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Join Martha Stewart for a celebration of handcrafted holidays all year-round!   New Year’s – Valentine’s Day – Easter – Mother’s Day – Father’s Day – Fourth of July – Halloween – Thanksgiving – Hanukkah – Christmas   Let Martha inspire your creativity with the most beautiful crafts. The 225 handmade projects include cards and greetings, decorations, gifts and gift wrapping, Join Martha Stewart for a celebration of handcrafted holidays all year-round!   New Year’s – Valentine’s Day – Easter – Mother’s Day – Father’s Day – Fourth of July – Halloween – Thanksgiving – Hanukkah – Christmas   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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Join Martha Stewart for a celebration of handcrafted holidays all year-round!   New Year’s – Valentine’s Day – Easter – Mother’s Day – Father’s Day – Fourth of July – Halloween – Thanksgiving – Hanukkah – Christmas   Let Martha inspire your creativity with the most beautiful crafts. The 225 handmade projects include cards and greetings, decorations, gifts and gift wrapping, Join Martha Stewart for a celebration of handcrafted holidays all year-round!   New Year’s – Valentine’s Day – Easter – Mother’s Day – Father’s Day – Fourth of July – Halloween – Thanksgiving – Hanukkah – Christmas   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.

30 review for Martha Stewart's Handmade Holiday Crafts: 225 Projects and Year-Round Inspiration for Everybody's Favorite Celebrations

  1. 4 out of 5

    John Turner

    If you are into doing crafts and are particularly enchanted with crafting and decorating your home for the holidays, be it Christmas, Thanksgiving, Easter, Halloween and any holiday in between, then this is the book for you. Her ideas include such things as table runners, napkin rings, table place cards, decoupage Easter eggs, gourd candles, hand-crafted gift cards and unique one-of-a-kind gift ideas. And, not to be left out, Martha would not overlook your kids or grandkids, a segment for kids in If you are into doing crafts and are particularly enchanted with crafting and decorating your home for the holidays, be it Christmas, Thanksgiving, Easter, Halloween and any holiday in between, then this is the book for you. Her ideas include such things as table runners, napkin rings, table place cards, decoupage Easter eggs, gourd candles, hand-crafted gift cards and unique one-of-a-kind gift ideas. And, not to be left out, Martha would not overlook your kids or grandkids, a segment for kids included in each holiday chapter. As example, red and pink heart-shaped button covers for Valentine’s Day, Pom Pom snowman Christmas tree ornaments and papier -mache pumpkins for Halloween. My wife was so inspired, she used Martha’s ideas to decorate our house for the Christmas holiday, filling large clear jars with colorful ornaments, stringing tinsel along the fireplace mantel and adding lights along our window drapes. Our modest hollow looks quite elegant! This is a beautiful book, earning a place on your coffee table.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Deborah

    Here's the Scoop: There is no question that Martha Stewart has long been the reigning queen of DIY home crafts and decorations. In this holiday-centered book, she has gathered the best of her ideas, giving us up-close and fully realized directions on how to create extraordinary crafts and gifts for home, family and friends. Martha doesn't disappoint her fans, and anyone is bound to find something beautiful to create in this holiday crafting book. Major holidays are segmented and ideas for crafts, Here's the Scoop: There is no question that Martha Stewart has long been the reigning queen of DIY home crafts and decorations. In this holiday-centered book, she has gathered the best of her ideas, giving us up-close and fully realized directions on how to create extraordinary crafts and gifts for home, family and friends. Martha doesn't disappoint her fans, and anyone is bound to find something beautiful to create in this holiday crafting book. Major holidays are segmented and ideas for crafts, home decorating and gift giving are shown for each one: New Year's, Valentine's Day, Easter, July 4th, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas...and all others in between! The large spread photographs are lovely, the ideas are not expensive, but are easily accessible; and, the resulting crafts present bright, festive, magical, and even enchanting pieces. Here's What I Liked: Valentine's Day: Red tulips in double glass vases with red cinnamon candy hearts were vibrant, beautiful and made an easy presentation for a dinner arrangement. Also, a carnation heart made of multiples of pink carnations on floral foam to make a centerpiece is quick and gorgeous! Easter : Fabulous egg-dyeing techniques using natural formulas made from coffee, cabbage, blueberries, beets and spices made incredibly beautiful and exotic eggs. And, Martha gives specific directions for marbleizing eggs! Actually, most of her egg crafting was exceptional. Thanksgiving : Gourd candles made from hollowed out mini gourds with colored, melted candles are just amazing little jewels! Pumpkin carving is fabulous! Christmas : I loved the cookie cutter ornament ideas made from various paper goods, family pictures and such. The gilded, and verdigris Polish inspired eggs, and the ribbon poinsettia wreath was just to die for. Hanukkah : Paper packages, a menorah, and satin stars are glowing and sparkling in Martha's hands. Here's what I found lacking: Often the crafts are more complex than one would want to become engaged in. The directions are not clear cut; that is, they are not in a "recipe/materials" format, but are listed in text, which I found to be more difficult to follow. I needed to break it down for myself on my own paper. Diagrams sometimes took too much for granted, or at least seemed to expect the more experienced crafter could "fill in the blanks." I wasn't up to some of that! Several projects were quite time-consuming for very little return or impact. And, finally, I found the pictures too small in the working segments. Overall Rating: 3 stars ~ I can't highly recommend it, but it's a good book to check out of the library...

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Rinehart

    As always, the pictures are lovely and the completed crafts unique and dazzling, but sadly, I wasn't very inspired. First off, there are a lot of thinsg to buy, many of them pricey and only found at craft stores and second, many of the crafts don't seem very durable, so basically you'd only have them for the one holiday and once you took them down they'd go straight into the garbage, frown. Her are some examples of these disposable crafts: Gilded pears - take some pears, cover them with real gold d As always, the pictures are lovely and the completed crafts unique and dazzling, but sadly, I wasn't very inspired. First off, there are a lot of thinsg to buy, many of them pricey and only found at craft stores and second, many of the crafts don't seem very durable, so basically you'd only have them for the one holiday and once you took them down they'd go straight into the garbage, frown. Her are some examples of these disposable crafts: Gilded pears - take some pears, cover them with real gold dust. Done. Not only am I skeezed out by the thought of making a perfectly edible food into a non edible art, GOLD DUST is frigging pricey! Not to mention people starving, sorry, it just made me mad, it seems wildy inappropriate right now. Golden Walnut Ball - Stick walnuts, real ones, onto a ball, spray paint them gold. this one would probably last a holiday or two, but it is again, food being wasted. I grew up in a trailerpark and wasting food bothers me, I know, get over yourself, but old habits and all that. Gourd Candles - Melt wax into a hollowed out gourd, light it on fire. Okay, okay, there is no directive to light it on fire, and I will admit the candles are pretty and props for the fact that people don't eat gourds (can they be eaten?) but these will be a one-dinner-party attraction and I'm kinda craft-challenged, if I go to the expense and time of making something, I'd like it to be around for more than a couple of hours. But some of the crafts were genius, for example; A paper Sail centerpiece for a Thankgiving feast, the pictures show a perfectly pristine craft stick, but I think a dry stick from the garden could work just as well, same with the tiny bucket of rocks - I like that it's easily found and cheap! Pilgrim Hats and Bonnets - easily made by kids, talk about a real Thanksgiving celebration, you could really get into the spirit of Thanksgiving and everyone could make their own! Napkin rings made of paper or felt or acorns(I have a few acorns in the yard, the ones the squirrels have missed). There's a big section at the back of the book with clip art for various crafts. Very helpful. The crafts range in skill level from easy, pumkin pouch party favors (if you can use tape and scissors you're ready for this one) to the expert, pumpkin carving that DaVinci would approve of. All in all, this is a pretty comprehensive book, I only found a few crafts to try out myself, felt fortune cookies, flower pop up cards and the excellent directions for papier mache. But mostly this is a book for the serious crafters who live next door to a Michaels Craft store. Comment

  4. 5 out of 5

    Luanne Ollivier

    Oh, I fully admit it - I love crafting and making stuff. When I get my hands on a book like Martha Stewarts' Handmade Hoiday Crafts, I wait for just the right time to read it. I then flip through randomly stopping at ideas that catch my eye first time through. When I pick it up the second time (again at the right time) I read it from cover to cover. And there are some fantastic ideas in this latest Martha offering. The book is geared towards crafts for all the major holidays - Valentine's Day, Mo Oh, I fully admit it - I love crafting and making stuff. When I get my hands on a book like Martha Stewarts' Handmade Hoiday Crafts, I wait for just the right time to read it. I then flip through randomly stopping at ideas that catch my eye first time through. When I pick it up the second time (again at the right time) I read it from cover to cover. And there are some fantastic ideas in this latest Martha offering. The book is geared towards crafts for all the major holidays - Valentine's Day, Mother and Father's Days, Fourth of July, Halloween, Thanksgiving, hanukkah, New year's, Easter and yes the one that is fast approaching - Christmas. And not every one is geared towards adults. There are lots of child friendly crafts that you can do with a small person in your life. There were some excellent ideas that I can see being used at the library - a doily as a stencil, thumb print hearts, heart and lollipop flowers and more. Ideas for colouring eggs? Oh boy, there were soooo many! I think I'll try decopaging some this coming year. Cards for every occassion with patterns for the pop ups featured. I'm not sure I could duplicate some of the elaborate pumpkin carving designs, but they're fun to look at. I have a bunch of buttons just begging to be used - the Mother's Day card is perfect. And lots of suggestions for Christmas and New Year's. There were some easy ideas for gift wrapping, cards and tags. And a really cute idea using wide ribbon as a gift bag for a gift certificate. I tried one of the gift tag ideas, using shipping tags, painting them and sticking on a piece of greenery. (The one on the left really needs a gold star on top)And I picked up some cookie cutters from the dollar store too. You could put some pretty Christmas paper behind to make ornaments. Or a photo, as I did - to remind a certain 20 something son of his time as one of Santa's elves! A great reference book to have on the shelf year round.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Sara Thompson

    Martha Stewart never fails to please with her craft books. There is always something for everyone in each of her collections. I enjoyed looking through the crafts and have a few slated to be completed over the next month. There were many things I loved about this book - it had a variety from easy to do with the kids to something elegant and showstopping. She hit all the major holidays and gives us projects for the whole year. What I didn't like was how quick some of the instructions were. Some of Martha Stewart never fails to please with her craft books. There is always something for everyone in each of her collections. I enjoyed looking through the crafts and have a few slated to be completed over the next month. There were many things I loved about this book - it had a variety from easy to do with the kids to something elegant and showstopping. She hit all the major holidays and gives us projects for the whole year. What I didn't like was how quick some of the instructions were. Some of the projects I would have liked more detail and more pictures. I was able to find more instructions on her website but not much. I like her projects but it's a little frustrating going in blind. I know that I will most likely figure out the project on my own but it makes me less likely to do more projects. I love her eye for crafts and really like the ideas she offers. This is definitely one worth checking out.

  6. 4 out of 5

    EeeJay

    So here's the thing, I realize that this was an ARC and the publisher had no responsibility to send in the best version of the book to the readers but for a book which is meant to draw a customer in using graphics and photographs, the ARC was a terrible print with the photos in a weird resolution. It made even Martha Stewarts' project look - well - cheap for one thing and amateur for another. Apart from this issue however,I found the book to be interesting and catering to a wide audience. The pi So here's the thing, I realize that this was an ARC and the publisher had no responsibility to send in the best version of the book to the readers but for a book which is meant to draw a customer in using graphics and photographs, the ARC was a terrible print with the photos in a weird resolution. It made even Martha Stewarts' project look - well - cheap for one thing and amateur for another. Apart from this issue however,I found the book to be interesting and catering to a wide audience. The pictures (if I take them to be in good quality at printing time) draw you in and you wanted to try your hands at the project as soon as you read them. However some techniques (such as easter eggs decoration) were given in too much details while others were just skimmed. Still, it'd make for a good buy and I liked the inspirations that I got from this book.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Satia

    There are crafts of varying difficulty and, while all didn't appeal to me, most of them did. For more: http://satiasreviews.blogspot.com/201... There are crafts of varying difficulty and, while all didn't appeal to me, most of them did. For more: http://satiasreviews.blogspot.com/201...

  8. 4 out of 5

    Kerrie

    for the most part, simple but lovely crafts to make throughout the year

  9. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    I think even a simple crafter like myself can do a few of these.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Rayment

    The Good Stuff Some very practical crafts using leftover supplies which is nice to see, as very environmentally friendly Would buy this book for the section on Easter Egg decorating alone Pictures are lovely just to look at Something for every different skill level Crafts for both adults and kids Buyers Guide is quite nicely detailed (but it's American based Clip art and templates section is fabulous Excellently organized index ( I know, but guys I'm a nerd, this stuff is important to me) Basic The Good Stuff Some very practical crafts using leftover supplies which is nice to see, as very environmentally friendly Would buy this book for the section on Easter Egg decorating alone Pictures are lovely just to look at Something for every different skill level Crafts for both adults and kids Buyers Guide is quite nicely detailed (but it's American based Clip art and templates section is fabulous Excellently organized index ( I know, but guys I'm a nerd, this stuff is important to me) Basic Techniques section is helpful Some truly unique and very stylish crafts Lots of fun Halloween Crafts - my personal favorite holiday The Not So Good Stuff Would have liked more point form or step by step instructions - kept losing my spot which was frustrating Also more pictures in each craft would be helpful No Canadian Holiday crafts(Yes I know that is extreme finickiness) Many of the crafts use a lot of specialty craft tools that most people might not have on hand - which leads to things becoming very expensive Favorite Crafts Glittered Pumpkins - Pg 199 Pumpkin Pouch Party Favors - Pg 213 Cookie Cutter Ornaments - Pg 281 (Making some this weekend) Candy Cane Mice - Pg 328 Who Should/Shouldn't Read Anyone who is into making homemade crafts will find something to enjoy I would recommend this more for an experienced crafter Obviously fans of Martha Stewart will enjoy 3.75 Dewey's I received this from Random House in Exchange for an honest review

  11. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    This book is exactly what it looks like... a Martha Stewart craft book. I admit that sometimes Martha's perfection often puts me off when it comes to crafts, but the ideas her people come up with are usually eye catching and interesting. This book is no exception. As with what you often expect with Martha, it is more a book of celebrating with others. You have all the major holidays which is geared mostly toward a US audience. So, you have the 4th and Thanksgiving included. And although I do enj This book is exactly what it looks like... a Martha Stewart craft book. I admit that sometimes Martha's perfection often puts me off when it comes to crafts, but the ideas her people come up with are usually eye catching and interesting. This book is no exception. As with what you often expect with Martha, it is more a book of celebrating with others. You have all the major holidays which is geared mostly toward a US audience. So, you have the 4th and Thanksgiving included. And although I do enjoy looking at crafts for a formal(ish in some instances) setting, it wouldn't fit any of my family on either side. We just aren't a formal crowd. I would fear for the fate of most of those crafts when the kidlets get a hold of them. LOL But there are some that really caught my eye. Like for the upcoming holiday, Halloween. I think this would be fun to do some time: Just think of all the creatures you could invent! So, there are lots of crafts for those of us that just don't do the adult formal thing. There are also a lot of Christmas/ Hanukkah which is approaching fast (hey, don't look at me like that, I'm just stating that it's true! *hides*) So, if you enjoy the creativity that Martha Stewart brings, I don't think you'll be disappointed with this book. (Pictures at my blog)

  12. 5 out of 5

    Aneca

    I haven't really been posting any handmade crafts on the blog. Although that was and still is one of my main interests, besides reading, I haven't had as much time as I used to and the things I do I end posting on my Portuguese blog. You can guess that when I was offered a chance to review Martha Stewart's Handmade Holiday I really couldn't pass it up. I don't remember how many times I checked Martha Stewart's website looking for ideas or tutorials of handmade projects and getting my hands on one I haven't really been posting any handmade crafts on the blog. Although that was and still is one of my main interests, besides reading, I haven't had as much time as I used to and the things I do I end posting on my Portuguese blog. You can guess that when I was offered a chance to review Martha Stewart's Handmade Holiday I really couldn't pass it up. I don't remember how many times I checked Martha Stewart's website looking for ideas or tutorials of handmade projects and getting my hands on one of her books it's a dream come true! Especially if it is about the holidays... Holidays are just the right times for some “do it yourself" projects. The book features the major American and international holidays: New Year’s – Valentine’s Day – Easter – Mother’s Day – Father’s Day – Fourth of July – Halloween – Thanksgiving – Hanukkah – Christmas As I was already expecting the pictures are lovely! The colours, the materials, the production... the result is beautiful and inspiring. Many of the projects seem really easy to do, something you could do with your children. While my boys are still young for these projects I am definitely making notes of what to try when they are older. So, thank you Crown Publishing Group and NetGalley. I had a fabulous afternoon sitting down with a cup of tea and browsing this book to pick my next handmade project!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Erica

    Reviewed for NetGalley I'm a sucker for any Martha Stewart craft book. The books always have at least one or two projects I want to try. It seems that Martha Stewart and her helpers can make a craft out of almost anything. As with other Martha Stewart craft books this one does not disappoint. As a librarian who does crafts with kids, this will be one of my go-to books for ideas. All of my Valentine's Day crafts for a recent program came from this book. The book is organized by holiday as they appe Reviewed for NetGalley I'm a sucker for any Martha Stewart craft book. The books always have at least one or two projects I want to try. It seems that Martha Stewart and her helpers can make a craft out of almost anything. As with other Martha Stewart craft books this one does not disappoint. As a librarian who does crafts with kids, this will be one of my go-to books for ideas. All of my Valentine's Day crafts for a recent program came from this book. The book is organized by holiday as they appear through a calendar year. The crafts range from very simple to more complicated crafts that will take some time. Many of the projects are available on the Martha Stewart website or appeared in the Martha Stewart Living Magazine. As with all Martha Stewart craft books the photographs are beautiful with the directions for each craft are laid out with step-by-step instructions in a fairly easy-to-recreate manner. A great addition to any crafter's collection or one to check out from the library several times as needed.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Kassiah

    I meant to do a review of this book before Christmas--sorry! The great thing about it is the awesome projects for so many holidays. I loved so many of them, and definitely feel inspired by lots of things in here. I really liked the pictures and how many holidays are covered. I did not like that the directions and a separate supply list for each project was not provided. Several people said that many of the supplies that are recommended are expensive, and I agree. However, I think that crafty peopl I meant to do a review of this book before Christmas--sorry! The great thing about it is the awesome projects for so many holidays. I loved so many of them, and definitely feel inspired by lots of things in here. I really liked the pictures and how many holidays are covered. I did not like that the directions and a separate supply list for each project was not provided. Several people said that many of the supplies that are recommended are expensive, and I agree. However, I think that crafty people in general look for alternatives that are more in their price range, so that wasn't really an issue for me. If you've got a choice between an ebook and the real thing, I definitely say go for the real thing--you are going to want to have this out all year long.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Mandy

    Typical of Martha Stewart, there are some wonderful projects for decorating your home or preparing for a party, including for children's parties. Most of the projects can be made primarily with items you already have around the house, making them excellent for families trying to make some meaningful decorations without spending much money. It's definitely worth thumbing through at your local library to see if any of the seasonal ideas inspire you. Disclaimer: A copy of this book was provided by t Typical of Martha Stewart, there are some wonderful projects for decorating your home or preparing for a party, including for children's parties. Most of the projects can be made primarily with items you already have around the house, making them excellent for families trying to make some meaningful decorations without spending much money. It's definitely worth thumbing through at your local library to see if any of the seasonal ideas inspire you. Disclaimer: A copy of this book was provided by the publisher.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Colleen

    WOW! Chock full of excellent holiday decorations/party favors, templates, clip art, tips, techniques, resources, and a buying guide, this is a fabulous resource for any lover of crafting. In my opinion, this book is worth the purchase if only for Martha's comprehensive pumpkin carving techniques that put my favorite resource, Pumpkin Masters, to shame! But there is truly a plethora of easy and elegant crafts for any holiday that can be easily adapted for any special occasion. Definitely a must add WOW! Chock full of excellent holiday decorations/party favors, templates, clip art, tips, techniques, resources, and a buying guide, this is a fabulous resource for any lover of crafting. In my opinion, this book is worth the purchase if only for Martha's comprehensive pumpkin carving techniques that put my favorite resource, Pumpkin Masters, to shame! But there is truly a plethora of easy and elegant crafts for any holiday that can be easily adapted for any special occasion. Definitely a must add to your craft library!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Robin

    Just what you would expect from Martha Stewart: a beautifully designed and photographed book featuring 225 elegant handmade crafts for 10 different holiday seasons. This book strikes a good balance of inexpensive/expensive crafts and easy/very difficult crafts. If you subscribe to "Living" you may recognize projects, as everything in this book was in the magazine. Fun to flip through and use as inspiration for a project. Bonus: good tips on "basic techniques" in the back, as well as clip art tem Just what you would expect from Martha Stewart: a beautifully designed and photographed book featuring 225 elegant handmade crafts for 10 different holiday seasons. This book strikes a good balance of inexpensive/expensive crafts and easy/very difficult crafts. If you subscribe to "Living" you may recognize projects, as everything in this book was in the magazine. Fun to flip through and use as inspiration for a project. Bonus: good tips on "basic techniques" in the back, as well as clip art templates.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Tanja

    Martha Stewart's Handmade Holliday Crafts A good craft book chock full of great ideas. I made the Gourd Candles and they were fun and beautiful. I received a lot of compliments. I also used the pumpkin carving tips and carved the coolest pumpkin. There are many craft ideas for every Holliday from Hanukkah to the Fourth of July. The crafts are fun and creative. But, this is not a book for beginners. The instructions aren't always clear and the pictures are needed, so you need to be a seasoned craf Martha Stewart's Handmade Holliday Crafts A good craft book chock full of great ideas. I made the Gourd Candles and they were fun and beautiful. I received a lot of compliments. I also used the pumpkin carving tips and carved the coolest pumpkin. There are many craft ideas for every Holliday from Hanukkah to the Fourth of July. The crafts are fun and creative. But, this is not a book for beginners. The instructions aren't always clear and the pictures are needed, so you need to be a seasoned crafter.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Elisabeth Petty

    My husband was a little surprised that I checked this book out- kind of surprised myself actually. I got a piece of paper and thought I'd write down four or five ideas from the whole book. I barely got through the first third of the book and had written down lots of ideas. I told Jeremy I would have to buy the book eventually (when it's cheaper) instead of writing everything down. I showed him some of the projects I liked and he admited they were pretty good. It's a fun book to look through with My husband was a little surprised that I checked this book out- kind of surprised myself actually. I got a piece of paper and thought I'd write down four or five ideas from the whole book. I barely got through the first third of the book and had written down lots of ideas. I told Jeremy I would have to buy the book eventually (when it's cheaper) instead of writing everything down. I showed him some of the projects I liked and he admited they were pretty good. It's a fun book to look through with some great ideas.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Megan

    I used to snap up any Martha Stewart book, but now that they are being published it seems almost monthly, my pocketbook can't really handle it anymore. I checked this book out from the library and enjoyed thumbing through the different crafts. However, since Martha Stewart has an extensive website, I just looked up the projects I was interested in on her website and printed them off. End result? Check out the book and print off what you like from the website, way cheaper then buying the book. Wi I used to snap up any Martha Stewart book, but now that they are being published it seems almost monthly, my pocketbook can't really handle it anymore. I checked this book out from the library and enjoyed thumbing through the different crafts. However, since Martha Stewart has an extensive website, I just looked up the projects I was interested in on her website and printed them off. End result? Check out the book and print off what you like from the website, way cheaper then buying the book. With a library like mine, I will only buy a book if I'm in love with it!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Nathalia

    Great craft book with loads of ideas! Martha Stewart's Handmade Holiday Crafts contains 369 pages of beautifully shot images (with tutorials) that covers a plethora of holiday projects strewn throughout the year. Most projects are easy enough where younger ones can help and simple enough where one can complete a project during a lazy weekend. My only negative comment about this book is that the images are far too blurry to make out any fine details. Since my copy is a uncorrected proof, I unders Great craft book with loads of ideas! Martha Stewart's Handmade Holiday Crafts contains 369 pages of beautifully shot images (with tutorials) that covers a plethora of holiday projects strewn throughout the year. Most projects are easy enough where younger ones can help and simple enough where one can complete a project during a lazy weekend. My only negative comment about this book is that the images are far too blurry to make out any fine details. Since my copy is a uncorrected proof, I understand that there are areas that still need fixing.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Nancy

    There were lots of projects I really liked in here for all different age groups: Kids: felt fortune cookies (pg 42), folding heart valentine (pg54), Egg gift boxes (pg 98), pop up bouquet card (pg 121) and candy cane mice (pg 328). Teens: handmade soap (pg. 127) and bath fizzies (pg. 129). Adults: christmas ornaments with ribbon (pg 278) or holiday cards (pg 280). Me: Thread wrapped eggs (pg 101), flag centerpiece (pg 163), halloween window silhouettes (pg 205) and ribbon poinsettia wreath (pg. 315)

  23. 4 out of 5

    Autumn

    I liked this one better than Martha's Encyclopedia of Crafts, really. Many of the projects use techniques that are transferable to non-holiday specific use. Of course, there's an emphasis on glitter, ribbon and other supplies that Martha wants to sell you. And some of the projects are only for true overachievers. BUT you can depend on Martha's designers for inventive, interesting, classy projects year round. I liked this one better than Martha's Encyclopedia of Crafts, really. Many of the projects use techniques that are transferable to non-holiday specific use. Of course, there's an emphasis on glitter, ribbon and other supplies that Martha wants to sell you. And some of the projects are only for true overachievers. BUT you can depend on Martha's designers for inventive, interesting, classy projects year round.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Ita

    Most DIY craft books consist mostly of impractical, ugly, difficult, and/or expensive-to-make stuff. This one was refreshing because a good 40% of the stuff was reasonable looking and fairly easy to make (i.e. a twiddlethumbs like me could do it.). It covers all the major USA holidays (10) and has lots of great pictures. At the end are sections on basic techniques, sources, clipart, and templates.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Barbara

    Well, I love Martha Stewart's crafts. However, I didn't find much in this book that I wanted to create. Out of 359 pages, not counting the index, there were only 5 things that I thought I'd want to do. I did like the resource page at the end of the book with websites. I liked this book, but didn't love it. Although, that doesn't mean you wouldn't find more stuff in it to do than me. I really liked her book, "Martha Stewart's Encyclopedia of Crafts" alot better than this one. Well, I love Martha Stewart's crafts. However, I didn't find much in this book that I wanted to create. Out of 359 pages, not counting the index, there were only 5 things that I thought I'd want to do. I did like the resource page at the end of the book with websites. I liked this book, but didn't love it. Although, that doesn't mean you wouldn't find more stuff in it to do than me. I really liked her book, "Martha Stewart's Encyclopedia of Crafts" alot better than this one.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Trish

    Non-Fiction; Arts & Crafts 3.5 stars This book has creative ideas for most of the holidays/seasons divided in chapter form. Most of the patterns are included* and the instructions are well written and easy to follow. (*Some of the designs need to be printed off online from the Martha Stewart website.) I made several of the crafts from this book with success and found many more that I would like to try. Overall, I would recommend this book to any DIY crafter.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Kandice

    A nice collection of crafts that range from simple to who-the-hell-has-the-time-equipment-or-skill. Thankfully, our great author has numerous how-to videos online to help with those wordy instructions. This book has inspired me to start a Crafternoon club. Some of the crafts can be found at the dollar store and it would likely be more affordable (and practical) to buy the finished product rather than all the components, but nothing beats handmade decor and gifts.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Sharlene

    So many beautiful crafts to make for every holiday. Although you cant really find cheap quality materials at our dollar stores... The pictures crafts aren't cheap & tacky so I guess you have to pay a little extra to match what is in the book. Also the items you have to sew, I wouldn't have a clue how to make, even with the codes provided! But it does give a buyers guide & clip art & template things at the back so that's a bonus. So many beautiful crafts to make for every holiday. Although you cant really find cheap quality materials at our dollar stores... The pictures crafts aren't cheap & tacky so I guess you have to pay a little extra to match what is in the book. Also the items you have to sew, I wouldn't have a clue how to make, even with the codes provided! But it does give a buyers guide & clip art & template things at the back so that's a bonus.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Marian

    I might have liked this better if it did not have quite so many holidays represented, but this is primo Martha fare. The crafts afre mostly, simple, lovely and elegant. Inexpensive? Not so much. Only if you know how much cupcake liners cost would you think crafts that use hundred of them are cheap. Or the expensive fine glitters or silk velvet ribbons, see what I am getting at?

  30. 5 out of 5

    Kathy

    I think I own most of the books that Martha Stewart and her staff have released and I treasure every one of them. This is a wonderful craft book filled with wonderful ideas for holidays from Easter to Halloween to Christmas. It is wonderfully illustrated. Another treasure from the editors of Martha Stewart magazine. Be sure to add to your collection. It will be released tomorrow.

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