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Craft-a-Day: 365 Simple Handmade Projects

3.05  ·  Rating Details  ·  185 Ratings  ·  65 Reviews
Make something new every day of the year! Craft-a-Day offers daily inspiration along with weekly themes to kick-start your creativity. Make magnets, cupcake toppers, garlands, cards, wall art, finger puppets, and more! With 52 different themes, from rainbows and snowmen to ladybugs and groundhogs, you’ll find fun and cuteness on every page. Author Sarah Goldschadt provides ...more
Hardcover, 432 pages
Published October 2nd 2012 by Quirk Books
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Oct 18, 2012 Carmine rated it it was ok
Shelves: crafts-diy
I guess I thought 365 projects meant 365 different ideas, but it is more like 7 or 8 crafts.... repeated with a different theme every week of the year and they aren't kidding about 'simple.' One of those craft ideas is to cut that week's shape out of paper (like a rainbow or a robot or fish) and glue it to a Popsicle stick and stick it in a potted plant. Our household just doesn't really need that many little paper items stuck in our plants. The other ideas which are repeated each week are card, ...more
Lexi Wright
Jan 11, 2013 Lexi Wright rated it it was amazing
Shelves: diy, nonfiction
I grew up gorging on make-and-do books from the '70s, so simple crafts make me feel cozy and nostalgic and like I'm spending my time the absolute best way possible. Everything about this guide makes me smile: The shapes and themes of the weekly crafts, the easy-but-cool way the projects are presented, the gorgeous photography.

I've given this book to crafter friends, wannabe-crafter friends, and friends and family with kids. I've used it for the last three parties I've been to and thrown. Craft-
Miss Jessica
Dec 04, 2012 Miss Jessica rated it it was ok
Shelves: craft
The person who would love this book is someone who makes A LOT of cupcakes.

Overall, the book is cute, if ridiculously redundant. Yes, there is a craft a day, and they are super simple. Most would take only a few minutes. However, the formula for each chapter goes as follows: Take a cute thing (i.e. fox, cat, rain, circle) make it a card, make it a mobile, make it a cake topper, make it a garland, make it a finger puppet. With very little variation outside of those ideas.

May 04, 2013 Kate rated it did not like it
Shelves: craft-a-holic
If you are more creative than a piece of sheetrock, you will probably be able to muster more creative projects than the tiny number ('way, 'way less than 365) that are in this book. If you are more intelligent than, say, the common earthworm, you will not need "directions" or lists of supplies for anything in this book. Well, the title does say "simple", does it not? Many reviewers here say, when Ms. Goldschadt "says 'simple', she means simple." I beg to differ. These are not "simple handmade pr ...more
Jan 07, 2013 Laura rated it it was ok
At the risk of sounding like I'm just copying other reviews, this book is nothing at all like it's advertised. It's not 365 projects - it's more like 20, you just make them many times with different shapes. And unless you either attend or host birthday parties every week, there's really no reason to make a garland, two kinds of cards, a cake topper, and cupcake toppers every week. And while it's cute to make a snowflake garland, do you really need garlands in the shape of ladybugs? Hexagons? Hea ...more
May 25, 2014 Kerli rated it really liked it
I opened this book yesterday in the bookshop and wasn't that impressed actually. It looked interesting outside, but a bit bland inside. However, I flipped through it and became more interested. I liked the themed weeks, some of the themes were really funny - don't you just love the moustache? - and it really was easy stuff to make. What really got me was the witch hat hair clip. I bought it. As many people have said, if you like making stuff anyway, it's maybe not for you. But as I am trying to ...more
Aug 05, 2014 Katie rated it really liked it
This is a great little book full of very quick projects that require just basic materials. They are cute and simple but practical. Cards, wall art, ornaments, felt animals, decorations, onesies, and cupcake toppers are some of the types of projects.

It's broken down into weeklong themes with seven projects using one object. For example, cloud week has a cloud mobile, cloud T-shirt, cloud card, and a few others. There are probably only 30 or so different projects. Even though they aren't all show
Oct 29, 2012 Stephanie rated it it was ok
Shelves: crafty, nonfiction
cute. definitely simple crafts, but with their simplicity comes a redundancy and I don't think you needed a book this big for that.

I think, perhaps, this would have been better if aimed towards a younger audience, like children. errrr...
Apr 06, 2014 Pamela rated it did not like it
Shelves: range5, activities, crafts
I love to do simple crafts and this book looked attractive and very promising offering one craft for every day of the year. However, my expectations were soon shattered as the first crafts focused around one thing -- a snowflake. You have snowflake barrette, a mini-snowflake stamp, a paper snowflake mobile, snowflake wall art, mini snowflake toppers, snowflake card, and a snowflake garland card. Then on project eight you start the fox projects -- fox finger project, felt fox ornament, fox topper ...more
Jan 22, 2016 Sonya rated it really liked it
I am in a happy mail group and this book has some great ideas that seem fun and quick to make that will really accent the mail I send out. A lot of the quick handmade projects look like the Dollar Spot items found at Target! Instead of spending money on those sets you can make one of these fun projects for yourself and send one to a friend. I made a few of these projects after I looked through the book tonight. If you are a fan of handmade projects both making and receiving them you will love th ...more
Shala Kerrigan
Oct 02, 2012 Shala Kerrigan rated it it was amazing
Shelves: crafts, make-it
Craft-A-Day: 365 Simple Handmade Projects by Sarah Goldschadt lives up to it's title. The projects are simple. They don't take a big investment in time or materials. They fit into busy lives well, and are ideal for craft parties or crafting with young people.

It's a lovely book, the projects are very well photographed, not crammed all together on the pages, at 426 full color pages, each project gets it's own page with well written instructions. They are charming and put me in mind of zakka type c
Lilac Wolf
Sep 28, 2012 Lilac Wolf rated it it was amazing
From Lilac Wolf and Stuff

I do love this book. It's full of cute and simple crafts that my boys and I adore and can't wait to get started on. I want to make all the felt ornaments for the Christmas tree, they want me to make all the felt stuffed animals for them. And CW wants me to do the paper sailboat cake for his birthday. Ivan chose diamonds.

Do you get what happened when that book arrived. They have both been through the whole thing at least twice. And they get mad when I sit down to look thr
Aug 20, 2013 Megan rated it really liked it
Craft-a-Day is an adorable book with directions for kids and parents to make a craft every day for a year. Each week is split up into thematic weeks, like star week or rabbit week etc. Some in line with holidays so the paper and fabric crafts you will be creating and hanging up will match the time of year.

The Good:
- Oodles of things to do, easy to work into a daily routine
- Ordered thematically
- Easy to do alone or with adult assistance
- Made with lots of things you have on hand
- Several crafts
Mar 07, 2015 Alyse rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Really cute easy crafts for all ages and skill levels. The only downside is many of the crafts are repeats of the same type of craft...numerous versions of cake topper and magnets. Other than that this book is pretty cut and would be great for use in a teen library program.
Feb 21, 2015 Rachel rated it did not like it
One of the "crafts" was triangle shaped cupcake flags / toppers.

Lots of repetition - each week there is a cupcake topper, mobile, and wall art.

Not only wouldn't I buy this book, but I'd tell my library to spend their money on something better.
May 08, 2014 Carmen rated it liked it
Some really cute ideas, but as several other reviewers have said, it is rather repetitive. There are a lot of templates, but nothing that you couldn't find something similar for free on the internet.
Nov 08, 2012 Tracey rated it liked it
The book is supercute and fun to flip through although most of the projects are geared towards those hoping to make disposable crafts and I would prefer to make items that are more durable and can be used year after year. Also, while there is a new template for each week many of the crafts (cupcake toppers, cards, etc.) are repeated week after week so I feel like there were maybe two dozen actual crafts rather than 365 crafts. However, with that said, the templates from the book could be used to ...more
Feb 08, 2013 Slee rated it it was ok
It's great if you like someone else's templates, rather than suggestions, telling you what to do every day kind of like elementary school art class. By the end of the year you'll have fifty two themes worth of crafts, and you'll have looked at some creative goodies a little differently.
In the end though, I didn't want to do most of the crafts, and by about week three I found myself thinking that I do craft every day and these are too redundant to be entertaining for me.
So it was just "meh" for
Apr 16, 2013 Jennifer rated it really liked it
Shelves: want, eyecandy, 2013
Unless you're sitting down with the necessary supplies ready to make the craft, you honestly don't so much read this book as you do flip through it and enjoy the photographs.

It's bright and colorful and simple and cute-- all great words when it comes to crafts--and features weekly themes instead of a unique and individual craft for each day, which is actually pretty great for people like me who tend to find something and stick with it until we move on to the next obsession.

Because this book is b
Marissa García
May 14, 2014 Marissa García rated it it was amazing
Shelves: craftastic, crafting
This is a really excellent, easy to use resource. I created a whole assortment of goodies with the kids in my tween craft club using the patterns.

HappiMess Media
Nov 03, 2015 HappiMess Media rated it did not like it
Shelves: abandoned
"365 simple projects" is right. This book didn't do much for me. The projects are pretty one-note in their repetitive nature (e.g., Before I got to March and had seen at least three cupcake toppers) and didn't see much inspiration here, as the projects involve cutting a particular shape out of paper or felt for a week -- that did not need to be said for 52 weeks. This book would best benefit someone who doesn't feel very creative at all but wants to become that way, so he/she brings this book to ...more
Jan 30, 2014 Candace rated it did not like it
I am so disappointed with this book. The cover just begs to be opened, but what you find inside is not 365 crafts. There are more like only 10 crafts, repeated over and over with different animals. Plus they are not projects that I would do over and over, like cupcake toppers or party decor. I mean really, how many parties do you throw in a year?
Apr 21, 2014 Jawa rated it did not like it
Shelves: library-books
I was so disappointed with this book. The craft projects seem poorly made to me and it's repetetive.
Mary Lynn
Mar 18, 2015 Mary Lynn rated it it was ok
Cute but just the same craft repeated with different themes. Should've been a magazine article.
Jan 24, 2016 Jessica rated it it was amazing
Love the craft ideas and it's great that the book contains the templates!!
Jan 14, 2015 Tindle rated it really liked it
Simple themed crafts that will make you wish you had more kids in your life!
Oct 22, 2012 Nancy rated it liked it
Shelves: crafts
This was a cute book despite some of the crafts looking oddly like they came straight from the Ikea designers, but it was filled with simple, repetitive ideas which are easily done. Some of my favorites were the paper garlands (stars, circles, oblongs, and leafs made with various sizes and shades) as well as the 3D paper crafts (pine trees and Christmas ornaments made by cutting out multiples of the same image, folding each in half, and gluing all together at the outside spine of the fold), all ...more
Apr 20, 2016 Simonew rated it liked it
lots of the same project - variations of the same design
Aug 11, 2015 Meril rated it it was ok
Shelves: crafts
Exactly what it says: 365 craft projects organized by 52 weekly themes. Most of the projects are just repeats of each other with different motifs: ornaments, felt plush, cards, garland, cupcake picks, bobby pins, and gift tags predominate. Everything is very simple and despite this book not being targeted to child crafters, most of the projects can be done (some with assistance) by children who are able to cut, trace, glue, sew, and follow simple instructions.
Bert Klimas
Feb 02, 2013 Bert Klimas rated it did not like it
I had to wait in the library line for this book so my anticipation was high. I had nothing to go on other than the title.

It turns out to be the perfect example of why I love my library. I'd have been mad at myself if I'd spent the $24 cover price on it. The crafts are primarily of a type that would appeal to children too young to do anything other than watch them being made. Felt and construction paper, minor variations on very simple themes.

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Sarah (pronounced SAH-RAH) Goldschadt is a Danish American print and digital freelance Art Director who loves to make things, travel and take pictures. She was born and spent all her childhood summers in Copenhagen, Denmark. She grew up in St. Paul, Minnesota and attended Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. During her 10 year career in magazines she’s worked for Food Network Magazine, Do it Your ...more
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