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Books: Dec. 3, 2011

Reviews of recently released DIY books from Martha Stewart, Mark Montano, and more

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The Big-Ass Book of Crafts 2
Mark Montano
The follow-up to Montano’s hugely popular original brings you more inventive crafts — like classy party lights made of beer cans — in the author’s signature sassy tone.

The Bust DIY Guide to Life
Laurie Henzel & Debbie Stoller
Divided into magazine-like sections (fashion, food, health, and decor), this lifestyle manual will come in handy when you need anything from a headache remedy to a dirt-cheap wedding.

Carol Endler Sterbenz
A must-have for any craftinista. Homemade focuses on the nitty-gritty of the projects, but Sterbenz also provides personal, historical, and even scientific context for the crafts.

Martha Stewart’s Handmade Holiday Crafts
Martha Stewart
Yes, she’s still coming up with fresh ideas: The crafting doyenne offers 225 new holiday projects here.

Weekend Handmade
Kelly Wilkinson
Think you can’t make anything — or, more importantly, that you don’t have the time to? Wilkinson’s undowdy projects — luminarias, table decorations — are all designed to be completed in a couple of hours.