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Best Craft Books -- Review of 200 Craft Projects Made Easy

Updated on October 8, 2014

200 Craft Projects Made Easy

The crafts book 200 Craft Projects Made Easy lives up to its name. This book is chockfull of craft projects ranging from beadwork to printing fabric to ceramics to making mosaics and so much more. The instructions are simple to read and follow, and the projects themselves are nearly all something I'd like to make if I had the time and stuff!

If you want to give a crafter (that could be you!) a book that they can refer to again and again, look no further. This is the right book!

I made the mobile shown here using the Tin-can Insects project directions under the Tinwork section.

Photo Credit: Peggy Hazelwood

A Craft Book That Is Easy To Use - Most of the projects in this book are simple to make.

Pieces Cut from Aluminum Cans
Pieces Cut from Aluminum Cans

This craft book has 200 projects that are mostly easy enough for anyone to tackle. And the projects are beautiful, useful items suitable to use in your home or to give as gifts.

Like any good reference or project book, this one has easy to follow directions and color photos of steps and/or the completed project. This allows you to see how to do instead of just referring to the written directions.

Nineteen pages of templates are provided in the back of the book that you can trace then enlarge, reduce, or use the size they are to complete these projects. Many of the craft projects use similar tools like tracing paper, scissors, glue, and so on making it affordable to craft till the cows come home.

Crafts Made Easy: 200 Projects - By Simona Hill

I have this book and have added sticky notes on numerous pages for upcoming projects.

Most of these projects are all easy and doable, don't take a lot of expensive supplies, and can be finished quickly. All important factors for this slacking crafter!

Tin Can Insects - One of the 200 craft projects inside this book. Click a small image to enlarge it.

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Mobile / whirly gig made from an Arizona green tea can.Cut off top and bottom of can with scissors!Cut insects from pattern in book. Curl antenna & wings round nose pliers.Punch holes, use invisible cord & stopper beads above and below insects.Three strands of insects tied to rusty metal bar fluttering in the breeze.
Mobile / whirly gig made from an Arizona green tea can.
Mobile / whirly gig made from an Arizona green tea can.
Cut off top and bottom of can with scissors!
Cut off top and bottom of can with scissors!
Cut insects from pattern in book. Curl antenna & wings round nose pliers.
Cut insects from pattern in book. Curl antenna & wings round nose pliers.
Punch holes, use invisible cord & stopper beads above and below insects.
Punch holes, use invisible cord & stopper beads above and below insects.
Three strands of insects tied to rusty metal bar fluttering in the breeze.
Three strands of insects tied to rusty metal bar fluttering in the breeze.

Craft Supplies for Tin-can Insects

You don't need much to make the tin can insects shown in the photos above.

Only a few items are needed to make the Tin-can Insects project in the book 200 Craft Projects Made Easy.

Decorating Glass -- Craft Supplies - Decorate Glass with Glass Paints

The glass painting techniques in this book are simple enough that just about anyone can do them. Projects include Sunlight Catcher, Frosted Vase, French-lavender Flower Vase, and Door Number Plaque.

Beadwork -- Craft Supplies - Beading doesn't just mean jewelry!

Make one of the beautiful beadwork projects in 200 Craft Projects Made Easy with simple craft supplies. The Glittering Window Decoration in the Beadwork section is a beaded curtain suitable for a single window such as in a bathroom or kitchen.

Mosaics -- Craft Supplies - Make mosaic picture frames, flower pots, and more

Mosaics made with pieces of glass, stone, or other objects grouted together make beautiful pieces of art. They can be for the home or garden. This book features several lovely mosaic projects.

Simona Hill - More Books by This Talented Crafter and Writer

From the book 200 Craft Projects Made Easy:

Simona Hill is a craftsperson, writer and editor. She is the author of Painted Pots, Making Garden Ornaments, and Ribbons and Folk Art Gifts (all published by Southwater). She was consultant editor for Decorative Tinware and Decorating Ceramics.

Affiliate Disclosure

This author, Peggy Hazelwood, participates in Amazon, eBay, All Posters, and other affiliate advertising programs. When you click an advertising link on this page and make a purchase, I receive a small percent of the sale. Thank you for reading this far!

What craft project have you recently completed or hope to finish soon?

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      recently we have completed a online handi craft project but i want some feeed back for this

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      Jenn Dixon 6 years ago from PA

      I actually have this book and really like it!

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      Virginia Allain 6 years ago from Central Florida

      Congrats on being featured on So Crafty!

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