Re-using and recycling can be productive. This timely how-to book offers instructions for 95 projects using old papers, plastic bags and containers, retired clothes and pieces of fabric, bits of metal, jars and jar lids and other finds from the junk pile. From scrap paper picture frames to a purse made from an old hardcover book, the environmentally conscious author provides a wide variety of projects for young crafters. There are bags and boxes and storage bins, planters and lampshades, bracelets and even a T-shirt rug. Organized into chapters by basic material, the projects are labeled easy, medium and hard, and the amount of time they might require is shown with one to three clock faces. Each finished product is clearly pictured. Instructions are presented like recipes, beginning with the necessary materials and equipment, and going on with step-by-step instructions and clearly drawn diagrams. Procedures range from simple paper folding to complex ones requiring hand sewing (an introduction shows basic stitchery), use of a glue gun, cutting difficult materials and very careful measurements. Occasionally the author suggests adult supervision. Like many "green" suggestions, some projects may use more energy than they save. Hot water and a dryer are used to felt old wool sweaters. A long period of hot ironing fuses plastic bags. Handy preteens and teens looking for new ideas for old stuff may find just what they need, but they'll have to flip through—there's no index. (Handicrafts. 10-16)Copyright Kirkus 2011 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.
Lively photos and clear instructions encourage readers to transform scrap materials into new objects. The nearly 100 projects vary in skill: diagonally cutting a cereal box creates an easy magazine holder, while, by using old T-shirts, readers can create drawstring bags. More challenging activities include a plastic jug lampshade and paint can-lid clock. Sewing novices can learn the basics through a stitching tutorial to make objects like a blanket from old sweaters; projects requiring tools or other advanced skills advise adult assistance. The results are often quite attractive, and crafty kids will likely be motivated by Threadgould's clever and creative ideas. Ages 8-up. (Apr.)[Page ]. Copyright 2010 PWxyz LLC
Gr 3 Up--This is a fairly extensive recycled-crafts book with 95 projects arranged in six general categories. The crafts are arranged by material, e.g., paper, plastic, fabric, metal, glass, and a miscellaneous category. Everything readers would expect to find in this type of book is here: rolled-paper beads, decorated jars, and bottle-top magnets. Threadgould includes a few clever original ideas, like eyeglass picture frames and a CD case photo spinner. Each activity is marked with an expected completion time and skill level--easy, medium, or hard. The easy ones can be accomplished by grade-school children, while the more difficult projects are better suited for teens, and many require the use of tools such as tin snips or a hammer. Threadgould's instructions are thorough but wordy, so grade-school children may have a hard time wading through them without adult assistance. Each craft has one color photograph of the completed product, but the step-by-step instructions are illustrated with line drawings. Unfortunately, these drawings are not always positioned on the page near the written instructions, so crafters must look back and forth across the page, or even across a page turn. Laurie Goldrich Wolf's Recyclo-Gami (Running Pr., 2011) has fewer ideas, but the instructions are a little easier to follow. This book is not a bad choice for those looking for a more extensive collection of recycled craft ideas.--Donna Cardon, Provo City Library, UT[Page 131]. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.