Recommended Reads - Holiday Decorating & Crafts

As the days get shorter and colder, use one of these books to find ways to make your nights at home brighter and warmer.

Beautiful Winter

by Edie Norman

As autumn turns to winter, why not bring a touch of nature indoors by creating a charming bark wreath bursting with red roses or a twig globe entwined with delicate amaryllis? Florist Edle Catharina Norman shows how to use seasonal materials and flowers to put together 53 entrancing and easy to assemble home projects. From festive garlands and beautiful wreaths to fun table decorations (including candlesticks made of apples), you'll find an array of unique ideas to inspire you.

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Beautiful Wreaths: 40 Handmade Creations Throughout the Year

by Melissa Skidmore

Create your own spring, summer, fall, or winter wreaths to welcome guests all year round.

Including non-traditional wreaths that use old rakes, vintage picture frames, chalkboard, and burlap bags, Beautiful Wreaths also features basic supplies and tips for wreath making, wreath form basics, and bow-tying tutorials.

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Handcrafted Christmas: Ornaments, Decorations, and Cookie Recipes to Make at Home

by Susan Waggoner

The 40 easy projects range from charming punched-tin votive holders, to Russian teacakes for holiday parties, to your very own edible gingerbread house (complete with miniature snowmen on the front lawn). Peppered with engaging facts about the holidays gone by, this is the perfect book for crafters who long for that vintage holiday look.

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Holiday Paper Crafts from Japan

by Robertta H. Uhl

Make festive paper ornaments and decorations using traditional Japanese paper with this easy-to-use paper crafting book. From lush poinsettia centerpieces to charming seasonal wreaths and whimsical folded cranes, Holiday Paper Crafts from Japan is full of Christmas ornaments, decorations, and gifts that will brighten your holiday season.

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How to Make Your Own Ugly Christmas Sweaters: 20 Fun and Easy Holiday Projects to Craft and Create

by Nicolette Lafonseca

Christmas just wouldn't be the same without a kitsch novelty knit--and what bigger horror than showing up to a party only to realize that someone else is wearing the same festive ugly sweater?

This book shows you how to take any plain sweater as your starting point and transform it into a one-of-a-kind Christmas creation, needing little more than a few simple materials, a spare hour or two, and a bit of festive cheer.

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Martha Stewart's Handmade Holiday Crafts: 225 Inspired Projects for Year-round Celebrations

by Martha Stewart

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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Origami Ornaments: The Ultimate Kusudama Book

by Lew Rozelle

Origami Ornaments is based on the design of traditional Japanese Kusudama ceremonial spheres. Lew Rozelle has designed four basic models which can be folded together, hanging in lovely globe or lantern shapes. Folded out of colorful paper, the ornaments can be made small enough to hang on a Christmas tree or large enough to hold aromatic potpourri.

Try using various wrapping paper patterns and colored paper - the possibilities are endless. Origami Ornaments is the perfect book for holiday crafters and origami enthusiasts alike.

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Simply Handmade: 365 Easy Gifts and Decorations You Can Make

by Carol Field Dahlstrom

Provides ideas for a host of diverse crafts and creative projects, including window treatments, decorative lampshades, seasonal presents, and do-it-yourself gifts.

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Taste of Home Handmade Christmas

by Taste of Home Books

Handmade surprises touch hearts and make memories. From whimsical elves made of felt to clever greeting cards crafted at home, the inspired ideas in the all-new Taste of Home Handmade Christmas promise to make everyone's holiday merry and bright.

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A Very Merry Paper Christmas: 25 Creative Ornaments and Decorations

by Anastasia Bosakowski

It's the most wonderful time of the year--so celebrate in style with your own festive, homemade paper crafts. From wreaths and buntings to table settings, tree toppers, and ornaments, this collection of 25 projects offers a bounty of decorative items for a beautiful holiday. Created by some of the best crafters on Etsy, they all use straightforward techniques like cutting, folding, stapling, and taping, and include templates to guide you and plenty of helpful how-to illustrations.

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