Thursday, December 17, 2009

Homemade Poetry Gift Ideas

A Do-It-Yourself Guide to the Holidays

There are many ways to give poetry for the holidays. Here are a selection of Do-It-Yourself gift ideas for kids, adults, the literary-minded and the economically-minded alike.

Holiday Poetry Activities for Kids

Seize the spirit in your home or in the classroom with these great D.I.Y. projects for kids. Print templates for poetry ornaments, make snow globes out of things you can find around the house, or start off your new year with personalized poetry calendars for your family and friends. On the web at:

Poetry Infusions

The holidays aren't the holidays without food, drink, and merriment. Try out one of these recipes for herb-infused vinegar and pair it with your favorite line from a selection of poems about rosemary, thyme, or sage by June Jordan, Walt Whitman, or Peter Gizzi. On the web at:

How to Make a Chapbook

For the more ambitious do-it-yourselfer, why not put together an anthology of cherished poetry to pass out this winter? The time-honored tradition of chapbook-making is a perfect way to express your affection on a budget. Select your favorite poems from our site, and follow these easy book-binding steps. On the web at:

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