I adore craft books. I have craft books from my childhood that are in tattered shreds, because they have been so thoroughly loved. I had never tried microcrafting, so I was thrilled to receive a copy of Microcrafts: Tiny Treasures to Make and Share to review on this blog. I hadn’t made any small-scale crafts since Bolivia, so it was fun to give tiny another go. The book boasts 25 different projects, so I had a nice selection to choose from!
This little cat was fairly straightforward – at less than an inch tall, the greatest challenge may be cutting him out – or perhaps keeping track of the pieces! I lost this little guy at least three times! I left off the tail (sheer laziness; plus I think it looks like a cat without the tail), but added whiskers. =)
For Lily, I made a bottle-cap frame necklace – with a picture of her inside. I didn’t have an 8-10mm jump ring or a necklace chain, so I improvised and used sugru and some ribbon instead. It worked nicely, for a child’s necklace. I would definitely go with the jump ring and necklace chain for an adult!
Emma and Johnny both chose to make miniature books. They refused to follow the instructions, so their books didn’t turn out as finished (or quite as tiny) as those in the book. But, the book inspired them to make these, which they were able to put together with minimal help, where following the book instructions would have required a great deal of help from me!
Emma’s book features various fairies (of course):
And Johnny’s features various robots (of course):
Microcrafts has a lovely selection of tiny crafts, all clearly explained. Many of the crafts can be adapted easily to suit individual taste and crafting experience. This means that even three-year-old Johnny can look through the book and find a project that he wants to make, and then adapt it into something that is feasible for his tiny hands. It also means that there are projects that interest me, Emma, Johnny, and all three of us!
I love that these crafts are tiny enough that require few materials and can easily be slipped into a snail mail letter as a cute surprise. Most use items that most crafty people would have on hand, but a couple required special materials – most notably clear temporary-tattoo inkjet waterslide-decal paper. If you love tiny, and you love crafts, you’ll enjoy this book!
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