Holiday Gift Guide 2011: The Big-Ass Book of Crafts 2 by Mark Montano

Thursday, December 22, 2011 Posted by Dina N

My daughter has a winter break that will last two and a half weeks. Any parent knows that keeping kids from getting stir crazy can be a full time job - especially in winter. Luckily, I have a handy new book in my corner: The Big-Ass Book of Crafts 2. While it is not intended for children, I found some craft ideas that are perfect to make together during the winter break - or anytime.

Book Description
Searching for crafty inspiration?
Eager to try some new techniques?
Need some more junk for your trunk?
Well, look no further!

In this cheeky sequel, Mark Montano picks up where his wildly popular The Big-Ass Book of Crafts left off, with even more spectacular—and easy-to-make—projects sure to satisfy crafters of all skill levels. Turn colorful ribbons into a show-stopping scarf . . . transform old cargo pants into a kick-ass carryall . . . a high-drama neckpiece made out of zippers? Absolutely. Along with a host of other wearable wonders, this exciting all-new volume includes sections such as Pillow Talk (fun, comfy, and made from the most surprising materials), Letter Perfect (cool designs to pop into the mailbox nearest you), Hey, I Could Use That (make a big statement with little things from magnets to nail polish), Just Kid-ding (cheery dÉcor made from kid-centric stuff, guaranteed to make you smile!), That’s Shoe Biz (fun fixes that give sidelined footwear and handbags a whole new life), and dozens of other ideas that are inventive, imaginative, and just plain fun.

With his trademark humor and no-holds-barred approach to crafting, Mark will have you tapping into your creative soul and taking simple techniques to a whole new level in no time. We’re not talking plant-hangers and potholders here—the more than 150 handmade projects in this truly unique compendium are artistic, eye-catching, and cutting-edge, from cool brooches and earrings to ingenious belts and bags, from Bauhaus-style furniture to fishbowl lanterns, and so much more!

My Thoughts
The Big-Ass Book of Crafts 2 is the follow up to The Big-Ass Book of Crafts that came out almost four years ago. If you are a Mark Montano fan, you are probably familiar with his books and TV shows. There are over 150 craft ideas in the new crafts book, and some of them have my hands itching just looking at the pictures. There's jewelry, accessories, furniture, pillows, and more. While I will not be making every single one - zipper necklace? baby doll head night light? hangers on table base? - many are real winners that will make the least crafty among us run for Michaels. Beaded fringe necklace... striped ribbon scarf... hurricanes... super striped mailbox... pyramid side table... Bauhaus striped table base and stool... Get a load of supplies and hope to be snowed in so there's enough time to create all these fab projects.

The Big-Ass Book of Crafts 2 came out in October from Gallery Books and would make a great gift for the craft-minded. Pair it up with a gift card to a crafts store, and your friends and family just might present you with their own Mark Montano masterpiece next year.

Disclaimer / Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy with no obligation for a positive review. No compensation has been obtained for this post. Photo and book info courtesy of the publisher or PR firm.

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