Be My Valentine…it’s not too late!

Yes, Valentine’s Day is tomorrow and maybe you think it’s too late to do anything special. Don’t worry, you still have time to make a thoughtful gift for a loved one.

Here is a list of easy and fun DIY gifts:

  • Make an origami heart for a loved one. Origami is the traditional Japanese art of paper folding. You can even make an origami heart as a bookmark. Instructions available here.
  • If origami hearts are not your thing, then try making an origami flower or maybe a dozen origami flowers! Try these step-by-step instructions.
  • No Valentine’s Day is complete without candy hearts. Those delightful candies with sweet messages even make a great craft gift. Check out this candy heart ring.
  • Mustaches are all the rage these days. So why not try a mustache valentine for that special person? Free printable available here.
  • Maybe mustaches are too silly and you want something cute and sweet. Try printing owl valentines, available for free here.
  • One of my favorite Valentine’s crafts is making magazine envelopes. You can always find a colorful magazine sitting around, so why not make a unique envelope for your mustache or owl valentine. Follow these simple instructions and you will be amazed!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Let It Snow at DMPL

DMPL_snowflakes_1If we don’t get real snow for Christmas at least we’ll have lovely paper snowflakes to cheer us at the South Side Library.

Teens crafted paper snowflakes last Wednesday to help decorate the children’s area. Many of them are hanging already so check them out the next time you’re at the library!

Check the library’s Events page to see teen activities at your local library branch!


A carefully crafted snow crystal. Nicely done!

Duct the Halls

Ductigami: The Art of Tape bookcover

Are you looking for something crafty and inexpensive to give your friends this holiday season? Well look no further! The Duck tape brand website has all kinds of “ducktivities.” My personal holiday favorite is the peppermint striped bracelet. The library also has some good “how to” books on making cool crafts with duct tape. Check these out (literally):

Got Tape? bookcover

After perusing the Duck brand website for awhile I noticed that there is a section on the history of Duck tape. Did you know that it was invented to help the war effort in WWII? At the time it was just plain army green and nameless, but it didn’t take long for people to nickname it “duck” tape because it was waterproof. After the war, civilians started using it on their duct systems and the army green color was changed to gray. Well, things have changed! Duck tape is now available in a variety of colors and patterns and is great for making fun teen crafts!

Halloween fun at East Side

Take a look at the luminaries we made yesterday here at East Side. They’re really easy to make, and can turn your front porch, room or where ever you put them into a spooky Halloween haunt.

Make sure you join us next week when we’ll have guests in to talk about Mexico’s El Dia de los Muertos (The Day of the Dead) and do some great traditional crafts.

And while you’re in, you can pick up the next Pizza&Pages book discussion selection: The Maze Runner.