What crafts do you have ready to go from memory using common supplies?
Here are two things I keep in mind whenever I might need a short craft–they can both be made simply with a sheet of paper:
- A small gift box
- A magic trick
1) HOW TO MAKE A GIFT BOX FROM PAPER WITHOUT GLUE OR TAPE
Note: perfect for jewelry
2) Walk Through Paper Trick
Note: entertaining for kids
Seek out the inspired concepts in your ideas
Pull on strands that lead you deeper into wonder
Disregard the naysayers
At least until they you feel they have truly seen
Is only yours
And your passion
Is what will see that vision through
to fantastic proportions
I thought, “I have a lot of junk mail,
and I wish I could put it to use somehow.
I don’t need to burn it for heat,
but I do need a bigger waste paper basket.
Wouldn’t it be neat if I could make
A waste paper basket out of waste paper.
Paper mache allows me to do that.
I wonder if I could use such a flexible form as a plastic bag–something often not recycled.
The answer is yes
Here’s my reuse of waste paper, paper mached to look like a plastic bag.
I said, “we need a thematic element for the event this year. We need a gigantic thematic gear or cog. It’s got to be at least six feet tall.” and then I designed and built a gear for our library event 6′ in diameter out of hot glue and the fairly standard sized boxes in which our new books arrive.
Those are just my ideas; me, Hannah. But I know you’ve got some things bouncing around in your noggin and I’m here to encourage you to explore and draw upon those ideas a little more. I think you’ll find it’s a rewarding endeavor #MakerMentality
If you have not visited pinterest.com, then I encourage you to add it to your ever-extending list of login passwords. Here’s why…
This website aggregates a lot of creative information collaboratively by letting people like you and I put links and pictures and ideas up for anyone to be inspired by and check out. I find home improvement ideas, recipes of all sorts, fitness tips, beautiful images of pretty much anything you can think of… Also, it comes highly recommended: 175 million people use Pinterest each month (https://business.pinterest.com/en/blog/175-million-people-discovering-new-possibilities-on-pinterest). I’m not sure exactly how they get that statistic, website visits, active accounts, or what, but it’s impressive!
Here’s how I use Pinterest--I’ve got boards, which are kind of like folders, for many different subjects and I add things by “pinning” them to the “boards.” I haven’t gone back to use them much yet, but it’s a great collaborative idea-collection tool and a fun way to spend some time. Beware, exploring ideas is addictive; I suggest setting a timer! 🙂
A little while back, I posted about the cabinet piece pictured that one of our volunteers had worked with me to 3D scan. The part we produced did not quite fit, but now he’s motivated to design his own piece to fit the situation using TinkerCAD. I hope to give another update once he’s finished!
If you aren’t familiar, TinkerCAD is a user-friendly, free-to-use, light 3D modeling product owned by AutoDesk (who also owns AutoCAD, a standard industry software). Check it out and let us know if you’d like help printing your design!
The Creation Station at our SSCLibrary holds a light duty Fellowes Star 150 for anyone to use (with an initial training). We have a variety of combs (plastic binding bits), the biggest of which is designed for up to 120 page book drafts, reports, notebooks, calendars, etc. If you make a point of training to use this tool at our library, then you may reimburse us for the combs you use, or you may bring your own.
If you aren’t familiar with the comb binding process, here’s the Wikipedia rundown that’s pretty short and sweet:
I find this machine pretty fascinating and useful. It’s like locking and unlocking your pages together with a deterring number of loops, not unlike Velcro. One line of wide Velcro down the spine of your report. As a tangent, you might find the vast assortment of Velcro products to be amusing–it’s not something I would normally tour though, but certainly a unique show of ingenuity: velcro.com.
Bonus: the bound books are simple enough to dismantle without a tool if/when the time combs to reduce/reuse/recycle the draft, report, etcetera.
Make some time for making things; I think you’ll find it does wonders for your attitude and outlook on life. It has even more of an impact when you do it with others: friends, family, or people you don’t yet know!
As part of my job, I’m tasked with reaching out to under-served areas of our service area. Buttons are a fun way to bring attention and interest and send people home with a little something. The button maker is not available as one of our Creation Station tools–it is exclusively for library programs at this point due to the specialized materials necessary. However, catch us at an event where we have it!
As I write this blog post, I’m set up in Hornby, NY at the town hall, ready for visitors to a Pop-Up Library event–keep a lookout for when I’ll be coming by next. I also expect that someone at the Twin Tiers Mini Makerfaire will have a button-maker you can try your hand at: https://twintiers.makerfaire.com/ Definitely see if you can make it to that event Saturday, April 14th. I expect I’ll post more later about it.
What do you get when you cross a baby sheep and the Terminator: a laminator!
Well, not really. This is completely different from a sheep or the Terminator, however, at the library we might laminate a sheep image, stick on some velcro, and use it in a storytime! Or perhaps we might laminate a flyer announcing a Terminator movie night!
Creation Station visitors and makers have used the laminator to make report covers, preserve an obituary notices, and extend the life of paper cards organizations give you to keep in your wallet. It works for any weight of paper as far as I know. You may bring your own laminate or buy a from our box (8.5″ x 11″ and 4″ x 6″ sheets available).
Start your project by emailing us at diglit[at]stls.org or by calling (607) 936 3713.