Make a gift at the library this festive season!

Every Tuesday and Thursday in December between 4-7 pm, come along to our festive crafts station on the 1st floor of the Central Library and get creative!

Make your own hand-made gift card, a special book mark, or perhaps a little decoration for your tree! Have something you’ve always wanted to make into something? Bring your own materials or make use of what’s available on our crafty supplies trolley! There will be local crafting experts on hand and a tonne of ideas and craft books ready to help you get inspired!

Drop by for 5 Minutes, half an hour, or hang out for the full 3 hours! Have fun to your own schedule at our festive crafts station and and give a gift of creativity this year!

These sessions will be held on the 1st floor of the Central Library by the enquiries desk from 4-7 pm on Tuesdays & Thursdays with the last session being held on December 20th.

WCL on Pinterest!

If you haven’t checked out Pinterest before, we couldn’t recommend it more! Relished by crafters and DIYers everywhere, pinterest is a platform filled with ideas and inspiration to help your creative juices flow. Check out Wellington City Libraries on Pinterest, we recommend starting with our Book art & DIY as well as the Crafty Explorations boards!

Looking for more inspiration?

Make sure you check out our regular Craft – Recent Picks Blog to see all of the best new craft books as well as our Discover the joy of Christmas crafting – a Christmas Craft blog! Just want to browse? Head to the 745.5s we have so many books to choose from!


Librarian’s Choice for Holiday Crafts

Here are a few recommendations just to get you started, as recommended by your local crafting librarians!

Syndetics book coverFolded book art : 35 beautiful projects to transform your books — create cards, display scenes, decorations, gifts, and more / Clare Youngs.
“Follow Clare Youngs ‘ simple step-by-step projects to make a huge variety of creative book art projects. In the first chapter, Folding Books, get folding and make a beautiful bird, a sailor’s knot, and a shining star, they look impressive but are deceptively simple to make. All the projects have helpful step-by-step instructions and illustrations so all you need are a few old books and you are ready to start!” (Adapted Syndetics Summary)

Syndetics book coverCrafting with nature : grow or gather your own supplies for simple handmade crafts, gifts & recipes / Amy Renea, founder of A Nest for All Seasons.
“The book has a total of 58 detailed step-by-step tutorials and 44 quick-and-easy inspiration ideas and crafting techniques. Amy Renea is the founder of A Nest for All Seasons, chosen as the reader’s choice best gardening blog in the Better Homes & Gardens Blogger Awards.” (Adapted Syndetics Summary)

Syndetics book coverBibliocraft : a modern crafter’s guide to using library resources to jumpstart creative projects / Jessica Pigza ; photographs by Johnny Miller ; photostyling by Shana Faust ; illustrations by Sun Young Park.
“There is untold wealth in library collections, and, like every good librarian, Jessica Pigza loves to share. Whatever the quest–historic watermarks transformed into pillows, Japanese family crests turned into coasters, or historic millinery instructions worked into floral fascinators–anyone can utilize library resources to bring their creative visions to life.” (Adapted Syndetics Summary)

Syndetics book coverPaper stars : 25 festive decorations for every occasion / Karen-Marie Fabricius.
“In Paper Stars, well-known artist Karen-Marie Fabricius provides 25 charming designs, each with detailed step-by-step instructions and gorgeous photographs. These pretty paper stars are not only perfect for Christmas, but they also look wonderful year-round, hanging on a window, from the mantelpiece, on cupboard doors, or as unique adornments for birthday presents. Making these paper stars is a fun craft for the entire family.” (Adapted Syndetics Summary)

Syndetics book coverSend something beautiful : fold, pull, print, cut and turn paper into collectible keepsakes and memorable mail / Emily Hogarth.
“The art of creating and then giving or sending something beautiful can also be a real joy, as this book reveals. Including a huge array of paper crafting and engineering techniques, plus 25 inspiring projects to help you spoil or impress your penpals, friends, family or loved ones. The book itself also makes the perfect gift and includes basic and original templates to draw from or cut out.” (Adapted Syndetics Summary)