Ready or not, fall is here. Leaves are starting to turn, the kids are back in school, and we’ll be spending cozy hours indoors with our families once again. What better way to get some quality time with your family than DIYing cool crafts? From creating origami menageries to felting toys, there are lots of projects to be done in front of your fireplace.
Read these books to find new activities that are great for kids and adults alike. Get out the craft glue, scissors, and glitter, and you’ll be making your magnum opus in no time.
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Japanese Origami for Beginners Kit: 20 Classic Origami Models
Make simple and fun paper craft models with this easy origami book and paper kit. The ancient art of origami originated in Japan, where it is steeped in traditional values. The 20 models presented in this kit include many with strong symbolic meanings, such as the carp, the frog and the crane, which symbolize longevity, good luck and perseverance.
Stylish Party Dresses: 26 Easy and Inexpensive Sew-It-Yourself Dresses for that Special Occasion
Sew stylish DIY dresses with an elegant flair using this easy-to-follow sewing book. For parties, weddings, banquets–any occasion that calls for that special dress–this is the book that lets you DIY sew something stylish and elegant, for a lot less than you’d pay for ready-made. These 26 dresses and separates range from short to long, from sweet to sophisticated, and from simple to dramatic to suit your mood, your style and the event.
101 Kids Activities That Are the Bestest, Funnest Ever!: The Entertainment Solution for Parents, Relatives & Babysitters!
Whether your kid is 3, 5 or 12 years old, there are hundreds of fun, educational and engaging things to do in this book. When they ask to watch television, you’ll have the perfect solution. 101 Kids Activities That Are the Bestest, Funnest Ever! has time-tested, exciting activities to keep your children laughing and learning for the whole day, every day.
All Things Paper
Recognized paper artist Ann Martin has searched the world over for unique and beautiful paper crafts to feature on her popular website—www.AllThingsPaper.net. In this book, she gathers completely new projects and shows how to make them in ways that are clever and fun. All of the paper projects are wonderful keepsakes, origami art or gifts that express the beauty, elegance, and versatility of paper.
Kids will learn how to make colorful kites while exploring Asian culture and history with this easy-to-follow crafts for kids book. The Asian Arts & Crafts for Creative Kids series is the first series, aimed at readers ages 7-12, that provides a fun and educational introduction to Asian culture and art. Through hands on projects readers will explore each ar—engaging in activities to gain a better understanding of each form.
Adorable Felted Animals
Nothing feels better than a cute, fuzzy animal you can hold in the palm of your hand. Adorable Felted Animals shows you how you can create more than 30 endearing dogs, cats, birds and other animals using a little wool roving, a felting needle, and a few simple techniques. Starting with basic shapes you roll in your hands, you can sculpt the most lifelike miniature animals, using your felting needle to join the individual parts and give them their firm and final shape. With little bits of contrasting wool you can give your felted friends expressions that are irresistible. It’s easy, creative, and very relaxing.
Origami Toy Monsters Kit
What could be more fun than making your own origami monster and watching it come to life? With Origami Toy Monsters Kit, kids and parents alike will see their very own visually captivating paper craft creations, known as karakuri, traditional Japanese mechanized puppets, shudder and lurch right before their eyes!
Craft-a-Day: 365 Simple Handmade Projects
Make something new every day of the year! Craft-a-Day offers daily inspiration along with weekly themes to kick-start your creativity. Make magnets, cupcake toppers, garlands, cards, wall art, finger puppets, and more! With 52 different themes, from rainbows and snowmen to ladybugs and groundhogs, you’ll find fun and cuteness on every page. Author Sarah Goldschadt provides whimsical projects for easy crafts that require no advanced skills or crazy tools. Complete with handy patterns and how-to photos, Craft-a-Day challenges you to make something special, every day of the year.
Project Kid: 100 Ingenious Crafts for Family Fun
Perfect for crafty parents who are eager to get their kids excited about DIY, Project Kid is everything you could want in a craft book: 100(!) stylish, inventive projects; step-by-step photographs; tips for the novice crafter; easy-to-follow instructions; and a fresh, modern look. What really sets these projects apart are the unexpected, ingenious ways Kingloff uses everyday objects and materials. (Did you ever think a body-wash bottle would make a perfect rocket ship?) And these are projects for things kids want to make—and keep—from a juice-box owl to a pirate ship to a curio cabinet for displaying all of their treasures, plus games, jewelry, and more. Also included in the book are basic crafting lessons (such as pom-pom making and weaving) to help children of all ages build a DIY arsenal, a handy guide to must-have tools and materials, and a source directory.
Recycled Crafts Box
Corrugated Castle. Fancy Foil Fish Mobile. Paper Bead Bangles. Braided Rag Coasters. Old Shoe Flower Pots. Puppy Dog Sock Puppet. With a little imagination, just about anything we think of as trash can be transformed into an art project good enough to give as a gift or to keep and treasure yourself. Master crafter Laura C. Martin shows kids how to make art out of the paper, plastic, metal, and cloth we usually consign to the recycling bin or the garbage can.