Get Crafty by Ali Coghlan- A gorgeous book and a give away.

I am a member of the can’t craft, don’t craft club. I joined after too many failed attempts and helping my kids make anything and now I rely on my kids to unleash their artistic sides in school. Our craft box, until this week, was lying dusty with a few broken pipe cleaners and some four-year old paints. I am shit. I am a shit crafting parent. My kids enthusiastically gather recyclable items to make art from and I put them in the green bin when they go to bed. 

Yet despite all that I have not managed to kill their enthusiasm and they still love drawing, painting and making.  I introduced the small child to paints last week and not only did it keep her busy for a good twenty minutes she has been beaming with pride at her “art” hanging on the fridge ever since. So it was timely that the most gorgeous book  Get Crafty by Ali Coghlan popped into my letterbox the same day.

Get Crafty

This is the book I needed years ago when at home trying to entertain three little people on a wet day and it is the book that is going to squash all my guilt from years of craft avoidance because now I have my new craft bible.

Get Crafty has over forty doable gorgeous looking craft ideas inside. Each one is beautifully photographed with step by step guide that you don’t need a fine arts degree to be able to achieve.  There are instructions on how to make crafts for every occasion including birthdays, christmas, Halloween and did I mention the instructions are simple?

Ali Coghlan is a parent of three as well as a crafting queen. She clearly draws on her experience as both in the book and its one of the reasons, I like it so much. It’s realistic as well as gorgeous and informative. Some of the crafts include mess-free dyed pasta, jelly playdough and how to make a kite. All the things my craft loving children have been deprived of!

Just reading through  Get Crafty inspired me to stock up on craft supplies over the weekend. Bring on the Easter Holidays. I am prepared, tissue paper, paint and empty containers at the ready!


WIN a copy of get crafty

Get Crafty is published by Mercier Press and is available nationwide now with a RRP of €14.99. I also have a copy to give away. To enter comment below or over on Facebook and the winner will be randomly selected on Fri March 18th. Good luck.



I received a copy of Get Crafty for review purposes and a copy to giveaway. I was not paid to write this post and, as always, all opinions are my own. 

18 thoughts on “Get Crafty by Ali Coghlan- A gorgeous book and a give away.

  1. Anita Woods says:

    As a mama to a creative 3yo and student primary school teacher this would be a very useful resource in my hands!

  2. Anne Marie mc Kenna says:

    This book is right up my street. Am tone deaf in the art sense! My 4 lads wouldn’t know what hit them if mammy could lend a scent hand rather than messing it up!!

  3. Sinéad Hayes says:

    This would be so great for me (not very crafty) to keep my 2 little ladies occupied for my remaining maternity leave ☺️

  4. Lisa - says:

    Ooh, definitely in need of something like this. A school art teacher once told me I had “no sufficient talent” so have a feeling I’ll be joining the can’t craft won’t craft support group in years to come. This might buy me time.

  5. Olive says:

    The book sounds great. Said she while wiping paint off oven door. Defo need ideas for more organised craft activities

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