Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Quirky Craft Supplies

There are certain craft supplies most children's librarians have on hand: markers, construction paper, gluesticks, popsicle sticks, etc.  Lately I've had more obscure items come into my possession, and I'm pretty excited to use them in programs.
Okay, I know what you're thinking.  Beads are not quirky.  However, what I am showing you in the picture is merely the tip of the iceberg. I have a massive amount of beads.  One of my co-workers who is also an artist recently went through and sorted all of them, which took her about a week.  I'm hoping to use then in a program this spring.  I think my kids would enjoy making beaded animals--in fifth grade a made a lot of lizards just like the one pictured here.

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Drink umbrellas!  A co-worker had some of these leftover and gave me a handful. I can't decide if I want to craft with them or use them in a display at some point. What to do, what to do.

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And now, for our grand finale, my most bizarre but also my most awesome item: bowler hats that can fit into the palm of your hand!  As you can see from the above picture, these come with the gin that my father buys, and he decided to save them.  As soon as I saw them, I immediately knew I wanted to grab them and do something with them at the library.  I think I might use these in a snowman craft--some styrofoam balls, yarn, and these hats would make adorable snowmen.  Since I'm sure my father will keep accruing hats, I need to think of some other things I can use them for.  Also, I'm not really sure what to tell the kids if they ask where I got the hats.  I may just say they're from a craft store.  Other suggestions welcome.

So there you have it.  My weirdest craft supplies. Do you have anything particularly bizarre or awesome that you're hoping to use?

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