Crafting at the Library: Ribbon Bookmarks

Some of our branches will have ribbon bookmarks for patrons to make during the month of November. But if you don’t have time to make it at the library, you can try this easy craft out at home.

Supplies needed:
Paperclips (large works best)
Ribbon (⅜” wide or smaller)
Glue
Scissors
Ruler
Step 1: Cut a 5 inch piece of ribbon.

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Step 2: Lay the ribbon across the top of the paperclip, with the double clip at the bottom.

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Step 3: Wrap the right side of the ribbon around and under the right half of the paperclip and come back up through the inside of the paperclip, near the top.

Step 4: Repeat on the left side.

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Step 5: Pull both ends tight. Add a drop of glue to the back side of the ribbon. Trim the two ends of the ribbon at an angle to help prevent fraying. You can also seal the ends of the ribbon with a drop of glue.

Make more bookmarks!

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For more inspiration, check out these books:
The Complete Guide to Ribbon Crafts by Elaine Schmidt
Crafting with Buttons and Ribbons

Crafting at the Library: 3D Flower Canvas

The Central Library is bringing back Art in the Park at the Market Street Park over the summer. On June 29 we’ll be making 3D Flower Canvas Art. You can sign up here. This craft is recommended for adults.

Supplies needed:
Canvas
Faux flowers and leaves
X-acto knife
Wire cutters
Packing tape
Glue
Pencil
Paint and paintbrush

Steps:
Step 1: Draw an outline of a vase with your pencil.

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Step 2: Arrange flowers on top of your vase, starting with the largest flowers. Then, fill in holes with smaller blooms. Trim flowers as needed.

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Step 3: Once you have arranged your large flowers, cut small slits in the canvas with the X-acto knife and slide the stems of the flowers through the back of the canvas. You may be able to fit a couple of flowers through one slit.

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Step 4: Tape stems to the back of the canvas and glue flowers in place, if needed. Then add smaller flowers, and tape the back of the canvas again, if needed.

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Step 5: Add leaves to fill in gaps. Secure leaves with glue.

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Step 6: Finally, paint your vase and hang your masterpiece!

Here are a few more books for crafting inspiration:
The Flower Workshop by Ariella Chezar
Crafting with Florals

DIY at JMRL

If you can’t make it to the annual How-To Festival on Saturday, May 4 at Central Library, never fear! There are plenty of DIY books you can find at the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library!

Check out some of the ‘how-to’ books offered online or in hard copy:

30-Minute Yoga by Viveka Blom Nygren (eBook)
With full-color photographs of yoga positions to help guide you through your home workout, Nygren explains what it means to practice yoga and how to breathe correctly, then walks readers through various yoga movements–basic positions, forward bends, relaxation poses–and closes with an exploration of how to make your yoga practice truly individual for you, through mantras and meditation.

How to Bake by Nick Malgieri (eBook)
Nick Malgieri shares scores of mouthwatering recipes for plain and fancy cakes; breads, biscuits, muffins, and scones; sweet and savory pies and tarts; brownies, macaroons, rugelach, and all manner of cookies.

How to Play Harmonica: A Complete Guide for Beginners by Blake Brocksmith, Gary Dorfman, and Douglas Lichterman (book)
One note at a time — Bending notes — Understanding rhythm — Playing in different key positions — Songs you can play in first position — Improvisation — Practicing — Gear and accessories.

How to Taste: The Curious Cook’s Handbook to Seasoning and Balance, from Umami to Acid and Beyond – with Recipes by Becky Selengut (book)
Principles of taste — Salt — Acid — Sweet — Fat — Bitter — Umami — Aromatics — Bite — Texture — Color, booze, temperature, sound, and the company you keep — The total dish.

For more information about upcoming events and services, visit www.jmrl.org.