Book Review: Made by Yourself


Recently, I had the chance to review the new book Made by Yourself, written by Peter Fehrentz.  Peter has a degree in metal design and has worked as a set stylist,  product designer and photographer for German and international magazines since 1993.  His experience certainly shines through this book.

It’s a compilation of 48 different 100% designer handmade DIY projects complete with materials lists and directions.  The projects range from furniture to accessories and each sparks a huge rush of inspiration.  Most of the projects are super easy and the worst DIY challenged person can do them.  A few are a bit more complicated, but with some patience, and a little effort are easily completed.

Each chapter features different materials including glass, ceramics, fabrics, metals, and cardboard. Most of the materials are re-purposed in creative ways.


I found some of the ideas to be twists on projects already available on the interwebs.  For example,  there is a tray he provides direction to which is a take on a Martha Stewart tray made of picture frames. Fehentz uses a quartzite stone and vintage dresser handles, giving it a truly artistic flair. As far as unique pieces go, this one does not disappoint. It could be the best convo starter at the next gathering.

Some of the projects featured are wonderful Ikea hacks, using a few of their benches and chests.   One project converts a bench into a bookcase and gives it the look of cement.  It would be amazing in an industrial styled loft or perhaps even a man cave.


Or try your hand at fabric origami…

I love that Peter has captured so many wonderful projects and makes them look so easy. I have been inspired to try a few of these as well as put my own twist on a few of the projects.

If you’d like a copy of the book, it can be purchased through Amazon. It retails at $27.95, and well worth every dime if you are looking for imaginative ideas that come with instructions.


Disclaimer:  I was sent a copy of the book for the purposes of reviewing it. 

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