Instant Gratification: Ornaments: Fast and Fabulous Projects

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Spread the joy and magic of the Christmas season with beautiful ornaments you make yourself. The projects in Instant Gratification: Ornaments range from elegant beaded affairs to adorable miniature toys. Readily available materials, inspiring photographs, and clear and thorough instructions make it simple to assemble and complete each sparkling piece in the space of an afternoon. With unique gifts for sharing or for hanging right on the family tree, Instant Gratification: Ornaments takes the stress out of the holidays.

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About the Author:

Carol Endler Sterbenz is a syndicated columnist, founder of Handcraft Illustrated, and author of more than 25 books. She lives in New York.

Genevieve A. Sterbenz is a Manhattan-based stylist and writer whose books include Holiday Decorations and The Home Spa.

Julie Toy is a Los Angeles-based lifestyle photographer whose work has appeared in numerous magazines.


Holiday ornaments make pretty and memorable gifts, and this slim volume provides some creative ideas for making your own. The allure is magnified by the color photographs by Julie Toy. Citris slice ornaments look yummy. A music-paper bell appeals. Among the charming possibilities are a frosted ball ornament and a gilded apple.

The book is designed so that directions face the photographs, a big help once you're in the middle of a project. A glossary of materials and tools, a source list and patterns round out the book. These are elegant ideas for an adult crafter. -Chicago Tribune

You've got to know your audience, and Ms. Sterbenz certainly does in the "Instant Gratification" craft-book series. The books offer projects that are easy and fast for people who have little time for such endeavors. Children can help with some projects.

In Instant Gratification Ornaments, Ms. Sterbenz teaches you how to make 40 lights, ornaments, and garlands.

An ornament you might want to try for the musician in your life is the bell made with old sheet music. Ms. Sterbenz also demonstrates a gingerbread house from mat board and beads. A project sure to have your mantel aglow calls for running a string of miniature lights through a sleeve of organdy.

The book includes patterns, sources, and a glossary of materials and tools. Each project includes a list of materials and equipment. The author issues safty warnings; for example, use spray adhesives in a well-ventilated room. -The Dallas Morning News

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