The Big-Ass Book of Crafts

The Big-Ass Book of Crafts

by Mark Montano, Auxy Espinoza

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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 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781416958017
Publisher: Gallery Books
Publication date: 09/06/2011
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 929,345
File size: 77 MB
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About 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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The Big-Ass Book of Crafts 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 38 reviews.
OP_Semloh More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
JuliPatuli More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.'
Jillian Bozarth More than 1 year ago
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
UnicornLady More than 1 year ago
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!
-Fritz- More than 1 year ago
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!
Rainey_Day More than 1 year ago
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.
Changeling More than 1 year ago
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.
RockyRR More than 1 year ago
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.
dcoward on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Has some very cool ideas - really liked the tables.
GirlMisanthrope on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Holy Moly, there are tons of ideas in this book. The projects are affordable, doable, and likeable. I lost count of how many projects I planned on doing. This is a HUGE book, packed with colorful and creative ideas for just $20.
cestovatela on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
"This book is dedicated to all the people who think they aren't talented or crafty...I promise that if you just look, you'll find that you are," begins The Big-ass Book of Crafts. When I saw this dedication, I knew this was exactly the book for me. I've never been an artistic or craftsy person; in fact, before my boyfriend started browsing the nearby art history section at Barnes & Noble, it had never occurred to me that I would like to fashion my own crafts. Nonetheless, this book caught my attention with its 150 easy, attractive projects. Each chapter deals with a different type of project: artwork and wall hangings, lamps, stationery, desk supplies, tables, etc. There are more than 10 chapters in all. I found the instructions for each project clear, even for a beginner like me. Most of the projects are inexpensive too, although you will probably have to make a few purchases from the craft store to get started. Unfortunately, in spite of the author's promise to present "home-worthy" crafts, there are quite a few tacky projects in here. I'll pass on the lamp made from plastic spoons, thanks. And I don't think I'll be making a cross out of children's alphabet blocks. In spite of these occasional clunker,s there are still literally dozens of projects I'd like to try. Many of the final products resemble art work and home goods that I've lusted after at Urban Outfitters but refused to pay $50 for. Making these crafts is fun and cheap, but that's only half the appeal -- the more I do, the more I find myself motivated by the spirit of creativity and self-sufficiency. Try it for yourself and uncover talent you didn't know you had!
CentralCaliGrrrl on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is as awesome and as edgy as it¿s name! Full of fun, inexpensive, avant-garde arts and crafts, most are incredibly functional and easy-to-make.My favorite projects are the ones that incorporate old, unwanted books for repurposing, such as framed silhouettes (p 9), a laminated chandelier (p. 72), decoupage plates (p.134), placemats (p. 215) and stitched note cards and envelopes (p. 306). Mr. Montano even shows, with step-by-step instructions, how to make your own beautiful, personalized bound journal/notebook (p. 53).Using this book as inspiration, I made a recycled rolled-book basket (p. 281) that I donated to my local library for their ¿monthly auction¿ -- it¿s a fundraiser to help pay for a new, larger location and I thought that it would be a creative way to show my support.
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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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
great ideas, could use more pics!
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Loved all his books are very inspiring
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