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Sticky Fingers : DIY Duct Tape Projects - Easy to Pick Up, Hard to Put Down, by Sophie Maletsky, 240 pp, RL: 10 and up

There are so many great things about Sticky Fingers: DIY Duct Tape Projects - Easy to Pick Up, Hard to Put Down by Sophie Maletsky, artist, crafter and professional party planner (Sophie's Stress-Free Soirées) but the best is her YouTube channel - Sophie's World! When making something crafty, I do much better when I have someone showing me how to create and I do best when I have visual and textural instructions. Happily, many of the projects in Sticky Fingers have tutorials on Sophie's World
. Even with all this support, Sticky Fingers is a craft book for older kids who express an interest and possess measuring and cutting skills.

The next thing I love about Sticky Fingers is that there are only three you need to get started on a project - Duct Tape, scissors (non-stick are preferable) and a work surface. Sophie provides tips on where to buy duct tape and the various kinds of duct tape out there, pros and cons to each brand and types of tape to AVOID using. She then lists "next level" supplies you might want to have and a very fun list of "Everything but the Kitchen Sink" supplies. Sophie covers the basics - from simple duct tape strips  to the many different kinds of "duct tape fabric."

Next come the many types of pouches that can be made from duct tape, beginning with the basic but progressing to pouches with varying kinds of closures from magnets to buttons to zip-loc and even a zipper!

As skill increases, projects expand from pouches and wallets to purses, bags and cases to wearable items like bracelets, rings, headbands and chokers as well as ties and belts! There are projects for school supplies that show you how to make a pencil case, a folder with pockets, a lunch bag and even a backpack! The penultimate chapter covers things to make for your bedroom, like a desk organizer, a dry-erase board (?!) a woven basket, a picture frame and jewelry stands and earring trees. To top it off, Sophie includes a chapter titled, "Every Last Bit of the Roll" where she shares ideas on what to do with the scraps and bits - including the empty cardboard roll!

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