For anyone who loves getting stuck in with felt tips, colouring pencils, PVA and glittery pipe cleaners, there's nothing more than a crafty session on a weekend afternoon. Not only is it super relaxing and good for you to get away from a computer screen, but it's also SERIOUSLY fun and kinda therapeutic.
If that sounds like you then we bet you're forever swooning over arts and crafts books, as well as all the cute colouring books that are everywhere these days - flicking through their pretty pages full of imaginative ideas and dreamy designs is kinda like a craft person's porn.
So we thought we'd do a li'l round up of all the crafty/colouring books that we're LOVING right now. Glitter glue at the ready, let's get making.
Collage Carnival by Lizzie Lees
Collage Carnival is full of inspiring patterned pages that can
be coloured, cut out, customised, drawn on and embellished.
There are plenty of ideas to fuel your creativity and make
your own artwork – from a travel journal made from holiday
snaps to an owl-themed card for a friend and a personalised
cityscape. Comes with a selection of beautiful printed papers
and stickers to get you started making your own collage
carnival straight away.
Knit Your Own Boyfriend by Carol Meldrum
Let's be honest, boyfriends irl can be a right pain in the arse, so how about knitting your very own bae to just do the good cuddling part with and avoid all the other annoying stuff? Follow the patterns for 10 knitted boyfriends including fireman, rock star, superhero and computer geek or design your very own - decide whether he should be short or tall, if he should rock a quiff, dreadlocks or a neat side parting, choose his profession AND his interests. Perfecto.
Swear Words Colouring Book by Outrageous Katie
One of the best ways to relieve stress is to sit down with your colouring pencils and get lost in between the lines - but the chances are that if you need to unwind like that in the first place, someone's probably pissed you off a bit. Now you can combine your love of colouring with all of your suppressed rage (HOORAH), with an excellent sweary colouring book. Strong language, obvs, but words like 'Knob cheese' look loads better when they're in multicolour.
Gullivers New Travels by James Gulliver Handcock
The illustrations in this one are a magical mixture of the illustrator's own travels around the world, woven
with inspiration drawn
from Jonathan Swift's classic tale Gulliver's Travels. The result is a
colouring book for adventurous armchair travellers and explorers of all
ages, featuring places from real and imaginary worlds to add colour to with unexpected tiny details,
barely discoverable until coloured in.
Secret Garden Embroidery by What Delilah Did
Even if you've NEVER done any kind of embroidery this super cute, whimsical collection of needlework projects will get you started with simple counted embroidery techniques. Create beautiful lacewing
butterflies, a super-sweet milk and honey bee and a little
early bird called Gerald as you learn about Delilah's adventures at Miss
Merriweather's Thistledown Farmhouse in a mixture of storybook and craft book. Preeeeeetty.
The Harry Potter Colouring Book
Alright, so you probably won't find this one in the Restricted Section of the Hogwarts Library, but it's still TOTALLY worth investing in if you're an HP fan. Packed with stunning pieces of artwork from the Warner Bros. archive, this book gives fans the chance to colour in the vivid settings and beloved characters from the wizarding world. You'll be able to spot your favourite scenes, creatures, and characters of the series, from Dobby and baby Norbert to Quidditch games and the unforgettable final battle between Harry and Lord Voldemort.
Arm Candy by Laura Strutt
Got friendship bracelets all the way up your arms, or just super attached to a special one you've worn for years? Get this book. Simple to make and fun to wear, they're the perfect
homemade accessory to try your hand at, AND they make great gift for pals too so you could turn it into a crafty group session. The projects are easy and quick to make, and aren't just your standard plaits, so you'll soon be fully
prepared to knot, bend, twist, braid and tie your way into friendship
100 Penguin Covers Colouring Book
Perfect for anyone who loves their classic literature and also happens to be a little bit crafty, this colouring book is made up of 100 of the most iconic book covers to ever be published by Penguin. They're super intricate and seriously detailed so it'll take you ages to complete one, but HOW pretty will they look when they're done? It's like your own, personal rainbow library.
Paper Only by The Papered Parlour
Have you ever seen a dreamier book cover? LET'S MAKE PAPER FLOWERS. This one's all about the simple joy of paper, paint and glue for people who
love to make stuff, with 20 inspiring projects that push paper to its limits. But Paper Only is not
just a craft book – it is a book about creativity. So get ready to follow the paper trail and let
your creative adventure begin.
How To Knit by Mollie Makes
Knitting is one of those things that you can mean to teach yourself FOREVER but never get round to, so why not start with a knitted burger cat? Sure. There are all the techniques you need to get started, with step-by-step
instructions and clear illustrations and really cute stuff you'll actually want to knit. Learn the best ways to hold your
knitting needles and crochet hook, casting on and making your first
stitches - and there's a crochet version to tackle too.
How to Make Jewellery by Tatty Devine
If you've been lusting over Tatty Devine's perfect plastic jewellery since forever, then this is the craft book for you. The design duo behind the brand have created their own bible, chock full of cheeky projects (tape measure rosette, anyone?) and eye-popping pics. This is the book to get if you're looking to up your accessory game and be a little playful in the process. Another cool thing? Extra customisation tips are sprinkled throughout to make sure you end up with truly one-of-a-kind pieces.
Wild Savannah colouring book by Millie Marotta
Anyone who's into colouring books will probably have one of Millie's gorgeous books. Animal Kingdom is her most popular one, but Wild Savannah is equally perfect - a colouring safari through an exotic world of swaying grasslands inspired by the savannahs of Africa, Asia and Australia. Journey into a make-believe habitat, where African baobab trees play host to kangaroos and crocodiles, while ostriches graze under swallow scattered skies and zebras gallop side by side with oryx and gazelles.
Pompomania by Christine Leech
Erm, why would you NOT want to learn how to cover everything you own in floofy rainbow pom poms? They're everywhere right now and actually a massive trend for summer fashion, so why havea plain coloured pompom when you could have a tiny panda pompom or a watermelon slice pompom that you've made yourself? No fancy equipment needed - in fact, you can make do with rings cutfrom cardboard, four bulldog clips, a pencil and a pair of scissors, plus your yarn -these pompoms are inexpensive to make for yourself or for others.
Doodling for Dog People by Gemma Correll
Hands up if you're the kind of person who spends their time at a party petting the dog? And would probably push any human out of the way in the street for the chance to stroke a pooch walking down the pavement? SAME, so that's why we're obsessed with Gemma Correll's Doodling for Dog People, packed with doodling exercises and canine-related factoids to get you drawing different types of dogs, dogs in outfits, dogs in action, and even doggie accessories. OOOH, or try the cat version.
Colour Me Calm - Mandalas by Elizabeth James
Mandalas are must-have designs for festival season, so get them in your crafting sessions too. They're super detailed and intricate meaning that your final product will always look incredible, even if you're a bit crap at keeping between the lines. This colouring book will totally relax your mind and is almost a little bit hypnotising - AND it'll give you all the inspo you need for patterns to customise your summer wardrobe with.
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