Books, Recommendations

My Recommended Craft Idea Books – Part II – Children’s Edition

Hello, my wonderful crafting friends! This is part two of my recommended craft idea books. This part focuses on children arts and craft books. I used to be a former teacher and these are some of the arts and craft books I have used in the art center of my classroom. I remember my former students having a blast¬†using the ideas I pulled out of these books. I hope you can use these arts and craft ideas in your classroom or with you children at home. Enjoy! Stay creative! ūüôā

Arts & Crafts Busy Book: 395 Activities by Trish Kuffner (Editor: Bruce Lansky)

This book is filled with tons of simple and entertaining arts and crafts for children of all ages. This book contains holiday projects and activities, recipes for making play dough and clay using everyday household ingredients.  The best thing I loved about this book is that it gave my former students a chance to show off their creativity and expressive themselves. I also noticed that these projects and crafts helped with their focus and helped them build their fine motor skills. I really suggest you check this book out. This book can be found on Amazon. The book can also be downloaded onto the Kindle.

Star Wars Origami: 36 Amazing Paperfolding Projects from a Galaxy Far, Far Away…¬†by Chris Alexander (Foreward: Tom Angelberger)

This books was a blast when I was substitute teacher for a 9th grade history class. I remember the teacher not leaving a lesson plan so I had to improvise. I pulled this book out of my emergency substitute teacher bag and handed out some paper. I projected the book onto the SmartBoard and had the students follow along. The students had blast! In the book you can create some of the famous characters in the Start Wars movies –R2-D2, Yoda, Boba Fett, and Princess Leia. I bought this book on Amazon.

The Toddler’s Busy Book: 365 Creative Games and Activities to Keep Your 1/2- to 3-Year-Old Busy¬†by Trish Kuffner

This book is by the same author of the first book I mentioned. This book is gear towards babies and toddlers. I used this book when I taught preschool children. This book contains a bunch of arts and crafts that keep boredom away while teaching children mathematics, motor-skills, and language development.  This book can be bought on Amazon and cheaper on eBay.

Draw 50 Animals: The Step-by-Step Way to Draw Elephants, Tigers, Dogs, Fish, Birds, and Many More…¬†by Lee J. Ames

I found 4 copies of this book at a book sale at my local library. I thought it was a good investment to purchase all 4 copies. Turns out I was right. I had included these 4 books in my substitute teacher bad and was able to use them when I had to fill in for a teacher for an entire week, there was always extra time at the end of each class period. I was able to distribute the books to groups of students who wanted draw. It was a big hit! I suggest you purchase a copy of this book. This book can be bought on Amazon. The book is also available on the Kindle.

 

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Books, Recommendations

My Recommended Craft Idea Books

Hello, my crafty friends! Sometimes thinking of some creative crafty ideas can be a challenge (even after browsing thousands of Pintrest pictures). When I get “crafters block” I usually get ideas from crafting related books. I have a decent collection of crafting books that I have procured from thrift stores and garage sales over the years. I would like to share my top 5 favorite crafting idea books. I hope these books will spark some creativity within you! Happy Crafting! Enjoy! ūüôā

Stitch ‘N Bitch Crochet: The Happy Hooker¬†by Debbie Stoller

I found this book on a shelf at a thrift store. My first thought was “what a creative and funny title.” The author, Debbie Stoller, writes about a variety of topics related to knitting and crochets while pairing it wish lovely instructional illustrations and color photography. This book can be used by novice knitters and crocheters to the experienced. There is something for everyone in this book. You can find this book on Amazon. This book is also available on Amazon Kindle.

Art Before Breakfast: A Zillion Ways to be More Creative No Matter How Busy you Are by Gregory Danny

I bought this book off of Amazon last year and I absolutely love it! Last year, I got super busy with life that I had put my love crafting on the back burner for about 5 months. This book made me realize that no matter how busy you get, there is always small ways to be creative. Being creative doesn’t have to involve something huge. The author, Danny, writes about how creating small projects, through visual creativity (or quick art), can be part of a healthy life. I bought this book on Amazon. This book is also available on Amazon Kindle.

Enchanted Forest: An Inky Quest & Coloring Book by Johanna Basford

I know this isn’t really a craft idea book. But just hear me out…ok? This is one of my favorite adult coloring books of all time. I color in it when I am stressed, can’t sleep, and when I have “crafters block.” It seems like when I have a “block” I gravitate to my coloring book which gives me inspiration. By the time I color half of the coloring page, I have a list of craft ideas in my head. So, why not try this adult coloring book out…it helps me, it might help you as well! I bought this book from Michaels Craft Store. However, I believe it is a little bit cheaper if you buy it off of Amazon. Also, I use Prisma Premier Colored Pencils to color in my book.

The Complete Photo Guide to Cardmaking: More than 800 Large Color Photos by Judi Wantanabe

I absolutely love this book! It is such a great book to get ideas on card making using photographs. I think using photographs when card making makes cards more personal and the heart. This book provide beautiful illustrations, materials needed, and step-by-step instructions on how to put the card together.  You can get this book off Amazon. This book is also available on Amazon Kindle.

Sewing (5th Edition): Sewing For Beginners РQuick & Easy Way To Learn How To Sew With 50 Patterns for Beginners! by Kitty Moore

I consider myself a novice/beginner when it comes to sewing. Last year I learned how to use a basic sewing machine. This book was perfect for me and I was able to complete 2-3 of the sew projects in the book. The author, Moore, will teach you the basics to sewing. Along with the basics, it comes with easy-to-understand sew instructions. I bought this book on Amazon. This book is also available on Amazon Kindle.