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Take 5: 5 Books on Duct Tape and Washi Tape for Makers

ducttape7Duct tape crafts have been a very popular part of my MakerSpace. Sometimes I’ll have some high tech making planned and my tweens and teens will walk in and say nope, we want a break from that can you please bust out the duct tape. There’s just something satisfying it seems sometimes about sitting around a table, cutting up tape while you talk to your friends, and making something old school with your hands. You get that immediate sense of accomplishment, you get that social interaction, and you get that feeling that happens when you’ve made something out of nothing from your own two hands.


Here are my Top 5 Books for Working with Duct and Washi Tape

Duct Tape: 101 Adventerous Ideas for Art, Jewelry, Flowers, Wallets and More by Forest Walker Davis

This book is a little different from your traditional duct tape craft book. Although there are some instructions in here, it’s also a showcase for true art. Each project has a brief description of how the item was made, but there aren’t really step-by-step instructions. Davis creates a wide variety of types of flowers – more than I have ever seen in any other books. He also creates large 3-d sculptures, like owls, which are very popular right now. And there are a series of canvas art creations that look like true masterpieces. One of the canvas pieces is about pixilation which would be great for a Minecraft program. From Quarto Publishing Group.

Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2014

Published by Running Press

I first learned about Washi Tape from TLTer Heather Booth, who used it in a program with her teens. Washi tape is slightly easier to use than duct tape because it isn’t quite as sticky. If you’ve ever worked with duct tape only to have a piece fold in onto itself and have to start all over then you understand that benefit of this.

Published by Quarto Publishing Group

Published by Sterling Publishing

And here are the top 5 things my Tweens and Teens like to do with Duct and Washi tape:

1. Cover notebooks, folders, pens, etc. for school

ducttape9Covering things in tape is definitely the easiest way to go.

2. Canvas art

So in the picture above, we tried our hand at making our own canvas art by making a small Doctor Who inspired canvas. We used Union Jack for the background and created a Tardis out of blue duct tape. We used stickers for the lettering. Other people at the even did different types of canvas art. Overall it worked well for us and we were impressed with what we could do on our first attempt.

3. Picture frames

Again, covering things in tape is easy. And you can get really creative with your photography and make it a tech workshop.

4. Bottle cap crafts/Marble magnets/necklaces

ducttape6Bottle cap crafts and marble magnets have long been a staple of my craft programming. We’ve done them at almost every program including Divergent, Doctor Who and Sherlock themed programs. And I love them even more since one day, in a moment of desperation, I tried using duct tape instead of paper. This bottom row of magnets was all made using duct tape. You simply put your bubble on a small piece of duct tape and then cut around it to get your circle. You then press it into your bottle cap and woila – quick, easy magnets. There is comic book themed duct tape which would make this a perfect craft for this year’s SRC.

The basic info for making Bottle Cap Jewelry can be found here.

And here is the basic info for making Marble Magnets.

And here are 50 things you can do with Bottle Caps.

5. Cell Phone Carrying Cases


These have been incredibly popular at my programs. And if you don’t have a phone, they also work to hang on locker walls to put pens and notes in. For cell phone cases, I use card stock paper as a base to give it a little more security because I really like my cell phone in one piece. There are a lot of tutorials on YouTube for making cell phone cases.

About Quarto Publishing Group

The Quarto Publishing Group (formerly Quayside Publishing Group) books have earned a reputation for style and quality in the fields of art, crafts, hobbies, food and drink, nature, lifestyle, reference and children’s. The children’s program just launched in 2014 with the creation of Walter Foster Jr., but expanded dramatically with the “coming home” of our Quarto UK imprints Frances Lincoln Children’s Books and QEB Publishing, now formally published through Quarto USA. In addition, a number of our general and specialty book imprints, such as Quarry Books, Motorbooks, and Race Point, publish books on history, craft, art, and other topics of interest to teen readers. Visit us know at www.quartous.com and beginning this June at www.QuartoKnows.com.

Don’t forget to go to the Quarto Publishing Giveaway post to win a copy of Duct Tape: 101 Adventerous Ideas for Art, Jewelry, Flowers, Wallets and More by Forest Walker Davis in addition to four other Quarto titles. Giveaway closes on 5/16/2015. Open to U.S. Residents.

TPiB: Washi – The Kinder, Gentler Tape

We’ve all done the Duct Tape thing. Stone simple and super fun, right? Yeah. But…

We’ve all wrestled with it when it doubles back and sticks on itself. We’ve all despaired when a kid wraps a whole five dollar roll around his pant leg because he’s going to be the Tin Man, then realizes that it’s a bad idea and cuts it off and throws it all away. We’ve done it.

If you’re looking to capitalize on the simplicity and flexibility of Duct Tape programs but want to change it up a little, meet its kinder, gentler cousin: washi tape.

From Just Something I Made

Washi tape was popularized in Japan where it was made from natural fibers. It’s much more similar to masking tape than duct tape, though thinner and more delicate. It’s papery, and comes in a variety of widths. Like masking tape, it is not strongly adhesive, so it can be removed and replaced if your design needs to be changed. Also like masking tape, you can get those little rips that spin around the roll, so watch out and start unpeeling carefully! It is slightly translucent, which makes it a nice material for covering glass. The translucency also lends itself to being creative with overlapping different colors of tape to an interesting effect.

But what do you do with it? Lots of stuff.  You could…
Source: Apartment Therapy
Source: Crafterly
Source: The Etsy Blog
Source: Silver the the City
Or do what I did and make notebooks and matching pencils like in this tutorial.  I bought the notebooks for 89 cents each and the pencils for about $1.50 for a dozen. We skipped painting the pencils, and covered the notebooks in white copy paper with glue sticks instead of white adhesive paper. Here’s how it turned out for me:
If you noticed some other things in the picture… the light switch cover plate, the battery powered tea candle, the bottle turned vase… it’s because this is just so darn easy and addictive, before you know it you’ll have covered your chair legs and pet turtle in funky patterns.  
You can buy washi tape at craft stores, office supply stores, Etsy boutiques, and perhaps least expensively, at Oriental Trading Company. At the office supply store near my home, they were on sale at about $2 per roll. There are so many different colors and patterns that it does add up fast, but since the projects can be quite small, a little goes a long way. 
Another fun way to run a washi tape program with a lot of different types of tape is to run it as a swap.  Invite each participant to bring a roll of tape and provide each teen with a regular ballpoint pen. Let them select the patterns they like and roll a length around their pen before they settle in to work on their project. Each pen should hold at least three and as many as six different patterns of tape, depending on the widths.


Duct Tape! Check out Sticky Fingers, plus learn from my mistakes – cool tips

I own no less than 20 rolls of Duck/Duct Tape. Okay, technically I bought them for the Tween. But you know, I get to play with them too! Plus, I have regular Duct Tape crafting days at the library. Suffice it to say at this point, I am an expert on Duct Tape crafts.

In fact, I have some important tips for you:

1. Don’t use scissors! Buy an exacto knife and a cutting mat. So much easier to use. If you do use scissors, have lots of Goo Gone on hand to keep cleaning your scissors.

2. To make strips, you can in fact use a scrapbook paper cutter thingy. They look like this. They work wonders. I find this particularly useful to make strips to make a piece of “duct tape material” as it is sometimes called, which you can use, for example, as a duct tape wallet base.

3. You can save little pieces you cut off, like corners and such, on a removable surface, like the backside of your cutting mat, and use them to make picture collages on canvas. Or folders.

4. Once a piece of duct tape gets stuck to itself there is no saving it. Just throw it away and get a new piece.

5. Always make sure you have solid color options to balance the cool print options.

I have shared several posts of some of my favorite activities and books, but here is a new book coming out in July from Zest Books called Sticky Fingers: DIY Duct Tape Projects by Sophie Maletsky (ISBN: 978-1-936976-54-6)

I love the step-by-step instructions in full color! And how the activities are not the same ole’, same ole’ activities again.

Duct Tape Crafts and Even More Duct Tape Crafts

TPiB: On a Stick

This is how some program ideas come to me: I am flipping through a new book that comes into our library and it sparks some inspiration.  It’s a win/win: patrons get cool books and I get great program ideas.

I like the idea of food on a stick.  There are some glorious recipes in here: Pizza Skewers, Cake Pops, Cinnamon Rolls (on a stick! You dip them into the icing.), Deep Fried Ravioli . . . So many great recipes. Give me a second, I have to clean the drool off of my keyboard.  As I looked through this book, I couldn’t help but think of all the programming and party planning ideas that could come out of it.  Sometimes all it takes is a little spark and you get entire party themes.  I think having a stick party is kind of the best idea ever.  But you can take it in other directions as well.  Wait, let me tell you some of the ideas that came to me as I flipped through.

Stick Puppets

I know what you’re thinking, “Stick puppets, really?”  But I have found that tweens and teens like to be creative if you give them the opportunity.  So give it to them.  Have them create stick puppets and then bust out your digital device and encourage them to make Vines or short YouTube clips.  Stick Puppets don’t have to be simple, you can create really elaborate ones (and clean out your craft supply closet) with hair, clothes, and more.  They can be people, animals, and even made up creatures.  Then feed your teens tons of glorious food on a stick.  They will love you.  And again I say to you, having a stick themed party is just quirky enough to be fun and interesting.

You can also play games like Hangman, Pick Up Sticks, and more at your stick themed party.  Or use pipe cleaners to make stick people and make stop motion Vine videos.

Spam and Pineapple Skewers and a Post Apocalypse Survival Party

When I saw this in the book I immediately thought: Post Apocalypse Party (or book discussion group).  Well, actually first I thought: “Ewwww, Spam.”  Then I thought, “Wouldn’t it be fun to have a post-apocalypse discussion group/survival party?”  You could do things like make Paracord bracelets, discuss survival strategies, and even talk about your favorite post-apocalypse fiction.  Better yet, make it an ongoing book discussion over a series and discuss several books and do a different survival related activity at each book discussion meeting.  You could also include fun things from the Quirk Books Worst Case Survival Handbook.  And I happen to own the Worst Case Scenario Boardgame.  When you are running from zombies, you’ll want to make sure you know how to survive falling into quicksand.

You could also combine some of the recipes here with the ideas found in this Kitchen Road Trippin’ program outline to create a read around the globe book discussion group.

Cookies on a Stick

Have a Cookies on a Stick version of Cupcake Wars.  If you have not ever seen Cupcake Wars, you basically are given a theme and you bake and decorate cupcakes to highlight that theme.  In this version, you would provided cookies on a stick and allow participants to decorate the cookies around a theme.  You could take it up a notch and have them use their decorated cookies to create a scene, much like they do with Peeps Dioramas.

From Bake with Ginger

Bake with Ginger has a fun tutorial for creating Mustache Cookies on a Stick which you can use to make fun mustache pics – and then eat!  You could even have a mustache themed party with mustache crafts and a fun photobooth.

S’Mores (on a stick of course!)

Scary stories around a campfire – perfect for October.  Of course, you would have to create a fake campfire if you were going to do this in a library.  But get out a copy of your Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, eat some S’Mores on a Stick, and have fun.

Fish and Chips

Probably in part because I am obsessed with British TV (think Doctor Who, Sherlock & Downton Abby), I immediately thought about having a British TV/Film festival where you would of course serve Fish and Chips – on a stick.  The Robert Downey versions of the Sherlock Holmes films are covered under by Movie Licensing USA.  And you can buy some cool Union Jack Duck Tape to make some very British duct tape crafts.

As part of Quirk Books Week, Quirk Books has generously donated a prize package for one lucky winner that will include 2 of the above cookbooks, a copy of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs, the first book of the Lovecraft Middle School series, and a copy of William Shakespeare’s Star Wars. I’ve tried to give you as many ways as possible to enter so pick the one (or ones) that work best for you and do the Rafflecopter thingy below.  The giveaway closes on Saturday, December 14th and is open to U.S. Residents.  The books will be sent to you from Quirk Books and they are worth it.

Take 5: More Duct Tape Craft Awesomeness (Duct Tape Crafts, part 2)

Earlier this year, I put together for a Pop-Up/Mobile Makerspace.  Two of them actually.  One is LEGO based and one is Duct/Duck Tape based.  It had to be mobile because we have a small physical space and we needed to be able to pull it out and put it away so it wasn’t hogging up the precious little floor space we had.  I chose duct tape because it is hands down the most popular craft program I have going right now.   In fact, my Tween and her friends can frequently be found in her bedroom doing a variety of duct tape crafts.  The best part is that my Makerspace is adaptable, if I ever need to I can replace my duct tape with some newer format.

Make your own garland and flower pots

Duct Tape Garland instructions at Vintage Revivals

 Although you can in fact make a huge variety of objects out of nothing but duct tape, you can also use duct tape to transform the every day objects around your home and make them unique to your space.  You can buy flower powers (cheap!) at the craft store and cover all or parts of them to create original flower pots.  You don’t even have to just use them for flowers, they can be pencil holders and organizers as well.

Duct Tape Wall Art

I recently hosted a teen program called “Renovate Your Room” where we discussed ways that teens could do quick, easy and – most importantly – inexpensive remodels of their room.  You can buy blank canvases at the local craft store and use duct tape to create designs on them.  Stripes, polka dots – or if you have the skill, get elaborate.

Duct Tape Topiaries

Find instructions here

This is the perfect Halloween decoration.  But think outside the box: just by changing the colors you can change the theme.

Duct Tape Nyan Cat

Earlier we shared with you how you could make a Nyan Cat out of Post-It-Notes.  Surprise! You can do it (or any fun logo, graphic, mascot, etc) out of duct tape as well.

50! 50 Duct Tape Crafts

The title kind of says it all.  Here are 50 more crafts you can make out of duct tape.

Previous Duct Tape Crafts



My MakerSpace Journey at The Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County

Small Tech, Big Impact: Designing My Maker Space at The Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County (OH) (School Library Journal article, February 2016)

1 Year Later, What I’ve Learned

The Very Beginning

Previous library locations

My Original Mobile Makerspace
My Updated Mobile Makerspace

Getting Started, Research and Proposals

MakerSpace: The Proposal Stage

Research: A Look at the Akron Public Library Mini Maker Faire

Research: A Visit to the Cincinnati Public Library Maker Space

A Test Run: Maker Mondays

Evaluating Potential Technology for a Makerspace: Cubelets, Little Bits, MaKey MaKey, Raspberry Pi, Sphero

MakerSpace Tech Tools Comparison Chart

5 Ways Maker Spaces/Days/Labs Can Trump “Traditional” Library Programming

The Unboxing and Learning Curve

Circulating Maker Kits

Exploring Circulating Maker Kits and Circulating Maker Kits part 2 with a Book List

The Maker Bookshelf

The Maker Bookshelf/Collection (with a book list)

Various Components, Stations and Technology


Strawbees part 1 and part 2

3D Pens: Reviews and Tips and Tricks

Osmo review

MakerSpace: Tech Take Apart

Sharpie Art! Quick and Easy Programming and MakerSpace Ideas

iPad Lab

MakerSpace: Unconventional Printing and The Ongoing Quest for iPad/iPhone Printing, Or, How I Fell in Love with a Printing App

Creating and Using an iPad Lab in Your Library and Mistakes Were Made: What I Learned About Installing an iPad Lab in a MakerSpace

Button Making

Things I Learned Visiting the Cincinnati MakerSpace: Fun with Buttons! Edition

MakerSpace: Button Maker Challenges

MakerSpace: Thumbprint Art Buttons

Digital Media and Photo Manipulation

Green Screen Photo Booth

How Did You Do That? Photo Apps Version

App Review: Prisma

App Review: Aviary

App Review: FotoRus

App Review: Image Chef

Tech Talk: App Review – BeFunky

Generate Marketing Creativity with iPhone Apps

Meme the Apps

Movie Making

Take 5: 5 Tools for Movie Making in Your MakerSpace

HUE Animation Studio review

Making Movie Magic with Tweens and Teens at Your Library

MakerSpace: Stop Motion Animation 101

Quick and Easy Stop Motion Movies

MakerSpace: Green Screen Tips

Take 5: Stop Motion Animation Hacks for a MakerSpace

Putting it All Together

Sunday Reflections: Reflections on Making While Sitting in My Teen MakerSpace

If you build it, will they come?

MakerSpace: The Making of a Manual

Outreach and Promotion

Teen MakerSpace Outreach at The Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County, Day 1 – Getting Organized

Building Our Portable Photo Booth – Outreach at The Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County, Day 2

Making Photo Booth Props: Outreach at The Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County, Day 3

Making Text Transfer Chalkboard Speech Bubbles: Outreach at The Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County, Day 4

Teen Coloring Postcards: Outreach at The Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County, Day 5

Books for Makers

YA Lit Titles for Makers and MakerSpaces

Additional Resources

Take 5: The Robot Test Kitchen Reading List

Is It Time to Rebuild & Retool Public Libraries and Make Them “Tech Shops”?

The Library as Incubator Project posts tagged “Makerspace”

ALA: Manufacturing Makerspaces

The Makings of a Makerspace

Library as Makerspace

Teen Makerspaces at Your Library

Making the Case for a Public Library Makerspace

Library Makserspace on Pinterest

Libraries Embracing Makerspaces: http://makezine.com/2013/07/01/check-it-out-libraries-embracing-makerspaces/

Maker Stations Popping Up in Libraries Across the Country | At Your Libraryhttp://atyourlibrary.org/maker-stations-popping-libraries-across-country

A Librarian’s Guide to Makerspaces http://oedb.org/ilibrarian/a-librarians-guide-to-makerspaces/


You can also click on the tags “Tech Talk” and “MakerSpace” to read more posts.

My Mobile Makerspaces in Action

Heather Booth and The Robot Test Kitchen

As part of her ILeadUSA experience, Heather Booth has been blogging about her experiences incorporating more tech into her library teen programming. Take a look at her posts here:

What’s Your Library’s Story? A Robot Test Kitchen Guest Post

Review: Squishy Circuits

True Confessions: My STEM program failed and it was not fun (but I still learned something)

Review: Racing Robot Learn to Solder Kit 

True Confessions: I Want This to be Easier

Touch Screen Gloves (from the Robot Test Kitchen)

We Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Instructions

We’re Not Faking It, We’re Making It

Check out more at the Robot Test Kitchen:

“We are the Techno Whats, a group of Youth Services and Teen librarians. We believe that when imaginations play, learning happens. We aim to use simple robotics as a means to expand our learning experience for other new technologies. Our goal is to provide an entry point of simple robotics in a way Youth and Teen Librarians can understand.”

Follow the Robot Test Kitchen @RobotTestKitchn (https://twitter.com/RobotTestKitchn)
Contact the Robot Test Kitchen:  RobotTestKitchen [at] gmail.com
Sometimes we Tumbl too: http://techno-whats.tumblr.com/

TPiB: 10 Things to Do with a Blank Canvas, part 2

All you need to create some original art is really a blank canvas and some Mod Podge.  Well, and a few things to put on your canvas.  But the beauty is, you can take all that fantastic art you see in the store for a high dollar amount and create your own less expensive versions.  And then – no one has a piece of art like it but you! You are one of a kind, so shouldn’t your artwork be as well?  Yes, yes it should.  Yesterday I shared the first 5 of our 10 Things to Do with a Blank Canvas projects.  Here are the final 5.  Keep in mind, these are only 10 ideas, there are so many more.  And although it would make for a great tween or teen project, think room renovation, don’t forget that you can also use these projects to decorate a library or classroom.  And they would make wonderful, personalized gifts.

Blackout Poetry

This is a screen shot of all the different examples you can find if you do a Google image search for Blackout Poetry

Blackout poetry is where you take a piece of the newspaper and a black marker to black out most of the words until you have created a unique poem.  Once you have made your poem (and the black marker has thoroughly dried), decoupage your page onto an appropiately sized canvas and make your poem into wall art.  There is more information and a book full of poems at Newspaper Blackout.

Duct Tape It

My canvas art project does not look nearly as good as this one over at Duct Tape Fashion by Danielle Carter, but I wanted you to see how intricate it can truly be.  You can learn more at Duct Tape Fashion.

Six Feet Under the Stars by Danielle Carter, posted on Duct Tape Fashion

Look, you can cover anything with duct tape.  Anything.  So why not a blank canvas? You can make designs.  Buy a pack of 4 mini canvases and create a series that corresponds to the colors in your room and make basic designs.  Remember you can cut the tape to make shapes, it doesn’t just have to be lines, stripes and patterns.  Layer your tape to create a sheet (they actually sell the sheets by the way) and cut out any shape you can think of.

This is my idea of a Duct Tape project.  I covered the canvas with chalkboard paint and did a little edging with Batman Duck Tape for Christie’s office door.  Yes, that really is about the level of my ability.

Peel Away Book Quote Art

This is brilliant and outlined expertly by Erin from The Library as Incubator Project.  Just do it.  Any colors.  Any quotes.

Chalkboard It

They have an excellent example and instructions for this at LivingWellSpendingLess.com so go there

Chalkboard paint is a thing.  You can buy it.  It is fun.  Paint your canvas with chalkboard paint.  Then you could use something easy – say Duct Tape – to create a colorful border.  Voila. You have a custom designed chalboard for your room that matches your unique style and decor.  This one that they made at Living Well, Spending Less is awesome. And then there is mine:


Invite a bunch of your friends over.  Prep your canvas by spray painting a base coat.  Now, everyone paints their hands.  Yep, you know where this is going.  Make a handprint on your canvas.  You can use stickers or markers to write words, names, dates, etc. onto your canvas (once it has dried).  Then, seal it with a clear coat.  Or, you know, you could always just paint on it.  Or do some combination of projects 1 through 9.  In fact, you can buy a 12×12 canvas and just decoupage a scrapbook page.

Made with scrapbook paper and stickers. Don’t laugh.

Check out Part 1 for some other ideas and some general tips.

More Canvas Ideas
More Pinterest
Hey, Even More Pinterest

TPiB: Doctor Who – How to host a BRILLIANT 50 year anniversary party (at home or at your library)

This month, my tween edges a little closer to teendom.  And later this year, Doctor Who is turning 50!  On November 23rd they will air the Doctor Who 50 year anniversary special at the same time, everywhere.  So we are doing double duty here, hosting a Doctor Who themed birthday party for my Tween and putting together a Doctor Who program for our library in November in anticipation of 50 years of our favorite Doctor.  Below are some great ideas that would work well in a library, given the time and space constraints we often have.  Pick and choose what works for you, step into your Tardis, and see where you end up.  Don’t forget to put our YA Books for the Doctor Who fan recommendations on display.

Duct Tape Doctor Who
Image found on Tumblr

I don’t know about your tweens, but mine are obsessed with Duct Tape.  And this is good because it makes for some easy (albeit kind of expensive) programming.

Duct Tape Bowtie Necklaces (Because Bowties are Cool!)
Simple really, follow these instructions and make Duct Tape bow ties.

Duct Tape Rose Pens
Fans of the companion Rose can rejoice and make this rose pen. Out of Duct tape, of course.  Instructions for a Duct tape rose can be found here.

Duct Tape Tardis Purse
This is the best craft idea ever because the Tardis is the coolest spaceship ever.  There are a couple of different ways you can make a Tardis bag out of Duct tape.
Version 1: http://ducttapecase.wordpress.com/tardis-duct-tape-bag/
Version 2: http://redditgifts.com/marketplace/product/doctor-who-tardis-duct-tape-purse-tardis/

Doctor Who Crafts

Make Your Own River Song Journal
Technically, you can make a River Song Journal in a variety of ways.  Just Google make your own journal, pick one that you like and make yours blue.  However, there is a great tutorial here for making an actual River Song journal for purists.

Make Your Own Weeping Angels
You know those holiday angels you have sitting around in your basement or garage?  The ones you put at the tops of trees?  Spray paint them silver.  Not an awesome craft per se, but it would make for some great party decorations. 

Cybermen Headbands
What you need: headbands, silver spray paint and pipe cleaners.  Spray pain your headband silver and let it dry.  Use your pipe cleaners to create the thingy majig that would go across the top.  You’ll have to do this by eye using a picture because I couldn’t find a pattern, but it isn’t hard.  Connect two pipe cleaners, wrap a pipe cleaner around the middle for the middle part, and attach it to the bottom of your headband.  When you wear your headband, you now are rocking some serious Cybermen headgear.  If you don’t use silver pipe cleaners, use your silver spray paint to finish off your look.

Build a Dalek 
There are plans everywhere online.   In the end all you really need are some boxe, foam balls cut in half, and paint.  Here is a simple example using everyday household items.

Robot Building
I recently had a two part tech fun program.  On day 1, we took a bunch of donated tech and took it apart.  It was fun and it allowed my tweens and teens to see what the inside of the technology they use everyday looks like.  On day 2, we took those bits and pieces and used them to make robots.  Not functioning robots, because I don’t know how to do electrical work, but things that looked like cool robots.  I feel like this would be a fun Doctor Who program because it fits right in with the verse.  Maybe one of your tweens or teens will even create the next major villain for Doctor Who.

Dalek and Tardis Fuse Bead Crafts
Use your fuse beads to make Doctor Who themed keychains (or zipper pulls) and more.  Here is a pattern for a Dalek. Here is a pattern for the Tardis.

Doctor Who Shrinky Dink Jewelry
You can make Shrinky Dinks at the library using a toaster oven.  Purchase blank sheets of Shrinky Dink pages and go to town creating Doctor Who themed pieces.  Then, watch the shrinking magic happen.  You can use your pieces on keychains, jewelry or even as ornaments.  In fact, string them and make Doctor Who themed garland.

Dalek Bags
You can buy draw string bags from places online like Oriental Trading.  Buy solid colors.  Bust out some black fabric markers and color in circles.  Tada, you now have a Dalek bag. There is an example in this awesome birthday party outline.

Paper Snowflakes (The Snowmen)
In one of the most awesome Christmas specials, snowmen attack.  They show snowflakes with menacing faces and it was both sinister and cool.  We’ve all cut snowflakes out of paper, but can you make some scary ones?  Give it a try.

Make Your Own Villain/Alien
Use the classic Exquisite Corpse activity to create unique and totally original creatures that the Doctor might encounter in his travels through space and time.

Weeping Angel Barbie
You can buy a bunch of Barbies at a thrift store and use these instructions to make a Weeping Angel.

Fimo Clay Tardis Necklacs 
Use Fimo clay to make a Tardis necklace.  Follow the Fimo instructions on the package and use any of the numerous pictures available online for a model.

Tardis Tin
Use old Altoid tins.  Paint Tardis blue.  Decorate.  As a bonus, you can make Doctor Who art/quotes Marble Magnets to place inside.

Doctor Who t-shirts with stencils (or bleach pens)
Use stencils or bleach pens to make Doctor Who themed t-shirts. Instructions for bleach pen shirts can be found here.

Create your own Doctor Who light faceplate
Take a light switch cover and paint it Tardis blue.  Add some white.  Tada, a Tardis light faceplate. Or, you can print off your favorite pictures (to size) and Mod Podge them.  Actually, you can do this really for just about anything.  Mod Podge is cool.

An example of circular Gallifreyan from Sherman’s Planet Instructable

Write your name in circular Gallifreyan 
Gallifreyan  at Sherman’s Planet

Doctor Who Trailer Maker and Comic Maker available at the BBC website.

Keep in mind, you can do some traditional crafts, like Bottle Cap Jewelry or Marble Magnets, and just give them a Doctor Who twist.  Here is a Pinterest page with some excellent examples of Doctor Who bottle cap jewelry.

Paper Crafts 

Doctor Who Paper Craft (tons online) like :http://manmadediy.com/users/chris/posts/702-free-download-dr-who-papercraft-templates

Various Masks from the BBC, including Weeping Angels, Gangers, and Smilers 

Printable Tardis Notecards

Printable Tardis Notecards

You can also use your Phone Apps and favorite quotes (or Publisher if you like) to create your own Doctor Who art.

Weeping Angels Tag

This game is outlined really well in this Facebook post.

Cube Stacking Contest
Take a bunch of old wooden blocks and spray pain them black to make them look like the cubes in The Power of Three.  Have contests to see who can stack the most amount of cubes in a short amount of time: say 1 minute.  This is a variation on the Oreo Cookie stacking contest.

Doctor Who Guess Who
Steal your kids Guess Who game and print off 2 pictures each of various Doctor Who characters, including all 11 (now 12) versions of the doctor.  Replace all the pictures in the game with your pictures and keep one set for the drawing pile.  You now play by the same rules as Guess Who, but have Doctor Who characters instead.  Follow these instructions from Instructables to learn more about customizing your Guess Who game.

Musical Fez
Play a version of musical chairs, but instead of moving chairs you pass the fez.

Doctor Who Bingo
Someone was kind enough to make these Doctor Who Bingo cards.  Thank you kind Doctor Who Bingo card maker.

Humans VS. Weeping Angels
Christie is adapting this Humans VS. Zombies games for an upcoming lock-in.


Dalek Cups
Get lidded cups, like Starbucks cups.  Spray paint various colors.  Add dots (markers or stickers will work)

Tardis Doorway
Supplies needed: a refrigerator box, box cutter, and lots of blue paint. You could also try and use butcher paper.  In fact, you could make one of those big banners and have your teens run through it like they do at football games.

Tardis Art
Decorate your own masterpiece and insert the Tardis somewhere.  Tweens and teens could literally use paper and paint to create any type of artwork and just paint the Tardis in.  I am, of course, referring to the episode Vincent and the Doctor.


Sonic Screwdriver Snack
Take pretzel rods and dip the tip of them in white frosting.  Then, coat the frosting in green sprinkles.  This will create an edible snack that resembles the Doctor’s sonic screwdriver.

Dalek Cupcakes
Here are incredibly simple instructions to make Dalek cupcakes.

Tardis Cookies
Use graham crackers, frosting and licorice to make Tardi themed snacks.

Ood Cupcakes
Use this as an example to make Ood looking cupcakes.  Cupcakes, frosting and soar strips. Yum.

Marshmallow Adipose
Use large and small marshmallows to create Adipose.

Snowflake cookies
Pretty self explanatory, use your snowflake cookie cutter and make snowflake cookies.  Let your tweens and teens frost and decorate their own.

Fish and custard
If you are daring, you can just make fish sticks and dip them in your custard.  I am not the daring, so you can use French Toast sticks or Swedish fish to represent the fish sticks and dip them in your pudding.

“Always take a banana to a party Rose. Bananas are good.”

Oh look – it’s number 12! Peter Capaldi (BBC)

Other Fun Tie Ins

Impressionist Paintings (for Vincent and the Doctor)
Shakespeare Readings (for The Shakespeare Code)
Do an interactive mystery in honor of Agatha Christie (or play Clue) (for The Unicorn and the Wasp)
Make a Volcano (for Fires of Pompeii) – Scholastic has an easy mini-volcano recipe on their site.

Don’t Forget!!

Trivia, trivia, trivia.  Match quotes to numbers to see if tweens and teens know which Doctor said them (you might want to concentrate on Doctors 9-11).

And, you can make all kinds of bookmarks, fan art and more using Doctor Who pictures, quotes, etc.  In fact, check out the official Doctor Who Tumblr to see amazing fan art that is quote heavy.

Turn your favorite Doctor Who quotes into wall art with this Peel Away Quote art activity

Additional Activities and Resources

Another fun Doctor Who themed party 
Maria Selke’s Pinterest Board: http://pinterest.com/lleullin/doctor-who/
Doctor Who Party Pack from BBC: http://doctorwho.tumblr.com/post/67307924465/we-made-you-a-doctor-who-global-celebration

Karen & Christie

TPiB: Duct Tape Crafts

My teens are obsessed with duct tape (or duck tape- depending on which ones you talk to).  Any time we can get the money to have a duct tape craft, I have more teens than I can handle…  From the original gray to animal prints, skulls and neon, duct tape has expanded as it’s popularity has skyrocketed.

I’ve been looking all over the web for fun ideas for this summer, and I’ve posted some of my favorite ideas below.  Share yours in the comments!

Note:  Duct tape crafts will require use of scissors, box cutters, or other sharp instruments in order to manipulate materials into their proper shape.  If you do not feel comfortable with letting your teens loose with these types of tools, you can pre-cut tape strips ahead of time.  Also, make sure that you have enough tape for your teens to properly create the craft- some of the more interesting colors come in smaller rolls than the typical gray or black.

Karen’s note: Duct tape crafts will destroy your scissors.  Make sure you have plenty of Googone.  When the scissors get gummy – and they will get gummy – it makes it hard to cut nice, straight lines on the tape which will affect the overall outcome of your craft.

 I am in LOVE with flower rings.  They look so awesome!  Ductbrand has a step-by-step picture tutorial on how to make a flower ring, and with a little work, many shapes will follow.  Skill level: beginner.

Yes, I may watch a little too much Doctor Who.  But bow ties are cool, and what better way to make them than with duct tape? Or hair bows, or purse bows, or…. Skill level: beginner.

Everyone always has a different phone, and it seems that when the new model comes out, you need a new holder.  Not so fast, when you have cardboard and duct tape!  Skill level: intermediate.

Makesandtakes.com has an awesome video tutorial about how to make duct tape cuffs….  They turn out so beautiful!  Or if cuffs are not your thing, Ziggyityzoom has instructions on braided ones 

Finally, the Dollar Store Crafts website has awesome instructions for create magic wallets….
Just Monday Karen made this Duct tape cell phone carrying case – her first duct tape craft.  I put it on display at the Circulation counter with a sign advertising my upcoming craft and had a lengthy conversation with a 15-year-old girl who makes EVERYTHING out of Duct tape, and gets paid by her friends to make them things.  She was impressed, and hadn’t seen a cell phone case so bonus points for me.  You can find the instructions here

The Duck Tape brand page has an index of Ducktivities (cute) that you can do.
And Under the Table and Dreaming has a link to 45 activities you can do. Yes – 45!

Don’t forget, you can use Duct tape to do thing like cover books (be sure to put a paper cover down first if it is a book you want to uncover, like a text book), make creative art journals, and more.  Just because you can’t find a tutorial for it online doesn’t mean it can’t be done.  You can make the tutorial.

So what are your favorite duct tape crafts?  Share in the comments!

A few of Karen’s favorite things . . .

Christmas is over so I won’t bore you with my witty intro that makes the song get stuck in your brain (mmmm . . . brains!)  No, I’ll just dive right into it.  These are my favorite things.

Collection Development Tools: Netgalley/Edelweiss

I work at a smaller library now, and run a blog, so I really use a lot of Advance Reader’s Copies (ARCs, or galleys if you prefer).  You can find them here (if the publishers approve you, and sometimes they don’t, which sometimes takes me back to the feeling in middle school I had when everyone picked me last to be on their kickball team.  To be fair, I did really stink at kickball.)  Anyhow, you request and ARC, if you get approved it sends it to your e-reader, and viola – books.  To date, I have bought every book I have read and loved via an ARC.  With a smaller budget, I like knowing that my teens are going to read it when I spend that money.  And as a bonus, I am better prepared when the new books come in to make recommendations, put together displays, and market, market, market because I have read the book.


Emergency Craft Supply Must Have: Duct Tape

It comes in so many glorious colors and patterns. You can do so much fun stuff with it.  They have written whole books about it.  Whether you are doing ductagami or simply decorating notebooks and folders with it, I gotta have some on hand.

Proof That I Can’t Get Rid of Anything: Discarded Magazines

It should come as no surprise to you that I love words. Truly.  And you can do so many fun things with discarded magazines including decoupage, make your own magnetic poetry, marble magnets, guitar pick jewelry.  Sometimes, I will even just be talking to a teen who is a huge Twilight fan and I will go back in my office and get a discarded Seventeen out of my stash and give it to them – I am a hero!! I love being a hero.

Make Your Own Magnetic Poetry Kits

Social Media Addiction: Twitter

Twitter has a seriously rich book community – authors, publishers, librarians, book bloggers.  I am there every day and every day I learn about new books, share book/library love with my peers, and learn about new tech and teen trends.

Don’t Underestimate the Value of Twitter

It’s Absence Makes Me Ragey: ISBN Numbers

It brings me great joy when publisher ads and book reviews include ISBN numbers.  Yes, I am perfectly capable of going and looking them up.  But you know, it’s super nice when I don’t have to and I can just enter the ISBN number into my jobber and a title to my cart.  If I am using an online source, I can simply cut and paste it.  I will love you all hardcore if we can make it a point to add ISBN numbers with our book info.  And I will wholeheartedly admit that we do not always do that here at TLT.  Let’s make it our New Year’s Resolution to embrace the ISBN number.  Pinky swear.

An ode to the ISBN number:
You make my life so easy
When I don’t see you I get queasy
It’s true that I can go hunt you down
But seeing you turns smile from frown

Great books, now let me go look up the ISBN number
Yay- great books AND I don’t have to go look up the ISBN number
Best. Ad. Ever.

Most Benefit for Your Buck: Teen Volunteers

They rock! It seems like I shouldn’t have to say more than that.  But I guess I will.  I get to serve teens by helping them serve their community: win-win.  Plus, I get to spend time with them one-on-one and talk about things, if I am lucky that thing=books.

Can’t Live Without: VOYA and SLJ

I am not going to lie, I don’t really use these for the book reviews because the jobber we use has all the journal reviews in one place for me.  Okay, so I am still using their book reviews, just not in the traditional way.  I do, however, love these resources because of the following: Booklists, Programming Articles, Author Interviews, etc.  I also love to read the letters to the editor (I am a huge online comment junkie as well.)  Don’t forget to visit their online sites as well, lots of additional content.


What Do I Do Next? Post It Notes

Not only can you make art with them, but you can leave yourself little notes and stick them on your computer.  You will not be surprised to know that I find them all over with ISBN numbers written on them.  I leave myself one every day on my computer letting me know what I need to do tomorrow.  Sometimes I leave notes saying, “return Stephanie’s e-mail”, or “remind Christie to write that review,” or “bring back your really overdue library books.”  Librarians make the worst library patrons, just saying.

Post It Note Art

My Brain: My iPhone

Yes, it keeps me connected to Twitter.  But our tech at work is old and slow and I send my e-mail to it, use it to do quick searches on the Reference desk when our Internet decides it is trying to lose a race against a snail, and I take pictures. Tons and tons and tons of pictures.  Pictures at programs, pictures of books, random pictures when living my daily life.  You never know when you can turn one of them into an awesome RA poster, which I do often.  I have almost nothing but photography apps and photos on my cell phone. I have been known to pet my phone and call it “pretty”.  Also, The Mr. has banned it from the dinner table.

Last But Not Least: You – My Fellow Librarians

I steal some of my best ideas from you guys.  I mean borrow, I borrow some of my best ideas from you guys.  Best program I have ever done? Live Angry Birds courtesy of Heather Booth.  Most fun I had this year? I #mustacheyoutoread which was started by Kearsten at Glendale Public Library.  And who else is going to understand when I say, “when will we be done with the instalovetriangle business?”

So here we are, at the end of the year and these things have made my year rock! And I promise, as my New Year’s Resolution, I will never complain about the lack of ISBN numbers on ads again. Pinky swear.  Here’s looking forward to a great 2013.  I hope you all will continue to join us next year.  We’re all in this together 🙂