Tweens and teens love simple Pinterest-inspired crafts. This is the perfect theme for an organized party or a casual get-together. All you need is a few supplies to host a lazy crafternoon.
I received a complimentary copy of Lazy Crafternoon for review.
Lazy Crafternoon is the newest craft book for tweens and teens. It includes over 50 craft ideas that are simple and fun. Most of them use basic supplies. That makes it a great activity to do hanging out at home with friends or alone.
How to host a lazy crafternoon
A lazy crafternoon is just an afternoon of crafting with no rules.
You can invite a few friends over or just chill on your own. All you need is some basic craft supplies and some snacks and music to enjoy. Plan a specific craft for a group to do together and stock up on the necessary supplies or just wing it and see what you can come up with on the fly.
Some of my best projects started out with a tutorial that I found on a blog and then changed up because I didn’t have all the supplies… and then didn’t do something right. When you aren’t too worried about perfection, I think it’s easier to love what you make.
Lazy Crafternoon craft book
Lazy Crafternoon by Stella Fields is part of the Craft It Yourself series published by Capstone. It has 52 crafts divided into 5 categories: accessories, decorate, study, celebrate, and food.
Projects range from a washi tape phone case and fabric headbands to faux stained glass and painted rocks. The last section has recipes that you can make ahead of time to snack on while you’re crafting.
My daughter is 12, so as soon as the book arrived in the mail, it disappeared. Once I stole the book back from her, here’s what I thought.
My craft book review
Most of the crafts in the book are fairly simple but not little kid-ish, which is great for tweens. I know I find it frustrating to make something and have it come out less than Pinterest pretty, but my tweens also don’t like to make things that are “for little kids.”
The instructions call for common supplies like washi tape, Mod Podge, and other things that you can find at almost any craft or big box store. There are step-by-step instructions that give you a good idea of what to do, but leave plenty of room for personal creativity.
Some of the projects require a little skill and some are best finished with sewing. Most of them are perfect for beginning crafters who might not think they are very creative.
I made a set of yarn-wrapped jars and a paper scrap canvas. I suspect both will be appearing as props in future blog posts, so this book does have some appeal for “older” adult crafters.
The only thing I don’t like about the book is the limited photos. These projects are mostly easy and include some I’ve even made before. For tweens who don’t live on Pinterest, some of the instructions might be a little confusing. All of the photos are supplies or finished projects and I think a few step-by-step photos for specific techniques would have been appreciated.
Buy Lazy Crafternoon
Overall, my daughter and I both really enjoyed Lazy Crafternoon. On unscheduled weekends when we just want to hang out together, I expect this book to come off the shelf for some mother-daughter time.
I recommend this book for any tween who enjoys crafting. If you’re giving it as a gift, pair it with a few supplies. A few rolls of colorful washi tape, cardstock, ribbon or Mod Podge would be fun.
Lazy Crafternoon can be purchased at most bookstores and online at Amazon.com.