01 Oct

Book review: Kirstie's Christmas Crafts

We take a look at Kirstie Allsopp’s new book – is it a must-have for your Christmas crafting this year? 

Kirstie Allsop has become one of the biggest names in British crafting with a back catalogue of Channel 4 series that have brought making it yourself to mainstream audiences across the country. Whether you love her programmes or not, it’s always exciting to have a new book on your coffee table, so we thought we’d review Kirstie’s new book (out from 26th September) so you can see whether you want to invest in it for your Christmas makes.

So let’s get started! The book is divided into seven parts – decorations, cards and wrapping, the Christmas table, presents, edible gifts, food and drink and crafts for children.

We head straight for the foodie sections – and it’s a good indication of how Kirstie has interpreted Christmas. The recipes inside are lovely and traditional, but there’s also something for those who like a bit of zing – Christmas puddings and classic cranberry jams alongside DIY boozy Limoncello and filo pastry mince pies.

This takes us nicely to the Christmas dinner table. Kirstie’s style is rich, colourful and extremely festive. In fact it’s making us excited for Christmas lunch already! As well as some pretty crafts, Kirstie also gives her top tips on planning and preparation along with a handy table checklist so we don’t forget anything.

Of course, it’s also essential to create some thoughtful gifts for your family and guests. Projects like soaps are always going to be a crowd-pleaser, but there are a few other gifts in here we’d like to receive ourselves which use techniques such as stamping and screen printing. Stronger than the gifts themselves in this book though is the inspiration to wrap them! So many lovely ideas, we’ll have to buy more gifts just to try out all the styles.

And because Christmas is all about family, our favourite section is the children’s crafts. There are some great ideas for entertaining the kids, which will no doubt come in handy during the school holidays in the run up to the big day!

All in all, there’s not much about this book that we don’t like – in fact we want to make everything! It’s definitely on our Christmas list – good thing we’ve been good this year!


Kirstie's Christmas Crafts is published by Hodder and Staughton, and is available to buy for £20 from all good bookshops and from Amazon here

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