Feeling Crafty?

Make your own gifts!

Are you interested in making your own gifts for the holidays? Oakland Public Library can help! We have a broad assortment of craft and baking books for you. From soap making to jewelry making, paper crafts and gifts you can eat there's something for everyone -- even the cats! And if you don't celebrate any particular holiday you'll find plenty of projects to keep you busy during the winter months. 

Skin Care and Candlemaking

101 Homemade ProductsNatural Soap Making for BeginnersCandle Making the Natural Way

101 easy homemade products for your skin, health & home : a nerdy farm wife's all-natural DIY projects using commonly found herbs, flowers & other plants / Jan Berry

The natural soapmaking book for beginners : do-it-yourself soaps using all-natural herbs, spices, and essential oils / Kelly Cable ; photography by Paige Green

Candlemaking the natural way : 31 projects made with soy, palm & beeswax / Rebecca Ittner



The SewistsMakery SewingCrafty Little Things to Sew

The sewists : DIY projects from 20 top designer-makers / Josephine Perry

Makery sewing : over 30 projects for the home, to wear and to give / Kate Smith

Crafty little things to sew : 20 clever sewing projects using scraps & fat quarters / Caroline Fairbanks-Critchfield


General Crafts

 Made by HandHandcrafted ChristmasFuzzy Felted Friends
Lena Corwin's made by hand : [a collection of projects to print, sew, weave, dye, knit, and otherwise create] 
/ [by Lena Corwin] ; photography by Maria Alexandra Vettese and Stephanie Congdon Barnes

Handcrafted Christmas : ornaments, decorations, and cookie recipes to make at home / by Susan Waggoner ; photographs by Dane Holweger

Kyuuto! Japanese crafts. Fuzzy felted friends/ by Saori Yamazaki

Paper Crafts          

OrigamiPaper Crafts A Makers GuideTomoko Fuse's Origami Boxes
Origami & other paper creations / Ghylenn Descamps

PAPER CRAFTS : A MAKER'S GUIDEVictoria & Albert Museum (COR)/ Ryan, Rob (FRW)

Tomoko Fuse's origami boxes : beautiful paper gift boxes from Japan's leading origami master / Tomoko Fuse ; [translated from Japanese by Sanae Ishida]

Jewelry Making

The Big Book of Jewelry MakingBead Making LabEarringology

The big book of jewelry making : 75 projects to make

Bead-making lab : 52 explorations for crafting beads from polymer clay, plastic, paper, stone, wood, fiber, and wire / Heather Powers

Earringology : how to make dangles, drops, chandeliers & more / Candie Cooper


Holiday CookiesHoliday CookiesZingerman's Bakehouse

Holiday cookies : the ultimate chewy, gooey, crispy, crunchy treats / Alice Medrich

Holiday cookies : showstopping recipes to sweeten the season / Elisabet der Nederlanden ; photography by Erin Scott

Zingerman's Bakehouse / by Amy Emberling and Frank Carollo ; photographs by Antonis Achilleos

Got Cats?

Don't forget your feline companions! This book has patterns for cat toys and cat-themed projects for their humans. 

Cat taastic crafts
Cattastic crafts : DIY projects for cats and cat people / Mariko Ishikawa


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