What can you make out of your old bits of paper, leftover pieces of yarn, or not-so-brand-new cartons and containers? Craft your own purse out of playing cards, whip up a scrapbook made of cereal boxes, or a dollhouse from an empty juice carton! Tweens and teens can start crafting using the easy to follow instructions and photographic directions the smart way. All crafts are made out of materials that many of us find just lying around the house or sitting on the curb waiting to be tossed in a landfill. ...
What can you make out of your old bits of paper, leftover pieces of yarn, or not-so-brand-new cartons and containers? Craft your own purse out of playing cards, whip up a scrapbook made of cereal boxes, or a dollhouse from an empty juice carton! Tweens and teens can start crafting using the easy to follow instructions and photographic directions the smart way. All crafts are made out of materials that many of us find just lying around the house or sitting on the curb waiting to be tossed in a landfill. Overpriced décor, fashion, and gifts are out, and recyclable crafts are in!
Wolf's fun, resourceful projects offer straightforward ways to reuse common materials to make accessories, jewelry, household decorations, games, and gifts. Leftover tissue or wrapping paper can be used to create decoupage plates; old crayons are melted and baked into molds to make multicolored crayons; and unused CDs and DVDs are transformed into funky, freeform bowls when melted in the oven. While some projects are of dubious usefulness (a tote made from playing cards, for one), the ease of most of the activities should inspire readers to see the recycling bin as a potential treasure trove. Ages 8–up. (Mar.)
- Diane Colson
Love the planet? Love cute accessories for your wardrobe and room decor? Then here's a craft book for you. Most of the projects begin with one commonly discarded object, such as an old CD or a plastic packing sheet, and use it as the basis for an admittedly "girlie" craft project. A round ice cream carton, for example, becomes a colorful, woven basket. Old-school crafts are well-represented too, with bright, tissue paper flowers and braided fabric belts. Most of the crafts are broken down into three basic steps, with color photographs to illustrate the text, making it easy to follow. The finished products, which are truly adorable in the book, run a bit on the small side. The "Six-Pack Art Caddy," for example, looks pretty full with a pair of scissors and a few paint brushes. Also, most projects use some product that is not commonly available in a non-crafty household, such as Mod Podge or pipe cleaners. These additional products are modest expenses, however, and can be used for further creative endeavors. Perhaps the real value of the book is the way it encourages crafters to look differently at bits of trash, seeing the potential for transformation rather than the problem of disposal. Recyclo-gami projects could work for library programs, if you have a controlled attendance; they are ideal for small groups such as homeschoolers and birthday parties. The book is printed on partially-recycled paper and uses soy-based inks. Reviewer: Diane Colson
School Library Journal
Gr 4–7—While paper folding has little relationship to this book, the material itself is frequently used in the crafts. Recycled may also be a stretch, for while some projects do use recycled materials, like ice-cream containers, many require scavenging items that might not be so common in recycle bins such as wallets, ribbon, bobby pins, lampshades, thumbtacks, tissue paper, cloth napkins, glass plates, and pipe cleaners. Missing is any overview regarding materials, processes, or the concept of recycling; this is simply a craft book. Specifics about the types of glue and detailed steps to insure success are omitted. Like recipes for chefs, these projects require interpretation, previous experience, and/or plenty of patience. Forty different assemblages include bags and carryalls, jewelry, coasters, corkboards, scrapbooks, and toys. Black-and-white photos depict the finished products along with one or two images of the steps to produce them. Although production specifics are lacking, the variety of ideas is inspiring.—Janet S. Thompson, Chicago Public Library
Laurie Goldrich Wolf was the food and crafts editor at Child magazine for 19 years and currently produces cooking and craft stories for parenting and lifestyle magazines and websites. She is the author of The Only Bake Sale Book You'll Ever Need and Lidville.