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The big book of hacks


Fire up your soldering iron, charge up that drill, and get ready to hack From a tiny theremin to, an automatic cat feeder to a glowing mousepad, the ingenious and hilarious projects in "The Big Book of Hacks" are perfect for aspiring makers.

Basic robot building with Lego Mindstorms NXT 2.0

Baichtal, John.

629.892 BAICHTA

Ever wanted to build a robot? Now's the time, LEGO® Mindstorms® NXT 2.0 is the technology, and this is the book. You can do this, even if you've never built or programmed anything! Don't worry about where to begin: start right here. John Baichtal explains everything you need to know, one ridiculously simple step at a time... and shows you every key step with stunningly clear full-color photos! You won't just learn concepts-you'll put them to work in three start-to-finish projects, including three remarkable bots you can build right this minute, with zero knowledge of programming or robotics. It's going to be simple-and it's going to be fun.

Arduino for beginners : essential skills every maker needs

Baichtal, John.

629.895 BAICHTA

Learn Arduino from the ground up, hands-on, in full color! Discover Arduino, join the DIY movement, and build an amazing spectrum of projects... limited only by your imagination!

Creating art at the speed of life : 30 days of mixed-media exploration

Carriker, Pam.


Presents instruction for creating mixed-media journals, exploring such aspects of art as color, texture, space, depth, and line.

Extraordinary projects for ordinary people : do it yourself ideas from the people who actually do them


Hundreds of Instructables are included, ranging from practical projects like making a butcher block counter top or building solar panels to fun and unique ideas for realistic werewolf costumes or transportable camping hot tubs. The difficulty of the projects ranges from beginner on up, but all are guaranteed to raise a smile or a Why didn t I think of that? Numerous full-color pictures accompany each project, detailing each step of the process along the way.

Pom-poms! : 25 awesomely fluffy projects

Goldschadt, Sarah.


This delightfully photographed craft book takes readers through more than 25 pom-decorated crafts, from cozy home decor projects to fun outfit accessories to festive party supplies and embellishments.

The Star Trek craft book

Pedersen, Angie.


Create 25 unique Star Trek-inspired crafts with The Star Trek Craft Book Whether you're a "Trekker in Training" or a seasoned craft whiz, you'll find a project in these pages to pique your interest.These fun, quirky, and even practical crafts range from accessories to decor to toys. Boldly experiment with a variety of crafting projects, including crochet, sewing, embroidery, felting, and much more. Each project is ranked according to complexity and skill level--from Ensign to Admiral--and accompanied by easy to follow instructions and photos.

Steampunk gear, gadgets, and gizmos : a maker's guide to creating modern artifacts

Willeford, Thomas.


Filled with do-it-yourself projects, Steampunk Gear, Gadgets, and Gizmos: A Maker's Guide to Creating Modern Artifacts shows you how to build exquisite, ingenious contraptions on a budget.

The steampunk adventurer's guide : contraptions, creations, and curiosities anyone can make

Willeford, Thomas, author.


"The Steampunk Adventurer's Guide: Contraptions, Creations, and Curiosities Anyone Can Make" presents 10 intriguing projects ideal for makers of all ages and skill levels, woven into an epic tale of mystery and pursuit.

Washi tape : 101+ ideas for paper crafts, book arts, fashion, decorating, entertaining, and party fun!

Cerruti, Courtney, author.

745.59 CERRUTI

If you have never heard of washi tape, get ready to enter a bright new world of paper crafts! Originating in Japan, washi paper is stronger than wood-pulp paper making it perfect for use in projects like origami and scrapbooking. The tape is low tack and slightly transparent, and add in a mix of adorable colors and patterns, a brilliant way to make all of your crafts even better. Washi Tape by Courtney Cerruti offers 101 amazing ideas that will make this new craft tape your new favorite thing.

Creature camp : make your own : 18 softies to draw, sew & stuff

Gratz, Wendi.

745.5924 GRATZ

Make your own soft toys-from cute to creepy! 18 easy projects that teach you how to make your very own stuffed animals, Features different shapes, critters, and monsters that get your creativity going, Lots of fun projects to make with friends or to give as gifts Book jacket.

The sparkle factory : the design and craft of Tarina's fashion jewelry and accessories

Tarantino, Tarina, 1968- author.

745.5942 TARANTI

Tarina shares her personal story of how she became a top fashion jewelry and accessories designer and offers tips on how to make some of her most popular pieces.

Totally cool creations

Kenney, Sean, author.

J 688.725 KENNEY

Using bricks from off-the-shelf LEGO products, the author shows you how to build all sorts of models and shares ideas and tips for using your own pieces from home and your imagination.

Sneaky art : crafty surprises to hide in plain sight

Jocelyn, Marthe.


Uncover your inner guerrilla artist as they sneak funny art projects into surprising places to make people smile! For young artists, tricksters, and crafters, here is a hip, friendly how-to manual for creating removable and shareable art projects from easily found materials. The sneaky part is in the installation! Each work of art is custom-created for display in public places -- a tiny cork-bottomed boat in a public fountain, a plate of tiny paper cupcakes on your teacher's desk, a penny left on the ground for a stranger, a funny message left on your mother's bathroom mirror, and more. This utterly unique guide -- part craft book, part art-philosophy -- offers a stylish and sweet "made-you-look-twice" spirit of fun meant to put a smile on the faces of strangers and loved ones alike.

The big book of things to make


A compendium of cool projects, exciting games, and fun quizzes inside or outside, The Big Book of Things to Make is the perfect activity book to cure boredom and inspire creativity. With more than 200 activities, including building a castle, learning to juggle, building a birdhouse, magic trips and sinking a pirate ship, plus sports quizzes, animal quizzes, film quizzes, and more.

Tape it & make more : 101 duct tape activities

Morgan, Richela Fabian.


Who would have imagined that you could make so many unique and amazing items with duct tape? Accessories-- earrings, hats, flip flops, a beaded necklace, a bowtie Housewares-- pillows, a planter, a shower caddy, a hanging room divider Bags--a sophisticated satchel, a toiletry bag, an iPad case Toys-- kites, juggling balls, a Frisbee, an airplane, a hand puppet With easy-to-follow instructions, tips on tools and supplies, more than 500 full-color illustrations, and more than 100 cool new projects, "Tape It & Make More" will inspire crafters of all ages to take their duct-tape activities to new levels.

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