DIY Presents Instructions and Recommended Reading

Thanks to all who braved the snow (and sleet and freezing rain!) to come to the workshops! As promised, here are all the instructions on the projects covered in the program and a list of helpful books to check out.  All the supplies should be things you can find around the house or inexpensive items that can be found at any craft store.

Happy crafting and happiest of holidays!

Accordion Boxes

(a.k.a. Single Serve Scrapbooks)

Accordion Box Front Accordion Box Open

Supplies:

  • Decorating Supplies (magazines, markers, stamps, stickers, etc.)
  • Glue Stick
  • Jewelry Box
  • Paper
  • Ruler

Instructions:

  • Accordion-fold a strip of paper to just under the dimensions of the jewelry box.
  • Decorate the folds of the strip of paper with quotes, pictures, magazines cutouts, etc.
  • Glue the first and last pages of the folded strip of paper to the inside of the box’s lid and bottom.
*Adapted from: Martha Stewart’s Favorite Crafts for Kids written by Martha Stewart

Duct Tape Phone Case

Duct Tape Phone Case

Supplies:

  • Decorating Supplies (magazines, markers, stamps, stickers, etc.)
  • Duct Tape
  • Ruler
  • Scissors

Instructions:

  • Make two 3×5.25 inch* sheets for the front and back of the case by overlapping strips of tape.
*(It helps to measure the phone first to ensure a good fit, and then adding 1/4 inch to be on the safe side)
  • Holding the two sheets together cut out a half circle in the middle of one of the short edges and carefully round the corners.
  • Fold thin strips of tape over the long edges to hold the two sides together.  To finish the bottom side, fold a strip of tape over the bottom side, extending beyond the edges.  Carefully trim down to the rounded corners.
  • Go to town and decorate like crazy.
*Adapted from: The Duct Tape Book: 25 Projects to Make With Duct Tape by Jolie Dobson

Glass Gem Magnets

Glass Gem Magnets

Supplies:

  • Foam Brushes
  • Glass Gems*
  • Glue/Mod Podge
  • Magazines
  • Magnets
  • Scissors
*(Glass Gems with a flat back can be found at any craft store in the floral section)

Instructions:

  • Cut a circle roughly* 3/4 inch around, out of a magazine or photograph.
*(Since each Glass Gem is unique in size, it works best when the cutout is just a little smaller than the circumference of the Gem)
  • Glue/Mod Podge the magazine face-up to the flat side of the Glass Gem (the image you want should be the side you glue to the Gem).  Let dry completely.
  • Glue magnet on bottom of Gem (even if the back of your magnet is sticky, the glue will only make the bond stronger).

Non-Skid Socks

Non-Skid Socks

Supplies:

  • Puffy Fabric Paint
(Found at any craft store, like Michael’s or Hobby Lobby)
  • Socks
(Wash them first, or else the design will warp the next time you do laundry)

Instructions:

Using the Puffy Fabric Paint, draw designs on the bottom of your pre-washed socks.  To be on the safe side, don’t touch the paint for at least 24 hours.

Helpful Tips:

  • Work slowly because sometimes the applicator gets clogged and if you squeeze too hard, unexpected globs of paint will spew out.
  • To prevent future cracking, simple designs and smaller lines are recommended.
*Adapted from the blog, I Am Momma-Hear Me Roar

Recommended Reading

If you’re interested in trying some other projects, feel free to check out these titles.  Click on the title or picture to look up the item’s availability at the library!

Make Your Own GiftsMake Your Own Gifts published by DK Publishing, Inc.

Perfect for younger Teens, this craft book offers a wide range of creative ideas for priceless handmade gifts, one for each week of the year.  Filled with plenty of projects for any occasion and season, this title is sure to inspire fun and imagination!

Collection: Youth New Non-Fiction

The Duct Tape BookThe Duct Tape book: 25 Projects to Make with Duct Tape written by Jolie Dobson

New and seasoned duct tape artists will enjoy 25 new and unique projects with easy to follow instructions, as well as, full color photographs of the finished product.

Collection: Youth New Non-Fiction

Craft-a-DayCraft-a-Day: 365 Simple Handmade Projects written by Sarah Goldschadt

With a new theme each week, the projects along with daily inspiration will keep crafters busy year round.  Patterns and how-to photos are provided!

Collection: Adult Non-Fiction

Everything OzEverything Oz: Make Munchkin Placecards, Over the Rainbow Cake, “I’m Melting” Witch Candles, and Much More written by Christine Leech

Recreate the magic of, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, with these playful projects and always remember that, “There’s no place like [a crafty] home!”

Collection: Adult New Non-Fiction

The Star Trek Craft BookThe Star Trek Craft Book written by Angie Pedersen

Live long and prosper with a plethora of Star Trek-themed crafts.  Each project is ranked by skill level from Ensign to Admiral and will guarantee delight for the crafty Trekkie in your life!

Collection: Adult Non-Fiction

Everything AliceEverything Alice: [The Wonderland Book of Makes & Bakes] written by Hannah Read Baldrey

Don’t be late to fall down the crafting rabbit hole with exciting and original Wonderland-themed projects and recipes or else the Red Queen will have your head!

Collection: Adult New Non-Fiction

Print WorkshopPrint Workshop: Hand-printing Techniques + Truly Original Projects written by Christine Schmidt

Utilizing a number of techniques, learn how to put images of things onto other things with this useful and easy-to-understand guide.  You can print your own t-shirts, canvas totes, etc. with your own original designs!

Collection: Adult Non-Fiction

RubbishRubbish: Reuse Your Refuse written by Kate Shoup

Turn trash into treasure with more than 30 creative projects that teach you how to reuse materials you already have at your disposal!  Help save the environment by recycling items and making them into these cool craft projects!

Collection: Adult Non-Fiction

Star Wars Craft BookThe Star Wars Craft Book written by Bonnie Burton

May the crafter force be with you while you make a number of Star Wars-themed projects that are out of this world or from a galaxy far, far away.  The range of projects will delight young and old Jedi alike!

Collection: Youth Non-Fiction

Crafts for KidsMartha Stewart’s Favorite Crafts for Kids written by Martha Stewart

Compiled by the craft goddess herself, Martha Stewart has collected a treasure trove of creative and educational projects that kids of all ages can make.  Full of inspiring ideas and colorful photographs, this title is sure to help produce some amazing crafts!

Collection: Adult New Non-Fiction

If you have any questions, need help, or want to share a picture of your craft, feel free to e-mail me at: lhilty@grayslake.info.

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