Crafts! Henna, crazy putty, and upcycled bags and stationery

July 28, 2010

Craft programs usually go over pretty well with teens and if you’re smart about where you get your supplies, they don’t have to be expensive events. A couple of projects have caught my eye recently and I thought I’d share them.

Henna programs (with permission slips if necessary) come up on the listservs every few months or so. Instructables user creativegirlz has detailed instructions and pictures.

A photograph showing a hand with henna designs drawn on it

James and Sylvia at Make show you how to make your own crazy putty. This one involves Borax and it might be a little ambitious, but for libraries with particularly crafty (or mad scientist-like!) teens, this could be a fun project.

Upcycling (using items you were planning to discard and transforming them into something new) is a great way to cut down on craft program costs. If you’ve done t-shirt surgery programs already and you’re looking for another way to put old t-shirts to use, Michelle, a first-year MFADT student at Parsons, shows you how you can turn an old t-shirt into a grocery bag (or a purse for teens).

And finally, Patricia Zapata of A Little Hut shows off a cute stationery set she made from security envelopes, including notecards and envelopes, bookmarks, clips, and pencils. She even provides a PDF instruction sheet.

A photograph of a stationery set made from upcycled security envelopes. The set includes cards, envelopes, bookmarks, clips, and pencils.

I found most of these craft projects via the Craftzine blog. It’s kind of high-volume and some of what gets posted is too ambitious for libraries, but it’s a great source of ideas.

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  • 1. Elizabeth  |  August 2, 2010 at 7:17 PM

    A friend of mine grew up in Morocco where for their weddings, the bride decorates her hands and feet I think it is with henna. Modifying it to the moment, each of the bridesmaids and the bride did henna on one hand/forearm. It was tons of fun, and I could see how it would be a big hit with teens. It can last weeks, so permission slips probably wouldn’t be a bad idea. Love this post :)

  • 2. Gretchen  |  August 3, 2010 at 1:06 PM

    Elizabeth: you’re so right that because henna lasts, permission slips would be a good idea!

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