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Martha Stewart's Handmade Holiday Crafts: 225 Inspired Projects for Year-Round Celebrations Hardcover – 27 Sep 2011

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  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Potter Craft (27 Sept. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307586901
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307586902
  • Product Dimensions: 19.4 x 2.9 x 23.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 237,240 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By wogan on 2 Oct. 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 directions - you have to hunt elsewhere in order to find the web site.
Silhouette templates for windows that appear to be 3-4 feet high are less than ½' 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 (all, except one which is in Canada are American) 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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By ALi b on 9 Jun. 2015
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Really pleased with book, arrived on time and in condition described. Good example of the type. Some good ideas and lots of them.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Casboo on 6 May 2013
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I ordered this book and am glad I did. Lots of lovely ideas and are different as are mostly American. I found it inspiring and would recommend it and the book seller involved.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
Needs more help for the holidays 2 Oct. 2011
By wogan - Published on Amazon.com
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.
65 of 75 people found the following review helpful
Repeats and NO patterns 1 Oct. 2011
By 3dogs1cat - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
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.
43 of 52 people found the following review helpful
Not for cheapskates like me 9 Oct. 2011
By Jennifer L. Rinehart - Published on Amazon.com
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!

Pilgrim Hats and Bonnets - easily made by kids, talk about a real Thanksgiving celebration, you could really get into the spirit of Thanksgiving and everyone could make their own!

Napkin rings made of paper or felt or acorns(I have a few acorns in the yard, the ones the squirrels have missed). There's a big section at the back of the book with clip art for various crafts. Very helpful.

The crafts range in skill level from easy, pumkin pouch party favors (if you can use tape and scissors you're ready for this one) to the expert, pumpkin carving that DaVinci would approve of.

All in all, this is a pretty comprehensive book, I only found a few crafts to try out myself, felt fortune cookies, flower pop up cards and the excellent directions for papier mache. But mostly this is a book for the serious crafters who live next door to a Michaels Craft store.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Nice list of craft projects 29 Sept. 2011
By Isadore Ann - Published on Amazon.com
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.
23 of 27 people found the following review helpful
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Format: Hardcover
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