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July 7, 2008

Two new-ish craft books not published for teens but which have a lot of teen appeal are Aranzi Aronzo’s Cute Stuff and The Big-Ass Book of Crafts by Mark Montano.

If you’re familiar with The Cute Book or Cute Dolls, you know what to expect: seriously cute stuff, with cute illustrated directions, and cute descriptions. (And can I use the word “cute” any more than I just did?) But this time there’s more than dolls! Make bags, book covers, ponytail holders, and more. Most projects require a sewing machine, so don’t expect to find ideas for teen craft programs here. But if you liked the previous Aranzi Aronzo craft books or they’re popular at your library, you definitely need to buy this. There’s a preview at the Vertical site for those who may need more convincing.

The Big-Ass Book of Crafts, on the other hand, has a lot of projects that you could do for a teen craft. Plus a lot that wouldn’t work for a library program, but which teens would want to make on their own. The intended audience for this book is 20- and 30-somethings, which is obvious in some of the projects, like Rope Side Table (p. 110), but as I said, many of the projects have a lot of teen appeal. Among the projects I’m considering for teen craft programs are the Art Switch Plates (p. 10) and Glazed Cards (p. 310).

It’s in full color with large pictures of the final product. Instructions are clear and include hints, suggestions, and the occasional “Don’t Worry.” There are over 150 projects, and at only $19.95, this is a fantastic value. See some of the projects at the Big-Ass Book of Crafts website.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. July 8, 2008 12:50 am

    Ooh, cute stuff! Did you see Maris Wick’s stuff at Seven Imps this past weekend? I love that you can bring that style outside of dolls. Very cool.

  2. August 13, 2008 4:33 am

    My daughter “made” me buy the Cute Stuff yesterday. I also wanted to let you know that Crafty Daisies is kicking off its book club with The Big-Ass Book in case you might want to participate.


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