December 7, 2016

Make your own Christmas gifts

Craft It Up: Christmas Around the World: 35 fun craft projects inspired by traveling adventures
by Libby Abadee and Cath Armstrong

Sometimes a handmade gift is much more meaningful than the store-bought kind. And the presents you'll create from this book are much better than those made from most craft kits. These are wonderful decorative items that will be lovingly used for years afterward. 

Inspired by their travels around the world, the authors have put together a unique collection of holiday-themed craft projects divided into three sections - Americas, Europe, and Asia, Africa & Oceania. The list of things to make include jingle bell bracelets (Cuba), snowman boots (Canada), mistletoe wreaths (Denmark), candy cane cookies (France), table twinklers (Russia), origami gift boxes (Japan), and button bowls (Zambia). Fun facts explain how Christmas is celebrated in each country.

The instructions are easy to follow, with lots of photos to help you out. There's also a collection of templates to copy or trace and a glossary of craft supplies. To avoid numerous trips to the craft store, first see if you have the materials at hand, then decide what you'd like to make. Then make a list, checking it twice, and bring it with you to the nearest store.

A fun way to get into the Christmas spirit!

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