Get creative with our ready-to-go kits! Check here each month to see what you can learn to make with just a few simple materials, provided to you at no cost, and a few easy instructions. We have projects for all ages. Supplies are limited, so stop by to claim your bag today!

November 16th

KIDS (5 and under with adult help)image

Materials:

  • Plastic ‘Easter’ egg
  • 1 tbsp. of dry rice
  • One roll of washi tape, or scrapbook tape
  • 2 plastic spoons

Instructions:

  1. If plastic egg has holes, use a small piece of tape to cover them up from the inside.
  2. Fill eggs with rice and snap shut. Tape egg closed by sticking a strip of tape around the middle.
  3. Place a plastic spoon on either side of the egg and secure by taping around top and the handles.
  4. Repeat to make second shaker.
  5. Turn on some music and shake along!

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Materials:

  • 3 Craft Sticks
  • 10 ft. of yarn
  • 2 glue dots

Optional:

  • Glue
  • Green marker or pencil
  • Black sharpie or marker

Instructions:Picture1

  1. (Optional) Color craft sticks green with marker or pencil.
  2. Next, use glue dots (or your own glue) to layer the craft sticks and attach them together. Allow glue to dry.
  3. Tie your two pieces of yarn together and tie one end of the yarn around your ‘turtle body’.
  4. Now, wrap the yarn across the center of your turtle 2-3 times to cover the middle.
  5. Finally, it’s time to weave! Place your yarn over a craft stick, wrap it around once and then place the yarn over the next stick to wrap around. Repeat until you’re out of yarn or your turtle is full covered. For help with the “god’s eye” pattern and variations, watch this tutorial.
  6. When you have finished, cut off any excess yarn — if there is any — and tie your string under your turtle or tuck it underneath a few threads.

TEENS & ADULTS

Materials:
  • 2 Pieces of Felt
  • 2 Wooden Discs
  • 2 Wooden Beads
  • 2 Beards
  • 2 Mustaches
  • 2 Ribbon Pieces
  • Glue Dots (hot glue works, too!)gnome4
  1. Using a couple glue dots, affix one beard to one wood disc as shown below.
  2. Then, add one of the mustaches just on top of the beard and use a glue dot to affix to the wood disc.
  3. Using a glue dot, nestle the wood bead above and towards the center of the mustache.
  4. Wrap the piece of felt around the wood disc and secure with glue dots. Make sure the nose is peeking through.
  5. Tie a knot towards the end of your ribbon and affix inside the felt piece on the pointed end with glue dots. Then admire and repeat for your next gnome ornament!

 

October 26th

KIDS (5 and under with adult help)mini pumpkin

Pumpkin Decorating!

Get creative decorating your mini pumpkin and learn while you play!

  • Peeling and sticking is great practice for fine motor skills.
  • What colors and shapes are you using?
  • What letters can you find? What sounds do they make? Can you spell a word?

KIDS

Creepy Slime

  1. First, add glue and baking soda into a small bowl and stir until combined.
  2. Mix in green saline solution. You may not need the entire container. Pour as needed.
  3. Roll slime in hands until it no longer sticks. This can take 5 minutes!
  4. Mix in glitter and eyeballs to make your slime creepy!

TEENS

Glowing Potion

Contents:

  • Glass bottle
  • Cork stopper
  • Bag of water beads
  • Craft syringe
  • Water submersible tea light
  • String
  • Tag

Not included:

  • Bowl
  • water

Instructions:

  1. Place colored water beads in a bowl of water and let soak for at least 4 hours, if not overnight.
  2. While the water beads hydrate, think of how you want to layer the color in the jar.
  3. After beads are fully hydrated, drain them.
  4. Place 4-5 beads of your color choice in the craft syringe at a time.
  5. Hold syringe over jar and push plunger down. Layer the colors however you like.  (Mix them up or layer the colors)
  6. Keep repeating this process until almost full — about 1/4 inch from top of the jar.
  7. Open the tea light and removed protective paper and reassemble. Turn it until it lights up.
  8. Place the light upside down into the jar and then cover with cork stopper.
  9. Optional: tie string around the neck of the jar with tag and label your potion.

To turn off:  Remove cork. Retrieve light and untwist until light shuts off.

If you would like to see a how to video, check out this video from Nutley Public Library:

 

October 12th

ADULTS

Paperback Book Pumpkin

Pick up your kit for this festive fall take and make at the Reference and Information Desk, or schedule a curbside pickup by calling 616.850.6914. Glue is not included in the kit, but if you don’t have any at home, please let us know.

Click or tap here for instructions, or watch the video!

October 5th

KIDS

Mystery Craft Kit

Pick up your mystery craft kit at the Youth Desk.*  Contents will vary from bag to bag.

 

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Tie-Dye Face Mask (All Claimed

Grades 5 & Up

Contents:

  • 1 face mask
  • 2 packets of drink mix (FYI: if grape flavor is included in your bag, it will end up being more pink than purple.)
  • 4 rubber bands

Not included: white vinegar, bowls, clothes iron, or clothes dryer.

Instructions:

  1. In separate small bowls (like a cereal bowl), mix each drink mix packet with 1/2 cup white vinegar.
  2. Get face mask completely wet with water then squeeze out excess water.
  3. Ball or twist up face mask and secure with some or all of the rubber bands.
  4. Place mask in one of the drink mix /vinegar solutions for a couple of minutes.
  5. Remove and squeeze out excess.
  6. If you would like the mask to have two colors, unwrap the rubber bands from mask, and then repeat steps 3-5 with the other color.
  7. Unwrap rubber bands and do not rinse.
  8. Set aside to partially dry for a couple of hours.
  9. The color needs heat to set before you can wash it. So either dry the dyed mask in the dryer on high heat until the mask is dry or use a hot clothes iron (be careful!) to heat and set color.
  10. Wash and wear!
*Youth Take and Makes are available for curbside pickup if preferred. Call 616.850.6919 to arrange a pickup time.

September 14th

ADULTS

Mini Macrame Plant Holder

Click or tap here for instructions.

September 8th

KIDS (5 and under with adult help)

Dancing Ribbons                         ALL CLAIMED

Make your own dancing ribbons. Perfect for moving and grooving!streamers

Contents:

  • plastic rings
  • plastic streamers

 

Want more dancing fun? Join our virtual dance party on Friday, September 11 at 10:00 am. Dance along with Miss Elizabeth and Miss Chelsea to some of our favorite songs! Click or tap here for more information.

KIDS

Sun Paper                                        ALL CLAIMEDsun-print-paper-nature-art-with-kids-36-1200x800

  1. Enclosed paper is sensitive to light. Please read all instructions first before opening envelope.
  2. Select objects you wish to print — leaves, keys, lace, buttons, paper cutouts, toys, etc. If the day is breezy, be sure to choose heavier items that won’t blow around while you’re trying to print!
  3. While you are still inside and away from direct sunlight, remove your paper from the envelope. (Optional: put your paper on a piece of cardboard to make it easier to move later). Place paper blue side up and arrange your objects on top.
  4. Take your paper outside and put it in a sunny spot. Expose to sun until paper turns very pale blue — about 2 minutes. Times will vary depending on clouds; do not overexpose.
  5. Remove print from direct sun, take off items, and soak in a container of plain water for about 1 minute. Dry flat. Image will sharpen during drying time. When dry, flatten under a heavy book.

TEENS

Back to School Relaxation Kit

Life getting you stressed? Use the tools in this relaxation kit to chill out and take a deep breath.

Contents: Playdough, journal, pencil, baggy of water beads, two balloons (one extra just in case), bookmark to color.

How to make a Water Bead Stress Ball: 20200827_120512 (3)

What you’ll need:  the included water beads and 1 balloon, an empty water bottle, bowl.

  • Place the tiny water beads from baggy in a bowl with water. Let sit overnight or at least 4 hours.
  • Drain water from beads.
  • Place beads into an empty disposable water bottle. (I used 85 water beads.)
  • Partially inflate one of the balloons.
  • Place balloon over top of water bottle.
  • Shake water beads into balloon.
  • Slowly deflate the balloon and tie off.
  • Enjoy the squishy goodness!
  • For images or video instruction, click or tap here.

Relaxation Tips:

  • Did you know that kneading, rolling, flattening, and punching playdough can help relieve stress and anxiety? Give it a try!
  • Journal: write about things you are grateful for. Write about 3 wishes you have. Write about a favorite memory.
  • Craft: color, make, create. Is there something that you like to make with your own hands?
  • Music: listen to your favorite music or create your own music.
  • Listen to: an audiobook, the rain falling, or running water.
  • Be active: Yoga, ride a bike, hike, or walk in the woods.
  • Chill at the beach or with a good friend.
  • Read a book. The library has loads of them.
  • Watch something funny.

August 3rd

KIDS (5 & under with adult help)

DIY Playdough!                            ALL CLAIMEDDIY Playdough Monster

Mix up a batch of your very own playdough. Can you use it to make a creature?

The kits are all claimed but if you have the ingredients, here are the instructions:

Ingredients Included:

  • 1 c. flour
  • 1/2 c. salt
  • 2 tsp. cream of tartar

Other Ingredients Needed:

  • 1 c. water
  • 2 tbsp. oil
  • Food coloring (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Mix together water, oil, and food coloring (if using) in a small pot. Then stir in the rest of the ingredients.
  2. Cook on medium low heat, stirring constantly until mixture pulls away from the sides and forms a ball. This should only take a few minutes.
  3. Remove from pan, let cool slightly, and carefully knead.
  4. Use your imagination to make creatures of your own out of your playdough and other odds and ends!

TEENS

Call for a scheduled curbside pickup:  616.850.6916

Dream Catcher                              ALL CLAIMEDDream Catcher

What is a Dream Catcher?

Whenever the Ojibwe Nation migrated, their protector, Asibikaashi (Spider Woman), had a difficult time traveling to all of the people to keep them safe.  In order to keep  their babies safe from terrible bawedjigewin (dreams) when Asibikaashi couldn’t, mothers would create dream catcher webs made from willow hoops and sinew.

According to Ojibwe tradition, the circle shape represents the sky, and the seven or eight points of sinew connecting to the hoop represent the seven fires prophecy of the Ojibwe Nation and the eight legs of the spider, respectively. Traditionally, a feather would be placed in the center, and in modern times, four beads are often placed there representing each of the four sacred directions.  (Ojibwa by George Cornell)

Contents:

  • 1 hoop
  • approx. 6 yards of artificial sinew

Optional:  Include beads or found items such as a feather.

Instructions:

  1. Using your LDL card, access Creativebug.
  2. Register, if you haven’t previously.
  3. Click here for Dream Catcher Video instruction.
  4. Follow the step-by-step video instructions. (Tip: Watch the video first, before you start.)
  5. Try only using 7 or 8 points of sinew connecting to the hoop.

Did you know the best place to hang your dream catcher is in your bedroom window?  Hanging it from your headboard is another good alternative.