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GPLD CONNECTS

While we’re staying safe in our homes we look forward to seeing you online, where you can receive a variety of Library-approved services designed to educate, inform, entertain, and more! Going forward, we’ll offer an array of virtual events and services from storytimes to lectures to crafts and an in-depth look at the online resources we provide that include homework help, genealogy records, online language courses, job search assistance, and so much more. The GPLD Connects links will be available here.

GPLD CONNECTS CRAFTS

Paper Roll Flowers

These paper roll flowers are perfect for spring.

Supplies:
• paper rolls
• popsicle sticks
• pipe cleaners
• paint
• white cardstock
• glue dots


3D Butterfly Bracelet

These 3-D butterfly bracelets are a lot of fun to make and wear!

Supplies:
• toilet paper roll
• acrylic paint
• scissors
• template (provided)
• cardstock
• craft gems
• extra-strong glue


Ice Painting

Ice painting is a great way to explore colors and introduce science to kids!

Supplies:
• small containers
• food coloring
• water
• craft sticks
• cardstock


Flower Mother's Day Cards

These simple cards designed with cupcake liners are perfect for Mother’s Day or any special occasion.

Supplies:
• cupcake liners
• buttons
• 5-inch by 7-inch blank cards
• green crayon
• tacky glue
• glue stick


Frida Kahlo Planter

This Frida Kahlo succulent planter is deceptively simple to create, and makes a lovely handmade gift.

Supplies:
• small terracotta planter or pot
• acrylic paint
• paint brush
• pencil
• old newspaper


DIY Art Explosion Book

This DIY book is a great way for kids to show off their art!

Supplies:
• paper – white 8.5 x 11 printer paper and colored cardstock
• glue
• markers, crayons, or any art supplies
• optional – tissue paper shapes, confetti, glitter, etc.


Tissue Paper Jellyfish

These jellyfish are easier than they look to make, and best of all, they light up in the dark with the help of an LED color-changing candle.

Supplies:
• tissue paper
• small round bowl
• mod podge
• LED color-changing candle
• sticky tape
• string
• non-stick baking paper
• cling wrap
• paintbrush
• scissors
• metal skewer


Felt Flower Crown

Celebrate spring with a felt flower crown.

Supplies:
• felt
• scissors
• pencil
• yarn
• hot glue
• template (provided)


Paper Roll Bunnies

These cute paper roll bunnies look great in spring colors!

Supplies:
• paper towel roll
• scissors
• acrylic paint
• pom poms
• white felt
• tacky craft glue
• googly eyes
• template (provided)


Unicorn Card

Make a homemade Unicorn Mother's Day card with yarn hair - or create this cute card to use for any occasion.

Supplies:
• template (provided)
• gold, pink, and purple glitter cardstock
• pink, blue, and white yarn
• glue
• scissors
• hole punch
• ruler


Cereal Box Baskets

These recycled cereal box baskets are the perfect size for gathering eggs and can be decorated any way you like.

Supplies:
• large cereal box
• acrylic paint
• construction paper
• double-sided tape
• cotton swab
• lace or ribbon
• black marker
• tissue paper
• glue stick


Scratch Art

Scratch art is a great creative process for kids, and they'll love the results.

Supplies:
• templates (provided)
• crayons
• paint in a contrasting color to your crayons
• toothpick


Handprint Daffodil

This handprint daffodil is bright and cheery - and easy to make!

Supplies:
• yellow cardstock
• paper cups
• orange paint
• green cardstock
• glue
• scissors


Paper Chicks

Make some adorable paper chicks to decorate for Easter or spring.

Supplies:
• newspaper
• tissue in yellow, and pink
• orange construction paper
• googly eyes
• glue
• scissors
• feathers (optional)


Paper Towel Roses

Handmade paper towel roses make wonderful gifts and home accents.

Supplies:
• scrunch-dyed paper towel
• long thin craft stick, chopstick, or straw
• craft glue
• green yarn


Bunny Bookmarks

These cute bunny bookmarks are double-sided with a head peeking over your page and a little tail and bunny feet hanging over the back.

Supplies:
• template
• glue stick
• scissors
• scoring tool


St. Patrick's Day Scavenger Hunt

If you’re looking for an indoor St Patrick’s day activity – this St Patrick’s Day scavenger hunt is a lot of fun!

Supplies:
• Clue cards to print


Egg Grass Heads

These egg grass heads combine Easter and gardening themes for a fun activity.

Supplies:
• eggs
• soil
• grass seeds
• water
• permanent marker


Paper Daffodils 

These pretty paper flowers brighten up a room.
Supplies:
• yellow cupcake liners
• mini yellow or orange cupcake liners
• blue, green cardstock
• yellow pom-poms
• glue stick
• scissors


Pop-up Tulip Card

The colorful tulips on this card make it a terrific spring craft.
Supplies:
• template (provided)
• green, red, pink, or purple cardstock
• scissors
• glue stick


Easter Bunny Card

These cute bunnies can be turned into an Easter card!

Supplies:
• white cardstock
• colored cardstock: yellow, pink, and blue
• googly eyes
• pom poms
• cotton balls
• pipe cleaners
• glue
• template (provided)


Paper Plate Rainbow

Making a paper plate rainbow is fun with this torn paper technique!
Supplies:
• paper plate
• scrap paper: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple
• cotton balls
• glue


Hyacinth Cards

This hyacinth flower card is simple to make (but will impress the person who receives it!)
Supplies:
• template (provided)
• white, green, light blue, purple, or pink cardstock
• scissors
• glue stick
• tacky glue


Flower Baskets

Use these easy to make baskets to store things or fill with gift items.

Supplies:
• cupcake liners
• paper cups
• pipe cleaners
• beads
• dot stickers
• hole punch
• glue stick


Pom Pom Hedgehogs

These pom pom hedgehogs are easy to make, and cute, too!
Supplies:
• cardstock
• yarn
• permanent marker
• scissors
• recycled cardboard
• glue stick
• template (provided)


Yarn Flowers

This lovely spring craft will brighten up your home or make a terrific gift.

Supplies:
• cardstock, various colors
• yarn
• jumbo craft sticks
• buttons
• sticky tape
• glue
• scissors


Rainbow Mask

This colorful rainbow windsock is a great way to celebrate spring!

Supplies:
• light blue cardstock
• white paint
• clothespin
• large pom-pom
• crepe paper (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple)
• scissors
• glue stick
• stapler


Leprechaun Mask

This leprechaun mask will bring some smiles and giggles to your celebration.

Supplies:
• template (provided)
• white paper plate
• orange, peach paint
• green, black cardstock
• circle punch
• orange pom-pom
• black, orange markers
• scissors
• pencil
• glue stick
• stapler
• gold straw
• tape


Egg Carton Goldfish

This egg carton goldfish is a fun recycling craft!

Supplies:
• egg carton
• orange or yellow paint
• tissue paper in the same color as your paint
• white, black pom poms
• pink pipe cleaner
• tacky glue


Four Leaf Clover Project

Here’s a gorgeous St. Patrick’s Day four leaf clover project.

Supplies:
• template (provided)
• mixed media paper
• glue
• black acrylic paint
• watercolors
• paintbrush
• black cardstock
• scissors


Galaxy Painted Pot

Succulents are a nice addition to your home, especially when planted in this galaxy painted pot!

Supplies:
• terracotta pot and tray
• paintbrush
• old toothbrush
• kitchen sponge
• acrylic paint in black, purple, pink, blue, and white
• baking paper


Dragonfly Craft

Enjoy creating colorful dragonfly puppets!

Supplies:
• template (provided)
• paper (colors of your choice)
• white paper
• paper straws
• hole punch
• googly eyes
• glue stick
• scissors


Butterfly Painting 

Butterfly painting is a fun way for kids to explore symmetry and pattern.

Supplies:
• black cardstock
• cotton buds
• acrylic paint in orange, yellow, blue, and white
• scissors
• template (provided)


Leprechaun Finger Puppets

Add something extra special to St. Patrick’s Day by creating these awesome leprechaun finger puppets.

Supplies:
• template (provided)
• cardstock: white, green, orange, cream, and black
• pencil
• 3/4-inch circle punch
• googly eyes
• orange craft pom
• fine tip black marker
• glue stick
• scissors


Shamrock Finger Puppets

These cute St. Patrick’s Day finger puppets add some color and fun to your celebration!

Supplies:
• shamrock finger puppet template (provided)
• green cardstock
• 3/4-inch circle punch
• scissors
• googly eyes
• markers


Paper Robins

Spring is getting closer – let’s celebrate by creating these lovely robins.

Supplies:
• robin template (provided)
• 2 sheets brown cardstock
• 1 small dessert size paper pate
• medium size wiggly eye
• yellow cardstock for beak
• brown and orange paint
• paint brush
• white crayon
• scissors
• glue


Dragonfly Craft

Craft jewels and glittery pipe cleaners make this dragonfly absolutely gorgeous.

Supplies:
• wood craft sticks
• acrylic craft jewels
• tacky glue
• glitter sticks
• small googly eyes
• hot glue gun


Butterfly Squish Art

This easy butterfly squish art activity is a fun thing to do when it’s cold outside!
Supplies:
• paint
• butterfly squish art template (provided)
• optional: extra glitter or sequins to decorate


Egg Carton Flowers

Display these egg carton flowers in a recycled jar tied with a piece of ribbon, or give them away.

Supplies:
• cardboard egg cartons
• acrylic paint
• bamboo skewers
• hot glue gun
• scissors
• paintbrush


Cactus Card

Here’s a cute and simple Valentine’s Day card sure to bring a smile to someone’s face!

Supplies:
• template (provided)
• green, pink or red, and kraft cardstock
• googly eyes
• black marker
• small heart punch
• scissors
• glue


Cute Caterpillar Craft

This cute caterpillar reminds us that spring is not far off!

Supplies:
• caterpillar template (provided)
• green cardstock
• colored cardstock
• googly eyes
• pipe cleaner
• scissors
• markers or crayons
• glue stick
• hole punch
• tape


Valentine Bingo

For a fun and simple Valentine’s activity – try Valentine Bingo!

Supplies:
• white paper or cardstock to print bingo cards (provided)
• bingo markers - options: conversation hearts, M&M’s, jelly beans, Hershey Kisses, red or pink pom poms, buttons, confetti, foam hearts, pencil, or marker
• optional – self laminating sheets


Sweetheart Bookmarks

Sweetheart bookmarks are a great beginner felt sewing project.

Supplies:
• felt
• embroidery thread
• needle and needle threader
• bookmark template (provided)
• sewing pins
• scissors


Salt Dough Heart Ornaments

These salt dough heart ornaments are perfect for Valentine’s Day.

Supplies:
• flour
• salt
• heart cookie cutters
• acrylic paint
• Mod Podge
• glitter
• twine


Handmade Rose Stamp

This handmade rose stamp makes a great card, or use it to create a pretty handmade gift wrap, gift tags, or artwork.

Supplies:
• cardstock
• sponge cleaning cloth
• a piece of rectangular kitchen sponge
• cotton bud
• acrylic paint
• glue stick
• a piece of newspaper


Handprint Penguin 

This handprint penguin is a cute and fun winter activity!

Supplies:
• white felt
• black, orange, and light blue cardstock
• googly eyes
• white pom poms
• snowflake stickers or embellishments


Heart Envelopes 

Make your Valentine’s greetings stand out with heart envelopes!

Supplies:
• heart envelope template (provided)
• patterned scrapbook paper, with one side being white
• scissors
• gel pens, colored pencils or crayons
• heart stickers


Paper Roll Love Bug

Create a sweet paper roll love bug for Valentine's day.

Supplies:
• paper rolls
• paint
• googly eyes
• pipe cleaners
• beads
• construction paper
• craft glue
• markers
• scissors
• skewer


Cherry Blossom Windsocks

These cherry blossom windsocks will give you warm thoughts during these cold days.

Supplies:
• blue cardstock
• brown paint
• paintbrush
• pink crepe paper
• glue stick
• scissors
• stapler


Llama Card

This cute llama makes a great Valentine’s Day card!

Supplies:
• llama template (provided)
• white, pink, purple cardstock
• markers
• poms (different sizes)
• glue dots
• scissors
• glue stick


Birds on a Wire

If you enjoy bird watching, you will have fun creating birds on a wire.

Supplies:
• birds template (provided)
• black, white cardstock
• yellow, orange, pink, and light blue tissue paper
• black braiding cord
• scissors
• glue stick
• tape


Winter Bingo

If you’re looking for a fun indoor winter activity, Winter Bingo is a lot of fun! You can even use small white pom poms as pretend snowball bingo markers.

Supplies:
• bingo card templates (provided)
• white paper
• bingo markers (white pom poms (to look like snowballs), blue pom poms, white or blue buttons, fabric snowflakes, pencils, or markers


Groundhog Day Mask

Get ready for Groundhog Day by creating this adorable mask!

Supplies:
• empty cereal box
• brown acrylic paint
• paint brush
• scissors
• craft knife
• brown, white, and black cardstock paper
• heart (from a punch or cut out)
• flat toothpicks
• glue
• hole punch
• string or yarn


Colorful Yarn Butterfly

Create a colorful yarn butterfly using this simple weaving technique.

Supplies:
• craft sticks
• pipe cleaners
• yarn in more than one color
• beads


Woodland Animal Planters

Recycled plastic bottles transform into adorable woodland animal planters!

Supplies:
• recycled plastic bottles
• acrylic paint
• glue
• black buttons
• hot glue gun
• scissors
• paint brush
• black marker
• rocks and plastic plants, or real plants and potting mix
• face templates (provided)


Handprint Heart Tree

This handprint heart tree makes a lovely Valentine's gift!

Supplies:
• blue, green, and brown cardstock
• pink construction paper
• paper cutter
• stapler
• scissors
• pencil
• glue
• paper plate


Pterodactyl Puppet

Here is a fun and easy paper pterodactyl puppet.

Supplies:
• string
• craft stick
• hole punch and scissors
• tape
• template (provided)


Festive Windsocks

Add some fun and color to winter by making some festive windsocks.

Supplies:
• windsock template (provided)
• white, black, orange cardstock
• cardstock in colors of your choice
• googly eyes
• pom-poms
• buttons
• glue stick
• black marker
• scissors
• pencil


Unicorn Valentine Holder

Transform two paper plates into an adorable unicorn Valentine holder.

Supplies:
• heavy duty paper plates
• white cardstock
• gold glitter adhesive foam sheet
• paper flower embellishments
• pink ribbon
• black marker
• pink marker
• scissors
• stapler


Matchbox Mini Valentine 

Create a cute mini valentine from a matchbox with a tiny hand-sewn heart plushy inside.

Supplies:
• felt
• needle and thread
• pencil
• scissors
• matchbox
• craft glue
• craft paper in different colors
• confetti


Paper Sloth

Brighten your day with this adorable sloth!

Supplies:
• sloth template (provided)
• blue, cream, brown, red, black, purple and kraft cardstock
• black marker
• scissors
• glue


Paper Plate Frog Puppets

Have fun making, then playing with, paper plate frog puppets.

Supplies:
• 1 paper plate per frog
• cardstock, 2 shades of red or pink
• egg carton
• tissue paper
• acrylic paint in white
• pva glue
• paint brush
• scissors
• lead pencil
• stapler
• black permanent marker
• small scrap of yellow paper


Washcloth Bunny

These no-sew washcloth bunnies make adorable gifts for any occasion!

Supplies:
• washcloths
• elastic band
• ribbon
• googly eyes
• cotton ball
• button
• glue
• chocolate egg or a small soap for the back


Heart Suncatcher

This heart suncatcher is simple to make and adds color to your home.

Supplies:
• red and pink paper plates
• tissue paper confetti
• clear contact paper
• heart shape
• bowl
• scissors
• pen or pencil


Hot Air Balloon Cards

Homemade cards are fun to make and a special treat for recipients. These 3D hot air balloon cards will brighten anyone’s Valentine’s Day!

Supplies:
• hot air balloon card template (provided)
• pink or red cardstock
• kraft paper cardstock
• craft sticks
• markers
• glue stick
• tacky glue


Frilled Neck Lizards

Transform a paper towel roll into a colorful lizard, and add a frilled neck!

Supplies:
• 1 long cardboard tube per lizard
• 1 cupcake case per lizard
• googly eyes
• tacky craft glue
• paint
• scissors
• lizard template (provided)


Braided Yarn Dolls

Braided yarn dolls are fun and easy to create and make great DIY toys or handmade gifts.

Supplies:
• yarn
• cardboard
• scissors


Sponge Painting Winter Landscape

Create a gorgeous winter landscape inspired by the view outside your window using a sponge printing technique.

Supplies:
• sponges
• acrylic or poster paint
• blue or grey cardstock
• a cotton swab


New Years 3D Display

Add some sparkle to your New Year’s Eve celebration with this 3D display!

Supplies:
• dark blue, gray, black, and yellow cardstock
• sparkle pipe cleaners
• star stickers
• glue dots
• scissors
• glue stick


Paper Snowman

Too icy to make a good snowman outside? You can make this cute snowman inside where it’s warm and comfy.
Supplies:
• 2 sheets of white paper
• paper in any other color
• black marker
• glue, scissors
• buttons, cupcake liner, sequins


Salt Painting

Salt painting is a fun activity that produces beautiful results, and these snowflakes match this week’s weather!

Supplies:
• white cardstock
• liquid watercolors
• salt (any kind will do)
• white glue
• a little bit of water
• snowflake template (provided)


Party Hats

Celebrate the new year in a creative way with these party hats!

Supplies:
• pencils, crayons, or felt tip pens
• glue stick or stapler
• scissors
• party hat templates (provided)


Winter Art

This fun winter art lesson adds a little snow to our lives (if the weather doesn’t give us any!) Using newspaper and a variety of different materials makes it a fun mixed media art project.

Supplies:
• newspaper
• green watercolors
• paintbrush
• sponge paintbrush
• light blue and white cardstock
• bubble wrap
• white paint
• paper plate
• metallic markers
• scissors
• glue stick


Easy Christmas Tree

Use a fork to paint the pine needle texture on this easy Christmas tree and get beautiful results.

Supplies:
• green, brown, and yellow cardstock
• pencil
• scissors
• green acrylic paint
• plastic fork
• small paper plate
• glitter glue
• 3/4-inch circle stickers or sequins
• glue stick


DIY Ornament

This DIY ornament is inspired by a book, and is a good hands-on activity!

Supplies:
• small wood slices
• small nails
• thread
• small eye hooks
• ribbon, string, or baker’s twine


Fireworks Craft

Thinking ahead to the new year? Here’s a fun craft to add some color to your celebration.

Supplies:
• black cardstock
• newspaper
• yellow highlighter
• acrylic paint
• cotton swabs
• paper plate
• glitter glue
• scissors
• glue stick


Pom Pom Popper Snowman

This snowman can throw snowballs across the room!

Supplies:
• white paper cup
• white balloon
• electrical tape
• felt tip markers
• brown cardstock
• white or blue acrylic pom poms
• double-sided tape
• scissors
• craft knife


Woodland Animal Paper Wreath

This woodland animal paper wreath is an easy papercraft for all ages.

Supplies:
• white cardstock
• pencil
• scissors
• glue
• black gel pen or permanent marker
• woodland animal wreath template (provided)


Ugly Sweater Decorations

Create the ugly sweater of your dreams – it’s fun, easy, and something the whole family can do!

Supplies:
• sweater template (provided)
• colored cardstock
• markers
• embellishments (buttons, mini bows, stickers, sequins, etc.)
• scissors
• glue


Homemade Gift Tags

These adorable handmade gift tags make the perfect accent for your gifts.

Supplies:
• washable markers
• aluminum foil
• cardstock
• cookie cutters
• spray bottle
• hole punch
• chenille sticks
• beads


Gnome Puppets

These cute gnome puppets are fun to make and decorate!

Supplies:
• gnome template (provided)
• red or green cardstock
• white yarn
• pom-pom
• 3/4-inch circle punch
• snowflake punch
• snowflake stickers
• scissors
• glue dots
• glue stick


Paper Bag Snowman

Will we get snow this weekend? We're not sure, but you can have fun with these paper bag snowmen – no shoveling required!

Supplies:
• white paper lunch bag
• orange construction paper
• colored cardstock paper
• large googly eyes
• large pom-poms
• washi tape
• buttons
• black marker
• scissors
• glue stick


Nature Ornaments

Collect pine cones, acorns, and other pieces of nature to decorate and add some sparkle to your home!

Supplies:
• fallen seed pods, pinecones, acorns, etc.
• glue
• glitter
• acrylic or poster paints
• string
• Mod Podge


Paper Plate Grinch 

Who can resist this paper plate Grinch?

Supplies:
• template (provided)
• paper plate
• green paint
• red, white, green, yellow cardstock
• scissors
• black marker
• glue stick


Reindeer Pillow Boxes

Reindeer pillow boxes are a quick and easy DIY gift idea as a little something to hand out.

Supplies:
• white cardstock
• scoring tool
• ruler and cutting mat
• glue stick
• reindeer pillow box template (provided)


Rocking Polar Bear

Enjoy creating this fun rocking paper plate polar bear, and you get to design his outfit!

Supplies:
• paper plate
• colored pencils
• small pom-pom
• black marker
• scissors
• safety cutter
• pencil


Christmas Tree Sewing Craft

Turn ordinary plastic lids into a Christmas sewing project this holiday season.

Supplies:
• plastic lid
• craft knife
• hole punch
• green yarn
• yellow and brown adhesive foam sheet
• small poms
• glue dots OR glue gun
• tape
• scissors


Unicorn Ornaments

These colorful unicorn ornaments are simple to create and make a nice homemade gift.

Supplies:
• wooden round bauble
• white acrylic paint
• gold glitter stickers
• white foam sheet
• rainbow yarn
• black and pink permanent markers
• tacky glue
• scissors


Paper Angels

These paper angels look great on a mantel or on a tree!

Supplies:
• scissors
• construction paper
• ribbon or string
• a bead for hanging
• tape
• paper angel template (provided)


Homemade Snowflakes

Here’s a fun variation on homemade snowflakes – these are 3D!

Supplies:
• snowflake templates (provided)
• colored or white paper
• glue
• sequins, glitter, etc.
• silver thread
• tape


Reindeer Treat Cups

These simple reindeer treat cups are a fun and easy DIY gift idea.

Supplies:
• paper cups in a brown or earth color
• brown construction paper
• white cardstock
• small pom poms
• bakers twine
• black marker
• scissors


Washcloth Snowman

This simple washcloth snowman is a fun winter craft for kids, and a cute handmade gift idea.

Supplies:
• white face cloth
• baby socks
• elastic bands
• small black beads, buttons, googly eyes, etc.
• orange pipe cleaners
• small acrylic pom poms
• chunky yarn
• optional small treats
• hot glue gun


Mistle-Toes

“Mistle-Toes” make a great holiday decoration – hang it up, turn it into a card – it’s up to you!

Supplies:
• template (provided)
• white cardstock
• green paint
• paper plate
• ribbon
• adhesive
• embellishments like glitter, rhinestones etc.


3D Unicorns

These 3D construction paper unicorns are here to spread some magic!

Supplies:
• template (included)
• construction paper
• coloring supplies
• scissors
• glue
• glitter glue


Paper Roll Reindeer

These paper roll reindeer make a cute decoration!

Supplies:
• paper towel roll
• scissors
• paint in brown and white
• white paper
• glue stick
• hot glue gun
• cotton ball
• optional mini pom pom


Hand-Sewn Pear

This is a quick and easy sewing craft for beginners!

Supplies:
• template (provided)
• soft felt in pale green with scraps in pink, green, brown, and red for the extra details (leaf, stalk, and face)
• embroidery thread
• needle and pins
• stuffing


Fiction Audiobooks

Do you remember having a parent or teacher read you a story? You can still have that experience with an audiobook - great for commuting, housework, walking, or crafting. Give these selections a try!


Melting Snowman Puppet

This melting snowman puppet can dance around, melt to the ground, and then pop back up ready to start the fun and games all over again!

Supplies:
• paper plates
• blue and white paint
• snowman template (provided in comments)
• white printer card
• markers
• white felt or fabric
• jumbo straw
• scissors
• glue


Paper Plate Turkey

Kids can learn about colors while creating this cute turkey.

Supplies:
• regular sized paper plate
• small sized paper plate
• brown paint
• 2 large googly eyes
• red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple cardstock
• red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple tissue paper
• stapler
• scissors
• glue stick


DIY Christmas Crackers

Create beautiful marbled DIY Christmas crackers using strips of marble art.

Supplies:
• tissue paper
• cracker snaps
• ribbon
• printable jokes or Christmas “Would You Rather” questions
• small toy or trinket
• chocolate or mini candy cane
• recycled paper roll
• stapler
• double-sided tape


Homemade Christmas Cards

Here’s a great way to send homemade Christmas cards to everyone on your list using everyday materials.

Supplies:
• cardstock in different colors
• Christmas-shaped cookie cutters
• patterned paper
• glue stick
• metallic markers or pens
• glitter glue


Water Bottle Stamps

Before you recycle soda or water bottles (the ones with flower-shaped bottoms), get one more use out of them with this fun stamping project. Simple and fun!

Supplies:
• plastic bottles
• paint


Birdseed Ornament

Our feathered friends can use an extra nutritional boost this time of year. These birdseed ornaments are easy to make, and you’ll get to enjoy watching birds flock to your back yard.

Supplies:
• birdseed
• unflavored gelatin
• corn syrup
• water
• cookie cutters
• drinking straws
• twine


Paper Turkey

Make your own paper turkey – it’s easy and adds a festive holiday mood to your home.

Supplies:
• cardstock
• googly eyes
• white paper
• glue
• turkey template (provided)


DIY Christmas Photo Ornament

Photo ornaments can brighten up your home, and they make great gifts!

Supplies:
• 4” x 6” printed photo
• cardboard
• hole punch
• glue stick
• markers
• glitter glue
• black permanent marker
• circles for tracing
• ribbon
• scissors


Fingerprint Plate

This fingerprint plate is fun to create and makes a lovely homemade gift.

Supplies:
• white plate
• red porcelain paint
• green porcelain paint
• black porcelain pen


Turkey Windsock

This turkey windsock is simple to create, and it makes a lovely Thanksgiving decoration.

Supplies:
• brown cardstock
• red, orange, and yellow paper
• red balloon
• brown crepe paper
• googly eyes
• glue stick (or glue dots)
• paper cutter
• scissors
• stapler


Turkey Box

This turkey box is a way to write down something you are thankful for during November and "feed" it to the turkey.

Supplies:
• turkey template (provided)
• empty square tissue box
• brown paint
• sponge paintbrush
• brown, yellow, red, and orange cardstock
• googly eyes
• glue dots (optional)
• scissors
• extra strength glue stick


Paper Snowman

Whether you’re ready for snow – or not – this snowman is a cute addition to your home!

Supplies:
• snowman template (provided)
• light blue, white, black, brown, red, orange, and pink cardstock
• paper cutter
• pencil
• googly eyes
• black marker
• snowflake punch
• glitter star sticker (optional)
• scissors
• glue stick


Elbow Macaroni Turkey

Use rounded macaroni shapes to mimic the texture of bird feathers and create an elbow macaroni turkey!

Supplies:
• cardboard
• elbow macaroni
• orange, yellow, red, and brown acrylic paint
• sandwich bags
• parchment paper
• googly eyes
• orange marker
• glue


Magnetic Ice Skating Craft

This magnetic ice skating craft is a fun DIY toy and STEAM activity.

Supplies:
• small cereal box
• blue, white & green construction paper
• large sheet of white paper
• extra scrap cardboard
• dowel rods or chopsticks
• extra strong small magnets
• paint
• glue stick
• an old toothbrush
• hot glue gun
• scissors
• fine paint brush
• lead pencil
• ruler


Snowman Winter Scene

Create a fun, wintry snowman scene with fingerprint snow.

Supplies:
• template (provided)
• construction paper in a winter colour
• markers, pencils, or crayons
• white paint
• glue stick
• scissors


Peg Monsters

These colorful peg monsters will make kids smile, and they are easy to create!

Supplies:
• wooden pegs (clothespins)
• yarn
• pipe cleaners
• googly eyes
• acrylic paint
• plastic beads
• gel pens
• tacky craft glue


Paper Sassafras Cat

Make a paper plate cat craft based on the Sassafras character in the Zoe and Sassafras book series by Asia Citro.

Supplies:
• 2 paper plates per cat
• acrylic paint in orange, white, and brown
• piece of sponge
• white paper
• paintbrush
• scissors
• stapler
• black marker
• glue stick


Spider Puppets

Here’s a quick, fun DIY craft for Halloween!

Supplies:
• egg cartons
• hole pnch
• paint
• pipe cleaners
• googly eyes
• hat elastic
• dowel rods, or sticks


Marble Maze

Turn an old cardboard box into a fun straw maze with loose bits of wooden arts and craft materials.

Supplies:
• shallow cardboard box
• paint (optional)
• straws
• small wooden beads, mini blocks, and spools
• hot glue gun
• scissors
• pencil
• small marble or wooden bead


DIY Kaleidoscope

Explore light, reflections, and symmetry with this DIY kaleidoscope.

Supplies:
• toilet paper roll
• mylar sheets or mirrored sheets
• scissors and/or paper cutter
• tape
• white cardstock
• bendy straw
• markers or stickers
• optional: paint


Paper Roll Bat

This bat craft for Halloween is cute and easy to make!

Supplies:
• black, blue, or gray construction paper
• lead pencil
• scissors
• glue
• paper roll
• bat template (provided)


Dino Bracelet

This dino bracelet is fun to make, and the instructions provide interesting facts about dinosaurs.

Supplies:
• pencils, crayons or markers
• scissors
• glue
• dinosaur paper bracelet template (provided)


Sponge Art

This sponge geometric art activity is also a great way to experiment with color and patterns.
Supplies:
• kitchen sponges
• poster or acrylic paint
• paper
• ice cream lids or similar to use as paint pallets


Flying Witches

Ready for some Halloween fun? These flying witches will get you in the mood!

Supplies:
• green paper cups
• black, orange, purple, brown paper
• black yarn
• googly eyes
• permanent marker
• glue
• scissors


Leather Diffuser Bracelets

Carry your favorite scents everywhere with braided leather essential oil diffuser bracelets!

Supplies:
• thin faux leather/suede string cord
• 1 small button with 2 holes
• 3 essential oils
• scissors
• dropper


Paint and Glue Pendant 

Combine glue and paint to create this colorful necklace for a fun and easy handmade gift.
Supplies:
• white non-toxic craft/PVA glue
• paint
• plastic paint palette or muffin tin
• skewer
• yarn


Finger Knit Necklaces

Finger knit friendship necklaces only require two items, and the rest is up to your imagination.

Supplies:
• yarn
• beads with holes in the center


Dish Towel Art

These dish towels are a great way to combine kid art and a make a fun gift item.

Supplies:
• tea towels
• acrylic paint
• tintable fabric medium
• paint brushes
• potatoes
• tiny cookie cutters


Magical Lanterns

Upcycle mason jars and turn them into a set of lanterns with magical silhouettes of mermaids and fish set against the luminescent background of the sea.

Supplies:
• mason jars
• spray paint
• plain paper
• white glue
• mermaid template (provided)
• white LED candles


Customized Coasters

Use rubber stamps to create customized coasters for your home or to give away!
Supplies:
• tiles
• permanent stamping ink
• rubber stamps
• felt pads
• glue


Mini Paper Lanterns

Miniature paper lanterns make great decorations, especially when you place a small LED candle inside.

Supplies:
• paper lantern template (provided)
• scissors
• double-sided tape
• decorative (washi) tape
• milk bottle lids (one per lantern)
• butter knife, cutting mat, and metal ruler for scoring
• LED tealight candles (optional)


Halloween Herb Garden

Here’s a fun upcycling idea: use plastic bottles to create a Halloween herb garden!

Supplies:
• plastic bottles in 1L or 2L size
• permanent marker
• craft knife
• scissors
• acrylic paint
• PVA glue
• lead pencil
• buttons (optional)
• paint brushes
• waterproof acrylic sealer (optional)


DIY Nature Craft

This DIY nature craft encourages open-ended play.

Supplies:
• sticks and twigs
• leaves – use a combination of fresh and dry leaves
• seed pods
• other nature items that catch your eye and imagination
• sticky tack
• googly eyes
• tray to put the items on


Halloween Tissue Paper Suncatchers

Make some Halloween tissue paper suncatchers in either bat or pumpkin design.

Supplies:
• construction paper in assorted colors – 2 sheets per suncatcher
• tissue paper in assorted colors, cut into strips
• freezer paper (or tracing paper)
• glue stick
• scissors
• template (provided)


Balloon Puppies

Who doesn’t love puppies? Make your own, using balloons!

Supplies:
• balloons
• crepe paper
• scissors
• ribbon
• permanent marker
• double-sided tape


Dinosaur Softies

Make some cute felt dinosaurs!

Supplies:
• felt
• embroidery thread
• sewing needle and needle threader
• scissors
• pins
• small buttons
• fabric glue
• dinosaur softie pattern (provided)


Paper Plate Sloth

Paper plate crafts are simple and fun – check out this adorable paper plate sloth!

Supplies:
• sloth template (provided)
• paper plates
• cardboard
• tan and brown cardstock
• googly eyes
• markers
• scissors
• glue stick
• stapler


Painted Rock Photo Holders

Turn painted rocks into a special keepsake by creating photo holders.

Supplies:
• rocks or stones
• acrylic paints in various colors and paintbrushes
• Mod Podge
• craft or floral wire
• beads
• wire cutter or pliers
• special photos to display


DIY Bath Bombs!

Bath bombs make great gifts for friends and family, and this easy recipe features ingredients you may already have in your home!
Supplies:
• 2 cups baking soda
• 1 cup cream of tartar
• 1-2 table spoons of olive oil or plain oil
• food coloring
• essential oils
• dried lavender
• water in a spray bottle
• ice cube trays


Comic Leaf Art

This easy comic leaf art is an exercise in creative thinking, too!

Supplies:
• paper leaves (template provided)
• construction paper in fall colors
• glue stick
• permanent marker
• white paper
• scissors


Friendship Necklaces

Clay friendship necklaces are fun to create and they make great gifts!

Supplies:
• yarn
• beads
• skewer
• masking tape
• aluminum foil
• baking pan
• sculpey clay
• scissors
• heart-shaped cookie cutter or playdough cutter


Book Page Wreaths

Let’s join our Library Associate Christine to discover how to make book page wreaths.

Supplies:
• hot glue gun
• scissors
• pencil
• inside ring of a mason jar
• book pages
• ribbon


Sandbox Small World

This sandbox small world encourages imaginary play.

Supplies:
• tray – any tray including a baking tray or disposable foil tray. A large plastic tub is less messy if you are working indoors
• sand
• pebbles or small rocks
• craft sticks
• foil
• plastic gems
• pine cones or twigs and leaves from the garden
• small toys to live in the world


Peacock Puppets

Peacock puppets are simple to make and fun to play with!

Supplies:
• peacock craft template (provided)
• paper lunch bags
• blue and yellow cardstock
• green construction paper
• blue feathers
• tape
• blue and gold sequins
• pencil
• scissors
• extra strength glue stick
• tacky glue


Paper Pumpkin Basket

Make a paper pumpkin basket, perfect for Halloween or fall crafting fun!

Supplies:
• pumpkin template (provided)
• cardstock paper in orange or white
• scissors
• double-sided tape


Fall Windsock

Celebrate the beautiful colors of the fall season with this simple and fun windsock craft.

Supplies:
• light blue cardstock
• red cardstock
• brown paint
• small paper plate
• paintbrush
• foam leaf stickers
• crepe paper
• glue stick
• stapler


Bug Art

Make nature art bugs from leaves and twigs!

Supplies:
• cardboard
• acrylic paint
• tacky craft glue
• Mod Podge
• hole punch
• paint brush
• leaves, sticks and twigs in assorted shapes and sizes


Fall Play Dough

This play dough recipe features fall shades and lovely spices that fit the season perfectly and add a seasonal sensory element.

Supplies:
• 2 cups of plain (all purpose) flour
• 1 cup of salt
• 2 tablespoons of cream of tartar
• 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil
• 1 and half cups of just-boiled water
• spices of choice: grated cloves, ground ginger, ground cinnamon, grated nutmeg (approximately half a teaspoon for each spice you use)
• food coloring or paint in fall colors


Pine Cone Bird Feeders

Pine cone bird feeders are inexpensive, easy to make, and are truly beneficial to birds in the winter.

Supplies:
• pine cones, clean and dry
• natural peanut butter, crunchy or smooth (the link below provides peanut butter alternatives)
• butter knives or popsicle sticks
• birdseed
• hemp twine
• paper plates
• scissors


Tin Can Owls

This tin can owl craft is cute, colorful and perfect for fall and back to school!

Supplies:
• aluminum/tin can
• craft felt sheets (orange, plus the color of your choice)
• yarn
• puffy paint
• bottle caps
• googly eyes
• hot glue gun
• scissors


Paperbowl Scarecrow

This paper bowl scarecrow is a great project for fall.

Supplies:
• scarecrow pattern (provided)
• paper bowls
• tan paint
• paintbrush
• black buttons
• raffia or yellow construction paper strips
• yellow tissue paper
• orange, pink, and brown cardstock or construction paper
• black and brown marker
• scissors
• stapler
• glue


Lion Leaf Craft

Go on a nature walk, and pick up some colorful leaves while you are at it as you’ll need them to make this fun lion leaf craft!

Supplies:
• lion template (provided)
• paper
• real fall leaves
• glue
• scissors
• optional – coloring supplies


Pumpkin Patch Art

Getting ready for a trip to the Pumpkin Patch? Enjoy this fun craft!

Supplies:
• white cardstock or watercolor paper
• watercolors
• paintbrush
• orange, green, and brown paint
• paper plate
• orange glitter glue
• plastic squeeze bottles


Paper Bag Parrots

These paper bag parrot puppets are a delight to make and play with!

Supplies:
• parrot template (provided)
• paper lunch bag
• red, white, and yellow cardstock
• colored paper
• crepe paper (red, yellow and blue)
• pencil
• scissors
• extra strength glue stick


Paper Roll Scribblers

Make some paper roll scribblers for a fun art activity.

Supplies:
• pens, crayons, pencils, or chalk in assorted colors – approximately 8 per scribbler
• toilet roll or paper towel roll cut in half
• duct tape


Baby Owl Art

This snowy baby owls craft is fun to make – and cute!

Supplies:
• black cardstock
• brown craft paper or lunch sack
• brown, black, white, and orange cardstock
• black marker
• glue stick
• white paint
• large pom-pom
• clothespin
• small paper plate
• gold glitter glue
• circular foam brush


Autumn Doodle

This simple fall doodle art uses patterning to create cool designs. This is also a fun and relaxing activity.

Supplies:
• leaves templates (provided)
• construction paper in fall colors
• glue stick
• permanent marker


Rainbow Friendship Bracelet

This colorful rainbow friendship bracelet is fun to make and eye-catching!

Supplies:
• embroidery floss or thin yarn in a variety of colors
• scissors
• tape
• clipboard


Pop-Up Tree Card

Celebrate the gorgeous colors of the fall season with a colorful pop-up card!

Supplies:
• blue, green, and brown cardstock
• fall colors cardstock (red, orange, yellow)
• 3-inch circle punch (optional)
• scissors
• glue stick


Whirlygig

Make a simple whirlygig DIY toy from recycled cardboard. This is a fun craft idea for all ages!

Supplies:
• string
• cardboard
• glue stick
• scissors
• kitchen skewer
• whirlygig pattern (provided)


Washi Tape Art Frames

These washi tape and foil art frames take no time to make at all and provide a reflective surface for kids to draw on with permanent markers.

Supplies:
• heavy cardboard scraps
• aluminium foil
• washi tape
• permanent markers


Bobble Head Dancing Dolls

These bobble heads are so cute; make a bunch and make them dance with each other!

Supplies:
• paper cup
• acrylic paint
• construction paper
• pipe cleaner
• markers
• yarn
• glue gun
• toothpick
• bobble head template (provided)


Autumn Paper Mosaic 

This paper mosaic is an eye-catching fall art project.

Supplies:
• leaf template (provided)
• construction paper
• cardstock in a contrasting color to your construction paper
• scissors
• glue stick


Zebra Finger Puppets

These zebra puppets are eye-catching and fun to play with!

Supplies:
• zebra template (provided)
• white cardstock
• 3/4″ circle hole punch
• black paint
• paintbrush
• black yarn
• googly eyes
• scissors
• black marker
• tacky glue or extra strength glue stick


DIY Squishy

Let’s join Miss Sarah and discover how to make our own squishy!


Pumpkin Patch Art

Are your thoughts turning to fall? Try some pumpkin patch art using balloons!

Supplies:
• green cardstock
• orange paint
• brown paint
• small balloon
• small paper plate
• orange neon glitter glue
• green yarn
• scissors
• glue


Pressed Leaf Art

Create decorative pressed leaf art to hang on your walls using leaves collected from nature and colorfully painted cardboard.

Supplies:
• cardboard
• pressed leaves
• glue
• Mod Podge
• paint
• paint brush


Koala Finger Puppets

These cute koala finger puppets are great for kids of all ages.

Supplies:
• koala finger puppet template (provided)
• gray cardstock
• black cardstock
• self-adhesive small googly eyes
• 3/4-inch or 1-inch circle punch
• pencil for tracing
• scissors
• glue stick


Unicorn Sleep Mask

These cute unicorn sleeping masks don’t require any sewing!

Supplies:
• unicorn mask template (provided)
• white, pink, blue, and black felt
• scissors
• hot glue
• gold sequined ribbon
• elastic
• pencil


Paper Bowl Scarecrow

Looking for a fall-themed craft? This paper bowl scarecrow is simple and cute!

Supplies:
• scarecrow template (provided)
• paper bowls
• tan paint
• paintbrush
• black buttons
• raffia (or yellow construction paper strips)
• yellow tissue paper
• orange, pink, and brown cardstock
• black and brown marker
• scissors
• stapler
• glue


Handprint Fox

This handprint fox craft is fun and easy to make!

Supplies:
• orange paper
• scissors
• pencil
• glue
• white paint
• googly eyes or wiggle eye stickers


Egg Carton Garden

An empty egg carton transforms into a gorgeous flower garden that kids will love to play with.

Supplies:
• flower garden template (provided in comments)
• egg carton
• green paint
• sponge paintbrush
• green cardstock
• green jumbo craft sticks
• cupcake liners (regular size and mini)
• buttons
• scissors
• glue stick
• craft knife


Caterpillar Craft

Paper circles add a fun 3D effect to this caterpillar craft.

Supplies:
• caterpillar template (provided)
• green cardstock
• colored cardstock or paper
• sticker googly eyes
• pipe cleaner
• scissors
• markers or crayons (optional)
• extra strength glue stick
• hole punch
• tape


DIY Monster Bookmarks

Make reading extra fun by making some of these DIY monster bookmarks. These cute and colorful monsters are super easy for kids of all ages to create.

Supplies:
• template (provided)
• colored cardstock
• googly eyes
• markers
• glue dots
• hole punch (optional)
• pencil
• scissors
• glue stick


Shape Monsters

Enjoy this fun and easy sewing craft for kids, creating shape monsters.

Supplies:
• felt in assorted colors
• embroidery thread
• sewing needle
• scissors
• shape monster (patterns provided)


Melted Crayon Seashell Art

Melted crayon seashell art is a great way to turn keepsake seashells into custom pieces!

Supplies:
• seashells (available at craft stores too)
• crayons


Glitter Gems

These glitter gems also make great magnets.

Supplies:
• glitter
• large and small round glass stones (flat on one side)
• glue
• mod podge or other sealant
• foam brush
• cardstock
• magnets (optional)


Paper Cup Music Craft

Do you have paper cups lying around? Create some paper cup music crafts!

Supplies:
• paper cups (assorted sizes)
• rubber bands
• duct tape
• string
• beads
• rice, dried lentils, beans or similar to make shakers
• sponges, cut into squares
• straws
• balloons to make drums ( you could also use paper and tape)
• metal skewer to poke holes


DIY Bouncy Ball

Have some fun making this DIY bouncy ball craft.

Supplies:
• Borax
• white glue
• food coloring
• hot water
• corn starch


Seahorse Black Glue Craft

This seahorse black glue craft is a fabulous ocean-themed craft that is perfect for the summer.

Supplies:
• seahorse template (provided)
• mixed media paper (or watercolor paper)
• glue, 4 oz. bottle
• black acrylic paint
• food skewer (or stick for stirring)
• liquid watercolors
• paint brush
• napkins


Wattle Art Stamping

Create some gorgeous stamped wattle (or flower of your choice) art using cotton buds (Q-tips) and sponges cut into a leaf shape.

Supplies:
• Q-tips
• sponge
• paper
• paint (deep yellow and green for wattle flowers)
• paint brush


Bottle Top Shakers

These easy bottle top shakers let you accompany your favorite song!

Supplies:
• plastic milk bottle caps washed and dried (2 per shaker)
• small plastic beads
• duct tape
• scissors


DIY Cereal Box Board Game

A DIY cereal box board game is a great way to have fun when you're hanging out at home!

Supplies:
• large cereal box
• permanent markers or washable toddler markers
• scissors
• dice
• game pieces (they used plastic dinosaurs in this example!)


Funny Face Rock Puzzle

Let’s make a funny face rock puzzle!

Supplies:
• rocks
• paint
• brushes
• optional: a sealer such as mod-podge


Toilet Paper Roll Kaleidoscope

Learn how to make a kaleidoscope – it’s such a fun way to explore light, reflections, and symmetry!

Supplies:
• toilet paper roll
• mylar sheets (thicker sheets, not rolls of thin paper) or mirrored sheets
• scissors and/or paper cutter
• tape
• white cardstock
• bendy straw
• markers, stickers, or other materials for decorating your spinning circle
• optional: paint for decorating your cardboard tube


Felt Lily Pad

Learn how to make a cute lily pad that you can use in play with your other stuffies or figurines that might live in a pond!

Supplies:
• lily pad template (provided)
• felt
• sewing scissors
• scissors
• embroidery floss
• needle
• bead
• stuffing
• tape


Paper Plate Jellyfish

This swimming jellyfish craft is a ton of fun to create!

Supplies:
• paper plate
• small piece of cardboard
• blue paint
• pink paint (or color you’d like to paint your jellyfish)
• colorful yarn
• googly eyes stickers
• jumbo craft stick
• craft knife
• tacky glue
• scissors


Sponge "Cake"

Make some adorable DIY sponge cakes for pretend play! This is a fun and easy sponge craft for kids of all ages.

Supplies:
• sponges in a variety of colors
• craft glue
• mini pom poms
• glitter
• felt in different colors
• cake shape template (provided)


3D Paper Hot Air Ballon

Are you ready to make the cutest hot air balloon?

Supplies:
• 3D hot air balloon template (we've provided the template here)
• light blue cardstock (12-inch x 12-inch)
• colored paper
• white paper or cardstock
• tan cardstock (You can also use construction paper or a brown paper lunch sack)
• twine
• scissors
• glue


Straw Bendy Snake

This paper straw bendy snake craft is simple to make and it’s fun to play with!

Supplies:
• paper straws in varying colors
• pipe cleaners
• cardstock paper
• googly eyes
• scissors
• glue


Button Fish

Use spare craft buttons to create this simple button fish craft.

Supplies:
• buttons
• cardstock - blue and other colors
• paper lunch sack (or light brown cardstock)
• green tissue paper
• white hole reinforcement labels
• small googly eyes
• fine tip black marker
• scissors
• glue stick


Koala Masks

The printable template for these cute koala masks make them easy to decorate.

Supplies/directions:
• template (we give you four options)
• cut out the strips at the bottom of the page, they become the head strap
• cut out the mask and eyeholes - staple one strip to each end of the mask next to the eyeholes
• measure around the head of the person who is going to wear it and staple to fit at the back
• color, add stickers, etc.


Paper Sunflower

This folded paper sunflower craft is a colorful summertime decoration.

Supplies:
• light blue cardstock
• yellow and green construction paper
• black tissue paper squares
• 2-inch circle (for tracing)
• paper cup (for tracing)
• scissors
• glue stick


DIY Fox Felt Purse

This DIY felt fox purse is a great beginning sewing project for kids.

Supplies:
• orange, off-white and pink felt (9″ x 12″)
• white embroidery thread
• sewing needle
• black buttons
• lace ribbon
• adhesive Velcro
• ruler
• marking pen
• scissors


Butterfly Craft

This creative butterfly craft is perfect for a colorful summer craft!

Supplies:
• butterfly wings template (available for download in the comment section of this post)
• paper plate
• blue paint
• green paint
• paintbrush
• colored cardstock
• pom-poms
• pipe cleaner
• small googly eye
• wooden scoop stick
• jumbo craft stick
• hot glue gun
• markers
• flower punch (optional)
• craft knife
• scissors


Ocean Animal Coloring Sheets

Too hot to go outside? Learn about ocean animals while decorating these fun coloring pages inside where it’s cool! Just download the image or images you want, print, and design.


Sponge Sailboat

All this warm weather means you need to cool down, and you can enjoy this sponge sailboat too - whether in the tub or a pool!

Supplies:
• sponges
• wood skewers (8″ or 12″)
• construction paper
• scissors
• wire cutters
• glue


Shark Bookmark

Keep track of your Summer Challenge reading with this fierce shark corner bookmark!

Supplies:
• square blue paper (best if it’s blue on both sides)
• white paper
• pink paper
• wiggle eyes stickers
• glue
• scissors
• marker


Agamograph

Have you ever made an agamograph? They're really cool - it’s two pictures in one and depending from which side you view it you will see one picture appear. You can use your creativity to design the pictures. We'll provide a template, but feel free to create your own!

Supplies:
• summer agamograph template (we offer 3 template choices; a summer scene and two for Fourth of July!)
• pencils, markers, or crayons
• scissors
• ruler
• printer
• paper (heavier paper is best)


Ice Painting

Here’s a way to have fun and stay cool - try painting with ice!

Supplies:
• 1 cup of water
• red, yellow, green, and blue food coloring
• short popsicle sticks
• ice cube tray


Natural Play-Doh Stamps

Have fun using natural items like seed pods and pine cones to make a rolling impression in Play Doh.

Supplies:
• Play Doh (we show you how to make your own here)
• seed pods, feathers, pine cones, and other discoveries from your yard or nature walk


Natural Painting

Take advantage of what’s available in your back yard and collect nature objects for painting. Look for objects that are not too small or too big, have different textures, and are easy to roll.

Supplies:
• wooden tray
• a paper that can handle rolling rocks and other solid parts
• finger paint
• natural loose parts (rocks, pinecones, berries, wood chips, etc.)


Coathanger Catapult

These coat hanger catapults take less than 5 minutes to make and double as a STEM/STEAM activity.

Supplies:
• a wire coat hanger
• pom poms
• elastic
• paper cup
• ribbon
• hole punch
• scissors


Tie Dye

These easy tie dye patterns are a fun activity for warm weather days! Learn how to make swirls, sunbursts, and stripes.

Supplies:
• a tie dye kit
• washing soda for pre-soak
• rubber bands
• disposable or rubber gloves – enough for each person to have a pair
• white, 100% cotton T-shirts or tote bags (or whatever you want to dye!)
• soaking bucket
• plastic table cover, and if dying indoors use a drop sheet for the floor
• large plastic zip lock bags or cling wrap
• paper towel for cleanup


Stretchy Hand Bubbles

This simple three-ingredient recipe creates stretchy hand bubbles that are guaranteed to keep the kids entertained!

Supplies:
• 2 1/3 cup water
• 1 cup dishwashing liquid – the brand of dishwashing liquid you use can make a difference with bubble mixtures. Try Dawn. If you use a different brand and your bubble mixture fails, it’s probably the reason why.
• 1/2 cup glycerine


Bubble Wrap Printing

Bubble wrap printing allows you to play with colors and patterns to create frame-worthy works of art or transform them into snakes, lizards, fish, collages, mosaics, or more!

Supplies:
• cardstock
• paint
• bubble wrap
• double-sided tape
• scissors


Mini Banjos

Make some mini banjos from old jar lids and loom bands with a craft stick handle.

Supplies:
• jumbo craft sticks – one per banjo
• loom bands – four per banjo
• washi tape
• duct tape
• sequins
• craft glue


Felt Flower Hair Clips

These fun and easy felt hair flower clips are perfect for keeping hair in place during the summer, and they make great gifts!

Supplies:
• soft felt – felt scraps are perfect
• plain hair clips
• embroidery thread
• sewing needle and needle-threader
• double sided tape
• the flower template


4th of July Windsocks

Windsocks are a great summer craft and decoration, and July 4th is getting close!

Supplies:
• toilet paper roll
• red, white, and blue paint
• white paper
• glue stick
• red, white, and blue ribbon
• scissors
• red, white, and blue star stickers (optional)


Dad Rocks Paperweight

If you are looking for a Father’s Day gift, your kids can make this Dad Rocks Paperweight!

Supplies:
• 1/4 cup salt
• 1/2 cup flour
• 1/4 cup water
• bowl
• cookie sheet
• 1/2 cup pea gravel or rocks


Scratch Art!

This scratch art craft includes using silhouette pictures to create beautiful designs.

Supplies:
• cardstock
• black paint
• wooden rods
• dish soap
• oil pastels (regular crayons work too!)
• wax paper
• silhouette designs


Pool Noodle Boats

These pirate pool noodle boats are a fun DIY water toy.

Supplies:
• 1 pool noodle
• white and black foam sheets
• glue
• straws
• scissors


Flying Super Hero Craft

How about making a flying superdad for Father’s Day?

Supplies:
• superhero template
• colored pencils
• scissors
• glue
• bendable drinking straws


Light Up Reef Craft

Let’s make a tropical reef craft that lights up in the dark!

Supplies:
• egg carton
• tissue paper in various colors
• rubber bands in different colors
• pipe cleaners
• printable tropical fish
• glue stick
• scissors
• metal skewer
• LED tea light candles (optional)


Paper Strip Art

Discover how to transform colorful magazine pages into Paper Strip Art with our Library Associate Christine.

Supplies:
* piece of cardboard
* template (bird, butterfly, heart, etc.)
* scissors
* pencil
* paint brush
* glue
* wax paper
* paper cutter
* old magazine


DIY Refridgerator Scrabble Game

Create an ongoing Scrabble game on the refrigerator where everyone can play when they have time!

Supplies:
• letter tiles
• round magnets
• white craft glue


Marshmellow Edible Paint

Marshmallows, water, light corn syrup, and food coloring are all you need to make the most fun paint for kids (or grown-ups) ever. Decorate cookies, marshmallows, bread, and even plain old paper.


Lightsaber Bookmarks

Keep your place in your favorite books by making glittery lightsabers in different colors!

Supplies:
• craft sticks
• white, black, silver paint
• glitter paint
• toothpick


Watercolor Painting With Angelica

Discover some cool watercolor painting techniques with our Learning & Innovation Coordinator Angelica!


Twirling Ladybugs

These adorable ladybugs swirl and twirl and look so cute, all you need is a little breeze.

Supplies:
• card stock or construction paper, various colors
• pencil
• something round for tracing (jar, can, etc)
• scissors
• black craft paint
• small round sponge
• paintbrush
• 8 large (approximately 1-inch) googly eyes for each ladybug
• string
• white craft glue
• hot glue gun (optional but recommended)


Make Bracelets From Recyled T-Shirts

These colorful t-shirt bracelets are an easy to make.

Supplies:
• T-shirts
• bangle bracelets
• craft glue
• scissors
• hot glue gun


How to Make Clothespin Dragonflies

Make a beautiful dragonfly using clothespins and pipe cleaners!

Supplies:
• 2 pipe cleaners
• clothespin
• 2 googly eyes
• paint
• glue


Fire Breathing Paper Roll Dragon

This fire breathing, paper roll dragon craft is so fun!

Supplies:
• pom poms tion paper
• pom poms
• tissue paper


3D Cube Bugs

3D cube bugs are not only adorable, they are also a great way to help kids to learn about 3D shapes!

Supplies:
• printable template
• cardstock
• scissors
• glue stick


Garden Nature Art

Create simple and beautiful nature art using items from your garden.

Supplies:
• leaves
• petals
• twigs
• pebbles
• berries
• small branches of greenery


Paper Teacup Printable & Tea Party Games

These adorable paper teacups will make your next tea party a big hit!

Supplies:
• scissors
• glue or hotglue gun
• decorative stickers or pens (optional)
• teacup printable


Teddy Bear Card

How about a cute teddy bear card for Father’s Day?

Supplies:
• printable bear craft pattern
• colorful card stock
• child’s photo
• red stamp ink pad
• glue stick
• scissors
• black marker
• google eyes


Leaf Printing Mandala Art

We’ll create beautiful mandala art with this simple leaf printing technique!

Supplies:
• bright colored scrapbook paper
• paint
• leaves in assorted shapes and sizes


Dandelion Shape Boards

Try this fun fine motor activity! Just grab a fistful of dandelions and start threading them on your DIY shape board.

Supplies:
• dandelions
• cardboard
• something sharp to puncture holes in the cardboard
• scissors or X-Acto knife


Paper Plate Frog Puppet

How about a paper plate frog puppet? It’s fun to make and play with.

Supplies:
• one paper plate per frog
• construction card stock in two shades of red or pink – note, if you are using a large paper plate you’ll need a larger than standard piece of card stock, heavy scrapbook paper would probably be perfect. If you’re using paper plates in the smaller size ordinary A4 or US Letter sized card stock is fine
• a piece of egg carton for the eyes
• tissue paper
• acrylic paint in white
• pva glue
• paint brush
• scissors
• lead pencil
• stapler
• black sharpie marker
• a small scrap of yellow paper


Leaf Mosaic Dreamcatcher

Dreamcatchers are simple to make, especially when your supplies come from your back yard.

Supplies:
• gum leaves, or other flat leaves – see what you can find in your yard!
• mod podge – if you don’t have this you can create a mix of 50% PVA glue (school glue) to 50% water for a DIY version
• a round plastic lid – like takeout food container lid or a plastic yogurt tub lid


Handprint Doodle Art

Handprint doodle art is a fun and relaxing art activity.

Supplies
• construction paper
• a sharpie marker or pen
• scissors
• glue stick


Finger Knit Bookmark Craft

Finger knit bookmarks are fun for all ages and make a lovely handmade gift too!

Supplies:
• yarn
• felt
• printable bookmark shape templates (or you can design your own shape)
• needle and needle threader
• embroidery thread
• bead or button


10 Minute Paper Roll Shaker

This 10-minute paper roll shaker is a fun musical instrument craft.

Supplies:
• toilet paper rolls (1 per shaker). Paint them beforehand for colored shakers.
• duct or electrical tape (the thin kind)
• milk bottle caps (2 per shaker)
• permanent markers
• dried beans, rice, coffee beans or similar to make the shaking sound
• paints (optional)


Butterfly Printing With Sponges

Butterflies make beautiful decorations, and you’ll love printing butterflies with sponges!

Supplies:
• paint (acrylic or poster paint)
• kitchen sponges – 1 per butterfly design
• hair elastics – 1 per butterfly
• paper.


Geometric Chicken Craft

Here’s a fun and easy geometric chicken craft.

Supplies:
• construction paper in yellow, orange, red and one other color for the background. White paper for the eyes.
• glue stick
• scissors
• shredded paper
• black pen or marker


Puffy Sidewalk Paint

Let’s up our sidewalk chalk game and make some Puffy Sidewalk Paint.

Supplies include:
• flour
• water
• dish soap
• sidewalk chalk – the leftover remnants of old chalk are perfect for this!
• plastic squeeze bottles


Egg Carton Sugar Glider Craft

Let’s make a fun egg carton sugar glider!

Supplies:
• an egg carton
• scissors
• acrylic paint
• hot glue gun
• a scrap of paper
• black marker
• glue stick


Grow a Rainbow Experiment

Let’s grow a rainbow! Supplies: paper towel, water, and washable markers.


Potato Stamping

If you’ve got potatoes and cookie cutters (or good carving skills!) you can create potato stamps! You need potatoes, a cookie cutter, and paint.


T-Shirt Bleach Pen Craft

Discover how to rejuvenate old T-shirts with new designs! Join our Library Associate Christine for this fun T-shirt bleach pen craft. Supplies: wax paper, tape, bleach pen, cardboard, 100% cotton T-shirt (recommended)


Easy Cardboard Circle Weaving 

Discover the fun of cardboard circle weaving.

Supplies:
• various colored yarns in different textures (we used both thin and chunky yarn)
• cardboard
• pencil
• scissors
• tape
• assorted colorful and wooden beads


Frog Craft

Here’s a fun spring craft that’s easy to make – water lilies and frogs!

Supplies include:
• paper plates
• colored cardstock
• for the water lilies – white, purple or pink.
• for the frog – red, white and black.
• a dark green cardstock for the frog
• black sharpie
• yellow tissue paper
• green paint


Flower Template

These cute flowers make a great Mother’s Day gift when you add a photo to the center.

Supplies include:
• white cardstock
• paint, colored pencils, or markers
• popsicle sticks
• green paint
• clothespins


Rock Candy

Let's have fun making rainbow rock candy.

Supplies:
• 2 cups granulated sugar
• 1/2 cup light corn syrup
• 1/2 cup water
• 1/2 tsp. or 1 fl. dram of flavored oil
• food coloring
• powdered sugar for dusting


Cosmic Suncatchers

Take advantage of sunny days with Cosmic Suncatchers.

Supplies:
· white glue
· food coloring or liquid watercolors
· toothpicks
· plastic lids (lids from tubs of yogurt, hummus, sour cream etc. work best, although metal lids also work)
· hole punch
· string


DIY Galaxy Jar

Make a galaxy jar that’s out of this world!

Supplies:
• clean glass jar with a lid
• tempera paint (at least 2 colors)
• cotton balls
• fine glitter
• water


Spring Leaf Experiment

Here’s a project that adds a little science to the mix: All you need are leaves from your yard and food coloring to create some fun new colors. Then you can find creative ways to display your leaves in your home!


Spring Stained Glass

Create a colorful stained glass craft using flowers and leaves from your yard!

Supplies include:
• transparent contact paper or tissue paper
• flowers and leaves
• scissors
• hole punch
• string
• tape
• glue


Butterfly Lacing Card

Make a beautiful butterfly and work on dexterity by threading it.

Supplies include:
• Scissors
• Cardboard
• Crayons or markers
• Hole punch
• Long string or shoelace


Spring Flower Rock Stamps

These spring flower rock stamps are fun and easy to create! All you need are rocks, paint, paper, and imagination!


Paper Loop Wreath

All you need are strips of paper and a stapler to make an eye-catching paper loop wreath.


DIY Rainbow Bubble Snakes

These DIY Rainbow Bubble Snakes are fun to make. When you add food coloring, you get cool colors too!

Supplies include:
· empty water bottle
· duct tape
· a sock that is missing its match
· dish soap
· food coloring


DIY Funny Face Flip Book

Need something to make you smile? How about a Funny Face Flip book?

Supplies include:
– white cardstock paper
– cardboard
– 3 metal book rings (or yarn, ribbon, bread ties)
– hole punch
– markers
– scissors
– glasses stickers or googly eyes (optional)


Flight School Paper Plane Game

This fun paper plane project only requires paper and cardboard; paper to make plane and cardboard to make a target to fly the planes through.


Personal Diorama

How about making your own museum at home? Create a diorama that includes family photos carefully placed on the walls, handmade pottery, or sculptures made from trinkets found within the home, and more.


Glass Pictures

Discover how to transfer beautiful images from magazine pages onto glass. This fun and easy project is a great way to brighten up your home!

Supplies include:
* water basin
* wax paper
* glossy catalog or magazine
* heavy duty packaging tape
* sturdy tool (used for smoothing down tape)
* scissors
* smooth-sided vase, votive, jar, or drinking glass
We'll walk you through the steps to make your own creation to enjoy in your home or give as a gift.


Origami Finger Puppets

Create some cute Origami finger puppet characters! Supplies include square sheets of paper. You can use pen, paint, crayons, glitter, and more to decorate your puppet.


Glitter Glue Counting Sticks

Combine fun colors and learn to make Glitter Glue Counting Sticks.

Supplies include:
• Craft Sticks (or Popsicle Sticks)
• Glitter Glue
• Marker


May Day Baskets

These are called May Day Baskets, but the fun colors and design make them perfect for spring!

Supplies include:
• Colored paper (text weight—not too thick since you are making cones)
• Double-sided tape (a good-quality tape that really stays)
• Paper doily (You can buy paper doilies or make your own with a doily punch)
• Hole puncher
• Scissors
• Ribbon


DIY Paper Pinwheel

The original fidget spinner: Paper pinwheels. They are fun and easy to make!

Supplies include:
• Scissors
• Pencil
• Craft paper or recycled paper (squares)
• 1 straw per pinwheel
• 1 pushpin per pinwheel
• Optional: ruler


Mini-Cereal Box Puppets

Here’s a simple way to make fun, colorful puppets with old cereal boxes!

Supplies include:
• cereal boxes
• safety scissors
• glue or tape
• imagination


Homemade Clay

Take basic ingredients you have at home and make clay!

Supplies include:
• 2 cups baking soda
• 1 cup cornstarch
• 1¼ cups water
• Food coloring
• Wiggle eyes, feathers, chenille sticks, craft sticks, pompoms (optional)


Nail Polish Marble Art

Have nail polish colors you don’t use? Transform them into Nail Polish Marble Art.

Supplies include:
• nail polish
• room temperature water in a pan (that's deep enough for your item to be submerged in, such as a disposable baking pan)
• scrap paper (to cover your work area)
• watercolor paper (or you could try marbling other items too)
• disposable gloves or nail polish remover
• toothpicks
• popsicle stick


Fireworks in a Glass

Let’s create “Fireworks in a Glass” – you only need three ingredients: food coloring, warm water, and oil (vegetable, olive, peanut – any oil will work).


Paper Plate Tropical Fish

Add some color and fun designs to your home with these paper plate tropical fish.

Supplies include:
• 8 miniature paper plates
• brightly colored acrylic paints
• paint brushes
• 4 large wiggle eyes
• white craft glue
• glue stick
• scissors


Folded Paper Bracelet 

Ready for some new spring fashion? Let’s make DIY Folded Paper Bracelets. You need 16 to 22 strips of paper. The widths can vary, as long as the size ratio is 1:4. Have fun!


Easy Bird Feeders

Attract more birds to your yard with these easy-to-make bird feeders. There are several options for supplies, from a coffee cup, bread, milk cartons, apples, and more.


Tissue Box Monster

If we have tissue boxes all over the house, why not put them to good use before recycling and make Tissue Box Monsters?

Supplies include:
• paint, crayons, or markers
• glue
• googly eyes – or draw your own!
• pom poms or paper, yarn, or other material you can glue to your monster


A Birthday Party Fit for an Artist

Create mixed media monograms – if you don’t have chipboard, try cardboard or any thicker material (think packaging) that you can cut and decorate with paint, then use tacky glue to attach sequins, tissue paper scraps, pom-poms, feathers, and more.


Bubble Paint with The Chilled Palette

Our friends at The Chilled Palette in Geneva have put together this fun project for us!

Supplies include:
• Dawn
• paints
• plastic cups
• brushes
• straws
• canvas
Have fun, and please try to remember not to add too much water into the paint! Oh, and don't forget the paper towels! You can also paint the canvas white prior to the bubble paint so it doesn't soak in to the canvas.


Finger Knitting

Discover how finger knit chains of yarn can be turned into necklaces, bracelets, garlands and much more. All you need is yarn!


Knotted Necklace

Knotted necklace: Discover how to take strips of jersey fabric and turn them into a statement necklace that will add casual sophistication to any outfit.

Supplies: jersey fabric (t-shirt), scissors.


Easter Hatching Chick Paper Craft

This cute and easy Easter Hatching Chick Paper Craft will liven up your Easter table!

Supplies include:
• scissors
• ruler with circle shapes (or use a circular item to create a template)
• pencil
• a color paper of your choice for the egg (or color the page yourself!)
• yellow color paper (or color the page yourself!)
• orange color paper (or color the page yourself!)
• white cardstock
• circle puncher (or use circular items to create different-sized templates)
• glue
• split pin
• googly eyes (or draw your own eyes!)


Paper Flowers

How about a bouquet of flowers? All you need is cardstock, crayons, buttons, and wire to create some pretty bouquets.


Glow-in-the-Dark Jellyfish Craft

These jellyfish can be glow-in-the-dark if you have the supplies, but if not, you can use crayons, markers, stickers, glitter – and anything else you like – to create these colorful creatures to brighten up your home.

Supplies include:
• paper bowls
• yarn
• crayons, markers, colored pencils, paint, including glow-in-the-dark acrylic paint
• scissors
• zipper sandwich bags
• skewer or sharp pencil
• your imagination!


Art with Rocks

Here are some fun and easy ways to decorate rocks, which you can then use to decorate your yard for spring!


Plarn

Ready to make some plarn? If you’ve got plastic bags in the house, you can upcycle them to make plastic yarn – and we’ll give you some ideas on how to use your new item!


Fold-Up Book

All you need is a single piece of paper and some scissors to create your own book. The story and designs are up to you!


Playdough

Make your own Playdough (aka Play-doh) at home! Discover how to easily make a non-toxic version with custom colors and fragrances.


Recycled Crayons

Turn broken crayons into colorful new tools you can use for coloring, crafts, and more!


Easter Coloring Pages

Get ready for Easter with these fun coloring pages! We'll post some additional activity sheets in the comments to add some fun to this cloudy, windy day!


Sea Creature Coloring Pages

Let’s color along with author and illustrator Ben Clanton (best known for the Narwhal and Jelly books). Visit Ben's website, and check our comments below for printable coloring pages!


Spring Flower Decorations

Add color and other decorations to these fun spring-themed printables! Check our comments for a word search and dot-to-dot activity.


Easy Origami Butterfly

Let's celebrate spring and add some color to our homes with these easy to make origami butterflies. All you need is paper. Use what you have on hand or add doodles, stickers, and more to make your butterflies stand out!


48 Easy DIYs

See how much your family can create with basic items including crayons, markers, cling film, nail polish, straws, tissues, chalk - and more!