The marketing folks at Running Press sent me a review copy of a fun new book published in late October called Stick It!: 99 D.I.Y. Duct Tape Projects written by T.L. Bonaddio. It is a chunky 264 page soft-bound book that retails for $12.95 in the US and $15.00 in Canada. Let me just note that I recently saw a duct tape tie in a gift catalog that cost $20, so with 99 projects – including some tie projects – this book is priced really well (and, of course, even less expensive on Amazon.com).
Along with ties, it includes tons of other projects: wallets, jewelry, CD cases, various bags, and I could go on and on listing them all, but I won’t. The projects are rated on four levels of difficulty from “Dude, my five year old sister could do that” to “Don’t even think about operating heavy machinery.” As you can tell, the tone of the book is fun and a little quirky.
Before jumping into the projects, there is a very brief tools, tips, and techniques area that covers what you need (which other than duct tape is not too much) and how to work with the tape. Sprinkled throughout the projects pages are semi-blank pages for notes, which I bet would be pretty handy as you make some of the projects since you can note any special tips you think of as you do them. Project instructions include step by step text plus a few illustrations.
I think is a wonderful kids’ book, for big and little kids too. If you have a crafty youngster on your holiday gift list or want to stash this for a birthday surprise, I am giving Stick It!: 99 D.I.Y. Duct Tape Projects a thumbs up.