CRAFT: Techniques & Projects by DK Book Review and Giveaway!

When asked to review the book Craft: Techniques & Projects by publishers Dorling Kindersley (DK) I jumped at the chance. 15 years ago, so impressed with this publisher’s work, I actually sold DK books at home parties in order to build my own DK library. I was nuts about DK books for children, but also the great books they published for adults. If you’re not familiar with DK, they are known for their distinctive, highly visual books, ebooks and apps that inform, inspire and entertain readers of all ages covering subjects such as: Arts & Culture,Business & Computers, Food & Drink, Gardening, Health & Fitness, History, Maps & Atlases, Parenting, Reference, Religion and Spirituality, Science & Nature, Sports & Hobbies and Travel.

As I expected, this DK book did not disappoint. It is one thick and thorough creative resource with 320 pages featuring over 50 projects. Contents include: textile crafts, papercrafts, jewelry, ceramics & glass, candles & soap, even eco crafts!Every chapter has pages of tools and materials descriptions and images. Craft is compiled of projects designed by many expert crafters, all listed with their crafts and blog/website/contact information in the back of the book.

The exciting thing about this book is how current the projects and craft techniques are. There are still so many different types of crafts that I have yet to tackle but am very curious about. Most of those are in this book, with extremely clear instruction and step-by-step photographs. The project I’m very anxious to try is metal clay jewelry. It turns out, based on the instructions and photos, that this isn’t as complicated an undertaking as I’d imagined. You know how I love paper crafts, there are plenty of papercraft projects in Craft, even templates in the back of the book.This project looks simple enough, right? Wait until you see the technique used to keep the cans from bending and buckling while crafting. A super smart idea I would have never thought of! You can actually download the project here!Even upholstery techniques are covered, so you can make something new, or pretty-up a thrift store find.I’m a firm believer that everyone should have a few jewelry making skills under their belt. Knowing the basics not only prompts you to make your own adornments, but allows you to modify many pieces you already own or find on clearance or second-hand, helping you create a fabulous accessory wardrobe.Maybe you’re not up to the challenge of quilting a blanket- I love this cute appliqué throw featured that I’d consider a nice alternative, though as you might expect, quilting is covered in the book as well.I happen to think that this book is also an excellent resource for any craft blogger for reasons you might not think- the layout, clear step photographs and technical writing are all very good models to follow for sharing projects, techniques and images. You’re going to love this book!


DK is giving their newly released book Craft to TWO lucky JSIM readers! (US residents only.)

TO ENTER: “Like” DK on Facebook to keep up with all things DK-wonderful, then come back here and leave a nice comment on this post. One comment per person. (Please delete any secondary comments altogether to keep things fair, thank you.)

ENTRY DEADLINE: Sunday, October 28 at noon PST. Randomly chosen winners will be notified and announced soon thereafter.


Thanks to all who entered! The giveaway winners are:

#60 Jen B. and #9 Denise M.

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91 Responses to CRAFT: Techniques & Projects by DK Book Review and Giveaway!

  1. #1 - Rebecca Rapport says:

    This would be such a wonderful addition to my craft library. Beautiful work.


  2. #2 - Adrienne says:

    I would love to have this giant thick books of crafts! How nice! Thank you!

  3. #3 - isabel ribeiro says:

    este livro deve ser espectacular

  4. #4 - Lynnie C. says:

    Just the outside cover of this book is lucious enough to make me want to have it! A bunch of crafts, all in one book, with nice big pictures! Looks like Crafting Heaven to me!

  5. #5 - Adrienne B says:

    Looks like a great book!

  6. #6 - Natalia says:

    Cover of this book is beautiful I would like to have this one in my small library.

  7. #7 - Lisa @akawest says:

    Oooh, that looks like a fun book!

  8. #8 - anissa says:

    liked on fb, thanks for the chance

  9. #9 - Denise M says:

    thank you for the chance, this book looks great!

  10. #10 - Curtis says:

    Crafts are fun. Liked.

  11. #11 - Linda Smith says:

    I would love this book since I like to dabble in all kinds of crafts!

  12. #12 - Leah says:

    Looks Awesome!

  13. #13 - Mary Lea says:

    What a nice give-a-way! Who doesn’t covet new craft books…especially ones with paper patterns inside!

  14. #14 - Donna M. says:

    Sounds like a great book! The little bird pin is especially cute!

    I can’t “like” DK on Facebook because I don’t have a Facebook account. I hope that doesn’t preclude me from the drawing though!

  15. #15 - Mary Kemper says:

    I would love this edition. Thanks for the chance to win!

  16. #16 - Melodee says:

    I LOVE the DK company. I have many of their travel books.

  17. #17 - Celine says:

    I’m a big fan of DK. C’monnnnn random number generator 😀

  18. #18 - Anna Kearns says:

    I love DK books! My cookbook collection began with their cookbooks for children. Guess who grew up to be a chef?

  19. #19 - Renelle says:

    I would love to have this book to add to my (small) collection!

  20. #20 - Julia Stratman says:

    Thanks for the fun book giveaway. Looks like some great ideas in the book.

  21. #21 - Erin S says:

    Thanks for the giveaway! I would love to win this book and try their beautiful projects!

  22. #22 - Peggy Edinburgh says:

    Looks like a wonderful book.

  23. #23 - Amy says:

    I also love DK. When I used to work in a bookstore in the children’s section, I would always encourage people to buy their Eyewitness books. So cool and full of information!!!

  24. #24 - Wendy Orme says:

    I like DK on Facebook and in real life, too!

  25. #25 - Dawn Edmonson says:

    I’ve ALWAYS loved their books too Cathe!!! Our boys always loved their books growing up. This looks wonderful! I just went to their Facebook page and liked ~ Thanks so much for the opportunity to win a copy!

  26. #26 - Peggy says:

    Thanks so much for the opportunity to win this book. It sounds perfect for new ideas and projects.

  27. #27 - Elisabeth Auld says:

    Thanks for the link – and I would love to win the book!

  28. #28 - Mz V says:

    I’ve loved the DK travel books for years….and this craft edition makes my mouth water to get at its pages! Thanks for hosting the giveaway. I’ve liked them on FB.

  29. #29 - Ashley_Grace says:

    This book would be a great addition to my growing collection of craft ideas!

  30. #30 - Gayle says:

    Hi Cathe – I also love how-to books that are picture heavy – this looks like a GREAT one! I have ‘liked’ them on Facebook and look forward to your drawing.

  31. #31 - Jan says:

    DK books are always awesome. Thanks for the give away!

  32. #32 - Laurie Kearnes says:

    Ok, this is definitely a want!!! Looks awesome.

  33. #33 - Penny says:

    Liked dk on Facebook. Great giveaway…thank you!!!

  34. #34 - Joy says:

    Oooh. Great combo of my two favorite things–books and crafts!

  35. #35 - Heather Alexander says:

    What a lovely giveaway…hoping the stars align and I win one!

  36. #36 - Felicia says:

    I liked DK’s page and that book looks fantastic! Count me in …

  37. #37 - Emily K. says:

    Thanks for the giveaway! I liked DK on facebook.

  38. #38 - DebbieKL says:

    This looks like a wonderful reference book with lots of fun projects. I’d like to check it out.

  39. #39 - Rachel Garza says:

    What an awesome book! Thanks for the giveaway! I am so eager to learn so many of these techniques.

  40. #40 - Ariane says:

    I love DK books! This one looks just as good as the others I have read/own.

  41. #41 - Lisa M says:

    Sweet! I would love to win that book! Thanks for the chance!!

  42. #42 - BettyB says:

    This book looks so interesting. Anything crafty is always fun! I’d love to have a copy 🙂

  43. #43 - Jan says:

    Cathe, this new book looks like a wonderful resource. I would love to own it! Love, love, love your blog.

  44. #44 - Sarah allam says:

    Amazing, love the look of this book! Going to give the tin can lantern project a go and make them festive! Everything is better when you make it festive!! x

  45. #45 - Jessica says:

    This book looks fabulous. I love the step by step instructions WITH pictures as well as the final product. So many books leave miss that. (also liked on Facebook)

  46. #46 - Staci says:

    Wonderful book and I would love to give myself an early Christmas present. I enjoy looking through the eye candy and marveling over the many things I can get my hands into. Thanks!

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  48. #47 - Sheryl Remy says:

    I have been enjoying your blog and your Johnson & Johnson posts. I think this book looks like fun.

  49. #48 - ellen young says:

    I teach crafts to Teens and would love to have this book as a reference and resource! I will also request my library purchase a copy.

  50. #49 - Melissa says:

    What a wonderful book to have on my bookshelves!! 8*)

  51. #50 - Cheri Mosgrove says:

    As a homeschooler, I am a HUGE fan of DK books for kids! I’m really excited to see this new book that would be so fantastic for me too! Thanks so much for a chance to win it!

  52. #51 - Linda from Arizona says:

    This book looks awesome! I liked DK on Facebook. I’d love to add this to my crafting library which is pretty thin. Thanks for the opportunity.

  53. #52 - Mixed Kreations says:

    Just liked DK Facebook page. Looks like a great book. Love to add it to my collections of craft books.

  54. #53 - Julia D. says:

    What a beautiful opportunity to have a book as this! Thank you for sharing your love of this book with us, it looks like a dandy for sure.

  55. #54 - shelly m says:

    This book looks awesome – some of the crafts I’m not into, but I just might start with a book like this. 🙂

  56. #55 - Cynthia Nevin says:

    Love DK books!!! Would love to add this to my library!!!

  57. #56 - Meridee Williams says:

    I love crafts and I love craft books. This one look like great fun!

  58. #57 - Robin Pichelmayer says:

    I love this book! so cool…thanks for the chance to win!

  59. #58 - Debbie Vietzke says:

    I’ve enjoyed your blog for some time now, even though I am not a crafty person. Your website just has “my style” of pretty things. I’ve also enjoyed DK books since my daughter, now an adult, was a little girl and our trips to the library together.

  60. #59 - Deb Brown says:

    The tin can project looks pretty sweet. I’ll be trying that this year ……. I also went to the facebook page and shared the spooky drinks post – I’m cooking lunch next Sunday at church, they’ll be surprised by some of these drinks!

    Thanks for sharing this contest. You rock.


  61. #60 - Jen B says:

    This would be a great book to read while curled up by the fire this fall!

  62. #61 - Donna Dyess says:

    Would love to get my hands on this book
    Thanks for the review and opportunity!

  63. #62 - Hannah says:

    I love DK books! They cover basic, fun things that other people wouldn’t necessarily think to put in one place, but they make such useful references.

  64. #63 - Sheila Meehan says:

    OMG – I have dabbled enough in crafts to know that I need this book to take me to the next level! So glad that YOU were chosen to review this book as you are the perfect person to do this. Would love love love to own this!

  65. #64 - Sarah Schimeck says:

    Oh, this book looks wonderful! What a nice variety of crafts!

  66. #65 - Meghan Thimjon says:

    Love the book, so many ideas! I went and liked dk on fb!

  67. #66 - Tammy Randolph says:

    I just love DK books. Years ago I also sold DK books at home parties, and my 2 boys who really didn’t like to read, would go crazy when my shipment of new books came in. They would bring them in for me and open the boxes and start reading.

  68. #67 - Jen Y says:

    I love DK books for children but I didn’t realize they had so many fun adult books as well. I’d love to win this one!!

  69. #68 - Noreen says:

    I’m sorry – I don’t do facebook. But I LOVE DK books! I didn’t even know they had one on crafting!

  70. #69 - LisaT says:

    DK always produces such beautiful books, I would love to win this one!

  71. #70 - Mary says:

    This looks like a great resource and inspiration!

  72. #71 - maggie raguse says:

    okay, I am now a “liker” over at DK on FB, and would love to add this great looking book to my craft library. I’ve always loved their books!!

  73. #72 - Dinka says:

    How fun would this be? Just in time for holiday fun-ocity.

  74. #73 - Linda S says:

    What a wonderful craft book. A great addition to any crafter’s library.
    Thanks for a chance to win.

  75. #74 - Kristin Stuthard says:

    That books looks amazing! Thank you for this giveaway 😀

  76. #75 - Shawn B. says:

    I “like” DK on FB!!!! Thanks for the giveaway!

  77. #76 - kelly cross says:

    DK always has great books and this one looks promising as well.

  78. #77 - Carol Sadler says:

    This book looks great! I’m at the “want-a -be” crafter stage and this book looks like what I need to get me started!

  79. #78 - Karla says:

    I love your blog! Thank you for reviewing this book. If I don’t win the give away I may purchase the book anyway!

  80. #79 - Gini Cooper says:

    Thanks for the review (aka temptation) of this book. Wow, lots of great projects judging from the ones you picked. I love the bird pin and tin can luminaries. I want to make that cover too!

  81. #80 - Marie Bingenheimer says:

    What a treasure trove of ideas! Beautifully illustrated!

  82. #81 - Linda S says:

    Love the ceramic bird!

  83. #82 - K.T. Reilly says:

    I have enjoyed your blog for a while now and I love a good craft book.
    My family has a tradition of competition crafting after Thanksgiving dinner. One year we made those rosette style award ribbons that you have been making. Ours were not as nice as yours but they were funny. Thanks for the opportunity to possibly win the DK Craft book.

  84. #83 - Linda Pescho says:

    I love the “Crafts” book. There are still so many things crafted that I want to try.Thank you so much for bringing it to our attention.

  85. #84 - Heather says:

    Love DK! This looks like a fantastic book. Thanks for the giveaway contest!

  86. #85 - Liz M. says:

    Thanks for the giveaway! I’d love to add this to my collection!

  87. #86 - Melanie says:

    This is great! It definitely looks like a must have technique book!

  88. #87 - Rebekah Hayes says:

    I literally got that excited feeling of anticipation when I learned about this new book. You know the kind you used to get wondering about what Santa was going to leave for you at Christmas? Yeah, like that! I want to have this book so I can attempt ALL of the projects. I have many other DK books and agree that they are the greatest when it comes to helping you DIY. I’m keeping my fingers crossed!

  89. #88 - Christina P. says:

    What a great book. I hope my library gets a copy!

  90. #89 - Julie Snodgrass says:

    Love that the book covers so many different crafts! I could never just focus on one.

  91. #90 - Diana says:

    I am looking forward to geting this book in my hands!