Do Something Creative Every Day


Needlework, clay, paper, pens, duct tape! Get crafty and make wonderful things for yourself and your home–take a look at some of our crafting titles.


Creativebug

CreativeBug is your one stop shop for all things crafting. From knitting to paper crafts, you can find it on CreativeBug! Use your time at home to learn a new crafting skill for yourself, or pick up a new project for you and your family. Accessible with an AHPL Card Number.

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Duct Tape Engineer

Lance Akiyama

Lance Akiyama breaks away from table-top crafts and shows you how to design, sculpt, and build backpacks, kayaks, catapults, a queen-size bed, and even even a writing desk and chair with duct tape. These fourteen projects are designed to be long-lasting as well as fun, and include advice on solid construction techniques and even weather proofing.

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Sew With Me

Brandy Nelson

Stitch in Style with Adorable, Easy Projects Make every day a crafting bonanza with this inspiring and helpful guidebook packed with 60 projects. These accessories, toys and decorations are as easy to create as they are fun to wear and display! Grab an adult to help you get started, then you’re off sewing adorable crafts you can personalize with your favorite colors and fabrics. Make cool stuff with your friends, such as hair and fashion accessories, and decorate your room your way with personalized pillows and throws. Become the most stylish kid at school with a homemade notebook cover and a pencil pouch. There are so many projects to choose from, such as: · Watermelon Tote · Happy Face Coasters · Animal Sleep Masks · Pom-Pom Throw · Unicorn Mane Scarf · and so much more! Easy-to-follow instructions make this book a great place to start for beginners. With the projects divided into three skill levels, it’s a cinch to find one that’s just right for you. Beginner projects use only hand stitching, intermediate ones combine hand stitching with easy machine sewing and advanced ones use only a machine. Filled with pictures, friendly advice and cutout templates, this will become your favorite activity book for playtime.

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The Planner Book!

Jean Sagendorph, Dawn DeVries Sokol

Creatively organize your life! The Planner Book! will help you design, create, an embellish the perfect planner. Forget about boring calendars and ancient date books. Nowadays planners are gorgeous, colorful works of art—one part organization, one part art journal, and two parts keepsake. Loaded with projects, how-tos, tips, and tricks The Planner Book! has all the information you need to tap into your creativity, take control of your to-do list, and craft a custom planner. Featuring color photos and interviews from more than 20 creators, the book is full of ideas to spark your creativity and keep you organized. With 24 projects, from simple tricks like making your own washi tape to more ambitious projects like crafting a leather planner, you’ll soon have the best looking to-do list around. Whether you’re juggling a hectic work schedule, keeping track of a busy family, or trying to balance your class schedule, getting organized has never been this fun or this cute!

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Paper Crafts

Rob Ryan, Victoria & Albert Museum

An innovative presentation of the craft-book genre, this volume offers an informative guide to paper crafts and projects by makers at the leading edge of today's craft revival.

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Improper Cross-Stitch

Haley Pierson-Cox

A fun, witty, nerdy, and irreverent craft book for the modern cross-stitcher. Sometimes it's good to be a little...improper. Haley's patterns are fresh, lively and just what the crafter ordered. In this book, she'll introduce readers to the joys of stitching the naughty, the profane, the irreverent, and the just plain awesome. First, she starts with a basic lesson in cross-stitch technique, no previous experience required. Then, once readers know your way around an embroidery hoop and a skein of floss, the books moves on to the designs—35 in total, ranging from hip, to nerdy, to ironically domestic—where Haley encourages crafters to embrace their inner snark with gleeful abandon. Her easy to follow instructions and colorful designs can make a cross stitcher out of anyone. In all her years of crafting, Haley's learned many things, but this simple fact remains one of the most important: There is absolutely nothing in this world quite so satisfying as enshrining something deeply inappropriate within the delicate stitches of a cross-stitch sampler. It's truly one of life's great delights!

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Hack Your Journal

Lark Crafts

DIY planners have become a super-popular way to stay organized, and Hack Your Journal helps readers create eye-catching customized pages! Every section showcases a set of layout concepts--for weekly planning, habit trackers, daily reflections, and more--but with unique variations and artistic styles. Some require only a pen and paper; others feature elaborate ideas for adding color and embellishments. Step-by-step instructions make it easy to recreate these pages, while sidebars provide quick tutorials on decorative techniques.

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Craft the Rainbow

Brittany Watson Jepsen

Learn how to make playful party decorations, luscious flowers, amazing cards, and sophisticated wreaths, garlands, centerpieces, and more than you can imagine—all with nothing but the creative power of paper. Sought-after designer Brittany Watson Jepsen is known for the unusually imaginative and amazingly beautiful designs she creates for her website and host of clients (including Anthropologie). In Craft the Rainbow, Jepsen walks readers through the easy basics of transforming simple paper—including tissue, crepe, cardstock, leaves of books, and vintage and recycled paper—into vibrant, fanciful, handmade projects suitable for every occasion.

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Zakka from the Heart

Minki Kim

Add peace to your busy life with a cozy afternoon of zakka sewing. Stitching in her signature style, Minki Kim is back with sixteen whimsical crafts for your must-sew list. With a number of techniques, from quilting and wool appliqué to embroidery, there’s something for every sewist! Advance your skills by installing a variety of zipper styles, bag handles, and hardware. From purses to pouches, these useful handmade gifts are ideal for gifting—and perfect for keeping!

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Punch Needle

Arounna Khounnoraj

Discover a fresh take on a traditional craft in this ultimate introduction to the art of punch needling. Giving this forgotten craft a modern twist is author Arounna Khounnoraj (aka Bookhou). One of Canada's most sought after mentors and creatives, she has caused a social media storm with her beautiful images and videos featuring her modern interpretation of this craft. In Punch Needle Workshop she shows you how to create your own floral and abstract designs, teaches the basic stitches and guides you in mastering punch needling through a stylish collection of 20 homeware and accessory projects. It won't take long to ace, as this is one of the most straightforward crafts to pick up – all you need is your hands, a ball of yarn, some fabric, and a punch needle. Discover how to create stunning cushions, wall art, bags, a blanket and an impressive rug with the help of illustrated step-by-steps, pattern charts and inspirational project photography. Each piece highlights Arounna's beautiful botanical and abstract pattern work, sense of color and combination of stitches, which bring this age-old technique bang up to date. Arounna also shows you how to develop and translate your own designs into beautiful pieces to feature around your home. So once you have mastered the basics, you can begin to design your own creations... the possibilities are endless.

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Art Makers: Polymer Clay for Beginners

Emily Chen

Start making beautiful crafts from polymer clay! Art Makers: Polymer Clay for Beginners is your guide to this kiln-free craft. Polymer Clay for Beginners introduces artists, art hobbyists, and polymer clay enthusiasts to this versatile, accessible medium. Because polymer clay does not require the use of a kiln and needs only baking in the oven, it is an easy, approachable art form for even the most inexperienced artist to learn. Professional artist Emily Chen demonstrates how to make animal figurines, flowers, cookies, cakes, beads, and more through easy, step-by-step projects. Each project features colorful, styled photographs demonstrating how finished pieces can be used, displayed, and gifted. A comprehensive tools and materials section and detailed information on techniques, baking, and glazing guide artists in their quest to become polymer clay pros. An inspirational gallery provides even more ideas for those who want to continue learning how to work with this easy-to-use medium. A modern approach to sculpture art, polymer clay is the perfect choice for beginners and crafting enthusiasts.

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Painting with Wool

Dani Ives

Painting with Wool is the introductory and must-have text for fiber artists and other crafters looking for a new and exciting art form to explore. Increasingly popular, Dani Ives’s style of needle felting uses wool fibers and a felting needle to layer and “paint” embellishments for pieces that are bursting with texture and depth. Whether you want to decorate a tote or garment, or create frameable artwork, Painting with Wool is the guide to everything you need to know—including the tools required, the basic techniques, and how to get started. For fiber lovers who want to broaden their skills, needle felting is an easy, therapeutic form of self-expression that offers beautiful, unique results. Ives is a pioneer in this art form and a skilled instructor who makes learning this craft fun and approachable for all.

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Needle Felting

Emma Herian

Unlike many crafts, needle felting is very forgiving to beginners, so there'sno excuse not to give it a shot. This resource will guide readers through allthe basic techniques they need to be able to make the 20 gorgeous projects.

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Inspired Artist: Draw Every Little Thing

Flora Waycott

Learn to draw and paint more than 100 of your favorite everyday items! Step-by-step projects and creative inspiration make it fun and easy. The Inspired Artist series invites art hobbyists and casual art enthusiasts to have fun learning basic art concepts, relaxing into the creative process to make art in a playful, contemporary style. With Draw Every Little Thing, the first book in this new series, you can learn to draw and paint your favorite everyday items. From learning to draw and paint plants, flowers, and bicycles to the neighborhood café and the contents of the kitchen cabinet, this contemporary drawing book demonstrates just how easy it is to render the world around you with little more than a pencil, paper, and paint. Following a brief introduction to the joys of simplistic drawing and painting, this aesthetically pleasing book familiarizes you with a range of drawing tools and materials, including graphite pencil, pen and ink, colored pencil, and gouache, before offering a quick overview of basic color theory. Each subsequent chapter is then devoted to a specific theme—kitchenalia, hobbies, neighborhood haunts, and much more—and packed with simple step-by-step drawing projects. This accessible book encourages you to jump around so you can draw what immediately inspires you. Interactive prompts, creative exercises, and inspiring ideas make the process fun and engaging. Easy techniques and helpful instructions show you how to develop your own personal style, as well as add color to your drawings using gouache and colored pencil. Crafty projects round out the book, allowing you to use your newfound drawing and painting skills. Filled to the brim with whimsical artwork and loads of creative ideas, Draw Every Little Thing encourages artists of all skill levels to draw any time inspiration strikes.

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Crochet Cute Critters

Sarah Zimmerman

Crochet a zoo full of adorable animal friends with ease. Discover how simple crafting your own crochet plush animals can be. From alligators to zebras, Crochet Cute Critters features 26 beginner-friendly patterns for creating all kinds of cuddly companions. Amigurumi--the Japanese art of crocheting stuffed toys--might seem intimidating, but this book keeps it easy and fun with complete guides that cover everything you need to know. Whether you're stitching up delightfully huggable gifts for kids or grandkids or just looking to assemble your own plush menagerie, Crochet Cute Critters will have you up and going in no time. Crochet Cute Critters includes: Cute critters, from A-to-Z--Alex the Alligator, Freddy the Fox, Walter the Whale, Zina the Zebra...choose from 26 lovable designs that span the entire animal kingdom. Amigurumi for everyone--Step-by-step instructions for stitching, detailing, and stuffing make things easy for beginners and experts alike. Build on what you learn--Every animal shares the same basic head and body pattern, allowing you to carry your practice and experience from project to project.

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Crafting Cute

Danielle Clark

Let Dani Banani of the popular Etsy shop FunUsual Suspects show you how to make 50 kawaii creations out of inexpensive and easy-to-find polymer clay. Kawaii—the culture of cuteness, originating in Japan—is everywhere, and it’s time to join the cuteness revolution with these amazingly fun projects. Just follow the simple step-by-step photos and instructions to create darling characters, ranging from small trinkets to larger home accessories, including: 25 itty-bitty and ridiculously cute charms, earrings, brooches, and figurines of Popsicles, macarons, French toast, waffles, bacon and eggs, donuts, tacos, sloths, unicorns, and more. 15 adorable midsize pieces, such as plant holders, desk accessories, and ring holders in the shapes of llamas, hedgehogs, whales, jellyfish, and more. 10 large “showstopper” pieces, such as a rainbow soap dish, fairy garden, penguin tic-tac-toe game, and robot paper clip holder. With information to get you started, including techniques on softening the clay, color mixing, and baking, Crafting Cute will have you delightfully sculpting in no time.

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Macramé Plant Hangers

Chrysteen Borja

Adorn your cozy interiors with hand-woven knotted art and hanging plants. Are you a DIY home decorator, plant lover, or flower lover? We got you! Macramé plant hangers are the perfect little touch to accent your cozy, designer home. Macramé—the art of knotting made popular in the seventies—is now on a revival, bringing trendy boho vibes into your living room, bedroom, and more. And there’s simply no better way to display your hanging plants than stringing them up in handmade woven knots. Whether you’re a novice or seasoned knotter, Macramé Plant Hangers provides thirty quirky, yet stunning projects that will spark your DIY artist’s imagination and get you creating. Follow detailed photographs and instructions to construct patterns with various natural fibers, including cotton rope, felted wool, silk ribbon, jute, recycled fabric, and more. There are knotted projects suitable for bigger eight-inch pots, small four-inch pots, vintage bottles, and even air plants. Including a practical beginner’s section of knot basics; an introduction to weaving; customizable variations to add playful beads, funky fringes, and chic rope tassels to your macramé design for “whimsy”; and a bonus chapter on special projects that mix macramé with a dash of weaving and earthy elements, Macramé Plant Hangers is your handy guidebook to adorning interiors with your own custom hand-knotted, vintage art you can be proud of—while keeping it green!

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Quick and Easy Knits

Search Press STUDIO

The book covers a wide variety of themes from Christmas knits, baby bootees, phone covers, mug hugs, headbands and scarves, so there is something for everyone to enjoy. Knitting continues to be a very popular craft, and this book has a very wide appeal both to beginners and more accomplished knitters. This book represents amazing value, comprising 100 projects from some of our best-selling knitting authors. The book covers a wide variety of themes from Christmas knits, baby bootees, phone covers, mug hugs, headbands and scarves, so there is something for everyone to enjoy. Knitting requires very little in the way of tools and materials, which are widely available from major yarn stores and are relatively inexpensive. The techniques used in this book are simple enough for experienced beginners to master, and easy for more seasoned knitters. Special stitches used are explained in detail, and yarns are described in generic terms, so that readers can use what is available to them, wherever they live. The projects are satisfying to make and can be made as gifts for special occasions and celebrations to family and friends.

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Chunky Knits

Alyssarhaye Graciano

Big, Bold, Beautiful Knits Perfect for Beginners (and Procrasti-Knitters) With big needles and oversized yarn, anyone can knit up fun, stylish patterns in a flash! Alyssarhaye Graciano, knitwear designer and founder of BlackSheepMade, filled this book with quick projects perfect for your friends, family, pets and home. Especially good for beginners, thick yarn makes it easy to see all of your stitches as you’re working. Even if you mess up, bulkier yarns make it simple to find and fix your mistakes. Experienced knitters can zip through last minute gifts (the Cascades Cowl only takes two hours!) and traditionally time-consuming large-scale projects like the extra cozy Homebody Blanket. Try your hand at arm knitting with eye-catching knits like the Hella Big Arm Knit Scarf, add a pop of color to your home with Ember’s Circle Rug or even bring some funky style to your wardrobe with cute accessories like the retro PNW Beanie or the striking Radius Hooded Cowl! With this book full of no-fail patterns and a basketful of chunky yarns, you can learn new stitches with confidence and have cool custom pieces in no time at all.

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Mason Jar Nation

JoAnn Moser

Learn how to make more than 50 Mason jar projects, including luminaries, planters, and upcycled art, in this eagerly anticipated book for DIYers! Mason Jar Nation begins by exploring the Mason jar's impact on America since its 1858 patent. Prior to the jar's invention, settlers had no reliable and safe way to store food for the winter, which required them to travel great lengths in difficult conditions and obtain expensive canned goods in order to survive. With its hermetically sealable two-piece lid and thick glass sides, the Mason jar changed the way mid-nineteenth century Americans fed their families. Although the popularity of the jars ebbed significantly from the 1950s until the turn of the century, interest in them has exploded in the past few years. Ball, the biggest brand name in Mason jars today, has seen its sales double since 2001. Younger generations, including Millenials, have adopted the iconic jars as emblems of a more sustainable time. The humble Mason jar has been "discovered" as a versatile and beautiful material for creating craft items such as chandeliers, luminaries, planters, containers, and upcycled art. The second half of Mason Jar Nation features over 50 of these adaptations, shown with clear photography, all designed and photographed by author JoAnn Moser, the "DIY Maven." Readers who appreciate American cultural history, making fun and affordable crafts, and Mason jars themselves will love this new book and its tall, narrow shape that's based on the proportions of the classic Mason jar.

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