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Homemade holiday crafts

Planning for any holiday season can include a variety of craft projects. Decorating, gift giving, and entertaining can provide numerous opportuntities to be creative.

Beaded butterfly

No matter what holiday is celebrated, your home can be transformed into a unique and special place.

A holiday dinner table may be dressed up with a handmade quilted tablecloth. Table settings can be designed to follow a color theme. Individual name plates add a special, festive decoration.

Ornament extravaganza : a collection of painted ornaments for Valentine's Day, Easter, Fourth of July, Halloween, Christmas
The Decorative Arts Collection Museum.
Stanhope, N. J. : All American Crafts, 2010.
Grab your brushes and get ready to paint a year's worth of decorations. Twenty-eight beautiful ornaments are featured with complete instructions, step-by-step worksheets and patterns. Ornaments are painted by 26 of today's finest decorative painters.
     
Every day's a holiday : year-round crafting with kids
Heidi Kenney; photographs by France Ruffenach.
San Francisco, Calif. : Chronicle, c2010.
Kids love making crafts, and no one knows that better than Heidi Kenney, creator of the popular blog My Paper Crane. In this festive how-to book, Heidi shares a year's worth of classic and not-so-classic projects that the whole family will enjoy, from the National Bird Day embroidered handmade book to the St. Patrick's Day mini leprechaun pin. Fifty fully photographed projects are geared to all age levels and abilities. Some—like the New Year's Day newspaper hats—are simple enough for small kids to make themselves with minimum assistance, while more complicated projects require a little extra help from mom or dad. With so many fun projects to bring the family together, Every Day's a Holiday proves that every day really is a holiday.
     
All through the seasons : recipes & crafts.
 
Delaware : Ohio ; Birmingham, Ala. : Oxmoor House, c2009.
  1. Includes project and recipe indexes.
  2. "Over 500 yummy recipes, seasonal menus, heartwarming crafts and easy-to-make gifts" -- Cover, p.1.
     
Kids in the holiday kitchen : making, baking, giving
by Jessica Strand and Tammy Massman-Johnson ; photographs by James Baigrie.
San Francisco : Chronicle Books, c2007.
Kick off the holidays in the kitchen this year with these kid-friendly projects that include easy entrees, sweet and savory noshes, and fantastic crafts to display, wear, or give.
     
Plastic Canvas Holiday.
 
Berne, IN : Needlecraft Shop, c2006.
Everyone love holiday projects, and this book is chock-full of them! A year's worth of holidays are represented, so plastic canvas enthusiasts can stitch all year long. No plastic canvas library is complete without this wonderful collection, which provides fun for all skill levels.
     
Jewish holiday origami
Joel Stern ; photographs by David Greenfield.
Mineola, N.Y. : Dover Publications, 2006.
Clearly detailed diagrams and captions explain all the steps for an entire year's worth of holiday projects -- from Chanukah dreidels and a menorah with candles, to Passover pyramids and an image of the Red Sea parting. Great for synagogues, schools, and homes, this easy-to-follow guide offers beginning paperfolders a unique, fun-filled way to celebrate Jewish culture. 24 models.
     

Creating a pair of handmade candlesticks can be a fun, family project that will add something extra to your holiday dinner table. Take those old candlesticks you found at the yard sale and transform them by covering with gold leaf or gold paint.  See how the now elegant candlesticks will glow.   

Decorated picture frames make good gifts

Designing a picture frame that includes a family photograph is another holiday gift that is easy to make. Find colored marbles and glue onto a frame. Using a glue gun, attach them randomly. Or, for a special holiday celebration, select a color associated with that holiday. Then use a fancy piece of ribbon to dress up the frame.

Holiday craft ideas

Beaded butterflies
Candle holders
Peacock lampshade
Pearl angel pin
Picture frames
Swirled vase
Seashell box

(from Encyclopedia of craft projects in an afternoon)

When deciding what to create for your holiday celebrations think of using every day materials. For example, purchase a plain table setting. Then, use fabric paints to make it festive. Or, dress up the table setting by sewing co-ordinating colored fabric to it.

Getting friends and family involved with the holiday craft will make it even more enjoyable. Creating a keepsake will give you memories that can be cherished for future generations of your family.

All in all, having fun should be the goal of making holiday crafts.

Article by: St. Louis Public Library staff