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Making Christmas

The holiday season is revving up, admittedly a bit different than in previous years. Favorite traditions may not be possible this year and, gift budgets may be tight, so why not considering making ornaments for your tree or others. I found a few relevant books, and I’ve included their descriptions from their publishers.

Christmas Ornaments: A Collection of 25 Projects to Make and Cherish by Carolyn Vosburg Hall

“Author Carolyn Vosburg Hall presents 25 projects for beautiful and decorative ornaments to adorn Christmas trees and the home for the holiday season. Each project includes detailed, step-by-step instructions, as well as colorful photographs. The ornaments can be made using common craft supplies such as polymer clay, paper, embroidery floss, beads, and glue, and are suitable for all skill levels.”

The LEGO Christmas Ornaments Book: 15 Designs to Spread Holiday Cheer by Chris Mcveigh

“This Christmas, LEGO is moving from under the tree to on the tree! With The LEGO Christmas Ornaments Book as your guide, you’ll make classic globe and barrel ornaments, all out of LEGO, as well as original gingerbread houses, a charming wreath, arcade cabinets, and many more.

Packed with step-by-step instructions for 15 charming builds, The LEGO Christmas Ornaments Book is the perfect family activity this holiday season.”

Christmas Ornaments: Exquisite Handmade Ornaments for the Tree

“Delicate silver snowflakes cut from shiny paper, edible gingerbread figures, gilded baubles and a traditional golden star are just a few of the ideas for seasonal decorations included in this inspiring book.”

Trash to Treasure Christmas

“Don’t throw away that leftover gift paper–“Trash to Treasure Christmas” features more than 100 economical projects featuring materials that would normally be discarded after the holidays.”

Origami Ornaments: The Ultimate Kusudama Book by Lew Rozelle

Origami Ornaments is based on the design of traditional Japanese Kusudama ceremonial spheres. But the Japanese designs regularly require the use of glue to hold several parts together. Lew Rozelle has designed four basic models – base, joiner, clip, and hinge – which can be folded together, hanging in lovely globe or lantern shapes, thus remaining true to origami purist standards. Folded out of colorful paper, the ornaments can be made small enough to hang on a Christmas tree or large enough to hold aromatic potpourri. As the ornaments rest they will open gently, like flowers, but still not come apart.

Also included are instructions for incorporating string for hanging as well as tassels into the design – a lovely finishing touch. There are no limits to the number of unique ornaments you can make from the four basic models. Try using various wrapping paper patterns and colored paper – the possibilities are endless. Origami Ornaments is the perfect book for holiday crafters and origami enthusiasts alike.”

Instant Gratification: Ornaments: Fast and Fabulous Projects by Carol Endler Sterbenz

“Spread the joy and magic of the Christmas season with beautiful ornaments you make yourself. The projects in Instant Gratification: Ornaments range from elegant beaded affairs to adorable miniature toys. Readily available materials, inspiring photographs, and clear and thorough instructions make it simple to assemble and complete each sparkling piece in the space of an afternoon. With unique gifts for sharing or for hanging right on the family tree, Instant Gratification: Ornaments takes the stress out of the holidays.”