Paper Artist, Creations Kids Can Fold, Tear, Wear or Share: A Review

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Authors: Gail D. Green, Kara L. Laughlin and Jennifer Philips
Genre: non-fiction, crafts, hobbies, papercrafts, childrens, teenage
First Published: 2013 by Capstone Young Readers
Pages: 114 (advance ebook version)

Paper craft is one of the few areas of craft that I don’t have any experience in. I am eager to learn some paper craft skills and I have started gathering supplies to make cards and a junk journal, but when I saw this book I fell in love with the heart hangings on the front cover and knew instantly that I wanted to see what else it had to offer.

When I first looked inside this book I was amazed at the range of projects that are covered and how many of them I wanted to do! There are 53 projects in the book and it covers everything from paper jewellery and accessories to bookend and other sorts of home décor. The book is divided into four sections, which are, Adorable Accessories; Pretty Presents; Classy Keepsakes and Dazzling Decorations.

The book claims that it is suitable for a 9-13 years readership, although, having worked with 9-year-olds, I’m not sure that the projects would be suitable or appealing for the lower end of the age bracket. To me, the projects seemed directed more towards young teens for 12-15 but obviously it would depend on the individual child’s ability and tastes. Saying this, however, even at 21 several of the projects appeal to me and I am eager to try them, suggesting that this book is also suitable for those of us who are still pre-teens at heart!

The instructions for the projects are really straight forward and are broken down into steps (usually ten or less per project) and each step is usually only one or two sentences. Each project is set across a double page, with a full page photograph of the finished project on one side with the instructions on the facing page which means no flicking backwards and forwards to check that it is all going to plan! There are also step by step photo instructions for more difficult elements which run across the bottom of the page with the written instructions.

The primary list of materials is nice and short with only nine items, most of which parents or crafters are likely to have to hand with very few additional supplies required for a few of the projects. There are no additional tips and techniques mentioned in the book, so everything you need for the project is set out on the double page spread, once again saving flicking backwards and forwards. The lack of specialist instructions also highlights how ideal the projects are for children or beginners as you don’t require any prior knowledge or additional information to be able to complete them.

I absolutely love this book and I can’t wait to get my hands on a print copy. It is a fantastic book for anyone who wants to turn their hand a paper crafts, regardless of age but it is also a great one for parents to work through with their kids. Overall I would say that the projects are pretty female oriented and it isn’t one that has a lot to offer young boys, although, a few of the projects could easily be adapted to be more ‘masculine’ if you were working with a boy and a girl at the same time.

Rating: 10/10

I received this book as a free Advanced E-Reader Copy from NetGalley.  This book is available to buy now in both the US and the UK.

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