In the spirit of a handmade holiday, many ornaments and garlands hanging around the school were created from past Folk School catalogs. The new 2015 Folk School Catalog arrives this week, so we encourage you to re-purpose your 2014 Folk School catalog to make crafty and inexpensive holiday decorations with your family and friends.

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Tiny house ornaments

A pinwheel wreath made out of old Folk School catalog pages

A pinwheel wreath made out of old Folk School catalog pages

The intention is to re-purpose our beautiful catalog in a way that would allow a lot of people to participate at very little expense. It was an opportunity to look at the wonderful photographs and design layout with a different eye and to use the actual paper it was printed on in an unpretentious but artful way.

I am really happy that people got behind this and had fun with it, which was also the goal – to have fun making things together that could be shared by the community. Some of our makers could actually cut out pictures of themselves and their craft or the craft of those they love. We are uniquely tied to this paper as a medium.

-Nanette Davidson

Dapper dandy dancers line the windows of the Community Room.

Dapper dandy dancers line the windows of the Community Room.

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Pinwheel flowers created from 2014 catalogs look lovely nestled in the laurel leaves.

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Flock of colorful catalog chickens

We have fun making decorations with recycled materials here at the Folk School. We hope you will take some inspiration from our creations, and maybe come up with some creations of your own!

Download the Folk School Chicken Ornament Template to create your own festive flock.