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If the biggest DIY project in your life is raising a crafty little Maker of your own, then a new book by Jamie Dorobek might prove to be a handy tool for their DIY development. Creating Really Awesome Free Things (C.R.A.F.T.) features one hundred DIY projects geared towards children, which utilize everyday household materials, so that you can turn your domestic space into a makerspace whenever you get the chance!


The book covers some modern updates to classic children’s crafts, like The Macaroni Necklace, which Dorobek claims “can really spruce up a plain tee and a pair of jeans,” but the difference between C.R.A.F.T. and other kid’s craft books is the emphasis on materials.

The book is organized into chapters based on the materials used for the projects and places you might find them, such as: the kitchen, the office, the bathroom, the garage, and nature. This focus on materials and their location makes this book particularly useful for coming up with a fun project on the fly, like a pair of monster feet made from empty tissue boxes!


The projects featured in C.R.A.F.T. look ideal for kids who are still in elementary school and parents who might not have as much time or space to keep conventional craft supplies on hand at home. It’s also a great resource for environmentally and financially minded crafters. So, the next time you and your little maker are ready to get down to DIY brass tacks, you just might want to reach for C.R.A.F.T.


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