Crafts and do-it-yourself project ideas abound at ACL

First Posted: 10/8/2014

At the library, crafting classes for all ages spark creativity. Children cut, glue, color and piece together crafts in programs like Make-It Take-It and Storytime. The sky is the limit for our youngest participants whose imaginations know no limitations. Getting “hands-on” at the library is a good opportunity for children to develop fine motor skills, explore ideas and concepts, and experiment with materials.

In the library’s Anime Club, teenagers are always involved in new creations. From drawing to costumes, everyone has an opportunity to enjoy innovative expression. DIY classes for Teens provide instruction in projects like paper lanterns and jewelry.

For adults, classes in painting, stamping, paper crafting, quilting and more make it easy to try something new. With the holidays right around the corner, it can be a good time to try a project.

The library has helpful new books to be your guide in crafting this fall and winter. Take a look at some below for ideas. And speaking of handmade, remember the Dorothy Boccella Holiday Marketplace coming up from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8 and from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 9. Local vendors offer a variety of handmade products for convenient holiday shopping.

“75 Flowers for Cake Decorations” by Helen Penman: Want to put a unique twist on baked goods? Discover this beautiful collection of easy-to-make floral toppers for cakes and cupcakes.

“DIY Chalkboard Crafts” by Lizette Schapekahm: From silhouette art to spice jars, find more than 50 crafty and creative chalk-board paint ideas contained in one book. Did you know chalkboard paint is useful for plant markers, cake toppers, napkin rings and more?

“Glitterville’s Handmade Christmas” by Stephen Brown: This is whimsical crafting at its finest as readers follow instructions to create glittered baubles and ornaments.

“Indoor Plant Décor” by Kylee Baumle and Jenny Peterson: Reuse and re-purpose materials to create unique houseplant displays. Includes the “planted book,” a perfect way to recycle an old book.

“Itty-Bitty Toys” by Susan B. Anderson: Learn how to knit animals, dolls and other playthings for kids. Adorable “wrap-me-up puppies” and “panda and zebra hand puppets” will make lovely gifts.

“Project Kid: 100 Ingenious Crafts for Family Fun” by Amanda Kingloff: Want to involve your kids in crafting at home? Try making smart and surprising projects together using materials like cotton balls, pom poms, foam and cardboard.

“Scissors, Paper, Craft” by Christine Leech: Check out 30 creative projects for crafters of all abilities. Gift tags, mobiles, boxes and more are sure to delight.

“Weaving Rag Rugs” by Tom Knisely: After a thoughtful introduction on weaving history, dive in to step-by-step instructions that will take you through the process of weaving a rag rug. Find what you like among 30 rag rug patterns.

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