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Gifts for the Family

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Book Name: Gifts for the Family

Author: N/A

Publisher: Reader's Digest Association

ISBN: 0-7621-0609-3

Cover: Hardcover

# of Pages: 256

Illustrations: Color Photos

Experience Required: Beginner

Book Review:

The projects in the book Gifts for the Family are divided into the following chapters: Needlecraft and Fabric Projects (pillows, linens, napkin rings, clothes, bags, sachets, blankets); Paper and Card Projects (photo memory box, placemats, tabletop collage, albums); Houseplant and Flower Projects (flowerpots, vase, dried flower arrangements, wreaths, centerpieces); Bags, Containers and Storage Projects (planter, bowls, Mother's Day craft, decorated baskets, keepsake and gift boxes); Bathroom and Kitchen Projects (bathroom accessories, toiletries, coasters, glassware, candles); Frames and Mirrors Projects (mirror, frames, memo board, placemats, tote bag, albums); and Candles and Lamps Projects (lamp shades, lantern, candles, candleholders).

The projects in this book cover a variety of techniques and with a variety of products; stenciling, stamping, sewing, hot gluing, ironing, fusible web, paper and fabric decoupage, natural stamping, marbleizing, faux finish, flower arranging, embossing, wood staining, dimensional paint, frosting, gel wax, tooling, pressing flowers and leaves, painting candles, gold leaf, carving candles.

At the beginning of each chapter there are photos of various projects included in that chapter to give you a sample of what is to come. The individual projects are displayed beautifully in color photos where the projects are arranged in home settings. There are also color photos of three additional projects under the heading Quick and Easy Alternatives. They aren't variations of the main craft but different ideas using the same or similar materials for additional projects. One example is the antique table runner (the additional projects are a framed antique handkerchief, a box decorated with a vintage handkerchief and a velvet pillow decorated with an antique handkerchief).

I really like this book because along with the instructions for the projects there are color photos demonstrating the techniques involved in doing the project (i.e. iron on appliqué for the Napkin Envelope Pillow). These photos truly make all the projects easy for anyone to make and that makes the book all the more appealing. There is such a wide variety of projects that you might even have trouble choosing what to do. If you are looking for something specific like a gift for weddings, Father's or Mother's Day there is a beautiful project for you to make and give.


  • Grandmother's Stamped Family Album
  • Shadow Box Memory Frame
  • Quilled Paper Cards
  • Keepsake Wedding Portrait
  • Waxed Flower Bridal Shower Arrangement
  • Fabric Decoupaged Market Basket
  • Gift-Wrapped Jars
  • Baby's Keepsake Box
  • Keepsake Gift Box
  • Themed Candle Jars
  • Pearl Button (Photo) Mat
  • Rose Petal Frame
  • Grandma's Photo Tote Bag
  • Glass and Flower Frame
  • Bamboo Lantern
  • Carved Candles

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