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!

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

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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.