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Thursday, October 20, 2011

Martha Stewart's Handmade Holiday Crafts: Book Review

Martha Stewart's Handmade Holiday Crafts
Editors of  Martha Stewart Living
Potter Craft (Random  House)
ISBN: 978-0-307-58690-2
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Description: It's another round of Martha Stewart holiday magic! This time, the crafts masters at Martha Stewart Living Magazine have gathered a 365-page cornucopia of projects for any holiday or special occasion. Whether you're making home decorations for Christmas or Thanksgiving; party favors for birthdays or Halloween; or simply small "visiting gifts," Martha Stewart's Handmade Holiday Crafts can make the occasion more festive. Family fun.

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


  1. I hadn't seen this one, I'll have to grab it.


  2. I'm not a Martha Stewart fan, but wish I took more time to make things like this. Maybe as Gage gets older I will.

  3. Hey Stacy yup I'm not her biggest fan either, but her books are very pretty. I'm not doing much crafting right now because of the kids either -- too much work to clean up and already do enough cleaning up after the kids LOL!