I love arts and crafts books and often dream of opening a maker space where I can share shelves and shelves of inspiring books full of hands-on goodness with my friends and readers. Wouldn’t that be fun? I just added a new book to my library that I love, and I’m excited to share it with you in this virtual maker space today.
The book is Red Ted Art by UK blogger and crafter extraordinaire, Maggy Woodley. Maggy twists crafty standbys into fresh projects with clear photographs, beautiful design, and an easy-to-follow format that children can easily peruse on their own.
But you shouldn’t just take my word for it. When an advance copy of Maggy Woodlley’s Red Ted Art showed up in my house, my four-year-old got busy with a stack of sticky tabs and marked up all of the projects she wanted to do right away!
We’re fans of repurposing materials, and Maggy is too, which made the activities especially easy to jump right into. We began with a couple projects that we had materials for, which is easy to do with this book. A quick flip through the book’s pages promise that you can complete just about every project with easy-to-find household and craft materials such as magazines, white glue, felt scraps, paint, and bubble wrap.
Project #1: Gumnut Pencil Toppers
As far as I know, we don’t have gumnuts in our neck of the woods, but acorns are aplenty and we worked on assembling our little yellow octopus friend with just a few materials.
- To make the legs, we cut two pipe cleaners in half and then folded each of those in half.
- We painted the acorn cap yellow.
- When the paint was dry we used the glue gun to attach the eyes and legs.
While the instructions suggested assembling this with white glue, an excuse to pull out the glue gun is always welcome in my house.
Project #2: Racing Walnut Mice
The trickiest part of this project was cutting a walnut in half, but Maggy provides clear instructions on how to split a walnut at the weakest point of the nut. I had a little trouble with this (see the chip little mouse’s mouth), but no one seemed to mind.
- Draw on a mouse face.
- Glue on felt ears and a long felt tail
- Place a marble inside the mouse and roll it down a sloping book.
My kids loved the little mouse so much that we never made it to the marble rolling part, but I look forward to trying that out.
Order a copy
If you’re in the UK or Europe, you can find Red Ted Art: Cute and Easy Crafts for Kids via Amazon UK.
If you’re in the US, the book will come out this fall (yay), and you can keep an eye out for it via Amazon.
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A question for you…
What are your favorite (or most surprising ) recycled items to craft with?