Make: Holiday

Start now and you'll have the perfect holiday craft or treat for everyone on your list. Here's a roundup of new and notable craft, baking and maker-type books.

Our city is brimming with creativity. Don't let yours go to waste this holiday season. Start early and give a handmade gift this year.  Here's a roundup of new and notable craft, baking and maker-type books that will help you whip up the best kind of gift, one you made yourself or with friends and family.
Sprinklebakes bookMartha Stewart's favorite crafts for kids sweets and treats from around the world book

Sprinklebakes : dessert recipes to inspire your inner artist / Heather Baird
Amazingly beautiful, artful cakes, candy and cookies (who's in a cookie exchange this year?).  Includes step-by-step instructions to make cute and sculptural holiday fare. You can add some international flare to your treats with Sugar & spice : sweets and treats from around the world / Gaitri Pagrach-Chandra.

Looking for crafts to make with or for kids like Beastly Mittens, Button Bracelets, Snowmen Candy Bars or a Tin Can Toy? Try Martha Stewart's favorite crafts for kids : 175 projects for kids of all ages to create, build, design, explore, and share / by the editors of Martha Stewart Living. This book has easy to follow instructions for crafts that some kids will be able to do alone.  It includes templates and a list of necessary ingredients and supplies.

Also see Martha Stewart's handmade holiday crafts : 225 inspired projects for year-round celebrations / from the editors of Martha Stewart Living. Here you'll find lovely and pretty perfect-looking holiday cards and decorations to make.  Oh Martha, why must your crafts be so perfect, I guess it's a good thing.

Crochet one-skein wonders book500 fun little toys book
Crochet one-skein wonders: 101 projects from crocheters around the world/ [edited by] Judith Durant & Edie Eckman. Projects including toys and apperal for men, women and babies, too.  

If crochet or sewing is your thing, have a look at 500 fun little toys : to crochet, knit, felt & sew / Nguyen Le. Super-cute small toys that are resource-light.  So you can make a bunch.

Not a fan of soft or sweet? Why not try a project in one of these books: 

 
What books have inspired you to make a great holiday?  Have any projects or recipes to share?  Leave them in the comments.
 
Submitted on November 15, 2013
Jenera Burton - Piedmont Ave branch

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