The Moreton Bay Regional Council Libraries have a wonderful variety of craft books to borrow. Many of these books are recent releases. Borrowing craft books from the Library is an inexpensive and convenient way to learn a new craft. The opening hours vary so please check with your local branch. These books all came from the Pathways Library. I know I only recently ran an article reviewing library books but I thought these might give you some inspiration for Handmade Christmas presents.
Instant Gratification Ornaments by Genevieve A. Sterbenz (745.59412STE)
We can all use a little instant gratification, right? If you don’t have lots of time these projects are for you. Using readily available materials that are inexpensive you can create your own enchanting decorations. Each of the projects features easy to follow, step by step instructions with full colour photography. Templates are at the back of the book. The Music Paper Bell has to be one of easiest projects in the book. Would make a perfect activity for a child 8yrs +.These decorations are perfect gifts, however I bet that you will want to keep them for your own tree.
Making Candles & Soaps for Dummies by Kelly Ewing (745.59332 EWI)
I’m sure the ‘Dummies’ people have a book on every topic. While I find the humour a little tedious after a while, there is no arguing that these books do provide a basic instruction manual. This candle and soap making edition is no different. The first chapter covers safety and should not be skipped. Part Six has chapters for Holiday Decorating, Gift Ideas and Projects for Kids. The book was published in 2005 so some of the supplier contact information may be a little out of date. As it is only early November you have a little time to gather your supplies and have a go.
Mosaic Art by Martin Cheek (738.5CHE)
This is one for those people who like to practice the art of slow craft. Mosaic is not for the faint hearted as there is quite a bit of preparation. This book focuses primarily on designing but it will provide you with the basics. Whether you want to outlay for all of the specialty tiles and equipment or just want to use those broken dinner plates you can create personalized gifts using mosaics. It is also an activity that children can participate in.