Auckland Council Libraries: Creative activities for the summer

Creative activities for the summer

Stuck inside with nothing to do? Try some of these selected titles for inspiration and create something wonderful and unique.

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The craft-a-day book

Kari A. Cornell

Using recycled and reusable materials from around the house, you'll find directions for making colourful lanterns from paper and jars, ruffle skirts from t-shirts, scarves and mitts from your favourite old sweaters and socks, and much more.

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Your Sharpie style

Deborah Green

Deborah Green shows how Sharpie markers can also be the tools of a fashion designer, a jewellery maker or an interior designer. Whether you are a beginner or you're looking for your next craft challenge, this book has something for everyone.

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DIY T-shirt crafts

Adrianne Surian

Complete with easy instructions and stunning photographs, each T-shirt craft is simple enough for beginners to recreate and can be finished in 60 minutes or fewer. Guided by Adrianne Surian, you'll turn this wardrobe staple into trendy accessories.

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Sticky fingers

Sophie Maletsky

This book includes tons of photographs alongside directions designed to make creating a wallet and making a bag even easier, while also providing ideas for personalizing your duct tape creations. So, grab a roll of duct tape, and get started!

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Tiny hats on cats

Adam Ellis

A fun and creative book for cat lovers, crafters, and pop-culture devotees alike. Readers will learn how to craft colourful and creative feline headgear from the book's step-by-step instructions. This book is the perfect gift for every animal lover!

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The Healthy teen cookbook

Remmi Smith

Chef Remmi Smith's creation is not your typical teen's cookbook: It's written 'for teens by a teen,' explains the author, and is filled with tried-and-true recipes with budding cooks in mind, using limited ingredients and steps.

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Young & hungry

Gabi Moskowitz

Young & Hungry: Your Complete Guide to a Delicious Life, features recipes along with advice about dating, friendships, entertaining, and health. This book is a girls' guide to being young, single, short on cash, and passionate about food.

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We love to sew bedrooms

Annabel Wrigley

With 23 easy-to-sew and no-sew projects that range from simple to moderately difficult, this inspiring book encourages girls to mix and match a variety of styles, from modern to boho to whimsical.

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The young adult's guide to selling your art, music, writing, photography, &...

Ann Marie O'Phelan

You're the creative one in the family. So, how do you turn your skill into a real money-making business? This book will give you the tools you need to sell your material even if you have absolutely no experience.

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Flower crowns

Meisner Doramus Christy

Whether you're at a wedding, going out on the town or partying at a musical festival, the flower crowns in this book will make your outfit standout for any occasion.

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Girl's guide to DIY fashion

Rachel Low

From the owner of the sewing studio, Pins & Needles, comes the definitive guide to fashion design and sewing for girls. The book encourages tweens and teens to sketch their own designs as a way to experiment with colour, fabrics and styles.

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#OOTD (outfit of the day) sew & style

Angela Lan

From self-motivated, 14-year-old clothing designer and popular blogger, this book is ideal for beginners, with styles geared toward tweens and teens.

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