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.
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.
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!
We are also going to try making this framed Christmas Tree because I just can’t resist a button project!
Craft It Up Christmas Around the World is a great book for all ages!
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:
- 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.
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
Garden Crafts for Children by Dawn Issac
I have read many, many craft books. I usually order new ones from the library when they come out and most of the time I am disappointed by how repetitive they are. They always seem to include the same ideas and I’ve even seen the same photos!
So, it was with a HUGE amount of excitement that I came across Garden Crafts for Childrenby Dawn Issac.
The ideas in this book are original and exciting, the photos are excellent and the instructions are clear and easy to follow. The book contains 35 different projects and the chapters include simple crafts, growing projects and container gardening. I love that the crafts are all garden themed so that children can be encouraged to enjoy the outdoors and develop a love of nature. I can honestly say that this is the best craft book that I’ve come across. If you enjoy creating things with your children then you should definitely have this on your book shelf!
We’ve been trying out many of the projects in this book. I loved the idea of growing seeds in clear containers so that you can see how the root system develops. The instructions for this are really clear and we loved how it turned out! I did have a bit of a problem with condensation when I took the photo but hopefully you get the general idea!
Another idea that I really loved was planting up the children’s wellies! We always seem to have a few pairs that no longer fit and sometimes they are just too cute not to keep! The children loved being able to fill their wellies with soil!
How cute do these look?
Other projects that we have tried include the Dinosaur Garden and the Cress Cards. Next on our list is the gorgeous ‘Cress Caterpillar’ made from empty egg cartons. I think this book is going to keep us busy for a long time! You can purchase Garden Crafts for Childrenon Amazon for £10.49.