DIY Projects

Crafts and projects for long winter nights.

Looking for more creative projects? Oakland Public Library has plenty of DIY books to help you channel your creative energy. From sewing to paper crafts to making your own snacks or drinks -- we have books for a range of interests!

Sewing Projects

Easy Masks   Visible Mending 18 Stylish Bags Spoonflower DIY

Easy masks to sew : sizes and styles to make for kids and adults / Boutique-Sha

Joyful mending : visible repairs for the perfectly imperfect things we love! / Noriko Misumi ; [translated from Japanese by Sanae Ishida]

Bags : sew 18 stylish bags for every occasion / Anna Alicia

The Spoonflower quick-sew project book : 34 DIYs to make the most of your fabric stash / Anda Corrie ; photography by Zoë Noble

Skin Care

Make Your Own Beauty Products Master Recipes Make Your Own Gels for Mind and Body Fizz Bomb Bath

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

Master recipes from the herbal apothecary : 375 tinctures, salves, teas, capsules, oils, and washes for whole-body health and wellness / JJ Pursell ; with photos by Shawn Linehan

The complete guide to creating oils, soaps, creams, and herbal gels for your mind and body : 101 natural body care recipes / by Marlene Jones

Fizz boom bath! : learn to make your own bath bombs, body scrubs, and more! / by Isabel Bercaw & Caroline Bercaw

Craft Projects

Make Your Own Paint Fluid Pouring Make Your Own Idea Book Make Your Own Candles  

Practical Pop Ups Dye Craft Embelish Me Fabric Wraps

The organic artist : make your own paint, paper, pens, pigments, prints, and more from nature / Nick Neddo

The ultimate fluid pouring & painting project book : inspiration and techniques for using alcohol inks, acrylics, resin, and more ; create colorful paintings, resin coasters, agate slices, vases, vessels & more / Jane Monteith

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

The candle maker : how to make candles in your own kitchen / Claire Leavey

Practical Pop-Ups and Paper Engineering: A step-by-step course in the art of creative card making / Trish Phillips & Ann

Contemporary dyecraft : over 50 tie-dye projects for scarves, dresses, t-shirts and more / Melanie Brummer

Embellish me : how to print, dye, and decorate your fabric / Laurie Wisbrun

Furoshiki fabric wraps : simple, reusable, beautiful / Pixeladies

Make Your Own Drinks

How to Make Your Own Drinks Make Your Own Cider Wildcrafted Cocktail Sustainable Home Brewing

How to make your own drinks / Susy Atkins

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

Sustainable homebrewing : an all-organic approach to crafting great beer / Amelia Slayton Loftus

Make Your Own Snacks

Make Your Own Crispy Snacks   Make Your Own Gluten Free Snacks Japanese Snacks Classic Snacks

Salty snacks : make your own chips, crisps, crackers, pretzels, dips, and other savory bites / Cynthia Nims

The allergy-free pantry : make your own staples, snacks, and more without wheat, gluten, dairy, eggs, soy or nuts / Colette Martin

Get started making Japanese snacks : step-by-step recipes for delectable bites / Yamashita Masataka

Gluten-free classic snacks : 100 recipes for the brand-name treats you love / by Nicole Hunn