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Alternacrafts: 20+ Hi-Style Lo-Budget Projects to Make Spiral-bound – March 1, 2006
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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.
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That being said, there are a lot of nice ideas in here for simple crafts you can do to use stuff you already have, and make some alternative jewelry and home decor that won't break your budget. Hey, it's no worse than the stuff you find at the dollar store... actually, some of it is way better and would last longer.
Just don't expect Better Homes and Gardens-type stuff out of it, and you won't be disappointed.
(As a BH&G reader off and on my entire life, I find BH&G often recommends projects and products that are way too costly and overpriced for home decor or room make-overs/renovations. If I had that kind of money, I wouldn't be trying to make it &/or do it myself!)
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!