Book Review: Dorobek’s 100 Craft Projects for Kids Save the Day

Book Review: Creating Really Awesome Free ThingsDo you like doing budget-friendly craft projects with the kids that are easy and fun? If so, do I have a book for you….

Our first major snow storm of the new year, affectionately called Snowzilla, absolutely covered us in Virginia with over 30 inches. We were snowed in for quite a few days and out of school for over a week!

What did we do while waiting out the storm? While many mamas and papas were texting and Facebook-posting that they were going stir crazy, I’m happy to say that my kids and I were anything but!

One of my secrets is that I happened to have received crafting guru Jamie Dorobek’s awesome book, Creating Really Awesome Free Things: 100 Seriously Fun, Super-Easy Projects for Kids, to review. This crafty mama totally saved us during Virginia’s big dig out.

Dorobek’s 100 Craft Projects for Kids Save the Day

While I’ve approached other DIY crafting books (not to mention Pinterest!) with some apprehension and admittedly couldn’t tackle everything in them, Dorobek’s book is a serious breath of fresh air.

CRAFT budget-friendly painting

C.R.A.F.T. “No Mess Painting” was our favorite!

Another beautiful thing about Dorobek’s book is that all of the supplies and materials were already in my home! (You know I’m telling the truth, because we literally were snowed in!)

Not only are these crafts budget-friendly, but they also are simple enough that mamas like me–and also our kiddos!– can easily do them.

From paper plates and toilet paper rolls to string and cereal boxes, the kids and I honestly had everything we needed. We had, as Dorobek aptly calls it, a “seriously fun, super-easy” time!

Book Is Great Resource for Home and School

Food allergy mamas like me are always on the lookout for fun, inexpensive, food-free crafts for the kids at home and at school. Dorobek’s projects really fit the bill.

C.R.A.F.T. "Toilet Paper Roll Deer"

C.R.A.F.T. “Toilet Paper Roll Deer”

Other than the crafts using shaving cream, egg cartons and cereal boxes (which may present cross-contamination issues, depending on your food allergies), they generally are food-free and safe for our kids with food allergies as well.

Another major thing we like is that many of the pages include fun facts about the subject of the project, whether it is an “awesome fact” about red-eyed tree frogs for the frog paper plates or about peacocks for a coffee filter craft.

So while they are super fun to do for children both young and old, they also are educational and engaging!

I could go on and on about Dorobek’s craft ideas and show you oodles of photos I took while being snowed in, but I encourage you to check out this book for yourselves! There is something for everyone.

For more information about Jamie Dorobek, along with her awesome tips and craft ideas, head over to her blog, You won’t be disappointed!

Editor’s Note: I was given this book to review but as I’m sure you can tell, these opinions are completely my own. We love it.

Book image provided courtesy of Adams Media.


2 Responses to “Book Review: Dorobek’s 100 Craft Projects for Kids Save the Day”
  1. Jamie

    Thank you so much for sharing! I love seeing kid made crafts! That deer is precious 🙂 And the no mess painting is one of go to “crafts” too! xo

    • Alison Johansen

      We just love your book. Food allergy mamas like me are always on the lookout for fun crafts that don’t involve food. It’s so nice to know I have your book whenever I need some new ideas!