Stick it to the Man


Hello, fellow crafters, and thanks for joining me today for my review of Stick It! by T. L. Bonaddio, a big red tome all about the wonders of duct tape! Let’s get started.

Bonaddio’s teenage audience is made painfully clear in this book, upchucking a variety of positive and positively ridiculous reader-empowering slang. As much as I love hearing about the wickedly smart pretentious shizz that I am, I’ll not forget that the purpose for this purchase was to introduce me(as well as any average crafter) to the basics of crafting with duct tape.

Stick It! kicks off by introducing the reader to all the necessary tools(if you’re buying it from a craft store, you’ll want to take a quick look at this list before you leave), tips, and techniques you’ll be using, equipping you with all the know-how to get started working with this medium. All in all, it’s pretty descriptive, easy to read, and extremely handy, covering 99 projects that include wallets, rings, other accessories, decor, and so much more.

As far as working with duct tape goes, I consider it the ultimate material for crafting if you’re traveling and can only bring limited supplies. All you need is a surface for cutting, a handy dandy X-acto knife, and a roll or two of the sticky stuff, available in hundreds of colors and patterns(if you know where to look; Bonaddio gives you a few pointers on places to find them in Stick It!). I’d also suggest picking up some small, round magnets. If you’re intent on making wallets, these make excellent, discreet closures for many types of billfolds. Aaand… the very best part of crafting with duct tape is that you don’t need any additional adhesives to get the job done. The most efficient of them all is right at your fingertips.

So, next time you’re looking for a new and easy crafting medium, don’t be afraid to pick up a few rolls at your local hobby shop. There are all sorts of patterns(checkered, tie-dye, animal prints, etc.) and colors that the possibilities are limited only by your imagination. If you’re looking for some ideas and instructions to get you started, I definitely suggest Stick It! for its vast variety of projects and presented possibilities, as well as its easy-to-decipher directions and diagrams. Thanks for looking, internet.

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