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Book Name: Crafting with 4 Supplies

Editor: Carol Field Dahlstrom

Publisher: Better Homes and Gardens

ISBN: 0696216604

Cover: Paperback

# of Pages: 160

Illustrations: Color photos

Experience Required: Beginner

Book Review

The projects in Crafting with 4 Supplies are divided into six chapters based on the supplies used. There are four main components for the crafts in each chapter including polymer clay, colored wires, beads, buttons, colored card stock, marking pens, glitter, air dry clay, acrylic paints, fun foam, scrapbook papers, ribbons, rubber stamps and pads, elastic cord, glass votive candleholders, glass paints and clay pots. At the beginning of the book there is a photo index next to the chapter listings giving the reader a taste of the crafts in each chapter. If you opened this book to that page if would definitely motivate you to continue looking through its pages to see all the crafts available. The photos of all the crafts are colorful and vibrant, revealing the qualities and purpose it represents and which would entice you to make it.

There is a handy section at the beginning of Crafting with 4 Supplies on how to use this book. In is the outline of the specialty supplies divided into their respective chapters as well as the basic supplies you will need (and probably already have-including paintbrushes) for some of the crafts in this book. I was really inspired by the straightforwardness of the supply lists for the crafts and loved the detail of the step-by-step instructions designed to help you create beautiful things. There are photos demonstrating techniques for a few of the crafts (i.e. Wearable Art, and Floral and Western Glow candleholders), which is of great benefit to the readers who might not have experimented with them before. Another bonus is the inclusion of the patterns with the project instructions for convenience and ease when making a craft. This is always a plus for me because you don’t have to spend the time to look around for the pattern and can just get on with making the craft.

I really like the unusual combinations of materials to create something unique (wire and polymer clay to create coasters, fun foam and clay to create a fake ice cream cone that looks soooooo real, as well as polymer and clay pots for all the crafts in the final chapter.
I also like how one of the crafts, Tasteful Invites, (cards in the shape of ice cream cones or teacups), could tie in with the type of invitation you are issuing (i.e. tea or dessert). Another great connection is the incorporation of photos and cards to personalize crafts such as Photographic Memories (a photo card of two friends attached to a card commemorating a birthday). If you are looking for distinct crafts for yourself or special gifts to give to others Crafting with 4 Supplies is the resource for you.


  • No-Melt Ice Cream
  • Garden-Style Place Mat
  • Royal Crowns
  • Starry-Night Trims
  • Holiday Cutout Card
  • Radiant Angel
  • Tiny Trees
  • Embroidered Stationery

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