Crafting is one of our favorite hobbies here at Alibris. We recently started a Friday craft group in the office so everyone could bring in what they are working on and have a good time during lunch. It inspired us to come up with a list of books perfect for summer crafting and DIY. Think outdoors, gardening, building and all those other hobbies that are fun in the summer because you love being in the sunshine. If you have a favorite we’d love to hear about it in the comments!
Encyclopedia of Crafts by Martha Stewart
Organized by topic, this comprehensive resource contains projects, templates, and detailed instructions for more than 30 craft techniques such as beading, jewelry making, paper cutting, and silkscreening.
An updated version of Martha’s book that first graced bookshelves 20+ years ago, this book has endless ideas to get started and keep busy for a very long time.
The Art of Floral Design by Norah T Hunter
Your complete guide to Floral design! Organized, in-depth, and fully illustrated in vivid color, this innovative book covers everything from the history of floral design, to the design principle today’s successful designers have come to relay on.
Tinkerlab by Rachelle Doorley
It’s half way through July and moms out there might need a little help keeping kids busy by now. Have no fear! We’re here to help.
Tinkerlab is 55 playful experiments that encourage tinkering, curiosity, and creative thinking with hands-on activities that explore art, science, and more. Get tinkering!
The Living Landscape by Douglas Tallamy
Sure, your garden might be set up already, but this book is perfect taking it to the next level.
The Living Landscape provides homeowners with inspiration and strategies for creating beautiful, wildlife-sustaining landscapes
For the True Adventurer:
Tiny House Living by Ryan Mitchell
We won’t deny that we’ve been intrigued by the growing popularity of tiny house living. Need a REALLY big, err small, project this summer? Try building a <400 square foot house!
Once it’s done, travel the country or practice eco-friendly living. Using less is cool.