Crafty Books To Inspire Creativity

Crafty Books To Inspire Creativity

Sarah Rae Smith
Feb 4, 2010

For the last several years, we've been saving images and bookmarking links and collecting books packed with projects we want to do — just not right now. Our space might not permit them, or we just don't have the time, but either way, we like to know we have a backstock of creative ideas to look at, even if we aren't feeling the urge to bust out the power tools. Here's a few of our favorite picks!

Below are five of our favorite craft books. There's almost more craft books than crafts themselves these days, so these are a few basics that still provide us with inspiration each and every time we flip through them. Don't see your favorite one on the list? Add it below in the comments!

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Handmade Nation: A book that documents the craft movement across America. There was also a DVD released as well if you're interested. Although this book isn't filled with craft tutorials, it's sure to light a fire under your britches to make something!

The Creative Family: Most books instruct you in the way of crafts from a solitary standpoint. This one is encouraging of the whole family working together and structures projects accordingly. If you have little ones around the house, this is a great one to have stashed, not only for your own reference, but to inspire them without the sole use of primary colors.

Sewing Green: Betz White is the authority on repurposing fabric based thrift store finds and turning them into amazing projects. This book takes an eco-friendly standpoint and turns out fabulous crafts that even a beginner will feel comfortable tackling.

Readymade: How To Make (Almost) Everything: This book is all the fabulous little bits of craft and decor projects that you so love in their magazine. Though this book has been out for quite sometime, it's still a fun one to have on the shelf and an easy go to for a quick project.

Handmade Modern: Even though this book was released in 2005, the manner in which Todd Oldham crafts, is still an inspiration. Even if you've flipped through the pages 100 times before, you can still look at it for the 101st time and think up a new way to use a described technique or idea.

(Images: Amazon)

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