March is National Craft Month

Prepare your pompoms, gather your glitter and plug in your hot glue gun because March is National Craft Month! What better time to finally finish that knitting project or try something completely new such as embossing, scrapbooking or beaded macramé?

Working on a craft project with your family is a great way to foster creativity, reduce stress and encourage collaboration. Websites like Kaboose, Spoonful and Pinterest are fantastic resources for finding project ideas that vary in difficulty and are appropriate for toddlers through elementary-age children.

Can you think of another terrific place to find artistic inspiration? The public library! West Linn Public Library has a variety of arts and craft books, sitting on our shelves, just waiting to be checked out.

Here are some of the best:

“Recyclo-gami” by Laurie Goldrich Wolf

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This book is full of ideas for repurposing all your leftover bits of paper and plastic containers. Being green has never been so fun or rewarding. Make a purse out of playing cards, fashion a scrapbook out of cereal boxes or carve a dollhouse out of an orange juice carton. Recommended for ages 8 and up.

“Art Lab for Kids” by Susan Schwake

This book takes you step by step through 52 different inspired projects including drawing, painting and printmaking. “Art Lab” is a great choice for creative kids who are looking to explore a variety of different mediums for making art. Recommended for kids ages 8 and up.

“Kid Made Modern” by Todd Oldham

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This book by designer Todd Oldman offers easy-to-follow instructions for a variety of craft projects using inexpensive and recycled materials. In addition to the projects, Oldam also uses each craft to give a brief introduction to the elements of design as well as pay homage to some of history’s best designers. Recommended for ages 8 and up.

“Star Wars Origami” by Chris Alexander

Want to make your own origami Yoda? Well now you can! This book will help you fold an entire fleet of Star Wars characters including Boba Fett, R2-D2 and Princess Leia. Here, Chris Alexander offers easy-to-follow instruction for 36 models ranging in difficulty from easy (Youngling) to tricky (Jedi Master). Happy folding! Recommended for kids 8 and up.

“Craft-A-Day: 365 Simple Handmade Projects” by Sarah Goldschadt

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With 365 simple craft projects, it will be difficult not to find something for everyone. This book would be an excellent option when looking for handmade gift ideas to do with children. Divided into 52 different themes that take you through the year, from goldfish to mittens, the crafts in this books are bursting with cuteness.

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