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Nature Crafts for Christmas: A Step-by-Step Guide to Making Wreaths, Ornaments & Decorations


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Book Name: Nature Crafts for Christmas: A Step-by-Step Guide to Making Wreaths, Ornaments & Decorations

Author: Dawn Cusick &Carol Taylor

Publisher: Rodale Press, Inc.

ISBN: 0-87596-622-5

Cover: Hardcover

# of Pages: 255

Illustrations: Color photos, B &W patterns

Experience Required: beginner


Book Review

Bring the outdoors in by using items gathered from nature to make wreaths, ornaments and decorations from the book Nature Crafts for Christmas. It is a good idea to get started on the projects from this book now while the supplies needed are readily available. You may not make all the projects you want to right away but you can gather what you need to make them later. At the beginning of this book there is an essential chapter called (I love the whimsy of this title) Santa’s Workshop: Basic Craft Tools and Techniques. There are photos of projects and diagrams in which various products (floral pins, tape and wire) and techniques (making wreath bases and hangars, wreaths and garlands, drying flowers, herbs and fruit, crafting with gourds and pine needles and making bows) are demonstrated as part of the craft making process.

While reading this book I was mesmerized by the photography featured in it. There are stunningly attractive photos of the projects in natural settings. I especially like the photo of the birdseed ornaments displayed on Frasier firs surrounded by a forest of the same trees. There are additional photos of nature scenes throughout book, which are also nice to look at while deciding on which crafts you want to make.

Deciding on which project you want to do is not an easy task because there are many crafts in this book using a wide variety of materials from nature. I like the unusual combinations of natural and man made elements (i.e. the pinecone swag consisting of a ribbon bow with decorated pinecones hanging from the ends). Nature Crafts for Christmas has something everyone to try because the projects are of varying levels of difficulty from the cinnamon stick ornaments to the cornhusk (doll) tree topper. Within the content of this book the authors demonstrate to us that eggs aren’t only for Easter, you can make a wreath using Maple pods and bay leaves can be used in unique ways such as package decorations and to form flowers to decorate place settings. This book is the ultimate recycling and reusing resource for projects using nature’s cast offs.

Favorites:

  • Santa Greeting Gourds
  • Birdseed Ornaments
  • Pinecone Swag
  • Blooming Candle
  • Driftwood Santas
  • Moss Tree
  • Kissing Ball
  • Birdhouse
  • Flower and Leaf Garland
  • Birch Log Arrangement
  • Painted eggs
  • Cornhusk Tree Topper
  • Okra Ornament
  • Pine Needle Broom Ornament

Overall Rating:

5/5

Available At:

Amazon.com
Amazon.ca

 

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