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The Big-Ass Book of Crafts 2

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Jan 3, 2012
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9781451627831
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TLC’s While You Were Out top designer Mark Montano’s wildly anticipated follow-up to The Big-Ass Book of Crafts features more than 300 easy and fun crafts, with tips and tricks for quirky projects to make at home.

Searching for crafty inspiration?

Eager to try some new techniques?

Need some more junk for your trunk?

Well, look no further!

 

In this cheeky sequel, Mark Montano picks up where his wildly popular The Big-Ass Book of Crafts left off, with even more spectacular—and easy-to-make—projects sure to satisfy crafters of all skill levels. Turn colorful ribbons into a show-stopping scarf . . . transform old cargo pants into a kick-ass carryall . . . a high-drama neckpiece made out of zippers? Absolutely. Along with a host of other wearable wonders, this exciting all-new volume includes sections such as Pillow Talk (fun, comfy, and made from the most surprising materials), Letter Perfect (cool designs to pop into the mailbox nearest you), Hey, I Could Use That (make a big statement with little things from magnets to nail polish), Just Kid-ding (cheery décor made from kid-centric stuff, guaranteed to make you smile!), That’s Shoe Biz (fun fixes that give sidelined footwear and handbags a whole new life), and dozens of other ideas that are inventive, imaginative, and just plain fun.

 

With his trademark humor and no-holds-barred approach to crafting, Mark will have you tapping into your creative soul and taking simple techniques to a whole new level in no time. We’re not talking plant-hangers and potholders here—the more than 150 handmade projects in this truly unique compendium are artistic, eye-catching, and cutting-edge, from cool brooches and earrings to ingenious belts and bags, from Bauhaus-style furniture to fishbowl lanterns, and so much more!

 
Pubblicato:
Jan 3, 2012
ISBN:
9781451627831
Formato:
Libro

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Mark Montano is part of the design team for TLC’s While You Were Out and the host of TLC’s Ten Years Younger, as well as co-host of the Style network’s My Celebrity Home. He is a contributing editor to CosmoGIRL! magazine, and his weekly column, “Make Your Mark,” appears in more than seventy newspapers across the country. Mark is the author of Super Suite and Dollar Store Décor and co-author of Window Treatments and Slipcovers for Dummies.

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The Big-Ass Book of Crafts 2 - Mark Montano

SEARCHING FOR CRAFTY INSPIRATION?

EAGER TO TRY SOME NEW TECHNIQUES?

NEED SOME MORE JUNK FOR YOUR TRUNK?

WELL, LOOK NO FURTHER!

In this cheeky sequel, Mark Montano picks up where his wildly popular The Big-Ass Book of Crafts left off, with even more spectacular—and easy-to-make—projects sure to satisfy crafters of all skill levels. Turn colorful ribbons into a show-stopping scarf . . . transform old cargo pants into a kick-ass carryall . . . a high-drama neckpiece made out of zippers? Absolutely. Along with a host of other wearable wonders, this exciting all-new volume includes sections such as Pillow Talk (fun, comfy, and made from the most surprising materials), Letter Perfect (cool designs to pop into the mailbox nearest you), Hey, I Could Use That (make a big statement with little things from magnets to nail polish), Just Kid-ding (cheery décor made from kid-centric stuff, guaranteed to make you smile!), That’s Shoe Biz (fun fixes that give sidelined footwear and handbags a whole new life), and dozens of other ideas that are inventive, imaginative, and just plain fun.

With his trademark humor and no-holds-barred approach to crafting, Mark will have you tapping into your creative soul and taking simple techniques to a whole new level in no time. We’re not talking plant hangers and pot holders here—the more than 150 handmade projects in this truly unique compendium are artistic, eye-catching, and cutting-edge, from cool brooches and earrings to ingenious belts and bags, from Bauhaus-style furniture to fishbowl lanterns, and so much more!

"How can one not love a book called The Big-Ass Book of Crafts ... especially when it is packed to the gills with the most creative, fabulous, fun-filled, fantastic craft ideas you’ve ever seen? Mark Montano is a true Crafty Rock Star, and his books are absolute must-haves for any true Craftinista!"

—Margot Potter, Host of JTV’s Jewel School

MARK MONTANO started his career in New York City as a fashion d0esigner and eventually moved to television to become part of the design team for TLC’s While You Were Out and the host of TLC’s 10 Years Younger, as well as cohost of the Style Network’s My Celebrity Home, We TV’s She’s Moving In, and FOX’s My Home 2.0. He was a contributing editor to CosmoGIRL! magazine for ten years—during which his Cool Room column became a reader favorite—and has also dished out décor advice as a contributing editor for the New York Post and Knight Ridder. Mark is the author of the original The Big-Ass Book of Crafts, Super Suite: The Ultimate Bedroom Makeover Guide for Girls, Dollar Store Décor, Pulp Fiction: Perfect Paper Projects, and coauthor of Window Treatments & Slipcovers for Dummies.

Also by Mark Montano

Pulp Fiction: Perfect Paper Projects

The Big-Ass Book of Home Décor

The Big-Ass Book of Crafts

CosmoGirl: Cool Room

Dollar Store Décor

Super Suite

Window Treatments & Slipcovers for Dummies

While You Were Out: The Rooms, the Cast, the Dreams

Gallery Books

A Division of Simon & Schuster, Inc.

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New York, NY 10020

Copyright © 2011 by Mark Montano

All rights reserved, including the right to reproduce this book or portions thereof in any form whatsoever. For information address Gallery Books Subsidiary Rights Department, 1230 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10020

www.SimonandSchuster.com

First Gallery Books trade paperback edition October 2011

GALLERY BOOKS and colophon are registered trademarks of Simon & Schuster, Inc.

The Simon & Schuster Speakers Bureau can bring authors to your live event. For more information or to book an event contact the Simon & Schuster Speakers Bureau at 1-866-248-3049 or visit our website at www.simonspeakers.com.

Designed by Jane Archer (www.psbella.com)

Photography by Auxy Espinoza and Jimmy Cohrssen

Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data

Montano, Mark.

The big-ass book of crafts 2 / by Mark Montano.

       p. cm.

Includes index.

1. Handicraft. 2. House furnishings. 3. Interior decoration. I. Title.

TT157.M63473 2011

745.5—dc23

2011029548

ISBN 978-1-4516-2780-0

ISBN 978-1-4516-2783-1 (ebook)

CONTENTS

INTRODUCTION

AROUND MY NECK

BEDAZZLED, BEDECKED, BEJEWELED

COME OUTSIDE!

CRAFTS-MAN

FAST AND FURIOUS FURNITURE

HEADY STUFF

HEY, I COULD USE THAT!

IT’S IN THE BAG!

IT’S NOT PIFFLE, IT’S WIFFLE!

JUST KID-DING

LETTER PERFECT

LOVE THE GLOVE

NEVER BORED WITH CARDBOARD

OOPS, I ARTED

ORNA-MENTAL

PILLOW TALK

SHRINE ON

TABLETOP TERRIFIC

THAT’S SHOE BIZ

THE LIGHT FANTASTIC

WRISTFUL THINKING

THINGS I USED FOR THE PROJECTS IN THIS BOOK

RESOURCE GUIDE

This book is dedicated to Walter, my surrogate guardian and my dearest friend

Note to Readers

All activities in this book should be performed by an adult or with adult supervision. Common sense and care are essential to the conduct of any and all activities described in this book. Neither the author nor the publisher assumes responsibility for any loss, damages, or injuries, however caused. Neither the author nor the publisher endorses any of the products, tools, or services referred to in this book or assumes any responsibility for use of any such products, tools, or services. All trademarks of products are property of their respective owners. Be sure to read and follow all instructions and warnings that accompany any products, tools, or services referred to in this book. Due to differing conditions, materials, and skill levels, results may vary and the author and publisher disclaim any liability for unsatisfactory results. Nothing in this book is intended as an express or implied warranty of suitability or fitness of any product, tool, service, or design.

INTRODUCTION

HELLO AGAIN, my creative friends!

It’s good to be back with a whole new book of ideas that I hope will inspire you. While I know that not every project in this book will fit everyone’s style, I can assure you that if you take a look at each project, you’ll find a technique or process that will enhance your already wonderful creative abilities. After all, isn’t that why you bought this book in the first place? I thought so.

Recently I tried to figure out when my creative soul took flight. It may have been the first time my grandmother let me sew a button on a piece of fabric or when my aunt Lulu taught me some basic macramé knots and let me go nuts with her stash of twine and cord. It’s tough to pinpoint a specific project that sparked my crafty interest. All I know is that from early on, being creative made me feel good. I loved that I could take my creative challenges into my own hands, and that gave me a sense of pride and accomplishment; if I wanted a lamp or a piece of art or a scarf or a new top for my dresser, I could make it myself. I also learned that when I create, I’m happy. It’s that simple. I don’t think I’m the only one who feels that way, either. I believe that if everyone took a little more time to express themselves by creating, we’d all be a little happier.

I wish you the very best in your craft adventures, and I hope they bring you as much happiness as mine have brought me. And if you have any questions about the projects in this book or just want to say hello, you can always email me at MarkMontanoNYC@aol.com.

TWO IMPORTANT THINGS TO REMEMBER AS YOU EMBARK ON YOUR CRAFTING JOURNEY:

Newspaper is crucial! Always have a stack on hand to cover your workspace. It will make cleanup a breeze and ensure that you don’t get paint and glue on your tables and floors. And always remember to use safety glasses or goggles to protect your eyes when using power tools.

AROUND MY NECK

Sometimes when I see a good accessory display at a store I get upset. I’m going to admit it: Wearing beautiful, colorful, and sparkly things is just plain fun, and it’s unfair that as a man I don’t get to partake in as many fabulously embellished pieces as my female counterparts. In any case, I always try on my crafts, even if I’m not the intended recipient, and revel in their lacy, glittery intricacies. As someone who tends to dress fairly plainly during the day, I really appreciate the impact that a cool necklace or scarf can have on an outfit, and I hope you find that the following projects will allow you to feel a bit fancier in your everyday wear. (Oh, and don’t worry about me. I can rock a ribbon scarf like nobody’s business!)

BEADED FRINGE NECKLACE

My friend Shaye wears the most amazing jewelry you’ve ever laid eyes on. I made this necklace with her in mind. It’s a showstopper, just like she is, and just like you will be when you wear it out and about.

YOU’LL NEED

■ 100 inches of gold or silver chain

■ Wire cutter or needle-nose pliers with wire cutter

■ 1 yard of beaded fringe on a ribbon

■ Needle and thread that matches the ribbon on the fringe

■ 14 jump rings

■ Needle-nose pliers

■ 1 lobster claw closure

HERE’S HOW

 1  With wire cutters, cut 3 lengths of chain: 1 piece 25 inches, 1 piece 34 inches, and 1 piece 41 inches long.

 2  Cut 3 lengths of beaded fringe, each 21 inches long.

 3  Fold the ends of each ribbon over ¼ inch and then ¼ inch again, and stitch the folds closed with needle and thread so that you have finished edges.

 4  Center a length of beaded fringe on each chain, then sew the finished ends of the ribbons to the links of the chains at even intervals with needle and thread.

 5  Evenly space 4 jump rings every 4 inches along each chain. Put each ring through a link of the chain and around the ribbon part of the beaded fringe, then close the rings up using your pliers. (This will hold the fringe in place and keep it from getting tangled.)

 6  Arrange your chains in 3 rows, with the shortest on top and the longest on the bottom. Then link 1 end of all 3 chains together with a jump ring, and close the ring.

 7  Put a jump ring through the lobster claw closure, then link the other ends of your chains together with the same jump ring and close it.

ZIPPER NECKPIECE

I wore this to a costume party once and by the time I left everyone wanted one. I think it’s something Lady Gaga would go for, don’t you? Or, if Queen Elizabeth I were alive, she might rock this, too. Either way, it’s dramatic and I hope it sparks your creativity.

YOU’LL NEED

■ 12 to 16 zippers, each 7 inches long (the number of zippers you’ll need depends on the measurement around your neck)

■ Sewing machine with zigzag stitch and black thread

■ 3 inches of ¼-inch-wide black elastic

■ 1 large button (should be about 1 inch in diameter)

HERE’S HOW

 1  Lay 2 zippers side by side on your sewing machine, and attach them by sewing 3 inches of zigzag stitches along the center of the line where the sides meet.

 2  Repeat until all of your zippers are stitched together.

 3  Fold the elastic in half to form a loop. Pin it to one end of your neckpiece, right in the center along the edge, then stitch the ends of the loop to the back of the zipper.

 4  Stitch the button on the outside of the other end of the neckpiece so it’s positioned exactly opposite the elastic loop.

 5  Wrap the piece around your neck and stretch the elastic over the button to close it.

 6  Unzip each zipper as much as you want, and show off your dramatic neckpiece.

MELTED PLASTIC JEWELRY

I’ve been melting plastic for ages—even before I should have (my mother used to get mad at me for playing with the stove, and I deserved it). I can’t help it—what’s not to like? Put some plastic bottles over a flame, and suddenly fantastic shapes start to emerge!

YOU’LL NEED

FOR BOTH

■ Heavy-duty scissors

■ Needle-nose pliers

■ Candle

■ Soap and water

■ Dry cloth

■ Gold enamel paint

■ Small paintbrush

FOR THE NECKLACE

■ Gold chain with clasp

■ 1 thick plastic bottle (such as a 64-ounce Ocean Spray bottle)

■ 25 jump rings that will fit through your chain

■ Additional pair of needle-nose pliers

■ Drill with very small drill bit (a ¹/16-inch drill bit should work)

FOR THE MATCHING BRACELET

■ 1 thick plastic bottle (such as a 64-ounce Ocean Spray bottle)

■ Minwax Polycrylic Protective Finish

■ 1-inch paintbrush

■ About ⅛ cup black faceted beads (bugle beads work, too)

IMPORTANT

HERE’S HOW

FOR THE NECKLACE

 1  Cut out 25 ovals from your plastic bottle, varying in length from 1 to 3 inches.

 2  Holding an oval with your needle-nose pliers, wave it over the candle to melt it into whatever shape you want. (See photos on the next page)

 3  Melt the rest of the ovals, wash them in soap and water to remove any soot, and dry completely.

 4  Paint the edges of your ovals with gold paint and let dry.

 5  Drill a hole in one end of each oval.

 6  With pliers, add a jump ring to each oval, then connect the largest oval at the middle of your chain. Attach the rest of your ovals to the chain, using smaller ovals as you work each end toward the clasp.

HERE’S HOW

FOR THE MATCHING BRACELET

 1  Cut a ring of plastic from your bottle 1½- to 2-inches wide.

 2  Cut an opening in the ring to form a cuff bracelet shape.

 3  Holding the plastic ring over the candle flame with pliers, melt a little bit of the center section of the ring, observing how it reacts to the heat.

 4  Continue melting and shaping the ring to form your bracelet.

 5  Cut off any excess plastic at the cuff opening and melt the ends so they have a smooth edge and won’t scratch you when you put on your bracelet later.

 6  Clean the cuff with soap and water to remove any soot, then dry it completely.

 7  Paint the edges with gold paint and let dry.

 8  Coat the outside of your cuff with the clear coat, then dip it in a pile of loose beads, rolling it to get beads all over the cuff. Let the clear coat dry.

 9  Apply several additional layers of clear coat, allowing each coat to dry before adding the next, until the beads seem very secure and there are no bald spots.

STRIPED RIBBON SCARF

A friend of mine came over the other day and said that a rainbow-colored ribbon scarf I’d just made looked like the decorations at his wife’s circus-themed baby shower. I responded by giving him a look that caused a tear to run down his face. (I don’t think he’ll be commenting on my projects from now on!) I think you’ll love this project, whether you make it boldly colorful or subtle.

YOU’LL NEED

■ Sewing machine with zigzag stitch

■ 8 pieces of 1-inch satin ribbon, each 4 feet long

■ Matching thread

HERE’S HOW

 1  Lay 2 pieces of ribbon on your sewing machine side by side so they overlap a tiny bit. Starting about 8 inches from one end, zigzag stitch them together until you’re about 8 inches from the other end, then stop stitching.

 2  Continue adding ribbons, leaving 8 inches loose at either end to create a fringe, until you’ve used all of your

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    If you like projects for angsty teen girls, this is the book for you.
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    Has some very cool ideas - really liked the tables.

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    "This book is dedicated to all the people who think they aren't talented or crafty...I promise that if you just look, you'll find that you are," begins The Big-ass Book of Crafts. When I saw this dedication, I knew this was exactly the book for me. I've never been an artistic or craftsy person; in fact, before my boyfriend started browsing the nearby art history section at Barnes & Noble, it had never occurred to me that I would like to fashion my own crafts. Nonetheless, this book caught my attention with its 150 easy, attractive projects. Each chapter deals with a different type of project: artwork and wall hangings, lamps, stationery, desk supplies, tables, etc. There are more than 10 chapters in all. I found the instructions for each project clear, even for a beginner like me. Most of the projects are inexpensive too, although you will probably have to make a few purchases from the craft store to get started. Unfortunately, in spite of the author's promise to present "home-worthy" crafts, there are quite a few tacky projects in here. I'll pass on the lamp made from plastic spoons, thanks. And I don't think I'll be making a cross out of children's alphabet blocks. In spite of these occasional clunker,s there are still literally dozens of projects I'd like to try. Many of the final products resemble art work and home goods that I've lusted after at Urban Outfitters but refused to pay $50 for. Making these crafts is fun and cheap, but that's only half the appeal -- the more I do, the more I find myself motivated by the spirit of creativity and self-sufficiency. Try it for yourself and uncover talent you didn't know you had!

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    Holy Moly, there are tons of ideas in this book. The projects are affordable, doable, and likeable. I lost count of how many projects I planned on doing. This is a HUGE book, packed with colorful and creative ideas for just $20.

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  • (4/5)
    This book is as awesome and as edgy as it’s name! Full of fun, inexpensive, avant-garde arts and crafts, most are incredibly functional and easy-to-make.My favorite projects are the ones that incorporate old, unwanted books for repurposing, such as framed silhouettes (p 9), a laminated chandelier (p. 72), decoupage plates (p.134), placemats (p. 215) and stitched note cards and envelopes (p. 306). Mr. Montano even shows, with step-by-step instructions, how to make your own beautiful, personalized bound journal/notebook (p. 53).Using this book as inspiration, I made a recycled rolled-book basket (p. 281) that I donated to my local library for their “monthly auction” -- it’s a fundraiser to help pay for a new, larger location and I thought that it would be a creative way to show my support.