Now Make This: 24 DIY Projects by Designers for Kids

By Thomas Bärnthaler, translated by Ruth Ahmedzai Kemp and Jessica West
Published by Phaidon, 2018

24 of the world’s leading designers contribute one object each for kids to make themselves

For the young makers in the family, this beautifully designed handbook offers 24 unique and practical objects for kids to make and use. Each project features fully-illustrated step-by-step instructions, a photographic list of materials, the approximate cost, timing, and a photograph of the finished product. The 24 contributors range from lauded graphic designers to successful industrial designers, all of whom considered this young audience in the creation of their projects. This unusual and engaging book of activities grants children access to world-class design in their very own homes, and may even inspire a few to become designers themselves!


‘[S]omething really special… Like a fabulous Ikea catalogue of crazy ideas that you can make mostly from stuff you’ve got lying around the house… Get your best making shoes on and have a go! You never know what you’ll come up with!’

– Read It, Daddy blog

‘Invite[s] unbridled creativity… Through the playful, inventive activities.’

  Publishers Weekly

‘A great instructional book that I think exemplifies what the makerspace movement was all about.’

– BookRiot

‘Is your child obsessed with building things, desperate to take part in DIY and always planning their next project? If so, they need to get their hands on a copy of Now Make This. This fantastic new book, published by Phaidon, features 24 different objects for your children to make, with each one suggested by a different designer… It’s a brilliant way to set them off on their DIY journeys (and keep them busy, too!).’

–  BookTrust

About the author

Thomas Bärnthaler is the curator and author of Do It Yourself, published by Phaidon, as well as the design editor of Süddeutsche Zeitung Magazin, the biannual magazine for Germany’s largest circulation daily newspaper. He is a father of three, and lives in Munich.