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A Hot Glue Gun Mess by Mr. Kate

Book Club by Amy Dempsey (@amyldempsey)

Welcome to iDiy For This Book Club! Here you will find a fun & fancy selection of books that have more to do with DIY projects, fashion, life hacks, and entertaining than material for deep literary analysis (cause ain’t nobody got time for that!).



Christina and I agreed that our first selection was a no-brainer; no doubt, our inaugural book club post had to feature Mr. Kate’s A Hot Glue Gun Mess. Christina was lucky enough to meet Mr. Kate at an event celebrating the launch of A Hot Glue Gun Mess and brought home a copy for me since she had already ordered one for herself. We giggled our way through the pages together, commenting on how hilarious and creative the book is. And I don’t know everything (although I often pretend to), but I do know that you will fall in love with Mr. Kate and her book as well!


A Hot Glue Gun Mess is, as the subtitle indicates, a book filled with “funny stories (and) pretty DIY projects.” Mr. Kate begins each chapter with an engaging anecdote about her life and follows it up with a DIY project inspired by the story. Her writing is honest, silly, and a bit irreverent while her projects are unique, inspiring, and oh so doable!


Christina and I chose to recreate Mr. Kate’s DIY Pretty and Prickly Cactus featured in Chapter 11. We created two so we could each take one home and have it remind us of each other in the tradition of Best Friend necklaces. Because life can get prickly at times, but knowing you have someone to help you see the beauty in even the most sticky situations is truly a gift!



Things we used:

A Hot Glue Gun Mess (for the how to) available here

2 Cactus plants

Acrylic paint (we got black to add designs, then we got lazy and decided we liked it better plain)

Paint brush

Earings  (Seriously, how cute are the itty bitty chill pill earrings?!?! )


We had such a hard time deciding which of Mr. Kate’s projects to recreate.  All of them are adorable!







Head over to Chapter 11 in A Hot Glue Gun Mess  to get all the deets on how we made these beauties!



If you read this book & or do this project we would love to hear all about it.  Comment below and let us know what ya think! If you recreate this project, post it on your Instagram and add #idiyforthis #ahotgluegunmess

Happy reading and crafting y’all ,

Amy & Christina