The best arts and crafts books for people who don’t have time for crafting

Claire Freedman Author Of The Secret Garden
By Claire Freedman

The Books I Picked & Why

The Complete Practical Guide to Card-Making: 200 Step-by-Step Techniques and Projects with 1100 Photographs - A Comprehensive Course in Making ... Tags and Papers in a Host of Different Styles

By Cheryl Owen

The Complete Practical Guide to Card-Making: 200 Step-by-Step Techniques and Projects with 1100 Photographs - A Comprehensive Course in Making ... Tags and Papers in a Host of Different Styles

Why this book?

With over 150 Step-by-step Techniques and Projects and Over 1000 Photographs, this great book gives you card ideas for every occasion. It also shows you how to make easy but professional-looking envelopes, invitations, tags, and papers in a host of different styles. Takes less time to make a card than going out and buying one!


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Tilda's Seaside Ideas

By Tone Finnanger

Tilda's Seaside Ideas

Why this book?

This is an adorable book of seaside makes and beach-inspired projects. It's a beautiful book to look through with lots of inspirational photos to spark your imagination. Some of the projects are more complicated but I found it easy to simplify them myself and the end results still looked great. However busy you are, you’ll definitely have time to make the fabric flowers – easy-peasy and so pretty. I use them on gift tags.


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The Art of Handmade Living: Crafting a beautiful home

By Willow Crossley

The Art of Handmade Living: Crafting a beautiful home

Why this book?

This author has a knack for making the simplest things look beautiful. Very vintage in style and many projects can be cheaply put together with old bits and bobs you may have around the house. Start collecting any buttons, ribbons, and pretty fabrics!

If you love the vintage look, you can often pick up bits and pieces easily and cheaply (like old fashioned pretty china or decorative items) at charity shops and boot fairs.


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Fat Quarter: Quick Makes

By Juliet Bawden, Amanda Russell

Fat Quarter: Quick Makes

Why this book?

Twenty five quick and easy sewing makes for using up fat quarters or leftover remnants of fabric. Lots of cute ideas to pretty up your home, or great little stocking fillers for Christmas. There is a series of these books if you get hooked!


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The Eco-Christmas Craft Book: 30 Stylish Festive Projects That Won't Hurt the Planet

By Marrianne Miall

The Eco-Christmas Craft Book: 30 Stylish Festive Projects That Won't Hurt the Planet

Why this book?

Now you can enjoy crafting without harming the planet! All you need to do is save up some recyclable or foraged items such as cardboard, newspaper, wine bottle corks, twigs and pine cones. You can choose your own colour schemes to match your home and, because the materials are recyclable, you could make new ones every year!


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