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Alternacrafts: 20+ Hi-Style Lo-Budget Projects to Make Spiral-bound – March 1, 2006


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Product Details

  • Spiral-bound: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Stewart, Tabori and Chang (March 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1584794569
  • ISBN-13: 978-1584794561
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 8.8 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,023,941 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 8 Up-Vitkus has done a good job of creating interesting crafts that can be made out of recycled household items. Teens will appreciate the relatively simple page layout and informal writing style. The ideas are organized into things to wear, projects for the home, and gifts. Old pants are transformed into a purse, and pop-bottle lids become pendants. Some projects, like converting a pair of jeans into a skirt, are quite involved, while others, like pin-prick cards, can be accomplished in a few minutes. Each idea contains clear, step-by-step instructions geared to beginners. Unfamiliar terms are defined in context or in sidebars. Full-color photos show the finished products and the essential steps in the process. Some projects also include diagrams. This is a good choice for crafty teens. However, middle schoolers and preteens may prefer Kathy Cano Murillo's The Crafty Diva's Lifestyle Makeover (Watson-Guptill, 2005), which has some of the same basic ideas, but has brighter, busier pages complete with cartoon craft divas.-Donna Cardon, Provo City Library, UT
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About the Author

Jessica Vitkus is a writer and television producer living in New York City. She has written craft stories and developed craft projects for Martha Stewart magazines and television, has worked as a writer/producer for MTV News, Pop-Up Video, and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. She is currently supervising producer for MTV2's Wonder Showzen.

Brian Kennedy is a photographer who has worked for a variety of publications, shooting everything from chocolate connoisseurs to Central American festivals to professional surfers. He lives in New York City.

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Spaced on August 26, 2006
Format: Spiral-bound
The projects here are varied and so great (the curtains made from bandanas? Love!), there are color photos on practically every page, the directions are clear, and it is spiral-bound--this is such a plus with craft books.

All in all, this is probably my favorite craft book that I've seen.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Sluggie on April 30, 2006
Format: Spiral-bound
Most craft books don't have enough pictures and illustrations for my liking. This one has a lot -- really breaks down the projects into steps that are easy to follow. Nothing is too hard. The photos are beautiful. The projects are quirky. I like all the recycling (flowers from sunday comics, old sweaters into new hats). You don't have to go out and buy much. Especially good for making gifts.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By T. Tims on November 13, 2006
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If you're crafty, sometimes you get in a funk and can't think of things to make. This book will get you started on some new ideas. I had seen the shaggy dog rug in another book, but I liked this one even better. I didn't use it for my dog, but even better: a bath mat! It took a long time, but it was easy, and I get compliments on it all the time.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By O. Brown HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 10, 2006
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If you are interested in expensive, creative, easy, explicitly intructed craft ideas, you'll love this book. I am not a "crafter", yet I could follow the instructions for these projects easily. Most important of all, the supplies are "found" objects, things you have around the house anyway, for the most part, and you don't need to spend a lot of money buying supplies.

This book would be great for all ages, especially teens and young adults. However, I am middle-aged and loved it! It is rather elementary, but I needed that. Great value!

*****
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By cakeisdelicious on May 30, 2006
Format: Spiral-bound
This book is great!!! I'm not very crafty, but when I saw this book, I though, why not? The projects are cool and the directions are clear and easy. Most craft books are either super dorky or super snotty, but this book rules. It's cool and really accessible to every level of crafter. A lot of people will get this book as a gift this year from me. Nice work :)
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By i wanna be crafty, too on May 1, 2006
Format: Spiral-bound
i just bought this book this past weekend and there are some really great ideas. this book covers everything from clothing reconstruction projects to home decor projects. my husband is already begging me to make him the bandana comforter. since i am on a tight budget, i am thrilled that there are so many projects that will make great gifts.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Craft Conscious on May 4, 2006
Format: Spiral-bound
I really love this book. First off, the spiral-bound design keeps it open flat on the table as you work on a project. Clever!

Secondly, the projects really are cool. Not only can you make presents from the step-by-step project instructions in this book, you can get inspired from the book and invent your own, or else you can just cut to the chase and give AlternaCrafts as the gift. Clever!
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A. Grossman on April 5, 2006
Format: Spiral-bound
If only I could take two months off of work and sitdown and make every project in this book back to back...

Whether you're a craft-aholic, or if you're just looking to make a one-off quick gift for a friend, this book is for you.

I loved it.
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