See also: Crafts
Do you have a green thumb and crafty fingers? Here are some ideas for combining them. If you can't do it this year, then keep it in mind for next! Check our local farmers' markets for some of the ingredients!
A Dyer's Garden: From Plant to Pot; Growing Dyes for Natural Fibers
SB285 .B79 1995
Touching on the history and nature of dye plants, this comprehensive guide walks readers through a garden season from design to planting to harvesting for the dyepot, discussing 18 dye plants in detail.
A Weaver's Garden: Growing Plants for Natural Dyes and Fibers
Valuable hints from a veteran botanist and weaver on dyeing fibers and fabrics, what soap plants to use for cleaning textiles, advice on fragrant plants to scent and protect fabrics, plant materials to use as tools, suggestions for planning and creating a garden featuring cotton, flax, indigo, and much more.
The Great Birdhouse Book: Fun, Fabulous Designs You Can Build
Start from scratch and build your own eccentric birdhouse or decorate a purchased, unfinished birdhouse. Ornithological information ensures your birdhouse will welcome its intended guests.
The Handbook of Natural Plant Dyes: Personalize Your Craft with Organic Colors from Acorns, Blackberries, Coffee, and Other Everyday Ingredients
Textile designer Sasha Duerr explains the basics of making and using natural plant dye, from gathering materials and making the dyes to simple ideas for how to use them.
Gourd Crafts For The First Time
This is a good overview of decorating gourds with "how to" instructions for a variety of methods.
Toad Cottages & Shooting Stars: Grandma's Bag of Tricks
Although not a craft book per se, Lovejoy offers many crafty ideas to captivate children in the garden. Lovejoy has other books about gardening with kids, including Sunflower Houses and Roots, Shoots, Buckets, & Boots: Gardening Together with Children.
Beyond the Basics: Gourd Art
A common wild gourd becomes a thing of beauty in the hands of 25 top artisans who specialize in exploring, expressing and teaching their handiwork.
Rustic Garden Furniture & Accessories
q TT197.5.O9 M33 2004
Make simple things like log candleholders and a log walk or more complicated things like an Adirondack chair or garden bench. All use rustic logs and branches.
Enchanting Woodland Birdhouses
q QL676.5.M3325 2002
Featuring thirteen projects suitable for the beginning crafter to the experienced woodworker, Macy presents readers with a variety of techniques to help them build rustic, whimsical and all-natural birdhouses from environmentally-friendly building materials.
Pine Needle Basketry: From Forest Floor to Finished Project
TT879.B3 M35 1996
You've probably heard of crafts from pine cones, but pine needles?
Natural Crafts from America's Backyards
q TT857.P53 1997
"Decorate your home with wreaths, arrangements, and wall decorations gathered from nature's harvest."
Making Twig Garden Furniture
TT197.5.O9 R86 1997
This guide shows how to embellish home garden spaces with everything from simple birdhouses and planters to elaborate benches and trellises--all made from twigs and bentwood.
Wreaths & Bouquets
This is a great source for inspiration if you want to create very striking and colorful wreaths and centerpieces.
Making Gourd Musical Instruments
This book not only tells you how to make musical instruments but gives the history and lore behind each one and tells you how to play them.
Browse the Catalog
For additional titles, browse the library catalog under the subjects:
The American Gourd Society
If you really get hooked on gourds, you might want to join this group.
California Gourd Society
The CGS has over 500 members and 20 patches (chapters) in the state. Check out their gallery.
Fine Gardening: Make a Holiday Wreath
Watch this video about making an evergreen wreath from backyard cuttings.
Wayne's World: The Wild & Wonderful World Of Gourds
Learn about the history and uses of the gourd family.
Instructions for making an herbal wreath from garden herbs and flowers. You can use sage, oregano, bay leaves, artimesia, mint, rosemary.