Here are some of my favorite craft and DIY books available through LPLS, covering topics from paper crafts to crochet to musical instrument building and more.
This book teaches you how to transform paper, wire, and a little bit of glue into beautiful roses, daisies, lilies, poppies, and other flowers. Think of the potential for decorating and gift-wrapping!
Handmade Music Factory: The Ultimate Guide to Making Foot-Stompin' Good Instruments by Mike Orr
Ever wanted to make your own ukulele or guitar? This book teaches you how (plus how to make a bunch of other instruments), using cigar boxes, old cans, hubcaps, license plates, and all manner of other folksy detritus. It includes a primer on instrument anatomy, and even shows you how to add pickups and make your creations electric.
Bewitching Bead and Wire Jewelry: Easy Techniques for 40 Irresistible Projects by Suzanne J. E. Tourtillott
Even if you don't know a crimp bead from a head pin, this book will give you the know-how to make earrings, necklaces, bracelets, and rings. It features plenty of quick, beginner-friendly projects, so you can go from making to wearing your handmade jewelry fast!
Crochet: The Complete Step-by-Step Guide by DK Publishing
If you've ever wanted to learn to crochet but didn't know where to start, try this book. It teaches you the stitches and techniques you need to know, then gives you fun patterns to try out your new skills. It also answers your questions about all the different types of yarn, so when you go to the craft store, you'll know exactly what you need!
Make Your Place: Affordable, Sustainable Nesting Skills by Raleigh Briggs
This adorable hand-written and -illustrated book teaches you how to make safe, eco-friendly D.I.Y. projects for health, body, garden, and home. It's a great resource for consuming less and living more cheaply, and getting your hands a little dirty in the process!