8 Free Crafty, Skill-Based eGuides

Spring is approaching, and what better way to prepare for all the fun crafts the season brings than to brush up on your skills? Download these guides now to hone your skills—they’re free!

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Cake Decorating

Not-So-Basic Buttercream Decorating Ideas from Craftsy

Fancy buttercream? This 23-page eGuide contains decorating tips, tricks and recipes from sought-after cake decorators! Take your skills to the next level, and be prepared to impress guests when you get together for the approaching spring holidays with the Not-So-Basic Buttercream Decorating Ideas eGuide from Craftsy.

Drawing

Drawing the Human Face: A Primer eGuide from Craftsy

You know what I find the hardest to draw? Living things. Give me a Thanksgiving-style cornucopia, and I can sketch a realistic detailed image of that, but give me something alive, and it’s a total fail (aside from that butterfly I was able to somewhat sketch out by looking at a photograph). I think it’s the faces, so I’m looking forward to checking out the eGuide “Drawing the Human Face: A Primer” from Craftsy!

Food & Cooking

Delicious Doughnut Recipes You Can Make at Home eGuide from Craftsy

You know what smells better than donuts, tastes better than donuts and is healthier than donuts? Homemade donuts. You can usually play around with making different kinds and actually have a say in what goes into them! To get started on making your own, go download the “Delicious Doughnut Recipes You Can Make at Home” eGuide from Craftsy for free.

Gardening

Success With Gardening eGuide from Craftsy

In a pinch for space? Never fear, the “Success With Container Gardening” eGuide is here! Make the most of your space and give container gardening a try—tips, tricks and tutorials are included!

Painting

Beginner’s Guide to the World of Watercolor eGuide from Craftsy

Watercolor is so fun and pretty, no? It’s so perfect for spring! I love how pieces look when they’re finished drying—I feel watercolor shows a prettier version of texture, and the results are so pretty. Learn the types of watercolor papers, how to build a watercolor palette, and much more in the eGuide “Beginner’s Guide to the World of Watercolor” from Craftsy.

Paper Crafts

6+ Stash-Busting Paper Craft Projects eGuide from Craftsy

Got a bunch of scrap pieces of paper lying around? Put ’em to use in crafts! Craftsy’s “6+ Stash-Busting Paper Craft Projects” eGuide will help you get started!

Photography

Understanding Exposure for Better Photos Now: Beginner Photography Tutorials eGuide from Craftsy

New to DSLR? ISO, aperture and shutter speed are all explained in the Craftsy eGuide “Understanding Exposure for Better Photos Now: Beginner Photography Tutorials”. Learn something new, or brush up on some forgotten vocabulary/skills.

Woodworking

Woodturning Basics for Beginners eGuide from Craftsy

From an expert, in the “Woodturning Basics for Beginners” eGuide, you’ll learn the ABCs of woodworking, important safety tips, and how to keep your tools sharp and precise.

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Jane Lawson is a lifestyle blogger at janepedia.com and cousin to Charlise. In her free time, you can find reading or streaming on-demand. The quickest way to her heart is through mint chocolate chip ice cream.