Make it Yours
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Unique crafts that don't cost a fortune help me keep my artsy kids busy. Yellow Owl Workshop's Make It Yours: Patterns and Inspiration to Stamp, Stencil, and Customize Your Stuff is a treasure trove of patterns and ideas using a variety of techniques to craft things using stamps, stencils, and more. From clothing to household items, and even cookies and cakes, this book is filled with inspiration.
My junior chef especially enjoys the techniques for making table linens and a kitchen message board. The fondant icing, drawing with chocolate, and patterns for spring cookies are also favorites. And, we cannot wait to try making the delftware with some thrift store bowls.
In addition to the kitchen-related crafts, my boys couldn't wait to try making handmade stamps following the instructions in Make it Yours. They will be used to personalize everything from notebooks to recipe cards.
The book features clear instructions and tons of color photographs, with several pages of patterns to carry out all of the projects. My favorite thing about the book is the limited 'ingredients' list for each project. It is pretty easy to gather all of the materials without having to go shopping if you stock basic craft supplies in your home. We've raided Daddy's workshop for a few items, but it's nice to be able to recycle things and keep costs down, especially when you have kids who love to create.
The publisher provided an advance review copy of Make it Yours.