Get Crafty


As the temperatures drop and winter holidays approach, it's a good time to Get Crafty! Learn to make stuff for fun and to give as gifts. Here are some websites and books that show you how.

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Have fun with recycle paper-crafts from making your own recycled sheet of paper to paperbowls, greeting cards and toys.
Make lanyard projects, from beginner level to complex, by weaving, braiding, or knotting the lanyard into a variety of projects. The website provides pictures and a step-by-step procedure to complete each project. There are over forty projects including key chains, bracelets, and necklaces.
Capstone Kids Make StuffCapstone Kids: Make Stuff
Recipes and instructions for some really fun projects! Take your paper airplanes to new heights. Make your own glitter nail polish or some movie party snack mix.
The Long Thread The Long Thread – crafts for kids
Crafter and writer Ellen Luckett Baker’s blog highlights lots of unique craft projects that kids can make.
Marcel's Kids Crafts WebsiteMarcel’s Kid Crafts
Marcel is an art student who shares what he’s learned with other kids. Let him show you beading projects, patterns for paper snowflakes, stamping, mosaics, and more.
The Toymaker Web SiteThe Toymaker
Printable paper toys, crafts, and gifts. You can also read stories and journal entries from the artist.
Ziggity Zoom Web SiteZiggity Zoom
Check out Ziggity Zoom’s crafts page for things you can make for the holidays and projects for any time like a CD garden or a puppet theater.
New Book of Popular Science
This science encyclopedia includes some cool projects like how to make your own stethoscope or a pinhole camera to view a solar eclipse.
Print Resources
50 Ways to Get Your CartOn, book cover50 Ways to Get Your CartOn: Recycle & Create Milk and Egg Carton Crafts that Rock
by Ellen Warwick
Have some milk and egg cartons at home? This book shows you how to turn them into  fifty fun craft projects, including gorgeous glitter flowers, a fortune teller, cow clock, and party purse.
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Bumper Book of Crafty Activities, book coverBumper Book of Crafty Activities: 100+ Creative Ideas for Kids
With step-by-step photographs and easy-to-follow instructions, this boredom-busting book shows you how to create more than 100 great projects using readily available materials.
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Crafts to Make in the Winter, book coverCrafts to Make in the Winter
By Kathy Ross; illlustrated by Vicky Enright
Create twenty-nine craft items for the winter season. Projects include a New Year's noisemaker, baggy snowman, lacy snowflake, and Valentine gifts and cards.
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Create With Maisy, book coverCreate With Maisy
by Cousins, Lucy
Let Maisy show you how! Easy, safe, and fun, these craft projects for the very young were put together and photographed by Lucy Cousins herself.
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Do It Now! Tricks, book coverDo It Now! Tricks: Rad Stunts & Sneaky Pranks
by Sarah Hines Stephens and Bethany Mann
Presents simple illustrated instructions that teach readers how to create and perform tricks and create crafts, including becoming a zombie, creating thunder, and turning drink mix into hair dye.
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The Kids Guide to Duct Tape Projects, book coverThe Kids' Guide to Duct Tape Projects
by Sheri Bell-Rehwoldt
Learn step-by-step how to use duct tape into a cell phone pouch, wallet, checkerboard and more.
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Organic Crafts, book coverOrganic Crafts: 75 Earth-Friendly Art Activities
by Kimberly Monaghan
Learn with fun-filled craft activities about reusing, reducing, and recycling.
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Recyclo-gami, book coverRecyclo-gami: 40 Crafts to Make Your Friends Green with Envy!
by Laurie Goldrich Wolf ; photos by Bruce Wolf
What can you make out of your old bits of paper, leftover pieces of yarn, or not-so-brand-new cartons and containers? Craft your own purse out of playing cards, whip up a scrapbook made of cereal boxes, or a dollhouse from an empty juice carton! Tweens and teens can start crafting using the easy to follow instructions and photographic directions the smart way. All crafts are made out of materials that many of us find just lying around the house or sitting on the curb waiting to be tossed in a landfill. Overpriced decor, fashion, and gifts are out, and recyclable crafts are in!
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