With the holiday season upon us, we crafters here at BUST have been searching for new gift ideas to make for our loved ones this year, and thankfully we found them all in one place with Kathleen McCafferty's Craft-In (Lark Crafts, $14.95). Designed as a party kit for craft gatherings the collection features 12 booklets by 12 indie crafters, detailing a wide variety of projects for you and your besties to get together and try out. With this kit, some basic supplies, and 1 - 3 hours free time, you and your closest crafting BFFs can make anything from a crocheted cactus, to a mossy green terrarium, to a hula-hoop! Learn to use jar lids as frames for your handmade art, and make shrinkable jewelry that you cook in the oven. The projects are feasible for even the most inexperienced crafters; each booklet has very clear and easy-to-follow instructions accompanied by lots of photos and diagrams, along with a comprehensive supply list and estimated time duration. You'll also find fun party snack ideas and helpful hints to keep the creativity flowing when your guests' juju juice is lacking. The collection even comes with a cute invite template that you can use for spreading the word about your next crafty party (and more are downloadable for free at the publisher's web site). Now that the weather has gotten crappy, occupy your indoor hang time with the fantastic craft ideas from this book, and cross some gifts off your list for less money and more fun!
Also be sure to check out this amazing time-lapse video of Craft-In contributor Katy Yellen making her crocheted cactus featured in the book!
Photo source: www.larkcrafts.com