Meet the Author
Hey there, can you introduce yourself?
We're Mike and Jawn, co-creators of MakersKit and huge fans of Cut Out + Keep! We were both art teachers with a passion for all things DIY. When we met we quickly became the best of friends and started teaching DIY workshops as a side business. They became hugely popular and turned into our main, full-time business and a year ago we launch MakersKit. We now create all types of DIY projects kits including Mason Herb Gardens, making Soy Candles, shaking up old school cocktails and even building furniture from laser cut wood.
MakersKit Cheap + Easy DIY Projects is our first book, filled with ideas you can do at home with everyday materials you probably already have. We also have guest contributors in the book who have created tutorials of some of their favorite projects.
We'd love to see what you come up with, share your creations with us using #makerskit
Tell us a bit about the book?
Our book is filled with creative ideas. Create a light fixture using old water bottles, a jewelry stand from coat hangers and a desk organizer from shipping containers.
What was the inspiration behind it?
We have over 100 MakersKit DIY project kits we've created, and crazy enough we've even more ideas than that. Some of these great ideas didn't fit into a box to turn into a kit, or they were just really great ideas that could simply be done with everyday household materials. We decided to put these projects into a book to share with everyone, adding a little creativity without much cost.
Which is your favourite project?
I love the hanging light fixture project we made with a water bottle and parchment paper, I get tons of compliments on it and everyone is amazed when they learn how it was made.
What is your craft space like?
We are based in Los Angeles, CA and have an amazing workshop where 50 makers have careers with MakersKit doing what they to do most, making things! We have laser cutters, 3D printers, tons of power tools and a studio to film fun video tutorials in. We love it!
Have you always been creative?
Yes, always. Art was my favorite class in grade school and when I found out that my local school stopped teaching art due to budget cuts, I decided to step in as a volunteer art teacher. I had to buy all of the supplies, but that was a small price to pay to bring creativity back to the kids.
When did you first start crafting?
I can't really remember when it all started, I think I was just born making!
Who are your crafty heroes?
My grandmother is my crafty hero, she once made me a kite with tissue paper, bamboo skewers and used rice as glue, it was so delicate and beautiful and I ruined it within seconds. I never felt so horrible but to this day I cherish the memory of it and how much care she put into creating it.
Where do you find inspiration?
I love meeting other passionate makers, sharing ideas and working on projects together.
What's next for you?
I've partnered with National Geographic and will be creating a whole new collection of DIY kits inspired by nature and sustainable living. I'm thrilled to get these out into the world and inspire even more people to get creative!
The Makers Boys Cheap + Easy DIY Projects features fun and unique ideas that can easily be done at home with materials and tools you may already have. Join experts Mike Stone and Jawn McQuade as they give you step-by-step instructions on how to grow a terrarium in a Mason jar, build outdoor shelves out of scrap wood and old leather belts, or even how to cut a glass wine bottle with fire and ice.