A Hot Glue Gun Mess: Funny Stories, Pretty DIY Projects by Mr. Kate

Posted January 26, 2016 by shooting in Uncategorized / 12 Comments

A Hot Glue Gun Mess: Funny Stories, Pretty DIY Projects by Mr. Kate

Review by Lauren

source: copy from library; all opinions are my own

Official Summary: In this beautiful paperback edition featuring French flaps, hugely
popular lifestyle blogger, YouTube star, and designer Mr. Kate (Kate
Albrecht) offers a stunning collection of step-by-step personal style
and home projects—woven in with quirkily hilarious stories and

Do you dream of finding ways to infuse do-it-yourself
projects into every aspect of your life and have fun doing it? From the
quirky personality behind the Mr. Kate brand comes a not-so-average DIY
lifestyle book that will make your dreams of creating unique how-to
projects become reality.

Filled with 50 unique and approachable projects, along with hysterical, unfiltered stories from Mr. Kate’s crazy life, A Hot Glue Gun Mess
will show how life can inspire art. Growing up with a high-powered
Hollywood father and an oddball, down-to-earth mother, Kate Albrecht had
a childhood that was anything but normal. From how her first period
influenced her to become an artist to how her friendship with a
high-priced hooker encouraged DIY beauty products, Mr. Kate’s stories
are weird, wonderful, personal, inspiring, and downright hilarious.

Review: I didn’t know who Mr. Kate was before I read this book, but I certainly learned a lot about her through A Hot Glue Gun Mess. I liked that this book was 50 stories and 50 DIY projects. After each story, there is a specific craft or DIY project (this can include makeup, etc.) that somehow relates to the story we just read. If you are just interested in reading the crazy stories, then you can do that! I did that but I also paid attention to all the projects that were included as well. Some of them looked really fun! I also liked that Kate used hot glue for a lot of them because I feel like that makes some of these projects easier for people like me, who love crafting and doing DIY but might not have the sewing skills or whatever to do certain projects.

One of the stories Kate includes is I Went to Hogwarts, about an eclectic school she attended as a child. The project that goes with it is the DIY Found Objects Headboard.

Final look at the DIY Found Objects Headboard – source

While this isn’t something I could see myself doing for my own room, I kind of wish I could do it at some point. Kate definitely makes you feel like you could easily do something as awesome and cool-looking as this headboard!

Oh, and in case you’re wondering why she’s Mr. Kate, she says she feels like she’s a mix of things – including masculine and feminine. She’s Mr and she’s Kate. I kind of love it! Kate isn’t shy about sharing the crazy stories from her past, including details about her parents and her husband. Sometimes I wondered how they felt about her sharing certain things, but I suppose they were okay with it!

In all, this was an enjoyable read! I didn’t know Kate beforehand, but it was fun learning about her life, loves, and DIY passions.

12 responses to “A Hot Glue Gun Mess: Funny Stories, Pretty DIY Projects by Mr. Kate

  1. I have no clue who Mr. Kate is either but I was wondering where her name came from so thanks for explaining that. I love the idea of DIY projects but I get bored very easily – I love the mental image of me having a final product, but doing the work … not so much – so I don't think I'd be too interested in doing the actual DIY stuff. I'd be interested to read the stories though.

  2. Not someone I'd heard of …. until now.

    This book sounds full of wonderful ideas – if only I wasn't banned from using anything more 'dangerous' than a stapler and I'm pretty sure a glue gun would be more lethal in my hands.

  3. Ohhhhh, that headboard looks gorgeous, I'm not verry into DIY or craft tbh, but I used to be in high school, but I'd love to do that. It sounds fun, and love that there's stories that go with it, too!

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