate pumpkin carving designs, but they're fun to look at. I have a bunch of buttons just begging to be used - the Mother's Day card is perfect.And lots of suggestions for Christmas and New Year's. There were some easy ideas for gift wrapping, cards and tags. And a really cute idea using wide ribbon as a gift bag for a gift certificate.I tried one of the gift tag ideas, using shipping tags, painting them and sticking on a piece of greenery. (The one on the left really needs a gold star on top)And I picked up some cookie cutters from the dollar store too. You could put some pretty Christmas paper behind to make ornaments. Or a photo, as I did - to remind a certain 20 something son of his time as one of Santa's elves! A great reference book to have on the shelf year round.
sdpogue reviewed this
Rated 4/5
Martha Stewart never fails to please with her craft books. There is always something for everyone in each of her collections. I enjoyed looking through the crafts and have a few slated to be completed over the next month.There were many things I loved about this book - it had a variety from easy to do with the kids to something elegant and showstopping. She hit all the major holidays and gives us projects for the whole year.What I didn't like was how quick some of the instructions were. Some of the projects I would have liked more detail and more pictures. I was able to find more instructions on her website but not much. I like her projects but it's a little frustrating going in blind. I know that I will most likely figure out the project on my own but it makes me less likely to do more projects.I love her eye for crafts and really like the ideas she offers. This is definitely one worth checking out.
mountie9_1 reviewed this
Rated 4/5
The Good Stuff Some very practical crafts using leftover supplies which is nice to see, as very environmentally friendly Would buy this book for the section on Easter Egg decorating alone Pictures are lovely just to look at Something for every different skill level Crafts for both adults and kids Buyers Guide is quite nicely detailed (but it's American based Clip art and templates section is fabulous Excellently organized index ( I know, but guys I'm a nerd, this stuff is important to me) Basic Techniques section is helpful Some truly unique and very stylish crafts Lots of fun Halloween Crafts - my personal favorite holidayThe Not So Good Stuff Would have liked more point form or step by step instructions - kept losing my spot which was frustrating Also more pictures in each craft would be helpful No Canadian Holiday crafts(Yes I know that is extreme finickiness) Many of the crafts use a lot of specialty craft tools that most people might not have on hand - which leads to things becoming very expensiveFavorite Crafts Glittered Pumpkins - Pg 199 Pumpkin Pouch Party Favors - Pg 213 Cookie Cutter Ornaments - Pg 281 (Making some this weekend) Candy Cane Mice - Pg 328Who Should/Shouldn't Read Anyone who is into making homemade crafts will find something to enjoy I would recommend this more for an experienced crafter Obviously fans of Martha Stewart will enjoy3.75 Dewey'sI received this from Random House in Exchange for an honest review
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