Crafting a Scandinavian Christmas

You may not want to hear this, but the fact remains, the holidays are coming quickly and if you plan to make many of your gifts and decorations then you need to start soon!

Luckily there are lots of great craft books out there that will help you with this. Today I am going to focus on two Christmas craft books with a Scandinavian theme. Every region that celebrates Christmas has it's own take on the decor and traditions of the season. From stringing lights on cacti in the American southwest to English Christmas crackers and fruity German stollen. One region's Christmas aesthetic I really like is Scandinavian.

Scandinavian design is, in general, minimalist with the use of natural materials. I think this translates very nicely into simple Christmas decor that can be made at home and I have two books to recommend which will help you do just that.

The first in Handmade Scandinavian Christmas by Hege Barnholt.

This book is filled with an wide variety of small craft ideas to give your home a festive feel. Many of the crafts feature natural products that can be found in the woods or easily made.

There is a great section about using living plants to decorate. In the US, the extent of doing this involves simply buying a poinsettia plant but this bulb and moss star centerpiece is far more elegant.

Other sections include edible gifts, simple knitting projects and winter bird feeders.

Nothing in this book is particularly expensive. There is no gold rimmed goblets or particularly intricate quilted tree skirts. Beginning crafters and those with children will find many fun projects to bring a hint of rustic Scandinavian Christmas to your home.

My second recommended book for holiday decor from the frosty north is Handmade Christmas from Cico books.

This book has slightly more intricate craft projects that aren't 100% Scandinavian but still retain that rustic homey feel. Again, there is a mix of food and craft in this book to cover all of your holiday needs.

These tin horse candle holders may have been inspired by Mexican folk art but horses are also a motif you find often in Sweden.

And these jumping jacks may be based off of Russian Cossacks but unless you put rubles in their hands I doubt anyone is going to call you out for not sticking with the Scandinavian theme.

There are some decidedly northern European items such as this reindeer embellishment for a stocking. In the end I think mixing and matching decor ideas from around the world is great way to create your own unique take on the holiday. Whatever you decide to do these two books have a good variety of craft ideas and projects to fill your home with the sights and smells of the Christmas season. Have fun making!