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Book Review: Artful Halloween: 31 Frightfully Elegant Projects by Susan Wasinger

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I love to craft and decorate for the holidays so I’ve been searching for a Halloween craft book to give me some fresh ideas. I’m sort of an eclectic crafter so I do a little bit of a variety of different crafts. When I look at a craft book, I really appreciate if it has projects that use different types of crafting techniques. That helps me when I’m not sure what I’m in the mood to craft at the moment. Artful Halloween is a Halloween craft book that features 31 frightfully elegant Halloween projects.

The projects included in Artful Halloween: 31 Frightfully Elegant Projects are suitable not only for decorating your home but for creating a Halloween party to wow your friends and family. These projects have a sophisticated feel to them which is great for people who want to decorate for Halloween with an adult theme instead of a children’s theme. You won’t find any purple Frankenstein monsters or Casper-like ghosts in the pages of this craft book. Instead, the craft projects have an elegant gothic feel that brings to mind a creepy haunted house or eerie cemetery after dark.

The author shares with you why she wrote Artful Halloween, along with a section on the traditions of Halloween. You’ll see pictures of the Annual Pumpkin Party she’s involved in, to get you in the mood. Also included are sections on tools and materials you’ll need and techniques that will be used. Most of the crafts are suitable for beginners, with no special crafting knowledge or experience necessary.

Each craft project begins with an introduction and a detailed list of tools and materials you’ll need to complete it. There are lots of pictures of each craft – both of the crafting process and of the complete project and how it’s used. The step-by-step directions are very easy to follow even for someone with no crafting experience.

The great variety of crafts included use techniques like rubber stamping, paper crafting, wire crafting, basic sewing, painting, etc. There are crafts used to decorate your home and your yard. I was thrilled to see several crafts that encouraged using recycled materials. There are even several crafts that could be done by your child both with and without adult supervision. If you’re looking for a Halloween craft book, Artful Halloween is one of the best I’ve seen.

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Ellen is a busy mom of two teenagers who left the corporate world in 2008 to focus on a more eco-friendly life. She lives in rural Vermont where she juggles family, two blogs and a career in social media. You can find her at http://www.confessionsofanover-workedmom.com/ and http://the-socialites-closet.blogspot.com/.