I recently attended a makerspace workshop hosted by YAACS, the Young Adult and Children’s Services section of the BC Library Association. Three youth services librarians shared a number of simple, cost-effective crafts and activities to share with teens and tweens in the library.
A teen services librarian from the Burnaby Public Library, Rachel Yaroshuk, shared this beautiful and incredibly inexpensive craft, which she made with kids and teens at her library: miniature wire tree sculptures!
- Thin wire (The lower the gauge, the easier it is to twist the wire)
- Wire cutters / pliers
- Rocks (for your base)
- Hot glue gun (optional but recommended)
- Tissue paper
You can find complete instructions for making a wire tree sculpture here, though for our craft we simply cut one long piece of copper wire and looped it over on itself, cutting the loops at the top and bottom to create our branches and roots. We also glued our roots to the rock, though if you’re working with kids this might be a job for the grown-ups in the room to take on.
We then used pieces of tissue paper to create little leaves and blossoms for our trees.
How cute is this craft?!? Wire can be purchased very inexpensively from home supply stories and electronics shops, and rocks can be found just about anywhere, making this a fantastic activity for budget-conscious librarians.
Have you ever made a craft like this at your library? I’d love to know how it went!