It’s been a ridiculously long time since I last posted a Lucky Dip, so what better time to do it than my final post of the year! For those of you unfamiliar with my Lucky Dip feature, it involves me typing a random search term into the Book Depository’s search engine and bringing you the wacky, unexpected or just plain hilarious results. Today’s Lucky Dip will feature that evergreen search term, DIY. I invite you to sit back, relax and allow these offerings to inspire you to try a new (and eyebrow-raising) hobby in 2016.
First up, for those who like a bit of a tipple during the holiday season, it’s time to collect up all those wine corks and get cracking on….
DIY Wine Corks: 35+ Cute and Clever Cork Crafts by Melissa Averinos
I would suggest springing this book on your guests AFTER they have imbibed said tipples and then see who can make the best crafty item from the book. If corks are not your thing however, you can always fall back on good old stretchable rubber with…
The DIY Balloon Bible For All Seasons by Sandi Masori & Rachel Porter
I’m quite impressed that this book markets itself as something for ALL seasons. Much better value than a DIY balloon book that only features one or two seasons.
If art and craft seems a bit tedious to you, why not spice up your life with the…
Illustrated Guide to Home Chemistry Experiments: All Lab, No Lecture by Robert Bruce Thompson
But don’t blame me when the police come knocking after they’ve been tipped off by alert (but not alarmed) neighbours who are worried about what you might be cooking up in your home lab.
Chemistry too mundane and pedestrian? Looking for something totally wacky and unexpected? Been wanting to refashion your leftover tinfoil into a stylish new hat? Well look no further than…
DIY Satellite Platforms: Building a Space-Ready General Base Picosatellite for Any Mission by Sandy Antunes
I will be the first to admit that I have absolutely no idea what a space-ready general base picosatellite is, but it doesn’t sound like the kind of thing one could whip up at home. Please someone buy this book, try it out and get back to me.
If satellites are a bit too airy-fairy for you and you’re looking for something more down-to-earth, I have just the thing. Literally.
Compost Toilets: A Practical DIY Guide by Dave Darby
The less said, the better, on this one, I think. If, however, you are looking to move into a more environmentally friendly, chemical-free lifestyle in 2016, you may well be interested in taking a slightly less drastic step in the bathroom with…
DIY Toothpaste: Teach Me Everything I Need to Know About Homemade Toothpaste in 30 Minutes by 30 Minute Reads
The perfect starter present for that friend who will spend hours bleating on about the dangers of modern living on every social media site going, but can’t devote more than 30 minutes to creating a solution.
I hope this Lucky Dip has inspired you to widen your horizons for 2016. You can thank me later for jazzing up your list of New Year’s Resolutions.
And while you’re thinking of challenges to undertake in the new year, why not have a look at the reading challenge hosted by the Shelf-denizens: The Title Fight Reading Challenge 2016!
We’d love to have you aboard!
Until next year,