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The Big-Ass Book of Crafts

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The Big-Ass Book of Crafts is packed with ideas for sprucing up your living space; concocting fabulous, all-natural body products; designing your own unique stationery; and creating countless other crafts that will convince your friends and loved ones that you're the secret love child of Martha Stewart (only much, much cooler).

Forget crocheted doilies and itchy knit sweaters--TLC's While You Were Out top designer Mark Montano has created stylish and imaginative projects that ...

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Overview

The Big-Ass Book of Crafts is packed with ideas for sprucing up your living space; concocting fabulous, all-natural body products; designing your own unique stationery; and creating countless other crafts that will convince your friends and loved ones that you're the secret love child of Martha Stewart (only much, much cooler).

Forget crocheted doilies and itchy knit sweaters--TLC's While You Were Out top designer Mark Montano has created stylish and imaginative projects that range from a Warhol-esque Ultrasuede iPod case to photo-adorned boxer shorts to African mask patio chairs to wooden night-light boxes. Divided into sections that include Outdoorsy (ideas to enhance your backyard), Dishing It Out (decorating plates using different techniques), You've Been Framed (innovative picture framing ideas), and Can I Have a Light? (creating and decorating lamps, lanterns, and chandeliers), it's as entertaining to read as it is endlessly inspiring.

With more than one hundred and fifty inventive and fun projects, The Big-Ass Book of Crafts is the perfect activity book for readers of every mood, budget, and skill level.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416937852
  • Publisher: Gallery Books
  • Publication date: 2/19/2008
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 456,090
  • Product dimensions: 7.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Mark Montano is part of the design team for TLC’s While You Were Out and the host of TLC’s Ten Years Younger, as well as co-host of the Style network’s My Celebrity Home. He is a contributing editor to CosmoGIRL! magazine, and his weekly column, “Make Your Mark,” appears in more than seventy newspapers across the country. Mark is the author of Super Suite and Dollar Store Décor and co-author of Window Treatments and Slipcovers for Dummies.
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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted April 13, 2009

    Great book.

    This book was great. I loved the information the author included as well as the pictures. I would reccomend to anybody that loved crafts. Great for ages teen and up. There were some things a younger person could do but, as with most crafts, an adult would need to assist. Great Buy!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2008

    I'm having so much fun

    I got this for my birthday and I've made about 20 different things in here already. I have a few craft books and this one is by far one of the most fun. There are things in here I can actually afford to make and they are really cool. I've been crafting my whole life (I'm not that young!) and some of the projects I've seen in different versions before, but this author has a fresh take on creativity. I would absolutely recommend this book to everyone. It's worth the money and there are projects in here you will adore.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 9, 2010

    Love this Book!

    I work with adults with disabilities of all kinds. In writing activity, learning and skills programs, I have access to many crafts ideas, but most come from a feminine point of view. My husband also works in this field and recently admonished me for having so many "girly" projects. I went to work searching for a man's perspective and found this great book. I particularly liked the names of some of the items, such as "Crusty Foot Scrub" not a bit girly! Now I can pass the book around and let everyone have choices that are less based on my own tastes and with a more masculine point of view. And everyone loves the name of the book!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2008

    Useful, fun and affordable ideas

    Overall I really enjoyed this book--the vast majority of the projects are cool items that you can actually use in your home and feel proud of. A unique variety of projects. I also appreciated that the materials are affordable and easy to use, without the end result looking 'cheap.'

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 2, 2012

    Seth here

    Its a big ass book of crap!

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 31, 2011

    So cool

    Borrowed this book from the librarty in paper form cant wait to have it on my nook. Alot of realy good projects with things you would never gus that they would be used for. So excited

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 29, 2010

    With such a great name for the book how could I not get it!

    I had always enjoyed Mark Montano during his segments on While You Were Out and he didn't let me down with this Big-Ass Book! The ideas are so unique and most are so easy to complete. The instructions are well thought out and easy to follow. This book has given me and my daughters (we're all quite crafty!) so many great ideas, and especially great ways to recycle many items that otherwise would end up in the garbage but now can be used for these wonderful projects!! We are so busy making things for friends and family for their homes/apartments, We have marked so many pages with projects that we want to do, we will be busy for quite some time!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 6, 2009

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    fun fun fun!

    If you like doing random projects this is the book for you. The ideas in this book just brush the surface of all the things you could do for a reasonable amount of money to decorate around your apartment/house. I couldn't believe how many projects were actually in this book until I started marking the pages of the things I wanted to do... Some of the crafts however look easier than they actually are. But if you want something fun to do with your girlfriends on a Saturday night this book has so many ideas everyone will find something in there they'd enjoy creating!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 29, 2009

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    Awesome Book

    This book has great projects for any level of crafter. The instructions are simple and easy to understand. It is a fun read too as the author has put some of himself into the book. I love it and enjoy just looking through it as well as making gorgeous gifts for family and friends.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 23, 2009

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    Not for beginners.

    I like the projects, but he could have gone more into detail about the problems one might have while actually completing the craft itself. For instance: the bubble stationary didn't turn out right even after attempting it several times, the baby doll's head paperweight did NOT dry after TWO weeks, and the book-page place mats aren't going very well, either. I feel a little let down, seeing as how I don't have the budget to seriously perfect these projects, and obviously, it's not for beginners.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 24, 2008

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    The big ass book of crafts

    My children and I enjoyed this book very much we have made some things out of it already for x-mas gifts and gave some of it away and the girls in the family love it they want us to make more for them we love to do crafts so what ever we can find to do we do it I love to get anything about crafts so on rainy days or no school days we spend doing crafts. This book is good for those days there is alot to do in this book so I hope you will enjoy it as much as my family dose.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2013

    Love this book!!

    Even though some of the craft & decorating ideas in this book are a bit on the quirky side, I love this book! I can't wait to try some of the projects. The instructions are really good & the step-by-step photos are great too.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2013

    It doesn't live up to it's name!

    Ordered it as a gift for my crafty daughter and it was very disappointing.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2012

    Not worth the money

    I was very disappointed. Lots of tacky items. NOT worth $15!!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2012

    great ideas

    great ideas, could use more pics!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2012

    Loved all his books are very inspiring

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 2011

    Problem getting past page 4 on the sample

    I cant get past page 4 on the sample....has anyone have this problem?

    0 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 13, 2010

    glitter glue for adults

    some of these projects are not for the faint of heart and the book is not for anyone of macho sensibilities. (you go girlfriend). make sure to have all the equipment necessary for some of this stuff, while there is plenty of room for creativity, not so much for improvising directions.
    fun ideas for all around the house and some suitable for teens, youth and younger to add in the fun.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2008

    great book!

    This book gives easy to read and follow instructions on how to make some really cool things. has great gift ideas too. since the holidays are approaching.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2008

    Mark Montano is a crafting genius!

    I just bought this masterpiece yesterday, and I would have to say that this book has everything you could possibly ever want for your home, office, outdoors etc. and its fun all around! The instructions are simple and very easy to understand, he provides plenty of pictures to demonstrate how to craft the item... I can't say enough about this. From the colored pencil vase to the fashion plates, from the night light boxes to the fabric wall panels...I would recommend this book for anyone who enjoys home decor and crafting, for beginners and the experienced. Im going to start off with the fabric covered table! Thanks Mark, finaly someone did it right!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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