Made by Dad : 67 Blueprints for Making Cool Stuff, Paperback

Made by Dad : 67 Blueprints for Making Cool Stuff Paperback

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"Made by Dad" is chock full of 67 extraordinary, custom-designed how-to projects for DIY parents everywhere.

The projects range from full-length, artfully illustrated creations to smaller, MacGyver-like challenges that can be whipped out at the coffee shop, plus "DIY Dad" tips sprinkled throughout and illustration templates to boost your project's artistic appeal.

All chapters, categorized by theme - Dangerous Decor, Gross Gadgets, Covert Creations, Crafty Disasters, Home Hacks, and more - include step-by-step project illustrations, complete with visual "status checks" (to help you keep up), and clever, playful games to incorporate the finished project.

Dads will love to create stealthy contraptions like the Bunk Bed Communicator, and the whole family will be impressed with the endless entertainment that can be gleaned from the "Steampunk"-Inspired Balancing Robot. While the projects have a decidedly made-scientist-in-his-laboratory feel, the book's charm and richness of material will appeal to mummies, too-especially when she flips to the whole chapter of projects dedicated to showing Mum-appreciation - like the I Love You THIS MUCH Pop-up Card (with Go-Go-Gadget-style arms that extend to give Mum a virtual hug!).


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 304 pages, colour illustrations throughout
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Handicrafts, decorative arts & crafts
  • ISBN: 9780761171478



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Wow, what a fun book. My pre-school age boy loves building things. When I saw this book on the library's website I placed a hold and brought it home. Within minutes of finding the book my son was all over it requesting our help building things. There is a mix of projects-- some simple, some more complicated. On the simple side we built a zip-line for an action figure in a few minutes. On the complicated side his dad spent Sunday afternoon building a cardboard garage with a working elevator. Overall it is a fun book to share with kids who like to build. Be forewarned there will be a lot of "Ohhhh, I want to make that!" from the kids and from the adults thoughts of "Ohhh crud now I have to help build XXX. Why did I introduce this book?"