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Best Books for Crafts

Its always fun to be crafty, but sometimes, it gets boring doing the same old crafts you've known how to do since kindergarten, the only ingredients being an old magazine, a glue stick and a pair of scissors. Collages aside, as we get older, its hard to learn seemingly intricate skills out of a huge instructional book with debasing instructions written so small you'd rather flee back to a world of crayons and picture books. That's where the following "how to" books come in handy; with fun context and step-by-step directives with simple description, you will be crafting in no time!

Find Your Style and Knit It Too by Sharon Turner
Step by step, stitch by stitch- this book is perfect for visual learners! With pictures on each page featuring easy to follow instructions, not only will you learn how to knit fabulous, unique pieces, you'll you find your style, too! With instructions for over twenty-five different projects (ranging from the usual hats and scarves to funkier items like ballet skirts and a sleeveless hoodie) you will learn how to define your individual style through magazine inspired quizzes, while being crafty and creative. This book is perfect for teenagers (or anyone else just beginning to knit) who want to learn the knitty gritty!

Hey There, Cupcake! By Clare Crespo
Have you ever watched one of those fancy cake decorating shows and thought, "I wish I could do that?" Well now you can! Easy to make and even easier to eat, the cupcake is so versatile- this book teaches you how to turn an ordinary little cake into a scrumptious piece of edible art with minimal ingredients and easy to follow recipes. With thirty-five creative recipes (think cupcakes frosted and decorated to look like mini hamburgers or stacked cola cans) these extraordinary creations are perfect for impressing party guests. Now go bake your way to cupcake bliss!

Cookie Sensations: Creative Designs for Every Occasion by Meaghan Mountford for an easy to follow, creative decorating guide with tips, recipes and instructions you'll need to learn how to turn a simple cookie into a work of art.


Fashion Artist by Sandra Burke
Paging all aspiring fashion designers! Do you hope to see your creations worn by models strutting on one of Fashion Week's catwalks someday? Or maybe you hope to see some of Hollywood's most elite wearing one of your gowns on the red carpet? How about seeing your name emblazoned on the tags of some of the most desired garments? With the professional, uncomplicated instruction in this book, you will learn the basics on how to draw anything from figures to clothes in no time- even if you just enjoy drawing or fashion as a pastime, its always helpful to learn the basics. With illustrations on almost every page, comprehensive examples, and detailed instructions, you will be ready to face the sewing machine in no time!

Basic Candle Making: All the Skills and Tools You Need to Get Started by Eric Ebeling and Alan Wycheck. Whoever told you to "never play with hot wax" has obviously never crafted homemade candles! As one of the most loved gifts items, candles are a great deal of fun to make and receive. If you want to learn the art of candle making or need to freshen up on your skills, this book is perfect. You will be provided with all the necessary knowledge of the rules, utensils, ingredients and tact you'll need in order to make beautiful, one of a kind candles. With step-by-step pictures and an easy, relaxed demeanor, the only thing you need to worry about is whether you want vanilla spice or cinnamon berry!

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Jillian Bietz, Teen columnist, enjoys reading, creative writing, acting and cooking.

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