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« on: January 25, 2011 03:05:21 PM »

I'm technically a children's librarian, but lately I've taken on the teen librarian position as well (phew!) I do an after-school program that is just, well, there's no way to describe it but meh! It's gotten so bad that I've just been letting them do computer lab every day except for Friday, which is video game day.
I'm looking for teen crafts that don't suck, are easy, and cheap!

I tried doing crafts before, and some girls liked it, but I'd also like to bring in boys. I've given up crafts in the library because I've lost some of the passion for it, since the group of "regulars" is unenthusiastic about everything.
Some things we've done:
Duct tape wallets, playing card wallets, beaded bracelets, and we have a lady who comes in once a month and does a papercraft. I also tried doing friendship bracelets, since I enjoyed making them at that age, but the knotting ended up being too complicated for the teens.
Our library also has some kits that a branch can check out for button-making (pins, not sewing buttons), shrinky-dinks, ugly doll sewing, polymer clay, and a couple of other lamer kits (according to teen response) that I'm not going to mention.

Any ideas that are especially boy friendly? Is hemp jewelry still popular with teens?

Any help is very appreciated (especially from actual teens, or teen librarians!)

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« Reply #1 on: January 27, 2011 07:17:22 PM »

I would say the best crafts are one that cause you to get messy. The girls might be kind of iffy at first, but once you get into it it's a lot of fun. Wetfelting maybe?
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« Reply #2 on: February 24, 2011 01:54:06 PM »

try paper mache! Its really messy and takes a few hours (or days) to dry, but it can be loads of fun! Also try things like star wars costumes. It may not be october, but costumes are always awesome.
« Reply #3 on: February 26, 2011 06:43:31 PM »

I also have a hard time finding crafts boys like. But I did share this one a little while back:

Assemble Your Own Freddy Krueger Glove

« Reply #4 on: March 01, 2011 12:06:54 PM »

what about altered things? Shrines, matchboxes, playing cards, ATC's, Inchies, etc. You just need a base (boxes, tins, card, whatever) glue, old magazines, newspapers and other basic supplies for most of them. Maybe get them to bring some things to make into a shrine/card/whatever of a subject they're interested in?

What about art journals? The girls could try dotee's, or you could get some thrift store barbies/cheap dolls and get them to make zombie high or something. Lots of things can be made from stuff you can get cheap or free, honestly.

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