Paper Crafty Holidays

Book cover for Make Your Own CardsAre you ready to get crafty? The winter holiday season is fast approaching, and many of us are feeling that crafty pull, the urge (hopefully inspired) to be creative with gift making for our family and friends. There are endless options for making homemade gifts, but I’d like to focus here on holiday paper crafts, including card making and using old cards to make decorations and gifts.

Snowflake card. photo by Mickey Johnson via FlickrDo you have stacks of cards stowed away from winter holidays gone by? I do and I often make gift tags or create new cards out of them. It’s simple enough to recycle them in that manner, but there are many lovely ways to turn cards into keepsakes. Some elegant ideas can be found in Martha Stewart’s “Crafts and Keepsakes for the Holidays.” Especially appealing are the card garlands and the geodesic globe ornaments; either would add festive seasonal touches to your home. In addition to using up old cards, you can create your own, and we have scads of books in the DBRL collection to instruct and inspire you.

When my children were young, I made them a set of cardboard dolls with cardboard lace-on clothes similar to the commercial lacing cards available for young children. They enjoyed this gift, and it was CHEAP and great for our low-budget times. Since I designed and made them myself they were completely unique, which added to their homemade charm. I was reminded of those cardboard dolls when I came across the book “Paper Puppet Palooza: Techniques for Making Movable Art Figures and Paper Dolls” by Norma V. Toraya. Inside are marvelous images that can be reproduced, with step-by-step instructions to make several styles of moveable puppets. These would make great gifts for your kids or someone else’s. You could even make a stage out of a large cardboard box to use for many hours of fun-time puppet shows.

Photo of paper yarn by yuan2003 via FlickrPaper yarn – hmmm. Doesn’t that sound intriguing? What does one do with paper yarn? This book, with vibrant visuals, will show you. It has 24 paper yarn projects to make, including pillows, lampshades and hats, using a variety of handicraft techniques. You don’t have to start or stop with paper yarn though, because paper crafting books abound at DBRL and offer lots of inventive options for gift making.

If you need a kick-start to get crafty, come join us at the Southern Boone County Public Library in Ashland for our Winter Card Wonderland workshop on Friday, November 8 from 7-8:30 p.m. We’ll provide the materials for you to make your own holiday greeting cards. As the cooler temperatures and shorter days drive us indoors, why not relax and bond around gift making with your family and friends? And no matter what gift-making projects you choose, may the making of your offerings bring you joy and contentment this season.

About Larkspur

Larkspur prefers biking to work, even in the rain and snow, having 2-3 car-free days per week. She raises children, frequents the Farmers’ Market, dances and earnestly wedges in time to draw, print-make and paint, and sometimes knits, and sometimes writes poetry.
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