on 2 October 2011
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.