A Happy Book of Little Gifts to Make

Spread hope and joy with more than 15 maker activities designed to keep your hands busy and your heart full

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Pub Date May 10 2022 | Archive Date Mar 07 2023

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Keep your hands busy and your mind playing and free of stress with A Happy Book of Little Gifts to Make.

From professional artist Sarah Hand, the author of Art Makers: Papier-Mache, this book features easy-to-follow step-by-step projects, creative inspiration, and prompts—all designed to be done at home using affordable, accessible materials. Best of all, the projects are small-scale, so they are portable, giftable, adorable, and fun!
A Happy Book of Little Gifts to Make includes varied projects done in all kinds of materials, from papier-mache and paper to crayons, paint, and paint pens. With this book, you can learn to make sweet and whimsical:
  • Dioramas
  • Papier-mache creatures
  • Pop-up cards
  • Cotton dolls
  • And much more
Throughout the book, find tips for having fun and relaxing as you create, plus creative inspiration and prompts so that you can use this book as a starting point for art projects you devise on your own. After a stressful year (or decade?), everyone needs to have fun and let loose, and what better way than with art that can be created at home and with materials you already have?

The small size of the projects makes them manageable even for beginning crafters and artists, and kids will love working on the projects too (possibly with a little adult help). The delightful and heartwarming art appeals to artists of all ages and skill levels, including beginning crafters, DIYers, crafty families, and more.

Grab your paper, paints, and more and then set up at the kitchen counter to start your stress-free creative life with A Happy Book of Little Gifts to Make from a professional artist and instructor.
Keep your hands busy and your mind playing and free of stress with A Happy Book of Little Gifts to Make.

From professional artist Sarah Hand, the author of Art Makers: Papier-Mache, this book...

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This really is quite the charming, whimsical, and yes, happy book of teeny gift ideas.

This would be outstanding for spending crafty days with a little one in your life as I think the layout of this beautifully presented book will really encourage creativity in children.

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This book has some lovely ideas for crafty gifts that will make both the lucky recipient and the crafter happy, through the joy of the process! I found the illustrations both helpful and inspiring, and I loved the practical nature of the projects, often repurposing common objects, this is a great projects for adults and potentially older primary aged children to enjoy together.

My thanks to NetGalley, author, publisher for the opportunity to review this book in exchange for an advance copy.

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Absolutely GORGEOUS book with fabulous ideas to try out both myself and with family! I loved Sarah’s other book around paper mache and this one is certainly on par with unique ideas.

I won’t hesitate to recommend this book to crafters and educators alike.

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A Happy Book of Little Gifts to Make is full of wonderful ideas and gorgeous little projects for the crafty person to indulge in. The illustrations are excellent and the instructions are easy to follow. It would make the perfect gift book and would also be wonderful to do with children. Overall a fabulous book.

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Such lovely things to make in this book. Simple to follow and easily adaptable. It really did make me happy. Loved it!

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I received an advance reader copy of this book to read in exchange for an honest review via netgalley and the publishers.

Little Gifts to Make is an adorable, bright book full of cute things to make and do. I want to have a go at afew of these craft ideas/projects especially the little characters on the front of the book. This would make a fun book to keep for rainy day activities with your children. The crafts involved are low cost and easily sourced materials which I loved. I wouldn't say you need much in the way of having experience in crafts to use this book or make these little projects, so it's suitable for starters to use.

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This book is filled with ADORABLE projects that use mostly around-the-house materials. There are finger puppets, greeting cards, dolls, and booklets. A perfect sourcebook for librarians and teachers who are always on the lookout for art projects for the younger set.

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Filled with fun ideas, this book would be great to explore with kids. Sarah breaks down her instructions well and they are easy to follow. Fun!

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An inspirational and quirky art instruction for teachers and anyone who works with children. I was always wondering what I could do with all those pipe cleaners.

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Was not able to download before title was archived. Thank you NetGalley and the publisher for providing this ARC.

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There is such a variety of different items in this book. The projects would mostly be suitable for children, or to make alongside children, as well as for a fun craft project for an adult.
I want to make the murmuration of starlings first - it has the potential to be a really beautiful sculpture.
I also love the simple paper crafts like articulated animals, and more complex ones like the volvelle.
There are also basic printing techniques.
I'm going to try loads of these ideas.

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