Every Day’s a Holiday book review and giveaway.

If you haven’t visited Heidi Kennedy’s blog My Paper Crane then you are missing out.  The blog is named after her first project ever, a paper crane – and she has kicked some big time crafting butt since then.  Can I say “butt” in my blog?  Ha!  Being that we’re about to start a new year, I thought it would be a perfect time to review Heidi’s book, Every Day’s a Holiday: Year-Round Crafting with Kids.  It’s published by Chronicle Books, and there is literally a project for every occasion, including some of the lesser known ones.  Who knew there was a Watermelon Day?  Every Day’s a Holiday is a great read, and I can’t believe how many awesome crafts that Heidi came up with for children.  As far as I’m concerned, sometimes coming up with kids’ craft ideas is no easy feat.  Here are my five favorite things about this book.

1.  Some of the projects don’t need adults, and Heidi has indicated those.  Setting a child aside and letting them go at it?  I’m guessing many of you parents won’t have a problem with that.

2.  The amount of projects and holidays in this book.  I know I said it before, but you won’t believe when you flip through the text how many great ideas are included.  Many can be modified with items you already have, or already use those type of supplies.

3.  These are actually fun projects for kids, and they aren’t all potholders.  Remember those string potholders?  While I loved making them, I didn’t love stringing them 17 times a year.  New ideas are always appreciated.  This book delivers.

4.  The crafts are amazingly gender neutral.  I see A LOT of children’s craft projects that are girly, but not as many for boys.  And I know young boys love to craft because I grew up with four brothers, and they all liked making things.  I guess they get to that point where crafts are for chicks, but I’m pretty sure a book like this would keep their interest a little longer.  Check out the robots.

5.  The woodland gnomes.  I’ve always had a thing for pinecones.  Heidi, shut up – these are way too cute!

You’re going to enjoy this book.  If you are a parent, you may one day rely upon this book to save you.  A little dramatic maybe, but I can only imagine what it’s like to have children and get stuck on a rainy day with nothing to do.  As a special treat to start the new year, I’m giving away one copy of this book.  Here are the rules.

1. Comment on THIS blog entry. Why would you like to win this book?
2. Only one entry per person.
3. Contest will close this Wednesday, December 29th at midnight (EST).
4. PLEASE leave your e-mail address if it’s not attached in Blogger – I need some way to reach you.

Full contest disclosure here.
Last week’s winner of the Paper Blossoms book giveaway was Cassie Mary.


  1. Norma V. says

    This book has great ideas. We would love to win this!!!
    I organize a craft playgroup for moms and their children and this would come in handy with extra ideas.

  2. Anonymous says

  3. says

    Oh, my daughter would LOVE this book! She is always looking for new crafts to do and, while I am creative, I am not THAT creative! This could also be a huge help for days like today when the kids have argued all day!

  4. Niki Collis Photography says

    I would love to win this book! I love to do crafts with my children and my nieces. I am also a preschool teacher and am always looking for new craft ideas to do with the children! Thank you!

  5. Peg says

    Oh, I would love to win this to add to my godson’s birthday pile in March! He’s pretty little but I know his parents would enjoy having this in their library through the years.

  6. I've arted!! says

    This is our first year as home schoolers and we are always searching for cool projects. I love the fact that some of the projects would be independent for our first grader. Sometimes we have to skip the fun stuff b/c of taking care of baby:( I REALLY hope we win this for our son and the little ones to follow him in our home school journey! Thanks!!

  7. Kristy says

    Oh how cute this book is. I would like this book because I would use it with my daycare kids. Too fun.

  8. Becky says

    This book looks really cute! I’m a stay at home mom and I know we would put this book to good use.

  9. Cyd says

    Great book! I would love to win it (even though my kids are older) because I think the crafts are cute no matter how old you are! Thanks for the chance to win!

  10. Quinn Family says

    My 11 yo daughter spents days making Christmas gifts for everyone. And she didn’t even need me at all (sniff, sniff). She would LOVE this book! She is the craftiest young lady I’ve ever seen!

  11. Tandy says

    What a fun book! I would love it! I’ve recently been bit by the crafting bug and have acquired a few new toys to help me get going. My girls are always wanting to help with projects, but they’re not always kid friendly. This book would be great to have so that I could let the girls explore their creativity. Pick me! :)

  12. Ree says

    This looks like a GREAT book! I do crafts with my boys all the time, I would love to have some new ideas (and random holidays to celebrate are super fun.)

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  14. Emma says

    Would love a chance to win thanks. I have been snowed in with my 2.5 year old for weeks now and we are close to cracking up!

  15. Terri says

    This book looks SO VERY creative – not to mention the great use of Mod Podge!! I love doing activities w/my niece & nephew, as I did w/my own children when they were there age & look forward to doing this w/my new granddaughter. I work for a Resource & Referral agency & we’re always looking for ideas to share w/daycare centers, parents & in-home family childcare providers. What a GREAT resource this would be & to be able to post on our Facebook page, as well as my own!

  16. Lisa says

    I would like to win this book because my daughter loves to craft, but sometimes coming up with ideas for her is tough! Mom needs some inspiration!

  17. Nerd Mama says

  18. The Queen of Quite a Lot says

    My kids are always asking to do crafts, but I really don’t enjoy crafting with them. we always end up doing the same projects, they make a huge mess, and then I end up cleaning it all up. I would love some ideas for things they could do without me!

  19. jsahawkwiz says

    I’ve been a crafting crazy person lately! My hot glue gun is my best friend. As I sit on the couch and watch cheesy movies (“Teeth” for example), I glue my little heart out. Any new ideas for crafting would be welcomed.

  20. TYRaines says

    The book pages you have shown are just wonderful. I would love to win this book just to make the projects myself. Oh, okay, I’ll TRY to share it with the daughter if I win.

  21. Carleen says

  22. Jacobs Family says

    My daughter is just beginning to enjoy crafting with me and I love it! This book would be soo helpful!

  23. NaDell says

  24. Heidi V says

    Heidi is my hero! I already have her book but I’d love to win a copy to give to a friend. Everyone should have some Heidi in their home!!

  25. Tiffany says

    I have 5 kiddos so this book would be great for those times when I run out of ideas on my own to keep them busy and entertained!

  26. Melissa says

    I would love to win this. My two year old is really interested in working in the kitchen with me, and sitting on my lap when I sew. He even made some treats for friends and family for Christmas with minimal help!

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  29. Gretta says

    As a Mom to 4 kids we could have SO much fun with this book! Thanks for the chance to win

    bamagv at aol dot com

  30. OSP says

    Hi! I would love to win this book because a) I have two creative kids b) our craft books are depressingly outdated c) Heidi has a great approach to balancing kids, crafting, perfection and fun.


  31. Kristie says

    My kids and I are always crafting, so this would be wonderful for new ideas!

    khmorgan_00 [at] yahoo [dot] com

  32. Melanie says

    I NEED this book! I have three boys (7,5 and 2.5) and I work full time. They LOVE to craft (as do I!), but finding something they can do (maybe without supervision) and for BOYS! I need this book!

  33. Valerie Harris says

    I would love to win this book, mostly because you told me it could save my life and I believe you :)

  34. Two Dollars says

    A Christmas tornado has blown through my house – toys and cardboard everywhere!

  35. Cory says

    i would love to win this because i love to craft and i have small children who are also bitten by the crafting bug
    mychancetowin at gmail dot com

  36. jengd says

    I have a 3yr old that’s starting to get to the point where we can do these kinds of things and this looks like a great place to get started!

  37. aj says

    I am all about the idea of every day being a holiday. I love giving and receiving presents for any reason, or no reason at all. If I won this book, I’d be making all sorts of fun things for my nephew and my cousins’ kids.

  38. candy says

    My kids love to make crafts and this book as a lot of things I know they would love to make and I need all the ideas I can get. wilcarvic

  39. [email protected] says

    Are you kidding me I would love to win this my daughter is always whining….I’m bored….there’s nothing to do…I could break out this book and say pick a craft any craft.

  40. Rana Wilson says

    I would love to win this book for my mom. she’s a daycare mother, and is always looking for new projects. this would be perfect!

  41. Shannon says

    I would love to win this book because I love doing fun crafts with my son. This would be perfect!

  42. Donna says

    I need this book! Right now I am developing a training for Girl Scout leaders for kids’ crafts for spring. I work with day camp during the summer and train Girl Scout leaders to do creative projects with their girls. This would be an awesome book! Looks like great fun! Happy New Year! Thanks for the chance to win!

  43. rickimoo says

    I need this book. Everytime one of my grandkids come over they “What craft can we do today Momo”? So this would be perfect to add to my books so we have new ideas to do.

  44. Hallie says

    We are homeschoolers and avid readers… I even have a new blog devoted to it! While I am super crafty, I don’t typically think up crafts that are on the easy level so this would be great inspiration for things we could make and share on my blog and with our MOMS group for craft days I plan on hosting!!

    wpooh_9 at hotmail dot com

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  47. Eisbärin says

    I would just LOVE to win this book as I have two boys (6 and 4) who adore crafting, all sorts, they just like to make things and I often run out of ideas what to give them, especially if it’s something they can do without me. I am not sure if this book is available here at all but if I don’t win (but I keep everything crossed that I do *lol*) I’ll try to track one down!
    Love, Alexandra

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  49. purplesunset24 says

    I would love to win a copy of this book for my children. I’m always stuck inside with the kiddos on cold rainy days at this time of year. It will give us something to do and a way to explore our creativity.

    maryoguinn24 at yahoo dot com

  50. kristib says

    My kids love to craft. I would use this book so much, I should probably get two copies. Getting one free would be awesome!

    earlkristib at gmail dot com

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  53. Sassy Scrapin' says

    I would so love to win this book! My granddaughter would be ecstatic!! I always try to come up with new and fun crafts for her when she is here. Thanks for the chance to win. :-)

  54. Sarah (Sew Very Happy) says

    I’d love to win this book! I’m always looking for fun crafts to do with my daughter. Thanks for the opportunity.

  55. dixi + russ says

    why do I want to win this book? well the reason is because I have a daughter who stays at home with me, and I struggle trying to find things for us to do everyday. I feel like the only mom who doesn’t send my kid to preschool where they get to do all the fun craft projects to bring home to mom dad or grandparents… we just need our own good craft projects ready to show off the next time her cousins and friends show us their Indian feather hats or marshmallow snowmen over and over again… just let someone be jealous of us for once… :)
    [email protected]

  56. says

    Ooooo what a great giveaway. I would love to win it because I just realized I will need all the help I can get this summer to fight off my sons boardom because this Christmas break has been rough and we still have several days to go lol

  57. shobelle says

    What a great book!!

    I would love this book for two reasons: for craft projects with my niece and for work. (I oversee afterschool programs for grade schoolers.)

    Thank you for the opportunity!!

    shonijunk (at) yahoo (dot) com

  58. Allison says

    Oh my I would love this book! I have been thinking about doing more crafty things with the kids in my classroom!!

  59. Crystal says

    This is the perfect recipe book for my kids with cabin fever! Nothign makes them happeir than creating!
    crystalwood98 at yahoo dot com

  60. Marlene says

    I would love to win the book because I enjoy creating little things!

    onlyjustine at yahoo dot com

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  62. Jacki says

    ME! ME ! MEEE!!! Pick ME! I would LOVE to win this– what a great book! I have two boys (one 19 months and the other a young 12 weeks) but I KNOW I could use this in our next fun filled years together! OOOOH! Pick ME!

  63. Elena says

    OMG – those woodland gnomes are adorable!! I recently was lucky enough to become a SAHM for my now 2.5 year old, and starting to feel crafty. She loves to do projects and I could use some inspiration! Thanks for a chance at this giveaway!!!


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