70s craft books ahoy

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I like buying 70s craft books from char­ity shops. I’m not sure what it is about them, but maybe it’s the colours and the quite often bizarre project sugges­tions. Here’s 2 of them scanned in.


First up, Super Book of Things to Make. This book veers wildly between suggest­ing you paint an old wash­ing up liquid bottle with poster paint, and that you take up glass­work to make your own rings, and it’s not quite clear who it’s aimed at. I’ve scanned the weird stuff/​things that appeal to me though.

fried egg

I like this paint tube cush­ion, although the cat looks like it would fight me over it.


To keep your jewellery tidy, they suggest filling a rubber glove with plaster of Paris, and then mount­ing it on the giant cork you happen to keep lying around. Expect them to strangle you in the night.


I made the cake card once, it was pretty great. I wish I’d taken a picture of it.


Your own Mary Poppins to grow cress in. These are made of painted wash­ing up liquid bottles, but look suspi­ciously perfect and glossy compared to what would actu­ally happen if you got a kid to paint one. It looks almost like they used enamel paint.


Address book.


The book is split up into sever­al sections, with a photo show­ing a number and some objects before each one. It doesn’t tell you anywhere in the book how to make this 1 shelf/​drawer thing, or use any of these objects in any projects.


Sugges­tion for making a mural out of card­board so your room is suit­able for invit­ing Gandalf and Moonchild around for a smoke.


This one is actu­ally clearly aimed at chil­dren.


With real­ist­ic­ally crappy photos of the results.


Mr Trod the cave­man. “He inspires respect from the other hairy folk”.

tye die

Terrible handker­chiefs, great dress.

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