Craft Book Reviews
1, 2, 3 I Can Build
This book offers a creative introduction to architecture. It explains how buildings come in all shapes and sizes and encourages us to experiment with a variety of materials and techniques to create an array of houses and buildings.
1, 2, 3 I Can Collage
This book uses sea creatures as a theme to show kids and parents alike how they can use a variety of paper and other objects to transform a plain piece of paper into fabulous works of art. It is a great way to introduce any child to collage!
1, 2, 3 I Can Draw Book
The author, Irene Luxbacher, explains in simple terms how to use drawing utensils to create wonderful pictures.
1, 2, 3 I Can Make Prints
The author, Irene Luxbacher, explains in simple terms how to create wonderful, printed pictures. This book uses 'insects' as a theme to show kids and parents alike how they can use paint and different objects to transform a plain piece of paper into fabulous works of art. It is a great way to introduce any child to printmaking!
1, 2, 3 I Can Paint Book
This book is a great addition to your arts and crafts book shelf. Not only is each painting project wonderfully illustrated with amusing drawings and colorful photographs, but the material list offered in the front of the book is too.
1, 2, 3 I Can Sculpt
This is not simply a how-to book parents can use to show their kids how to sculpt, it is a book written for parents to read along with their kids.
100+ No-Sew Fabric Crafts for Kids
Once you get started making these projects, you won't want to stop! I could stay busy for hours sorting through my bins of fabric and creating the fun crafts in this book. Many kids will do the same, depending on the age of course. Everyone in the family can easily take part in making these crafts.
101 Outer Space Projects for the Evil Genius
If you yearn to touch the stars, 101 Outer Space Projects for the Evil Genius has everything you need to explore the universe from the comfort of your own home.
52 Projects - Random Acts of Everyday Creativity
Read my review of this wonderful book, 52 Projects - Random Acts of Everyday Creativity.
All-American Quilts Book
This book features directions for simple stitches and easy to follow patterns. Lots of fun and creative ways for you to celebrate your American spirit!
Altered 104 - Altered Everything
I think this may be my favorite Altered Art book so far. Just when you think you have seen it all as far as giving new life to older objects, this book brings you fresh, new ideas.
Altered Board Book Basics and Beyond
Read all about this great book from CT Publishing, Altered Board Book Basics and Beyond, and discover how you can make creative scrapbooks, altered books, and artful journals.
Altered Books 103
Find out more about the book Altered Books 103 by Beth Cote.
Ami Ami Dogs: Seriously Cute Croche
This book will help you create your own collection of crocheted dogs.
Amigurumi World: Seriously Cute Crochet
Find out how this book will have to crocheting adorable amigurumi critters in no time at all.
Baby Stuff Book
This isn't your typical craft book. While you will find colored pictures of all of the completed projects and step-by-step directions, the pages are set up in comic book fashion. This book will not only appeal to adults wanting to make baby gifts, but also children who want to try sewing for a younger family member or friend.
Bake and Make Amazing Cookies
A great cookie book for everyone! Tasty recipes and creative ideas for variations and gift wrappings.
Book by Judy Ann Sadler (Kids Can Press). Many patterns and tips for making jewelry.
Best Birthday Parties Ever
Book by Kathy Ross (Millbrook Press). Creative ideas for everything from invitations to decorations.
Best Holiday Crafts Ever
Book by Kathy Ross (Millbrook Press). Crafts for a full year worth of holidays.
Better Photo Basics
Read my review of the book, Better Photo Basics. I will now be keeping this handy reference book in my camera case!
Read my review of this creative book, Birdfeeders by Renee Scwartz.
Read my review of this great book, Birdhouses, by Renee Schwarz.
Brilliant Bags: 20 Beautiful Bags to Stitch and Love
Learn more about this great craft book, Brilliant Bags by Deena Beverley.
This book joins fabric and paper together to create fun and fabulous greeting cards. You will find cards in this book for just about every event, occassion, and holiday.
Book by Julie Bisson (from Gryphon House) An anti-bias guide to enjoying holidays and teaching kids about them.
Child's Seasonal Treasury
Book by Betty Jones (from Gryphon House). A wonderful collection of holiday ideas!
Christmas Crafts from Around the World
Find out how the holiday season is celebrated in several different countries around the world. Make these crafts and enjoy your own international Christmas!
A great Christmas keepsake book by Susan Branch. A fun way to save memories for years to come. Perhaps a great hostess gift, or a fun idea for newlyweds or new parents.
Christmas Ornaments Kids Can Make
Book by Kathy Ross (Millbrook Press). Directions for 30 easy ornaments.
Clay So Cute!
Just browsing through the pictures in this book made me want to grab some clay and start crafting. The projects in this book are not only adorable and unique but also easy!
Closet Monsters Book
John Murphy, author of Closet Monsters, will inspire you to clean out your closets and get sewing.
Book by Judy Ann Sadler (Kids Can Press). Learn all about spool knitting.
Crafters' Internet Handbook
This book, by Genevieve Crabe, is be useful for both the professional crafter and the dabbler. A handy guide that explains how everyone can use the Internet to support their craft.
Crafts for Kids Who Are Wild About the Wild
Book by Kathy Ross (Millbrook Press). Full of crafts related to animals and nature. One of my favorites!
Crafts to Make in the Fall
Book by Kathy Ross (Millbrook Press). Many Autumn related craft projects.
Crafts to Make in the Winter
Book by Kathy Ross (Millbrook Press). A collection of many great Winter projects.
Crafty Chica's Guide to Artful Sewing
This book not only contains 30 wonderful sewing projects, it is also filled with Kathy's advice and guidance along with entertaining narration and stories.
Crease + Fold Book
No matter if you want to learn how to do origami or expand on your origami skills, I suggest you take a peek at Crease + Fold by Sok Song.
Creative Computer Crafts
Not only does this book offer dozens of unique craft projects, it teaches you more about your computer and how to use it to make crafts.
Find out more about this cool book!
Cute Dogs: Craft Your Own Pooches
Chie Hayano will have you sewing up several little pooches in no time at all.
Cute Dolls Book
One look through this book of dolls and you will want to make them all! These aren't your typical, cute dolls. The dolls in thise book are funky and unique, just like the lay-out of the book itself.
Cute Pups: Canine Friends and Accessories
Follow the directions in this book and you can creae your own miniature pups along with some toys and accessories to go along with them.
Design a Paper Doll You
Activity book by Phyllis Amerikaner (Learning Works). Read about how you can make yourself into a paper doll!
Draw DC Universe
This book and drawing tools, by the folks from Klutz, will teach you how to draw several of your favorite DC Universe comic book characters.
DIY Art at Home: 28 Simple Projects for Chic Decor on the Cheap
By following the project directions and design tips in this book, you can become an almost instant artist by creating stunning, yet simple, works of art for your walls.
Read my review of this fun craft book, Embroidery by Judy Ann Sadler.
Read my review of Encaustic Art by Lissa Rankin. The author does a wonderful job educating and instruction with this book.
Everywear Craft Book
This book will teach you how to take your look from so-so to super by making your own personalized accessories. You will find easy, step-by-step directions that show you how to make one-of-a-kind hair embellishments, flashy jewelry, distinctive belts, and custonmade bags.
Read my review of this fun craft book titled Fabric Leftovers by D'Arcy-Jean Milne.
Fabric Paper Party
Read all about this great book which teaches you how to make 3-D crafts and scrapbooks with versitile fabric paper.
This Fabulous Flowers book, by Anne Akers Johnson, is packed full of directions and supplies to help you make a variety of amazing, paper flowers. I am not sure what I love more, the fun and unique flower designs or the bright and beautiful punch-out flower paper pieces.
Book by Patricia Silver (Kids Can Press). Have a face-painting party!
Fashion Origami, by Eva Steele-Saccio, is sure to appeal to any girl who loves fashion and dressing up. I think the projects featured in this book, along with the supplies, will inspire any girl to try their hand at fashion design. The easy-to-understand directions will get them folding in no time at all.
Fast, Fun & Easy Book Cover Art
This book offers many creative ideas to help you cover your plain notebooks, journals, and more.
Fast, Fun & Easy Creative Fabric Clocks
I have not yet made a clock, but now I feel confident and inspired to make my own clock using the techniques and projects shared in this book.
Fast, Fun, & Easy Fabric Critter Bags
This book is packed full of fun projects that are so easy you can complete most of them in one afternoon. They are simple enough for beginners and kids, yet unique enough seasoned sewing enthusiasts will enjoy making them.
Fast, Fun, and Easy Christmas Decorations
Read my review of this great book titled Fast, Fun, and Easy Christmas Decorations from C and T Publishing.
Fast, Fun, and Easy Fabric Flowers
Found out how you can make cute flowers using fabric scraps!
Fast, Fun, and Easy Incredible Thread-A-Bowls
Read all about this great book which teaches you how to turn any thread and fabric, leaves, or embellishments into bowls and dimensional works of art in just a few hours.
Fast, Fun, and Easy Needle Felting
This is a wonderful beginner's guide you can use to learn one of the hottest crafting crazes around right now - needle felting.
For a party to remember, thrill your guests with keepsake favors they'll treasure. Create beaded monograms, soap, pins, candles, sachets, wine glass charms, place card holders, and even ways to dress up purchased chocolate bars, with complete instructions and step-by-step photos.
Felt Wee Folk: Enchanting Projects
You may get so carried away making the dolls featured in this book that you may end up with a room full of fairies and wee folk! With detailed directions for making Blossom Fairies, Hansel and Gretel, a Royal Family, Harvest Folks, and a Driftwood Clan your biggest challenge may be deciding which ones to make first.
Check out this fun Fleece Pillow Book - You can make pillows featuring dogs, cats, bears, flowers, babies, cherries, high heels, purses, and even abstravct designs.
Fiona Goble will have you sewing up a variety of fleece dolls in no time at all.
If you love the beautiful array of fabrics available at quilt stores but don't like quilting, then making the projects in this book might be right up your alley.
Free Stuff for Crafty Kids
Book by Judy Heim and Gloria Hansen (C & T Publishing). A wonderful Internet resource!
This fun book teaches girls about knitting, crocheting, and felting. The projects in this book show how cool and fashionable it can be to learn one of the classic crafts.
Fun Christmas Crafts to Make and Bake
Learn more about this wonderful Christmas book by Annie Rigg and Catherine Woram.
Fun with Folded Fabric Boxes
I love any project that lets me use up some of the boxes of fun fabric I have stashed away! This book teaches you how to make boxes using square pieces of fabric and origami techniques. These techniques can also be used to fold paper and, a popular request around here, old greeting cards. Imagine the possibilities!
By Renee Schwarz - Turn nuts, bolts, washers, and other hardware into funky crafts!
Garden Whimsies Book
Decorating your garden with amusing whimsical art is easy and fun. Enjoy creating 15 unique projects, using a variety of crafting techniques.
Learn more about this wonderful book titled Geek Moms.
Gifts to Make and Eat
A wonderful addition to anyone's library. Contains great gift ideas for anyone on your shopping list and for any occasion.
Glitter Artistry: Bags, Tags & Cards
With the instruction and projects shared in this book, you just might decide to hide the glitter from the kids and create your own sparkly masterpieces!
Great Wedding Parties
Read all about this book, Great Wedding Parties. A great tool to help you plan an engagement party, bridal showers, rehersal dinners, and more.
Read my review of this great craft book, Hemp Jewelry by Judy Ann Sadler. A fun crafting book for all!
You can make a variety of crafts all related to horses!
This book has great projects for transforming dull demins into some pretty cool stuff using your 'injeanuity'.
Jewelry Inspirations - Techniques and Designs from the Artist's Studio
Read my review of this craft book, Jewelry Inspirations - Techniques and Designs from the Artist's Studio, by Sherri Haab.
Using this book, not only can you learn about different jewelry making techniques, you can learn how to recycle trash into amazing piece of jewelry.
Jil Eaton's Knitting School
I can honestly say, even though I am an unenthusiastic knitter, I enjoyed this knitting book and it had me doing the basics and making a scarf very quickly, and looking forward to learning new skills and moving onto more complex projects.
Jumbo Book of Art
This book is great for anyone who ever feels the urge to create! Learn techniques and the tools you will need to make creative masterpieces.
Jumbo Book of Crafts
Book by Judy Ann Sadler (Kids Can Press). Over 200 pages of craft fun!
Jumbo Book of Needlecrafts
Read my review of this great book, The Jumbo Book of Needlecrafts.
Jumbo Book of Outdoor Art
Learn more about this fun book, The Jumbo Book of Outdoor Art by UIrene Luxbacher.
Junk Drawer Jewelry
Learn more about this wonderful book titled Junk Drawer Jewelry.
Kids Quilt Together
Learn more about this wonderful book, Kids Quilt Together by Kathy Emmel.
Knitted Wild Animals
Learn more about this book Knitted Wild Animals written by Sarah Keen.
I taught myself to knit using this book. It was easy to follow along with the step-by-step directions and illustrations. Within a short period of time I was able to confidently knit my own scarf!
Book by Linda Schwartz (Learning Works). Creative ideas for reusing many items.
This book will help you learn how to crochet a variety of items for kids.
Make Spectacular Books
Read my review about this vook Fabulous Fabric, Skewer & Folded Books written by Sue Astroth.
Make Your Own Toys
Author Sue Haven teaches you how, with a bit of creativity and some unwanted clothes or scrap fabric, you can create unique, hand-stitched toys.
Make Yourself a Monster
Book by Kathy Ross (Millbrook Press). Great Halloween ideas!
Making Fleece Crafts
Book by Judy Ann Sadler (Kids Can Press). Make hats, mittens, stuffed animals, and more.
Making Gift Boxes
Book by Linda Hendry (Kids Can Press). Make fancy boxes for yourself or gifts.
Whether it's for a Halloween party, a school play, or just for the dress-up, a little imagination is all it takes to conceal your face and reveal someone new in your place. This wonderful book contains 13 mask projects that can be made by people of all ages.
Making Shadow Puppets
A creative alternative to shadow puppets using only your hands! This book contains instructions to make fun puppets, portable screens, easy scenery, and more.
Read my review of Mason-Dixon Knitting by Kay Gardiner and Ann Shayne.
Metal Magic book review - 16 innovative projects in metal, mesh, and wire.
Mini Weapons of Mass Destruction 2
Read my review of this unique craft book.
Modern Log Cabin Quilting
If you want to try your hand at quilting, log cabin blocks are a great way to start and this book is a great resource!
More Christmas Ornaments
Read Ruth's review of this great craft book, More Christmas Ornaments Kids Can Make by Kathy Ross. A fun holiday crafting book for all!
Book by Maxine Trottier (Kids Can Press). Make clay pots, moccasins, and more.
New Jumbo Book of Easy Crafts
Whatever your crafting pleasure, you should be able to find something fun in this book to try. Author Judy Ann Sadler presents more than 150 craft projects that are fun and easy.
Book by Renee Schwarz (>Kids Can Press). Larn more about this favorite craft and find fun projects.
Read my review of this wonderful book titled Photo Fun - Print Your Own Fabrics for Quilts and Crafts.
By Debra Friedman - A fastinating book that mixes lots of fun with educational elements.
Pop-Up Paper Structures
For ages, pop-up cards and books have fastinated both children and adults. Can you imagine how much fun you could have creating your own? This book can help you do just that - make everything from simple pop-up gift tags to personalized pop-up books.
The Print Workshop: Hand-Printing Techniques and Truly Original Projects, will teach you everything you ever wanted to know about printing and then some.
Quick Knits Book
Learn more about the book titled Quick Knits by Judy Ann Sadler.
Quiet-Time Busy Books
By following the directions in this book, you can create your fun books and even your own page designs.
Scrap Your Stuff Book
Read my review of this great book titled 'Scrap Your Stuff: Keepsake Scrapbooking to Capture Special Memories'.
Sew Hip Book
This wonderful reference and project book, along with it's instructional DVD, was created to help teach sewing basics and to try to instill in them a love for this versatile craft.
Sewing In A Straight Line Book Review
Read my review of this book which will prove to you that you can sew many items by simply using a straight line.
Simply Sewing Book
Read my review of this crafts for kids book, Simply Sewing.
Simply Sublime Gifts
Author Jodi Kahn has compiled a wonderful collection of craft projects that make perfect gifts for everyone on your list. The projects in this book will appeal to people of all crafting abilities and most use just basic crafting items and recyclable items.
This book is packed full of wonderful, unique cards everyone can enjoy making and receiving. You will find ideas for making more traditional paper cards and also cards made using fabric and board games.
Subtitled 'A Really Giant Drawing and Painting Book' is a creativity book, designed to awaken the imagination and creativity of those who are exposed to it.
Squish, Sort, Paint, and Build
Book by Sharon McDonald (from Gryphon House). Over 200 easy learning center activities.
Stamp Art Book
Read my review of the Klutz book/activity kit titled Stamp Art.
Stuff for Your Space
Read my review of this great kid's craft book, Stuff for Your Space from Kids Can Press.
Stuff to Hold Your Stuff
Using this book, basic supplies, and simple sewing techniques girls of all ages can make their own purses, wallets, and tote bags. Everyone is sure to find a project or two they love in this book which provides 16 fun and unique projects plus even more variations.
Super-Simple Creative Costumes
If you want to be a hit next time you need to dress up in a costume, the projects shared in this book will certainly make people do a double take, especially when you tell them you made your costume yourself.
The Art of Gift Wrapping
The author and boutique owner, Wanda Wen, digs deeper into gift wrapping than many have ever ventured. While many of us may try to get creative when wrapping gifts, Wen definately transformed ordinary packages into works of art.
The Paper Bride: Wedding Diy from Pop-the-question to Tie-the-knot
This book is a wonderful collection of creative wedding projects that will take you all the way from popping the quesion to the anniversary celebrations.
What Can You Do With an Old Red Shoe Book
Anyone who knows me knows how much I love recycling crafts and this 'green' craft book offers plenty of them. Kids can learn what to do with a variety of items that might end up in the garbage.
What Do Illustrators Do?
A fun book by Eileen Christelow (Clarion Books). A great how-to book for kids.
If you have ever thought about dyeing your own yarns and fabrics, you will definitely want to check out this book.
Wind Chimes and Whirligigs
You can liven up your backyard, balcony, or patio with the original wind-powered crafts shared in this book.
Xtreme Art Ultimate Book of Trace-and-Draw Manga
We see the word 'Manga' all over the place, but do you really know what it means? Author Christopher Hart not only explains manga but also teaches you how to draw your own manga characters.
The Cuter Book
One look through this book of miniature felt creatures and you will want to make them all!
Sew What You Love
Learn more about this sewing book.
My First Quilting Book
Read my review of My First Quilting Book from CICO Books.