Hands up if you’re making gifts for your family and friends this Christmas?
In 2015 we saw a return to the trend of doing things ourselves. Why would you buy Christmas crackers from the store if you can make it yourself and add that extra personal touch? Who doesn’t love a sweater or a throw pillow lovingly crocheted by someone close to you? What’s a home without a garden, especially if it grew from your own fingertips?
We’ve compiled a list of seven fabulous DIY books that were published this year. They will either make the perfect gift, or inspire you to create something unique for your loved ones this festive season.
Have a look at the DIY books of 2015:
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SuzelleDIY: The Book gives DIY a humorous twist. Julia Anastasopoulos, aka Suzelle, shows us how to deal with household chores, maintain your car, live green, make braai day a day to remember and how to minimise the hours you spend in the kitchen. Marianne, her friend, joins her and takes a special interest in our furry friends. The DIY diva also shares her DIY and beauty secrets, while also entertaining us with the best recipes from her kitchen. DIY? Because anybody can.
2. Jane’s Delicious Urban Gardening
Do you love living in the city but dream about growing your own wholesome fruit and vegetables? South Africa’s organic gardening guru, Jane Griffiths, shows you just how easy it is to achieve a flourishing food garden, no matter how small your space.
Jane’s Delicious Urban Gardening is packed with inspirational ideas and practical information on all aspects of urban eco living.
3. Party Time
Party Time is the ultimate party-planning book for parents! It contains 12 fun themes and is jam-packed with inspirational ideas. Planning an exciting party has never been easier! A CD with printable templates for signage and décor is also included.
Not only are there themes for boys and girls but unisex themes have also been included. The parties cater for all budgets. Those recipes that are included are easy to follow and can either serve as a starting point or can be adjusted to suit your specific theme by changing, for example, the colour of the cake icing.
4. Braids: Step by Step
Marie Wivel and Laura Arnesen have known each other since kindergarten. In those days braiding was something they did for fun, but today it has become their passion.
In April 2013, during a school strike in their native Denmark, the two friends decided to try out some new braiding techniques to pass the time. They searched the Internet for different braids and documented their progress on their Instagram account. They were surprised by the many girls who shared their interest!
5. Crochet Know How
Crochet Know How is a guide to the basic techniques and stitches of crocheting, and also offers additional information on how to care for crocheted products.
This book is not only the ideal starting point for those who would like to learn to crochet, but also discusses interesting stitches and could become a handy resource for experienced crafters.
Also available in Afrikaans as Alles oor hekel and Alles oor hekel 2.
6. 50 Upcycling Projects
Upcycling refers to the process of converting old or discarded materials into something useful and beautiful. This 224-page book shows you just that – how to transform trash into treasures. At the hand of Misi Overturf, well-known creative consultant, no less than 50 exciting projects are undertaken ranging from easy to the more advanced. Clear step-by-step instructions and beautiful pictures ensure that the techniques are mastered. The projects cover the whole home and even include the garden.
7. 150 All-Time Favourite Crochet Blocks
150 All-Time Favourite Crochet Blocks brings together the classic patterns of the blocks that all avid crocheters love.
Each crochet block is categorised by skill level, with a crochet chart and row-by-row instructions. A short description focusing on each block’s special features and characteristics has also been included.