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 She was a monthly contributor to AASL Knowledge Quest from 2015-2018. 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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