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Book Name: 20-Minute Crafts

Author: Kathie Stull

Publisher: Sterling Publishing Co., Inc

ISBN: 0-8069-2517-5

Cover: Hardcover

# of Pages: 128

Illustrations: color photos, B& W & color patterns

Experience Required:
7 – 12 years old

Book Review

20-Minute Crafts is a very child and success-oriented book. It is written with the child in mind, a fact that is evident in the appealing craft ideas. Not only are their full page photos of every craft with an attractive background there are also children’s drawings relevant to the theme of the craft on the page with the instructions. At the beginning of the book there is an about the author section, an introduction and a section called three important elements that describes what the hands on approach for kids is all about. It is also important to read the before you begin section. This will ensure children know how to read and work with the instructions and patterns as well as preparing your materials and techniques required to make some of the crafts (painting basics, dry-brushing, adding dots and highlights, using markers, gluing basics, using glitter, bending wire and rubber stamping). I especially like that the author addresses the issue of projects requiring supervision, cleaning up your work surface and what to do to achieve best results for your craft by following directions closely.

When I first flipped through the pages of 20-Minute Crafts I fell so much in love with the crafts it was hard to narrow down my favourite choices. Children can choose from a wide variety of craft ideas for occasions such as Valentine’s Day, Easter, Father’s Day, birthdays, back to school, sports, fall, Halloween and Christmas. The craft projects include decorations, jewellery, frames, masks, bookmarks, magnets, a suncatcher, wind chime, switchplate cover, water bottle cover, mousepad, animal crafts, fans, garden stakes, pencil toppers, doll, wind socks, mobile, glove spider, candy cones, topiary, ornaments, angels and a card. I really like that the patterns for the crafts in this book are included with the instructions instead of in a separate section at the back of the book. It makes them more readily accessible and saves children time having to search for them, time that could be put toward making the craft.

The entire flavor of this book is appealing, not only for the children it is meant for but for adults as well. The projects in 20-Minute Crafts are so fun and cute parents would probably love to get in on the act and not only enjoy making them but reading the jokes and quotes in the book as well. There are jokes/quotes with some of the crafts and relevant to the subject of the craft (i.e. “It’s love, it’s love that makes the world go ‘round.”-French song with the valentine frame craft and “What’s black and white and red all over?” A penguin with a sunburn!” from the paint-roller penguin craft). While some may find them corny or silly they are typical of child humor.


  • Flowerpot wind chime
  • Turtle mousepad
  • Bear birthday party accessories (treat sack, cupcake topper, straw cover)
  • Alien pencil toppers
  • Dancing leaves (mobile)
  • Frightful friend (ghost) wind sock
  • Spooky spider gloves
  • Vampire bat doorknob hangar
  • Quilted wood magnets
  • Snowman family ornaments

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