September Craft Books: Kiwi Crate, Travel, Sparkly Stuff

Read any good crafting books lately? I sure have! This week, I’ve got three new titles to recommend – as thoughts of holiday gift-giving moves closer and closer to today on our calendars. This craft book roundup is all over the place, and that’s fine by me. From fun DIY magazines to learning more about the world around us through art, there are some great art-inspired titles on the shelves right now.

explore! Magazine: Fun with Flight

Kiwi Crate, the folks who bring your kids crafty subscription-box fun every month, has a new offer for subscribers. explore! is a new magazine from the company and comes free with each monthly subscription.
In this edition, the magazine features the adventures of Steve the Kiwi as he learns all about flight, from a comic strip to interactive activities your child can try on her own. The magazine is colorful, quick to enjoy – and even offers a parent resource list in the back, complete with additional books to read based on that issue’s subject matter. Valued at $4.95, explore! is a wonderful bonus for your child for those who love Kiwi Crate.

Craft It Up Around the World: 35 Fun Craft Projects Inspired by Traveling Adventures

Think globally, craft locally! Crafters Libby Abadee and Cath Armstrong have turned their love of traveling into an education-minded craft book for children. Thirty-five projects take your child around the globe and back, all while sitting at the craft table.
You can learn about Italy by making salt dough coins or perhaps explore China by creating your own paper dragon. Each project relates back to the country, making this craft book a lot different than many other titles currently on the market.

The Sparkle Factory: The Design and Craft of Tarina’s Fashion Jewelry and Accessories

The name of this book says it all: sparkle! Sought-after jewelry designer Tarina Tarantino offers up 20 glitz-approved jewelry and accessory projects in her first book. With endorsements from celebrities like Dakota Fanning and Mindy Kaling, Tarina’s shiny work is loved by jewelry lovers of all ages.
Image 6 In this book, she focuses on jewelry projects that are simple enough for beginners (like transforming dollar store barrettes into glamorous earrings) but still heavy on style. Part of why this book was such a fun read is the history and background of Tarina’s company included in the first few chapters.
This is a must-read book for wannabe designers who have big dreams and even bigger ambition to make them come to life.


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