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The Best DIY Books You Can Download Right Now

Take a break from Netflix and spend some time with a DIY project.

woman doing diy project - knitting

In the age of the internet, there’s hardly anything you can’t learn to do online. But when it comes to learning a new skill, taking on a crafting hobby or even teaching yourself how to do simple home projects, we prefer well-researched books to crafting blogs or YouTube videos. The following DIY books cover everything from knitting to origami to DIY plumbing and basic wood shop techniques. All you have to do is download them!

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Better Living Through Origami

Better Living Through Origami

By Nellianna van den Baard and Kenneth Veenenbos

Origami lets you exercise your artistic side and make display-worthy crafts at the same time. Plus, once you get the hang of it, the art of paper folding can be extremely relaxing. “Never, ever underestimate the magic that innovative designers can bring to a centuries-old craft. Kudos go to van den Baard and Veenenbos, the Dutch husband-and-wife behind Studio Snowpuppe, who have transformed plain paper and origami techniques into elegant, pleated objets de la maison.” —Booklist (Starred Review)

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50 Fat Quarter Makes

50 Fat Quarter Makes

By Ame Verso

For those uninitiated to the world of fabric, a “fat quarter” is an extra wide quarter-yard of fabric, measuring 18” by 22”. If you don’t already have leftover fabric pieces, you can buy them in bulk online, and then you’ll be able to really explore your crafting side with this book of 50 fabric projects.

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Cooking, Baking, and Making

Cooking, Baking, and Making

By Cynthia O'Connor O'Hara

Channel your inner Martha Stewart by working on cooking and crafting skills with this DIY book that does it all. Featuring seasonal recipes paired with complementary projects (think dilled beer and cheese bread with homemade autumn harvest potpourri), every idea is “fantastic and delightfully doable” (Stylish Southern Mama).

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Materially Crafted

Materially Crafted

By Victoria Hudgins

Featuring DIY ideas from the mind behind the blog A Subtle Revelry, this craft book is “Perfect for anyone embracing their crafty side for the first time (or those who just want to keep developing their design chops)” (HGTV). The book uses lots of easy to find crafting objects—such as spray paint, thread, wax and paper—making it simple to get crafting, fast.

The Useful Book

The Useful Book

By Sharon Bowers and David Bowers

This book is ideal for anyone who wants to be a little more handy around the house, covering everything you’d know if you paid attention in your shop and home ec classes. From cooking basics to building a birdhouse to simple car repairs, this “useful book” really lives up to its name.

The Bust DIY Guide to Life

The Bust DIY Guide to Life

By Laurie Henzel and Debbie Stoller

Put together by the über-crafty editors of BUST, the quirky, raw, and real magazine “for women who have something to get off their chests,” this DIY book covers (almost) everything modern women need to know, from quick headache remedies to planning a cheap wedding. Unlike your average book of weekend projects, this DIY guide will teach you tons of ways to live a more practical life.

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Knitted Animal Socks

Knitted Animal Socks

By Lauren Riker

If you’ve always wanted to learn how to knit but have no idea what you would do with all the scarves, this is the book for you. Including step-by-step photos for knitting all kinds of adorable animal socks, this craft book is the perfect segue for anyone entering the world of knitting. 

Stitch 'n Bitch Superstar Knitting

Stitch 'n Bitch Superstar Knitting

By Debbie Stoller

This DIY book is great for those who already know basic knitting patterns are looking for a challenge. Learn how to get creative with stripes and beading and make your own knitting patterns, or test your skills with one of the 41 included projects, including a Chanel-styled sequined jacket, an “Empire Strikes Back Dress,” and an adorable “Button It!” children’s sweater with changeable animal patches.

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