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Look What You Can Make With Dozens of Household Items!

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Book Name: Look What You Can Make With Dozens of Household Items!

Editor: Lorianne Siomades

Publisher: Bell Books

ISBN: 1590780582

Cover: Hardcover, coil binding

# of Pages: 384

Illustrations: Color photos

Experience Required: Beginner +


Book Review

This book is divided into sections of recyclables: Boxes, Paper Bags, Tubes, Paper Plates, Egg Cartons, Craft Sticks, Newspapers, Magazines and Greeting Cards and Plastic Bottles and Tubs so it is really eight books in one.  It is a must have for teachers, anyone with children and fans of making crafts using recyclable materials.  Only when you read this book from cover to cover do you realize the extent to which you can reuse items you have around the house. 

Although the craft ideas included in this book are geared toward children there are great projects in which the whole family can be involved (i.e. the Autumn Scarecrow on page 18 of the Paper Bags section).  The instructions for all the projects include a "More Ideas" segment on how each project can be extended (i.e. the Adorable Dollhouses on page 24 of the Boxes section describes the features to add to decorate your dollhouse as well as the other structures you could create to accompany the initial building).

I really like the convenient index at the end of each section.  When using this book again and again like I know I will, this index comes in handy because it is easy to locate your favorite projects.  This book is definitely worth having because it is packed with projects for all ages, skill levels and interests.  While there are no age or skill levels assigned to each project, it is easy to determine this by the length and complexity of the instructions given.  Parents can also use their discretion because they know their children and what they are capable of undertaking.  The same discretion is necessary when assisting children with a project because it may involve the use of scissors that are sharper than they are ready to handle (i.e. to cut through the strong cardboard tube used in making the Soaring Tubes).


  • Tube Tea Set (Tubes Section)
  • All in a Row (Paper Plates Section)
  • Whirlybird (Egg Cartons Section)
  • Tea-Bag Caddy (Plastic Bottles and Tubs Section)
  • Bookend Friends (Plastic Bottles and Tubs Section)

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