Candy Aisle Crafts by Jodi Levine (Book Review)

Oh my!  The candy crafts in this book are adorable.  A perfect manual for birthday parties or making a “little something” surprise for your youngster, this book is chock full of delightful and surprisingly simple to make sweet treats.  The author uses hard candy, gummy candy, marshmallows, cookies, and cereal to create an array of holiday appropriate and everyday delights.  Some of the my absolute favorites are a bowl made entirely out of peppermint, a candy cane heart pendant, marshmallow and gum drop penguins, and a cookie castle cake.  Older children – say fifth grade plus will also likely love getting their hands sticky making these crafts.

The materials used in this book are cheap and simple to find.  Out of all the ingredients listed, the only one I couldn’t find at my local Kroger was the black Haribo Raspberry Candy used for “Cow on a Mug”.  I have a severe love for gingerbread house making and promise you that some of the ingredient lists for those blueprints read like a foreign language menu, so having identifiable and easy to find ingredients was a huge bonus. The only real complaint about the book is that all the materials used in the crafting are junk food, but really the title is “Candy Aisle Crafts,” so there is no way to miss the purpose of the book.  This is a great little crafting book that adults and tweens plus will likely love; just don’t eat too much of the finished product 😉

About the Book:  

The ultimate materials for fun, whimsical crafting are right in your grocery store!  From party decorations to children’s toys, from wearable art to cute gifts, you need look no further than your supermarket shelves for the materials to make these unique (and kid-friendly) food crafts. For special celebrations, rainy-day activities, and much more, treat yourself to the sweetest projects.

Colorful candy canes are fashioned into heart-shaped necklaces, melted peppermints are molded into a festive bowl, cookies and ice cream cones are transformed into a fanciful castle, marshmallows are snipped into a polar bear, and gumdrops become everything from adorable frogs to bumblebees and ducks. Candy Aisle Crafts is packed with simple ideas for charming crafts that both  kids and parents will love.

About the Author:

JODI LEVINE is a lifelong crafter. In her nineteen years on Martha Stewart’s staff, she held the roles of craft editor at Martha Stewart Living magazine, editorial director ofMartha Stewart Kids magazine, and product designer for Martha Stewart’s popular line of crafts. Jodi is a frequent guest on NBC’s Today and lives in Brooklyn with her husband and their two sons.

“I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

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