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Craft It Up Christmas. Book review

10 Nov

A few weeks ago, I was sent a review copy of the lovely book Craft It Up Christmas Around the World
I LOVE craft books but am often disappointed when I buy one which is full of the same ideas and crafts that I have seen a million times. Craft It Up Christmas however, is full of new crafts which I have not come across before. They are all influenced by Christmas traditions from around the world and the book includes fun facts from countries which have inspired each project.

The step-by-step instructions are clear and easy to follow, with great photographs showing you how the end product will look. My favourite craft is definitely the ‘Pay it forward’ advent calendar and we have been busy making this the past couple of days. We have tweaked it slightly and this is now going to be our ‘kindness advent calendar’. It includes ideas like ‘making a present for someone’,’phoning a relative and asking how they are’ and ‘feeding the bird’s. The great thing with this project is that you can get it out year after year, if need be you can always changing the wording inside each little envelope.

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The children were able to help make this on a rainy day. They loved getting involved and thinking of ‘kind’ things that we could do for other people. Writing and sorting the numbers was also great for improving Thomas’ numeracy skills.

Kindness calender collage

This was a very easy project and luckily we already had everything we needed to make it. Many of the projects in this book can be made with items that you will probably already have in the house. There are crafts for all ages and for both beginners or more experienced crafters.

We are definitely going to try the yummy Snowman Cake Pops. They look adorable!

These almost look too good to eat!

These almost look too good to eat!

 

We are also going to try making this framed Christmas Tree  because I just can’t resist a button project!

christmas-tree

Craft It Up Christmas Around the World is a great book for all ages!

 

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Book Review: Christmas Crafts By Catherine Woram

28 Oct

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I was very kindly sent a review copy of this book which contains 35 Christmas craft projects. It is a beautiful hard-back book with 128 pages of appealing photos, tutorials and ideas. The book is split into 5 chapters:

  • Decorations,
  • Table Settings
  • Cards, Giftwrap and Labels
  • Edible Gifts
  • Crafts for Children

All of the tutorials are detailed and easy to follow and each one includes a selection of images to help you create the finished product. It includes ideas for more traditional crafts such as making paper snowflakes and felt decorations, as well as some modern, fresh ideas such as chandelier drop decorations. There are instructions for three different types of wreaths which I am definitely going to attempt. It will be great to have some decent tutorials to follow as my attempts following online instructions have turned out pretty awful to say the least!

The children have already made some of the glittery Christmas tree cards and we are going to have fun trying out the snow-globe craft in the future. I would have liked for the book to include a few more ideas using up-cycled materials but unfortunately most of the ideas involve purchasing quite a few supplies.

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I would recommend this book if you prefer to have hand-crafted Christmas decorations  and like me, you go all out to decorate during the festive season. it would also make a lovely gift for a crafty person. Here is a link to the book on Amazon. Christmas Crafts – 35 step-by-step craft projects to decorate your house the homemade way