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May 2, 2011

by Laurie Goldrich Wolf
photos by Bruce Wolf
Downtown Books, 2010

All of the 40 crafts in this imaginative book can be made with things you’ll find around the house. The author, Laurie Goldrich Wolf, worked as an editor for Child magazine and writes about food and crafting. Here’s a bit of what you’ll find in this book:

Accessorize with Style

I love the idea of bobby pins with buttons, the duct tape wallet, a bubble wrap purse!

Ingenious Jewelry

Paper-bead necklace, paper-clip necklace, and bottle-cap jewelry will dress up your outfits for Earth Day or everyday.

Spice Up the Kitchen

Napkin rings made from paper towel tubes, and tissue paper flowers sound creative and interesting, don’t they?

Bedazzle Your Bedroom

Want fun and easy ways to decorate? How about bottle top tacks, decorated lampshade, or woven baskets?

Games, Gifts, and Great Ideas

Cereal box scrapbook is my all time favorite idea in this book! But, the milk carton dollhouse, is a close second. Very cool. (But, does anyone buy these small milk cartons anymore?)

Book Play: I wish the author had a webpage with samples and activities. But, alas, I must send you elsewhere. So, go to the website, Recycled Crafts, and pick something fun to try. If you’re a fan, this is the book for you. And, just in time for Earth Day!

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