Unexpected DIY

by Melleny T.

I grew up in an extremely crafty family. My great grandma was the boss of crocheting dresses for dish soap bottles, and my mom went through a phase when she thought everything was better with a bird on it (preferably a chicken).

If you want to learn these types of traditional crafts, Sno-Isle Libraries has plenty of books to keep you busy. Those books aren’t what you’ll find here.

I prefer crafts that are a little … different. So I’ve gathered some books of DIY projects that are perhaps not what you’d expect.


Crafting with Cat Hair by Kaori Tsutaya

If sheep can lend their coats to craft projects, why not cats? The process is labor intensive, and you do need quite a lot of cat hair. But isn’t it worth it to be able to make a cat toy for your cat made out of your cat?




Homemade for Hamsters by Carin Oliver

Who knew a hamster could lead such a pampered life? After browsing this book, you may need to go out and get a hamster just so you can make these painfully adorable accessories. Side note: This author also has a book called Cat Castles.


Dude Crafts by Mike Warren

Although I object to the idea that only dudes would enjoy these crafts, it’s true that they definitely will appeal to dudes. Many of the strange and hilarious (and sometimes surprisingly practical) DIY projects are based on tools and alcoholic beverages, sometimes both at the same time (see jigsaw martini shaker).




I hope you’ll get inspired to make something unexpected. Be sure to comment with any additional books that you’ve found, so I can update my collection.


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8 responses to “Unexpected DIY”

  1. Kimberly says:

    Cat Castles by Carin Oliver.

  2. Dan Reeder, from Seattle, is the KING of papier & cloth mache. The library has one of his books, but we used to have his one on how to make dragons, too. It’s worth checking out his site, it’s AMAZING the art he creates: https://gourmetpapermache.com/

  3. Alez says:

    Based on your entries here, I feel you would probably be entertained by the tasks that make up GISH (Greatest International Scavenger Hunt, formerly GWISHES). In 2018 one of the tasks was to create a celebrity portrait using your pet’s hair.

    I might have to check out some of these books to give me a jump start for thinking about ways to meet the tasks for GISH 2019.

  4. Readiculous says:

    The cat hair book!

    My mother and aunt were always busy crafting everything from dolls to conceal spare rolls of toilet paper to ponchos and pants too lacy to provide protection. I still have a few treasures made by each of them, including a Sunbonnet Sue quilt and a couple of hand-knit sweaters.

    Another unusual DIY crafting book is Feminist Felties by Missy Covington. Even if you don’t make any of the projects within, you will probably get a chuckle out of them.

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