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Cindy Crushes Programming: Make and Take Kits for Pandemic Programming, by Teen Librarian Cindy Shutts

Today teen librarian Cindy Shutts is sharing with us some Make and Take Kits for pandemic programming.

Oatmeal Foot Scrub

My Co-worker Ariel Nelson and I just did this craft  as a joint take and made sure our whole library district was able to have Take and Make kits. This was a cheaper craft. The price was about  $20 per 60 kits. We did have some of the supplies beforehand. Ariel found the recipe.


  • 2 tablespoons bath salt
  • 2 teaspoons oatmeal
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2-3 tablespoons water


Mix all the ingredients in a bowl and make a paste.

Apply the paste to your feet and scrub for 10 minutes.

Wash scrub off feet and follow it up with a moisturizer.

The coarse texture of oatmeal, allows for it to be a great exfoliator. It softens the skin of the feet and can even soothe minor rashes and itching. The added ingredients of epsom salt and baking soda enhances the exfoliating effects!

Instructions and other DIY Foot Scrubs found on: https://www.stylecraze.com/articles/diy-foot-scrub/

Here is a video we made https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-DRfOHujuz8&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR0pM30qNnq6szDW2KJSjTrXttROflSq9qZl7N2D2VTgAkSpJdEi358CpjY

Shoe Box Dioramas

This is a great craft to get rid of extra supplies. Ellen Quinn at Rockford Public Library came up with this idea. It is a great way to use shoe boxes and any leftover craft supplies. At Rockford they are sending tweens home with a shoe box and a baggie of craft supplies. When the tweens finish their family can post their diorama and tag the library online. I love this so much. If you wanted to do this in October for teens it would be fun to have a spooky theme like zombies or vampire.

Paracord Bracelets

My Coworker Faith Healy worked on creating 60 kits for our library. Each branch got 20 kits. This one is a really popular craft.  Faith did an amazing job!

Supplies: This is for 60 kits

  • ½ Buckles
  • 12 colors of 50 feet paracord Size 95

Cost: 44.85 per 60 kits not including bags

Here is a PDF of the instructions Faith put together:

Cindy Shutts, MLIS


Cindy is passionate about teen services. She loves dogs, pro-wrestling, Fairy tales, mythology, and of course reading. Her favorite books are The Hate U Give, Catching FIre, The Royals, and everything by Cindy Pon. She loves spending times with her dog Harry Winston and her niece and nephew. Cindy Shutts is the Teen Services Librarian at the White Oak Library District in IL and she’ll be joining us to talk about teen programming. You can follow her on Twitter at @cindysku


  1. Catherine B. says

    The paracord bracelet craft does look cool. Is there a link to the PDF? I can see the cover page, but not the rest of the instructions. Also, the prices I am seeing online look higher than your final expenditure – where did you find the supplies for such a low price?

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