Arts & Crafts Ages 11+

  • 500 Kids Art Ideas

    This fun, visual reference features arts and crafts projects for adults and children to do together. With an emphasis on recycled materials and nature, a wide range of art is covered.

    From making dolls and edible treats to sculpting and printmaking, everything is simple enough to recreate, but also up to interpretation. Add your own creative twist to make them your own and ask your child to do the same! Not only will you be engaging your children and activating their imagination, but also teaching them critical skills.

  • Art Play

    Play with art like never before in this exciting new activity book.

    Marion Deuchars has created a surprising and engaging range of activities and games organised into seven sections of Drawing, Colour, Shapes, Paint, Paper, Printing and Pattern. Each section is not only a great opportunity to play, but also helps to shape and form artistic ability and confidence.

    Discover the joys of making your own marbled paper. Create your own secret code in pictures. Providing hours of endless fun and exploration, Art Play will bring out the artist in everyone.

  • Camera Book

    Drawing on a great working knowledge of digital processes, The Camera Book is full of broad-reaching, fun and informative projects.

    Illustrated with a mixture of professionally shot images and some taken by children, to demonstrate the dos and don'ts (or the 'good' and the 'even better'). The book also shows kids taking their pictures and setting up their shots.

    • Take fun pics with friends, or make great gifts
    • Simple effects, making photo gifts, great photo album ideas
    • Simple camera tricks (holding up a large building, friends standing on your hand)
    • Includes simple stills cameras and mobile phones plus easy videoing and film making

  • Draw, Paint, Print Like the Great Artists

    In this imaginative activity book, Marion Deuchars makes learning about art fun.

    Young readers are introduced to more than 30 great artists, then encouraged to try out the techniques that lie behind their greatest works. Short and accessible facts about each artist's life and works are followed by creative projects that Marion has devised based on the artist's particular techniques.

    Take your pencil for a walk in the spirit of Paul Klee, experiment with colour like Joan Miro or create your own surrealist-inspired artwork.

  • DVD Yes I Can Sew!
    Five-year-olds can sew! This DVD leads children through the first steps of learning to hand sew by narrating the process of sewing a felt bird in language that children can understand.

    Part one of the video teaches children about the tools and materials involved in sewing, how to thread needles and the process of sewing and stuffing the felt bird. They watch as a book is being read to them with live action of children sewing inserted where appropriate to hold attention.

    Part two features a young boy hand sewing his own stuffed bird.

    Part three shows children how to make their very own patterns for future projects.

    DVD: 32 min. The DVD also comes with printable patterns for many animal, celestial and other shapes and a list for materials.

  • Fabric, Paper, Thread

    Kids can express your creative spirit! Whether you're super crafty or have never even picked up a needle and thread, you'll find something here that you just have to make! Ever gotten bored with one of your tee shirts or tote bags? Learn how to transform them into unique pieces all your own using embroidery stitches and super simple appliqué.

    • Make 26 colourful projects to use, wear, give and brighten your space
    • Choose a no-sew project like a colourful tasselled bead necklace or a cool notepad covered in your favourite fabric
    • Crafts to do with your friends or on the go

  • Face Painting

    This book contains everything you need to start face painting with a huge variety of fun faces to choose from: go for a wild animal and paint a giraffe or tiger; a dainty Snow Queen or pretty Flower Garland; scare your friends with a terrifying Zombie or a nasty Witch.

    Clear, step-by-step photographic instructions mean that all the faces are easy to follow and try, plus there are tips and suggestions for ways to tweak the designs. All projects use a set colour palette and are carefully chosen to appeal to girls and boys alike.

    A 'techniques and materials' section outlines everything you need to start face painting, from paints, to different brushes and sponges. Tips and techniques are described so you can practise your painting skills before your begin.

  • Finger Knitting Fun

    Finger Knitting Fun is perfect for children learning how to knit with fingers is the best way to start crafting without cumbersome needles!

    All you need is some yarn and your hands to create modern and sophisticated knitted strands that you can use in any project around the house or everyday fashion from jewellery and wearable accessories to wall art, gifts and room decorations. Features include:

    • A wonderful resource with the basics of finger knitting
    • Illustrated, step-by-step instructions
    • 28 projects, which use yarn and other exciting materials to make with the beautiful fabric that you create

  • Gertie's New Fashion Sketchbook

    Being able to sketch is an essential part of fashion design and sewing; a good sketch shows the designer/sewist how a garment's proportion, style lines, and colours will work on the body. Most designers sketch their designs on top of "croquis," or pre-printed body outlines. However, until now, the standard croquis for women have shown elongated, stick-thin, unnaturally proportioned and off-balance bodies.

    Gertie's New Fashion Sketchbook reinvents the traditional croquis for the 21st century, with hundreds of croquis depicting realistically sized and proportioned body shapes in balanced, life-like poses. Also included are an overview of the design and sketching process and a visual history of garment component styles to empower designers/sewists to create sketches for fashion that will be flattering for women of all shapes and sizes.

  • Get Lettering

    Explore your creative side with the cool tasks in this book! Rian Hughes will show you how to:

    • Make words look like their meanings
    • Use serifs to give your words 'funny feet'
    • Create a maze made from letters
    • Draw fancy initials and monograms
    • Design logos
    • And much Get Lettering!

    Recommended for ages 11+.

  • Get Mapmaking

    Explore your creative side with the cool tasks in this book! Rian Hughes will show you how to:

    • Map your room
    • Plan a secret passage
    • Make a treasure map
    • Create constellations
    • Plot out a secret garden
    • Draw a weather map
    • And much Get Mapmaking!

    Recommended for ages 11+.

  • Get Quilting with Angela & Cloe

    Best-selling author Angela Walters and her daughter, Cloe, join forces to teach preteens and teens the basics of quiltmaking.

    The dynamic mother–daughter duo guides kids step-by-step through making their very first quilt. Readers will tackle 14 projects to keep or give as gifts, including stylish bedroom decor, such as pillow covers, rugs and T-shirt quilts.

    Angela’s eye for design and her approachable teaching style is the perfect complement to Cloe’s kid-approved fabric choices and projects. With skill-builders and plenty of how-to photos, kids can finally bring their imaginative creations to life!

    • 14 modern skill-building projects, such as pot holders, place mats, a quilted water bottle holder and a lot of quilts
    • The basics of patchwork and appliqué, gathering supplies, rotary cutting (both left- and right-handed) and more
    • How-to photos and page references make it easy to find help

  • I Can Make Dolls' Clothes

    I Can Make Dolls’ Clothes is an easy-to-follow pattern book certain to keep creative youngsters entertained for hours as they create a full wardrobe for their standard (12 inch) dolls.

    The approach is simple, quick and fun, and the results are extremely stylish. Budding fashionistas can follow the patterns and clear instructions to make all kinds of garments and accessories for their dolls, using basic materials such as scraps of fabric, sequins and a needle and thread.

    Throughout, young seamstresses and designers are encouraged to be creative and adapt the patterns to make their own designs. Actual-size patterns include a tunic top, a knee-length coat, an A-line skirt, a faux-fur jacket, a skater skirt, a day dress, a party dress, an evening purse and a fringed bag.

    Illustrations of each step and of dolls modelling the finished clothes provide guidance and inspiration, plus there is a section on the basics of sewing, including how to thread a needle, do a running stitch, and sew on buttons.

  • Ms. Figgy's Garment School for Girls

    Learn how to make super-cute clothes from scratch that all your friends will want! Patterns are included so that you can change necklines, sleeve styles, and skirt shapes, while learning how different fabrics drape and feel.

    • Step-by-step photos guide you through making a new wardrobe
    • Learn how to use any patterns and sew with lots of different fabrics
    • Create a totally new look just by choosing different sleeves, necklines, and lengths on clothes you make yourself

  • Planes: A Complete History

    Planes: A Complete History is a spectacular flight through aviation with 50 iconic planes, from the 1903 Wright Flyer to the 2009 Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

    You can build a 3D plane history by making 50 fabulous press-out-and-fold models that feature the most innovative and iconic planes in history. After the model pages are removed, you have a compact, colourful, information-packed plane history to keep. This contains production details plus key features of each plane.

    Recommended for ages 10+.

  • Pretty Hands & Sweet Feet

    Featuring colourful, step-by-step nail art designs for both fingers and toes, Pretty Hands & Sweet Feet is the quintessential DIY resource for fashion-forward style mavens of all ages.

    Aspiring nail artists will learn about the many tools and materials used to create nail art, as well as how to use basic techniques to create desired patterns and styles. Feature easy-to-follow, step-by-step nail art tutorials that are youthful, trendy and approachable for beginning nail artists to achieve. Bonus design templates are included for new ideas and extra practice.

  • Rubber Band Engineer

    Discover unexpected ways to turn common materials into crafty contraptions that range from surprisingly simple to curiously complex. In vivid colour photos, you'll be guided to create slingshot rockets, unique catapults and even hydraulic-powered machines. Whether you build one or all 19 of these designs, you'll feel like an ingenious engineer when you're through.

    Best of all, you don't need to be an experienced tinkerer to make any of the projects. All you need are household tools and materials, such as paper clips, pencils, paint stirrers and ice pop sticks. Oh, and rubber bands. Lots of rubber bands. So grab your glue gun, pull out your pliers, track down your tape and get started on the challenging, fun and rewarding journey toward becoming a rubber band engineer.

    Recommended for ages 11+.

  • Sew a Backyard Adventure

    Get your kids camping, playing, and exploring with 21 fun-to-make projects that provide countless hours of indoor and outdoor enjoyment for both boys and girls. Everything you need to outfit a child to go adventuring is here: backpacks, teepees, sleeping bags, sun hats, cargo vests and shorts, outdoor-themed bedroom sets with quilts and much more.

    • Encourage children to put down their electronics and discover the joy of the outdoors
    • Projects include detailed, step-by-step instructions and template patterns
    • Bonus activities include finger puppets and reference cards

  • Surrealism for Kids

    The surrealists loved inventing and playing games with words and pictures. The Queensland Art Gallery Children's Art Centre has chosen some of their most surreal games and activities for you to try out at home.

    Suitable for ages 4 and up, this title encourages children to have fun! Games include:

    • Andre Breton: Exquisite corpse
    • Max Ernst: Surrealist collage & Frottage
    • Tristan Tzara: To make a Dadaist poem
    • Jean Arp: Torn paper collage
    • Andre Masson: Automatic drawing
    • Salvador Dali: Slumber with key
    • Oscar Dominguez: Decalcomania
    • Jean-Claude Silbermann: Directions for use

  • Tangled Up!

    After reviewing a few basic tools and materials, along with basic techniques and embellishments helpful for getting started, tweens will embark on a creative journey through a variety of prompts, patterns and projects guided by talented artist and teacher Penny Raile.

    Featured subject matter includes tangling on and working unique patterns into flowers, fish, butterflies, peacocks and other animals. Aspiring artists will learn to create expressive, personalized art pieces relevant to their daily life, including illuminated letters, tangly tattoo art and even tangled origami.

    Recommended for ages 10+.