Makerspace Wishlist Part 4: DIY and Crafts

Makerspace Wishlist: DIY & Crafts

When it comes to Makerspaces, many prefer to think of all expensive, whiz-bang technology and equipment.  While that’s perfectly fine and great for students, there’s a lot of benefits that can come from low-tech making as well.  The art of creating something from scratch, of taking something from concept to finished product, doesn’t have to be expensive or even digital.  Giving students a space to make things by hand, to put together different materials, is a valuable thing.  If you doubt the ability of students to make amazing things from such low-cost tools, just check out Caine’s Arcade.

This is meant to be an exhaustive list, and I don’t expect every school to buy every single item on this list  This is just a way to get you thinking about different types of supplies you could make available to your students.  A lot depends on the age level of your students and the main goals of your space.  My plan for my space is to create a crafting cart with lots of different supplies available for students.

Art and Crafts Supplies

  • Duct tape – get a mix of solids and patterns.  SO many possibilities
  • Yarn – Students are getting back into the fiber arts.  Provide some books on the basics of knitting, crocheting and weaving to get kids inspired.
  • Knitting needles and crochet hooks
  • Hot glue gun – With supervision of course.
  • Construction paper
  • Origami paper
  • Mod Podge
  • Popsicle sticks
  • Rubber bands
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Markers, crayons, colored pencils
  • Rainbow Loom $17.25 – These are HUGE right now.  It’s easy to learn how to make basic designs, and students love to teach one another the harder ones.
  • Perler Beads 22,000 Count Bead Jar Multi-Mix Colors $14.99 – we had a station set up with these in my library for a month and my students LOVED them.  Great way to introduce the concept of pixels
  • Die cuts – Most libraries already have these.  Why not make them available to your students?
  • Paint/paintbrushes
  • Felt
  • Foam
  • Glitter
  • Sequins
  • Feathers
  • Fabric scraps
  • Recycled items: bottle caps, soda tabs, plastic bottles, cardboard tubes, old magazines, cardboard

Fun crafty accessories

These are great tools to have in addition to a bunch of craft supplies.

  • Makedo 33-Piece Free Play Kit  $10.95 – These kits allow students to create movable works of art out of cardboard and other recycled materials.
  • Rolobox Reuseable Wheel Kit for Boxes $13.95 – lets students create vehicles out of cardboard
  • LilyPad Beginner’s Kit $64.95 – A version of the Arduino that can be sewn into fabric, this is a great way to bring computing into crafting.  Make a jacket for cyclists that blinks when they turn.  Sew a shirt that plays a piano.  There’s lot of amazing possibilities, although this will probably require more of an introduction as students might not get it intuitively.
  • BarePaint – Conductive Paint (50ml) $39.95 – Paint your own circuits!

Diana Rendina, MLIS, is the media specialist at Tampa Preparatory School, an independent 6-12 in Tampa, FL. Previously, she was the media specialist at Stewart Middle Magnet School for seven years, where she founded their library makerspace. She is the creator of the blog & is also a monthly contributor to AASL Knowledge Quest. Diana is the winner of the 2016 ISTE Outstanding Young Educator Award, the 2015 ISTE Librarians Network Secondary Award, the 2015 AASL Frances Henne Award & the 2015 SLJ Build Something Bold Award. She is an international speaker on the Maker Movement and has presented at conferences including AASL, FETC & ISTE. Diana co-authored Challenge-Based Learning in the School Library Makerspace with Colleen and Aaron Graves and is also the author Reimagining Library Spaces: Transform Your Space on Any Budget.


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