Reviews of recently released DIY books from Martha Stewart, Mark Montano, and more
The Big-Ass Book of Crafts 2
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
Yes, she’s still coming up with fresh ideas: The crafting doyenne offers 225 new holiday projects here.
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.