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Full color guidebook by DIY experts, featuring creative projects from materials you already have laying around the house.

We're Mike and Jawn, DIY experts. We've taught over 3000 workshops featuring fun and unique projects from filament light fixtures to mixing up old school cocktails. Earlier this year we started our company, MakersKit. Each kit is based on one of our popular workshops and is now available on Amazon, our own site MakersKit.com and in over 20 retail stores across the US.

Our next project is writing and publishing a DIY guidebook. Sure there are plenty of DIY books out there, but what makes ours unique is that it's focus is making projects that are fun and free (from materials you already have around the house). 

Got a can of spray paint, scrap ply wood and string? 
Have an old t-shirt and masking tape? We've got tons of projects for you.

We're halfway done writing our book, already have a publishing and distribution deal with Amazon, and open to project ideas for the last half of our book. Our deadline to the publisher is August 15th, with a proof delivered by August 20th, and once approved, our 1st edition will print September 10th and be shipped later that month.

Why we need your help.
Until our book is published, we won't be paid a cent. Writing a book is hard, and writing a full color photo book with detailed steps is a challenge in itself. We have to create each project 2-3 times just to take photos of each step, the completed project, and variations. We're doing all the hard work for you, so you'll have an easy to follow, beautifully photographed book of fun projects that cost little to nothing to make. 

What you'll get.
You'll get our 1st edition, before anyone else. Plus, we'll personally sign each and every copy we send out from this campaign. Our book measures 8.5" x 8.5" Square, is 120 pages, Full-Color Bleed, with a Glossy Coverstock (Softcover).

Book Sections:

  • Mason Jars
  • Spray Paint
  • Scrap Wood
  • Wood Pallets
  • Cardboard/Paper
  • Fibers (fabric, yard, string)
  • Lights
  • Photos
  • Wire
  • Outdoors/Garden.

Thank You.
Backers at the $38 level and up will be printed in our book (if you like), here's a page from our 'thank you' section. (A signed photo release will be required for backers at $50+ that would like their photo printed in our book, we'll send you an easy 1 page PDF along with the shipping survey at the end of our campaign.)

Upcycle. Reuse. Repurpose. Recreate.
We'll show you how to turn junk into well designed awesomeness.

Stretch Goal.
Thank you for helping us reach our initial goal of $1000! We've got a week left and hope to reach $2K by the end. If you help us reach our stretch goal, we'll include a free herb seed started pack with basil, cilantro, parsley and clover seeds to all backers at $16+ and higher levels. The additional funds raised will go towards adding extra projects into our book and help us plan a book tour this fall.

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

Publishing a book isn't easy. The hard part is finding someone to publish it. Luckily, we've got that part done thanks to our previous successes. Now our challenge is funding the rest of the projects in the book so we can meet our deadline. With your help, we'll meet that deadline and create a unique DIY photobook full of ideas, projects and creative inspiration.

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