Craft books are excellent resources, essential to spark your own creativity and that of the children in your life. Craft books and activities are available for people of all ability levels and areas of interest: from preschoolers just learning to make things, to older children exploring new activities, to teens learning to draw manga, to adults who are already skilled crafters. Each craft book has its own niche, so there’s bound to be a perfect one for you. Craft books are also great to give as gifts, opening up a world of creative living for you and your loved ones. Below are our picks of some of the best.
1. Klutz Book of Paper Airplanes
Everyone should know how to make a paper airplane. Everyone. The Klutz Book of Paper Airplanes features 10 of the best designs and includes 40 sheets of eye-catching paper, with patterns printed on both sides for extra flair. The paper is the perfect size and weight for high-flying creations. The book includes instructions for making glider planes, stunt planes, dart planes, and more.
2. Adventure Girls!: Crafts and Activities for Curious, Creative, Courageous Girls
This extensive book is full of independent and group activities and crafts for girls (and boys!) who love adventure. They can explore the great outdoors while building a shelter, following trail markers, and identifying constellations and animal tracks. They will get active by going on scavenger hunts, playing capture the flag, or climbing trees. There’s plenty for craft-loving kids too: they will create wind chines, build a weathervane, and make origami paper flowers. The book also features 10 concise, compelling biographies of adventurous women from history.
3. Low-Mess Crafts for Kids: 72 Projects to Create Your Own Magical Worlds
Educators and parents love this book, which is chock-full of engaging crafts for all ability levels. The projects require minimal art supplies and create little mess and are organized by themed chapters such as “Little Monsters Puppet Show” and “Exploring Outer Space.” Most of the crafts are easy for kids of all ages and require minimal adult supervision. These crafts will inspire hours of creativity.
4. Creating Really Awesome Free Things: 100 Seriously Fun, Super Easy Projects for Kids
Are the kids at home, eager to make crafts? Are you looking for art activities that reuse materials you already have at home? Creating Really Awesome Free Things (acronym: CRAFT) explores the kitchen, office, bathroom, garage, and great outdoors in search of common household items to use in art projects. The book encourages creative thinking, inspiring young artists to save things like paper boxes and wooden sticks. Once the materials have been gathered, clear step-by-step instructions guide your young artists through a wide range of innovative projects.
5. The Year of Cozy: 125 Recipes, Crafts, and Other Homemade Adventures
The Year of Cozy celebrates the joys of creativity and the comfort of the four seasons. Geared toward adults, the crafts are creative and unusual, such as marbling a bowl with fingernail polish. The craft materials are easy to find and economical; most are already in your home. Likewise, the recipes include standard ingredients you’re likely to have on hand. They are easy to make and delicious, and they’ll inspire dinner parties or tea with friends. The book features beautiful photography of the crafts and recipes—and the author’s corgi.