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A Year in Crafts

52 seasonal projects to make and give

Here are 52 beautifully simple step-by-step ideas to get you crafting throughout the year.

Start in January by making a handmade diary so you can start the year fresh and organized, while in March you can revamp your home for the annual spring clean with a new chair seat or a vintage-inspired embroidered tablecloth. In April there are Easter decorations to make, and you can start getting ready for the planting season with a container full of your favorite herbs for the garden. Get inspired in July with an outdoor garland and pretty paper butterflies and moths. If you’re going on vacation in August, prepare by making a recycled luggage label so you can spot your suitcase in the airport, and in September make a lunchbox or pencil case to keep those back-to-school blues at bay. In October, it’s time for Halloween again, and you can celebrate by carving mini pumpkins and squash to hang in a tree outside your house. November is the best time to start preparing for Christmas, so start making your gifts now and you won’t have to rush to buy gifts at the last moment. Make a beautiful gilded star for your tree in the first week of December, as well as unique decorations to make your home look festive. You’ll be truly inspired with Clare Youngs’ lovely projects, so whether you want to make each project as the year progresses, or dip in and out of the book, you’ll never be bored with A Year in Crafts.

Clare Youngs studied graphic design and has worked in packaging design, illustration, and book jacket design. Her other books include Folded Book Art, A Year in Crafts, Colour Yourself to Happiness, Book Art, Mobile Art, Wall Art, Make Your Own Woodland Creatures, Letter Art, and Folk Art Needlecraft (all published by CICO Books). She is based in Kent, UK.

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