Summer Fun for Adults Week 6: DIY

DIY project ideas for summer fun.

It's week six of summer reading and this week we're highlighting DIY projects and books. Interested in making your own beer? Have an old cigar box lying around? Why not make a guitar! Or maybe you want to take up painting or learn to make your own peanut butter. Whatever DIY project you'd like to explore, we have books to get you started.

Arts & Crafts

DIY Watercolors  Papercrafts  Making Marbled Paper  Make Your Own Idea Book

DIY watercolor flowers: the beginner's guide to flower painting for journal pages, handmade stationery and more / Marie Boudon

Paper crafts : a maker's guide / design by Hyperkit ; illustrations by Eleanor Crow

Making marbled paper : paint techniques & patterns for classic & modern marbleizing on paper & silk / Heather RJ Fletcher of HRJ Design Studios

Make your own ideabook : create handmade art journals and bound keepsakes to store inspiration and memories / illustrations and collages, Arne & Carlos ; photography, Ragnar Hartvig ; translation : Carol Huebscher Rhoades

Skin Care Products

Make It Up  101 Easy Homecare Products  Make Your Own Skin Care Products  Pure SoapMaking

Make it up : the essential guide to DIY makeup and skin care / Marie Rayma

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

Natural beauty alchemy : make your own organic cleansers, creams, serums, shampoos, balms, and more / Fifi M. Maacaron

Pure soapmaking : how to create nourishing, natural skin care soaps / Anne-Marie Faiola

Musical Instruments

Making Poor Man's Guitars  Making Gourd Musical Instruments  Musical Instrument Design  Making Simple Musical Instruments

Making poor man's guitars / Shane Speal

Making gourd musical instruments / Ginger Summit & Jim Widess

Musical instrument design : practical information for instrument making / written and illustrated by Bart Hopkin

Making simple musical instruments / [Bart Hopkin]

Home & Garden

How to Progogate Plants  DIY Garden DIY Home Repair  Household Products

How to propagate 375 plants : a practical guide to propagating your own flowers, foliage plants, trees, shrubs, climbers, dry-loving plants, bog and water plants, vegetables and herbs / Richard Rosenfeld ; photography by Peter Anderson

Little veggie patch Co, DIY garden projects : easy activities for edible gardening and backyard fun / Mat Pember and Dillon Seitchik-Reardon

Beginner's guide to DIY & home repair / Jo Behari and Alison Winfield-Chislett

The modern organic home : 100+ DIY cleaning products, organization tips, and household hacks / Natalie Wise   

Healthy (& Not So Healthy) Food and Natural Medicine

Natural Foods  DIY Nut Milks  DIY Pickling  Ice Scream Sandwich!

Wild Remedies  Rosemary Gladstar  DIY Recipes  Growing Your Own Tea Garden

100 natural foods : a practical guide to health with traditional Chinese medicine : a modern reader of Compendium of Materia Medica / by Yang Li ; [translation by Cao Jianxin]

DIY nut milks, nut butters & more : from almonds to walnuts / Melissa King

DIY Pickling : step-by-step recipes for fermented, fresh, and quick pickles / illustrated by Tom Bingham

I scream sandwich! : inspired recipes for the ultimate frozen treat / Jennie Schacht ; photographs by Sara Remington

Wild Remedies: how to forage healing foods and craft your own herbal medicine / Rosalee de la ForĂȘt and Emily Han

Rosemary Gladstar's medicinal herbs : a beginner's guide / Gladstar, Rosemary.

The pretty dish : more than 150 everyday recipes & 50 beauty DIYs to nourish your body inside & out / Jessica Merchant

Growing your own tea garden : the guide to growing and harvesting flavorful teas in your backyard / Jodi Helmer


Make Your Own Soda  Make Your Own Cider  The Wildcrafted Cocktail  Kombucha

Make your own soda : syrup recipes for all-natural pop, floats, cocktails, and more / Anton Nocito, founder of P&H Soda Co., with Lynn Marie Hulsman

Modern cider : simple recipes to make your own ciders, perries, cysers, shrubs, fruit wines, vinegars, and more / Emma Christensen

The wildcrafted cocktail : make your own foraged syrups, bitters, infusions, and garnishes; includes recipes for 45 one-of-a-kind mixed drinks / by Ellen Zachos

Kombucha, kefir, and beyond : a fun & flavorful guide to fermenting your own probiotic beverages at home / Alex Lewin & Raquel Guajardo


No Patterns Needed    Girl with a Sewing Machine  Sew Bags  Make Your Own Toys 

No patterns needed : DIY couture from simple shapes / Rosie Martin

Girl with a sewing machine : the no-fuss guide to making and adapting your own clothes / Jenniffer Taylor

Sew bags : the practical guide to making purses, totes, clutches & more, 13 skill-building projects / Hilarie Wakefield Dayton

Make your own toys : sew soft bears, bunnies, monkeys, puppies, and more! / Sue Havens

Now that five Oakland Public Library locations are offering sidewalk pickup service, you can pick place a hold for books, DVDs, CDs, and WiFi hotspots and pick them up at our doors. More information can be found here.