Making Wooden Toys

Even if you have next-to-nil carpentry skills and no thumbs, you will find these toys easy to make! Requiring only basic equipment and materials, and including simple step-by-step instructions, this guide will inspire many unique and irreplaceable wooden toys for any child.

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Little Book of Tassels

The uniquely beautiful projects introduce decorative techniques, which will help you gradually develop skills and create your own designs. Colour photographs, clear drawings and simple instructions will have you tasselled in no time!

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Little Book of Heirloom Christmas Tree Decorations

The heirloom Christmas tree is an exquisite silk miniature elaborately embroidered with a profusion of decorations, many of them based on those which Jenny Stephenson hangs on her large family Christmas tree each year. One of the joys of this project is that the complex effect is achieved in the main with the simplest of stitches but they are worked with a luxuriant variety of silk and metallic threads, and embellished with an abundance of tiny beads and sequins. The book clearly lays out the sequence to be followed in the tree’s creation, with each decoration fully explained, step by step, and illustrated with diagrams and a colour photograph. The instructions are precise, but there is much scope for creating your own version through the use of a different colour scheme for the balls and bells, beads of different styles and the addition of special trinkets that you may have hoarded.

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How to Package your Handmade Products: Tips and Creative Inspiration for Crafters from Crafters

From making boxes to die-cutting your logo, How to Package Your Handmade Products is aimed at crafters, providing a comprehensive guide to creative packaging ideas for handmade products, encouraging the turn of a passion into a lucrative business. Whether selling on sites such as Etsy or through craft fairs, trade shows, and local stores, this book shows you how to give your handmade jewelry, soft craft, or homeware products that professional edge to make the crucial difference between a one-time sale and customers who come back for more!

Existing packaging books are aimed at graphic designers or specialist packaging designers. This book is aimed solely at design-makers, crafters and creators making sense of specialist terms, standard envelope sizes, folding terminology, and measurements. Advice ranges from the simple; how to customize basic boxes and labels with printing, creative washi tape, or other designs and shapes; to the more complex; making your own packaging and recycling old material to make new packaging. Also included are printable templates and a resources section at the back of the book with handy sizing charts, standard envelope sizes across the world, ratios for scaling the accompanying templates, and measurement conversion charts, making this a truly indispensable resource for the creative and innovative crafter and seller.

So whether you’re making boxes and labels from scratch or buying precut templates from a local craft store, this book gives you all you need in order to design and customize your packaging with your unique style. With a unique mix of accessible information, gorgeous inspiration, and helpful advice, How to Package Your Handmade Products shows how easy it can be to create gorgeous packaging for lovingly handmade products and ensure your precious products look as stylish outside the box as they do inside.

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Deliciously Decorative Cookies: Easy-to-Make Cookie Creations

Discover the art of cookie decorating in this beautifully presented collection of projects. For bakers of all skill levels, this delightful book features 50 projects to try with a wide range of different decorating techniques: elegant cookies piped with royal icing, or fun and funky fondant cookies, or cookies made with amazing coloured dough, or built up into awesome 3D cookie sculptures.

The projects are grouped according to the type of icing used, and a neat icon shows roughly how long it takes to make each one. At the back of the book there is a selection of cookie recipes, decorating tips, and a set of templates. With step by step instructions and photography, each project features simple, elegant designs that are guaranteed to amaze and delight.

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Creative Handpainted Bears 3

This guide to handpainted bears inspires a variety of vintage styles. Finished artworks introduce a nostalgic novelty to any space or design. These classic paintings are created with loving attention to detail and each bear has its own unique personality. Included at the rear of the book is a pattern sheet which makes these bear designs achievable for even the beginner. Easy step-by-step instructions are accompanied by colour photographs and illustrations supporting each progression of development.

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Caro & Co: Helping Kids Find Wonder in the Everyday

Wonder can be found everywhere, in the simplest of places and in many of the activities we undertake every day – you just need to know how and where to look. And, of course, wonder is amplified tenfold when you head outdoors.

The outdoors is where imagination and discovery collide in the most spectacular fashion. Mother Nature’s secrets are just begging to be discovered and, what’s more, she is a brilliant, patient teacher and your child a willing student. Everything outdoors is full of wonder.

Encourage your child to find the extraordinary in the ordinary, the magic in the mundane and enchantment in the everyday. This book lists some ideas on how to go about this. All the activities, either indoor or outside, are simple and inexpensive, and rely mostly on the ready imagination of your child. If you are guided by your knowledge of your own child, together you can find a little wonder in everything you do. So go on. Open the door, step outside and find some magic.

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300 Cake Decorating Tips, Techniques & Trade Secrets

This book is an indispensable compendium of essential knowledge and troubleshooting tips. Tapping into the hottest trend in the cookery as craft market right now, this book is crammed with information on the art and craft of cake decorating. Author Carol Deacon shows you how to use fondant, buttercream, chocolate and marzipan to create a stunning array of cake decorations, and edible delights. Decorated cupcakes are a favourite with adults and children, and this book is for you if you want to make delightful frosted cakes, or a cupcake tower adorned with cookie cutter daisies, or give as gifts or favours, adorable gum paste animals or delicate ribbon embellished porcelain like flowers. Crammed with over 200 professional fixes, insider tips, and money saving secrets, content is arranged by topic to enable any crafter to achieve a professional look to their cupcaeks, cake pops, or celebration cakes.

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75 Flowers for Cake Decorators: A Beautiful Collection of Easy-to-Make Floral Cake and Cupcake Toppers

A beautiful collection of easy-to-make floral cake toppers for cakes and cupcakes. From simple blooms to elegantly exotic flowers, this delightful collection of floral cake toppers provides the perfect decorative finish to showcase your cakes and cupcakes. With a wide range of amazingly lifelike flowers to choose from, using methods including pulled, wired, piped, molded, and cutter, there is something to inspire both the expert and amateur alike. Select your cake decorating technique, from fondant or frosting to marzipan or chocolate, and discover how to turn your baked treats into culinary masterpieces. Each flower is presented in a dynamic view, clearly showing the individual components and how they fit together. The book includes: step-by-step photography and easy instructions; guidance on essential techniques and materials; recipes and crucial cake-making skills to allow even the beginner to make the perfect cake.

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