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Product Details

  • Series: Big-Ass Book of Crafts
  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Gallery Books; Original edition (October 11, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451627807
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451627800
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 7.9 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (102 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #148,929 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sample Project from The Big-Ass Book of Crafts 2: Recycled Plastic Bottle Roses

Like a lot of people, I started recycling plastic bottles ages ago. I just hate imagining one going into a landfill. But only a few actually make it into my recycle bin; the rest are used for craft projects as much as possible. This rose is one of my favorite ways to recycle, and I think the results are just beautiful.



You'll Need

  • 2-liter plastic water, juice, or soda bottle

  • 1-inch (2.5cm) circular craft punch

  • Tea light

  • Needle nose pliers

  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks

  • Krylon Fusion spray paint (for a plain finish) or Krylon Glitter Blast (for a sparkly finish)

  • Headband, ponytail holder, or plain metal cuff/li>


Here's How

1. Carefully cut your bottle into teardrop-shaped petals that are each 2" to 3" long. You’ll need about 20.



2. Head outside with your craft materials and light your tea light. Then, using your needle-nose pliers, hold each petal over your tea light until it's warped into a curved rose petal shape.

HINT: You don't need to melt the petals or light them on fire. Just holding the plastic near the flame will cause the shapes to transform.



3. Once you have 20 rose petals, hot glue them together by dotting a tiny bit of hot glue at the narrow end of each petal and layering them one on top of the next, forming a flower shape. Let the glue dry.



4. If you feel you need more petals in the center for a fuller look, create and add petals as you see fit, then let dry.

OPTIONAL: If you're making a headband, set aside a couple of petals to use as leaves to cover up more of the band.

5. Put a huge glob of hot glue on the base of your flower for good measure, and let dry.

6. Spray paint the flower with Krylon Fusion spray paint for a plain rose, or with Krylon Glitter Blast if you want a sparkly blossom. Let the paint dry.


About the Author

Mark Montano is part of the design team for TLC’s While You Were Out and the host of TLC’s Ten Years Younger, as well as co-host of the Style network’s My Celebrity Home. He is a contributing editor to CosmoGIRL! magazine, and his weekly column, “Make Your Mark,” appears in more than seventy newspapers across the country. Mark is the author of Super Suite and Dollar Store Décor and co-author of Window Treatments and Slipcovers for Dummies.

More About the Author

Hello everyone! Thank you for your interest in my books. Well, THE BIG-A#S BOOK OF CRAFTS 2 is officially on the shelves after 2 years of writing and gluing things together. It's filled with over 150 projects made with stuff you can find almost anywhere and probably already have! Make sure to join the Big A*# Blog: http://markmontanoblogs.blogspot.com/ (I'd love to see you there). Where do I begin? I guess you should know that I was a fashion designer in New York City for most of my career. Yup, I showed with the big designers in the tents and had HUGE fashion shows which you can see on Youtube if you're interested. Through a series of terrific opportunities I became a writer and editor for Hearst Publications at Cosmo Girl! Magazine and stayed there for 10 years writing the COOL ROOM column which I turned into a book called Super Suite: The Ultimate Bedroom Makeover Guide for Girls. I also wrote a syndicated column for Knight Ridder called Make Your Mark which ran in 70 newspaper across the country. During that time I was offered a designer role on the TLC show WHILE YOU WERE OUT and after several years I became the host of the show 10 YEARS YOUNGER, also on TLC. That's the show where we put people in a glass box and guess their age. After 10 YY I was lucky enough to land more TV roles. MY CELEBRITY HOME on Style and SHE'S MOVING IN on WE TV, a recurring role on THE TONY DANZA SHOW and then MY HOME 2.0 for FOX. All during this filming I've been writing books about craft, home decor and anything I can create using commonly found objects. Look under your kitchen sink and we'll find something amazing for a project! Thanks for visiting me here and you can always contact me at MarkMontanoNYC@aol.com.

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Customer Reviews

Got the Bling book and order the Crafts 2 book.
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Wonderfully written, great photographs, fantastic projects that have instruction that are easy to follow and written well.
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Mark Montano's Big Book of Crafts 2 is a wonderful book with fun projects, using the imagination!
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By L. A. Smith on October 21, 2011
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I was already a fan of Mark Montano's when I ordered this book, so I was expecting a well-written, beautifully photographed collection of clever projects with clear instructions (like you'll get in his earlier books, The Big-Ass Book of Crafts, The Big-Ass Book of Home Decor: More Than 100 Inventive Projects for Cool Homes Like Yours, and #5368 Pulp Fiction - Perfect Paper Projects).
Wow, talk about having low expectations!
This book is cover-to-cover clever with frequent flashes of genius thrown in to surprise and amaze even the most hardcore crafter.
Well organized into 21 categories, this book features a mind-boggling collection of attractive, inventive, and exciting projects that will keep you busy creating for ages. Whether you want to make yourself a sassy new scarf, spice up your decor and lighting, embellish a pair of dancing shoes, or create a gift that sure to please, you will find inspiration and more in this book.
The best part about many of these projects is that you can make them with materials you probably already have on hand, so dive right in and start a project, any project. You'll be treated to an array of clear, colorful photographs, a comprehensive materials list, step-by-step instructions, and Mark's advice and insight on how to get more fun and fabulousness (is that a word?) out of the time you spend crafting.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Pamela Brackett on October 19, 2011
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I almost couldn't pull myself away from The BIG-ASS Book of Crafts 2 long enough to write this review. You want to have some sassy fun and dig on some crafty ideas PLUS witty dialogue? (Yes, I can almost hear Mark talking as I read the descriptions of each item.) Well, Mark Montano has wrapped up all that crafty fun into a startlingly HUGE sequel to his best selling BIG-ASS Book of Crafts.

From beer can party lights and sparkling necklaces to a Virgin Mary Suit Case and thread sketching on cloth for some pretty amazing Pillow People, this book will keep you up to your elbows in creative fun. The instructions are easy to follow and most of the projects use items you can find around the house. Looking for templates? They're all in there! And are you craving a book with variety? This book has that, too! There are so many craft projects to choose from - more than 150! Seriously!

Sorry I couldn't write more - I'm in the middle of making my own WISHING SHRINE and my first wish will be that Mark Montano is working on his next Big-Ass book. Oh, and excuse the glitter... I just finished some pretty awesome clothespin ornaments - all decked out in retro colors. My daughter's going to love these...
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By eugene on July 11, 2012
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I bought this as a present for my sister, who is super crafty. This book had great reviews so I went ahead and purchased it. II skimmed through it before wrapping and feel a little embarrassed to give it as a present. The crafts are strange (i.e. A baby doll head night light) and you need a variety of tools that are not just common household supplies. I hope she likes it...but I am not counting on it. On the plus side, I received it really fast, Go Amazon!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By space shuttle on October 29, 2011
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First off let me say, I do not personally have this book, but my friends do and it is amazing! I do own Mark's first Big Ass Book of Crafts and I love it! I have gained so much inspiration from it and this Big Ass Book Crafts 2 is no exception! You can flip through the book and you will find a new project that sparks your imagination. I highly recommend it!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Carolyn Timmerman on December 28, 2012
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For Christmas, I gave myself the 4 book "Big Ass" collection. I have seen designing Mark Montano has done, so I didn't hesitate to purchase all 4 @ once. BIG mistake. While I may not be the target consumer that Montano was going for, I don't think 8 thru 12 year olds want to spend that kind of money. The projects shown are less then inspiring, & are so far past tacky, it's bewildering that an editor would actually agree to publish. This review is the same for, so far, 3 out of 4 of the books. Just can't get into opening the last one, the first " Big Ass Book of Crafts." For sure, I wasted money
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jessica Goette on November 22, 2011
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I absolutely love, love, LOVE this book!!! There are so many fun, inexpensive projects in here. The first one I tackled was the "Artist's Clutch" I stumbled upon an obstacle in the first couple of steps in the "how-to" part of the project. I recalled reading the introduction at the beginning of the book and it said that if I were to have any questions, I could send an e-mail to a specific address. I sent one, expecting no reply. I got a DETAILED response within 5 minutes!!! I was absolutely floored!!!! I finished my project and cannot say enough how thrilled I am with the "customer service" and the projects in the book. This is my first "big-ass..." purchase and I will definitely be purchasing the other two books when I am able.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sarah Loves Crafting on November 2, 2011
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Oh my gosh you guys! I had to break myself away from crafting like crazy to write this review. I have been making things NON stop since buying this book a week ago. Please do yourself a favor and get this book. You won't be let down. Sooo many options! So many projects. I'm giddy with excitement just thinking about it! It's perfect for this time of year too, because now I have so many projects to make and gift to family and friends. I may even buy this book for a few of my crafty friends as well. Would be a great gift for your creative friends and family members! Eeee. Oh and I love how the author's personality shines through in the projects and the text throughout the book. He seems super adorable!! All in all, a wonderful purchase. I had zero buyer's remorse (and I usually experience that!) and it's so worth every penny.
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