Library review: Check out a craft book for Halloween … or another holiday – Entertainment – The Times-News

• “Artful Halloween: 31 Frightfully Elegant Projects” by Susan Wasinger; Lark Crafts (128 pages, $17.95)

With the holiday season upon us it is time again to break out the holiday decorations. But for many, monetary restrictions hinder being able to purchase the latest, greatest things. Happily, the Alamance County Public Libraries has a number of books with decorating and crafting ideas for the holidays. They run the gamut from very sophisticated and elegant to simple, easy and inexpensive so no matter your interest or budget there’s something for everyone.

One popular title for this time of the year is “Artful Halloween” by Susan Wasinger. It draws the reader’s attention with a very colorful, fun cover, and it doesn’t disappoint for holiday ideas. With crafts such as button and bead spiders, disembodied hands made out of old gloves, spooky spirits bottle wraps, multiple kinds of garland and pumpkin decorating ideas that use paint and glued-on bling there’s something for everyone. Each craft includes step-by-step instructions and full color photos that show supplies and parts of the crafting process. It’s an easy book to follow with a wide variety of crafts from which readers can pick and choose their favorites to help get ready for this Halloween season.

While this is a favorite Halloween decorating and crafting book, there are plenty of others available for every holiday season. Here are some others that you may enjoy:

— “Halloween” by Joanne O’Sullivan has many costume ideas with fewer decorations.

— “Felt-o-Ween” by Sheldon Kathy contains 40 felt craft ideas for Halloween.

— “Martha Stewart’s Handmade Holiday Crafts” is a compilation of 225 ideas for all holidays.

— “Simply Handmade” by Carol Dahlstrom is 365 projects for every occasion, whether gift ideas or decorations.

— “100 Little Christmas Crafts” by Search Press Studio is a compilation of Christmas decoration ideas for sewers, knitters, jewelry makers and more.

And if none of these sounded good to you, please talk to any library staff about finding the perfect holiday idea book. It is impossible to list them all.

Susana Goldman is the associate director of operations for Alamance County Public Libraries. She can be reached at


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