Last-Minute DIY Gifts

xmasgiftsYou probably don’t need another reminder that the holidays are around the corner, but everyone needs to be reminded from time to time that some of the best gifts are those crafted specially for you by someone you care about. This year, get into the spirit of giving by making special, handcrafted gifts for your friends and family.

These books, which are available from your local library, are here to help:

100 Little Christmas Gifts to Make by Search Press Studio – This book covers a wide variety of crafts including papercraft, sewing, knitting, crochet, sugarcraft, felt decorations, jewelry making, cross stitch, mosaic making, decoupage, polymer clay decorations and needlepoint. All projects are simple enough for experienced beginners and will also appeal to seasoned crafters.

Christmas Gifts From the Kitchen by Georgeanne Brennan – Highlighted with color photos, this book will help readers indulge in the holidays with a collection of recipes–including candied grapefruit peel, lemon-spice olives, and chocolate-marshmallow fudge–as well as plenty of ideas for creative gift packaging.

Knitted Gifts: Irresistible Projects to Make & Give by Ann Budd – Offering more than 30 projects for any occasion, this collection focuses on small knitting projects that can be completed in a relatively short period of time, perfect for knitters looking for small projects to keep or give away.

DIY Mason Jar Crafts by Lauren Elise Donaldson – Provides instructions for transforming Mason jars into a variety of home decor items and gifts, including a lamp, clock, terrarium, cake stand, piggy bank, and ornaments.

Origami Jewelry Motifs: Fold and Wear Your Own Earrings, Bracelets, Necklaces and More! by Julian Laboy-Rodriguez – With this book, you’ll learn to fold more than 30 charming origami models, from animals and flowers to shapes and figures. Mix-and-match the jewelry-sized motifs with headbands, necklaces, rings, and more to create your own custom jewelry.

Stitch Love: Sweet Creatures Big & Small by Mollie Johanson – Collects 25 sewing projects that feature animal designs and beginner-friendly embroidery patterns, including a hedgehog stroller quilt, a dachshund keyboard wrist rest, and a possum hanging sachet.

More Last-Minute Knitted Gifts by Joelle Hoverson – A collection of thirty knitted patterns that can be completed in a minimum of time features instructions for creating such classic gifts as mittens and hats, as well as newer ideas including a seed-stitch bracelet and pyramid-shaped sachets.

The Crafter’s Book of Clever Ideas by Andrea & Cliff Currie – Offers his and hers variations on 25 gift and party crafts that employ a range of techniques and materials.

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