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Getting Crafty

Looking to make something? This the category that includes crafts, decorating, DIY, and repair materials.

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Egg Carton Zoo

Egg-Carton Zoo II
Haas, Blohm & Blohm
1989

Submitter: Our district, a medium sized public library, haw been doing some pretty heavy weeding and one of the places I’ve been working has been the Juvenile 700’s. When I first saw this, I thought how long has this been hiding here? I thought for sure it was made in the late 60’s or 70’s. I wondered if we had at one time owned Egg-Carton Zoo I. I wanted to go find an egg carton, but realized that I didn’t have a Styrofoam carton at home. Are eggs still packaged in Styrofoam?

The book is set up to give you “facts” about each animal, a sample of what you could draw on the egg carton, and a finished animal. There are no templates and the author encourages you to manipulate the egg carton to find the hidden animals. The last sentence on pg 8 says it all. I think this would be rather hard for youngsters to create similar animals. The author also encourages the would be artists to raid the spice cabinet, specially mentioned is the saffron. I don’t know how many people actually still have saffron in the cabinet and if they did there might be some outraged cooks if kids used it to color an egg-carton fish. I’m not sure this book was actually written for kids and should probably have been originally cataloged in the adult collection. It’s only circulated a dozen times and it’s been 5 years since the last.

Holly: I would KILL a kid for using saffron in a craft project. It’s anywhere from $6.50 to $8.50 or more per GRAM! It’s a cute idea for a book, but it does seem like it could use more instructions. Maybe it’s just supposed to be inspirational and not a how-to book, but the end results are much more sophisticated than your average 10-year-old can pull off. Give a kid a chance! These and these are more do-able. Googly eyes are acceptable supplies. But saffron??

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Copy Machine Art

Copier Creations: Using Copy Machines to Make Decals, Silhouettes, Flip Books, Films, and Much More!
Fleischman
1993

Submitter: With all the free or low-cost publishing and photo editing programs in existence, why would we want to encourage children to make multiple copies of pictures so they can make their own stamps or films? I do enjoy fostering creativity in my young patrons, but there are better ways to do this.

Holly:There might be a few good projects in here for teachers or children’s librarians, but even so…Submitter is right. It’s waaaaay easier to do these things on computers these days, and with more polished results. Sometimes I help people with elaborate projects on the library copy machines and think to myself how much easier it would be to download some clipart, copy/paste in Publisher, and be done with it. I’m sure that people without computer skills would disagree, but those people don’t tend to be able to handle our fancy new copy machines on their own either.

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Groovy Pillows

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More Creeptastic Crafts

Papier-Mache Today
McGraw
1990

Submitter: I don’t know which project in this book is creepier, the creature with several cigarettes hanging out of his mouth or the little papier-mache children.  Probably the children.  This book is going to give me nightmares tonight.

Holly: Wow, these are some elaborate papier-mache creations! The bird is pretty cool (below), but I have to give it to cigarette creature for the win. This isn’t the worst crap crafts book I’ve ever seen, but there’s only so many decades you can claim “Today” in a title.

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Please Throw It Away

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