|Candy Aisle Crafts by Jodi Levine|
Candy Aisle Crafts: Create Fun Projects with Supermarket Sweets by Jodi Levine helps you start your holiday plans with some very creative and easy candy craft projects. Jodi Levine was a craft editor for Martha Stewart for 19 years. She is very experienced and Knowledgeable in creating exciting craft projects. With her new book, the focus is on on Candy crafts and the many sweet creations that can achieved with them. The reader gets to pick the complexity of the candy project they want to tackle. From a simple candy bowl made from hard candies to themed lollipops. This book is geared towards families, you don't have to own fancy equipment (beyond an oven to melt candy) to do the projects in this book. Most of the supplies to make the projects in this book can be purchased at your local supermarket or Target. Below is a picture of one of the projects in the book. I have removed the instructions so you will have to look at the book to actually read them. However, the photo gives you a great example of how well the steps are photographed and presented. A child could easily follow these instructions (except for the oven part) to create these darling flowers.
|Easy Cookie Flowers by Jodi Levine|
This book has enough projects and tips to help the reader plan some fun holiday crafts. A lot of these projects would be great scout craft projects to celebrate the upcoming holidays. There are some great kids projects that require minimal tools, that they can do on their own. I found that most of these projects are perfect family craft night. You can work with your children to create some really fun projects to use for gifts or just treats. There are some projects in the book that involve melting both hard candies and chocolate, so I would recommend working with the kids if they decide to try some of the more advanced projects like the "Dot Flowers" project on page 16. That project involves melting hard candy in an oven, so it is best to have the kids work with an adult to avoid any potential injuries.
I love that "Candy Aisle Crafts" provides excellent DIY tips and project tutorials for fun edible gifts for a birthday party or holiday celebrations. The are some fun ideas for combining cupcakes and candies to make darling table top decorations for a baby shower or birthday party. There are also projects for decorating some whimsical cakes. I am not a fan of wearing candy as jewelry but if you are then there are two candy necklace projects you may want to look at in the book. There are some great projects for crafting with preschoolers. If you love to home craft then this book will appeal to you.
Personally, I love all the creative ways that the author uses gumdrops throughout the book. One of my favorites is the Necco Gumdrop Bees that are created to decorate drinking glasses at celebrations. The book has some great photos that clearly show the proper steps to achieve success with the candy projects. If you need some great kids craft inspiration or just love crafting with candy, the easy to follow instructions and photos will inspire you to try creating all types of fun candy decorative treats.
Note: I received this book free from Bloggingforbooks.com in exchange for my honest review.