“DIY,” or “Do-It-Yourself,” refers to a movement where individuals make unique items with their own personal style and touches, often in lieu of hiring a professional or buying a pre-made product. If this sounds daunting, let us assuage your fears with these fantastic DIY books and manuals in our collection here at the Sewickley Public Library, featuring nearly any type of project you could imagine.
DIY Succulents: From Placecards to Wreaths, 35+ Ideas for Creative Projects with Succulents by Tawni Daigle
Succulents are tiny desert-dwelling plants that make beautiful decorations for your home, and require very little upkeep as opposed to other types of house plants. While you can buy succulents prearranged, there is a large community of people who design their own succulent displays. With this book at your disposal, you will have happy, gorgeous succulents in no time!
Sticky Fingers: DIY Duct Tape Projects by Sophie Maletsky
Since its invention in 1942, duct tape has found itself many more uses than its original intended purpose. While still used as an incredible adhesive tape, duct tape can also be made to create bracelets, wallets, bags, and even clothing. In addition to these fun applications, duct tape itself has even had somewhat of a makeover, with a wide variety of colors and patterns available in craft stores. With this book in hand, you’ll be crafting up duct tape creations like a professional.
A Hot Glue Gun Mess: Funny Stories, Pretty DIY Projects by Mr. Kate
Mr. Kate is the blogger name for Kate Albrecht, a popular DIY queen on the web. In this book, she explains how she got into the DIY scene, and includes many fun DIY projects for you to try out yourself. The projects are designed to take less than two hours, and Mr. Kate tries to stick to supplies that would be readily available to readers. With plenty of charming and witty anecdotes, you’ll find yourself just as entertained as you are inspired. Hot glue gun not included.
I Spy DIY Style: Find Fashion You Love and Do It Yourself by Jenni Radosevich
Do you like fashion? So does Jenni Radosevich, and in her book she shows you how to make your own clothes and DIY your current wardrobe so that is is personalized and unique. Even if you don’t consider yourself a style guru, this book is full of easy, simple DIY tips to make any outfit into a statement piece. Just look at that necklace on the book cover. She probably made it. Do you think that’s duct tape on her skirt? You’ll have to read to find out.
Make It Up: The Essential Guide to DIY Makeup & Skin Care by Marie Rayma
Love getting dolled up but hate the expensive makeup products you have to buy in the store? Then this is the book for you. Marie Rayma is very good at putting beauty products on her face, and she’s even better at telling you how to put beauty products on your face that you made yourself. With her expert guidance, you can go from glum to glam in a matter of minutes, all without breaking the bank.
D.I.Y. Dollhouse: Build and Decorate a Toy House Using Everyday Materials by Alexia Henrion
We all remember the fabled Barbie™ Dreamhouse that we begged our parents for, but in which they never indulged us, no matter how much we begged. Or was that just me? Even if you did get your dream house, now you can build your own custom doll house with the help of Alexia Henrion. What if your dolls need a custom bowling alley? Or a second-level patio with a seaside view? With this book, you can make your own personal dream house into a real (doll) house.
Tumbleweed DIY Book of Backyard Sheds & Tiny Houses: Build Your Own Guest Cottage, Writing Studio, Home Office, Craft Workshop, or Personal Retreat by Jay Shafer
Tiny houses and tiny sheds are all the rage these days, and it seems like a large majority of people are either living in them or writing books and starring in reality shows about living in them. But you know what they aren’t doing? Building that tiny house themselves. That’s where you come in: Jay Shafer is going to show you how to build a shed/tiny living area and help you impress your friends (with presumably little elbow room as they all crowd inside your tiny house).
Crafty Ideas for the Bride on a Budget: 75 DIY Wedding Projects by Linda Kopp
Planning a wedding can be stressful, and the prices sometimes tend to add up to dizzying amounts. But don’t worry, Linda Kopp has you covered. She’s got 75 DIY crafts to make your wedding just as beautiful, for half the price. From cake to bouquets to decorations, there are so many ways you can get crafty for your big day. If you’re not getting married, you can still read this book and plan your future wedding. Just don’t bring it up on a first date.