There's something about spring that brings out my inner hobbyist and there are lots of DIY tomes to choose from. The books I see come across my desk have the power to teach me everything from weaving to building a deck or designing a state of the art flower arrangement. Below are a handful of craft books that I think are well done and also represent the variety of what's out there. Whether you already have a hobby you love, or you want to try something new, I hope you find the book that inspires you to get creative--and crafty--this spring.
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Art Makers: Polymer Clay for Beginners: Inspiration, techniques, and simple step-by-step projects for making art with polymer clay by Emily Chen
Fun with clay, no kiln required! Polymer clay is kind of amazing; it comes in a variety of colors or you can dye it easily. The clay is easy to work with, and with the help of this book beginners can learn how to create life-like clay versions of flowers, animals, and eerily realistic macarons (do not leave these on your kitchen counter...).
I didn't know about this type of woodcraft until I looked at this book--this is the art of green woodworking. The only tools you need to create objects and even furniture is a hand knife, a log, an axe and the desire to create something. The project instructions in Woodcraft are photographed in full-color and this book is a great way to try out the tradition of whittling.
Kawaii is translated as "cute" in Japanese and describes a very popular style. Origami does require a lot of patience but other than that it's just paper and time. Origami is a great hobby to take on planes and to share with kids--just take it one small step at a time. Pushkin's book has 50 projects and comes with 25 papers so you've got everything you need to get started right away.