Owls & Vowels Fact: I am big on crafting. That might even be an understatement. Huge on crafting? Ginormous? Yes, I am ginormously into crafting, and as a result I am always on the hunt for new craft books! Here are five recent discoveries that I adore!
#1 Handmade Christmas: Over 35 step-by-step projects and inspirational ideas for the festive season by CICO
I know Christmas has passed, but by golly this book is adorable! The majority of the projects have simple supply lists (which I greatly appreciate!) and all come with easy to follow directions. There are pattern template sin the back that you can photocopy too.
Some of my favorite projects in this book are:
- Tin Candle Holder / Tin Bird Clips
- Tealight Houses
- Snowflake Garland
- Embroidery Gift Tags
- Gingerbread Doorstop
# 2 Christmas Ornaments to Crochet: 31 Festive and Fun-To-Make Designs for a Handmade Holiday by Megan Kreiner
Cuteness. Overload. I don’t think there is a single pattern in this book I dislike! Also, if you’re like me and enjoy quick projects, this one is for you! All the projects are made with a C/ 2.75 mm hook and sock weight yarn, so the finished product is tiny, but you could easily bump up the size by going bulkier. I could totally see some of these used as storytime props!
- Christmas Tree
If the last six years as a children’s librarian have taught me anything, it’s the importance of crafting / making art with children. It is a rewarding and enriching experience for everyone involved. Mini Makers has over twenty projects to get the littles (and bigs) in your life making! the authors include a very helpful crash-course on staple supplies to keep on hand, as well as maintaining safety when working with children. Some of the projects are for children to collaboratively make, some are for adults to make for children to enjoy. It’s a nice mix, and I could tell that these women put a lot of care and thought into selecting the projects for this book, to which I say, thank you!
I could see myself making:
- Foldaway Cardboard Boat / Anchor
- Magnetic Cake
- Clay Tea Set
- Framed Puppet Theatre
- Stitched Sun & Moon
This one had me at Gilmore. I’m a huge fan of the show, so when I saw this little gem at the library I squealed a little. One thing that the author does that I really liked is offering two methods for the recipes: The Sookie (chef) Way and the Lorelei ( lo-fi / simpler) Way . As a point of reference, I’m a solid baker, but not the strongest cook. I felt like I could pull these recipes off. Will I be binge watching Gilmore Girls and feasting on the recipes inside? You bet you cup of coffee I will!
What caught my eye:
- The Entire Coffee Section (because coffee is bae)
- Pumpkin Pancakes
- Orange Glazed Muffins
- Macaroni & cheese in a Jalapeno-Chipotle Cream Sauce
- Homemade Twinkies
This book has infinite potential in relation to teen programming. My most successful teen programs usually have snacks of some kind, and this book is full of things that can be done with minimal equipment! My library doesn’t have a stove / oven, but I do have a microwave and a hot plate. I see fudge and truffles in my Teen Library Council’s future!
Things my teen volunteers were interested in making:
- Easy Fudge
- Chocolate Covered Strawberries / Pretzels
- Crunchy Barks (think DIY Krunch Bars!)
So there you have it! Five awesome books (all from the library) that have me super jazzed and ready to create! Are there any craft books that you love? Have you tried any of these? If so, please share in the comments and thank you for reading!
– Owls &Vowels