Monthly Archives: October 2016

DIY Origami Book Wedding Bouquet

What are you supposed to do when you’re an engaged librarian who doesn’t want a floral bouquet?!? Well obvious go ahead and make your own using a donated Harry Potter book!


* Please note that while a book was harmed in the making, it was a very badly used book donated to the public library I work at. I see it as giving the book a new purpose in life!

Here are step by step instructions on how I made my book bouquet.

I made over 30 5-petal and 6-petal kusudama flowers.

The majority of the items were purchased at Michael’s Craft store.

  • A book
  • Hot glue gun
  • Adhesive pearls
  • Adhesive rhinestones
  • Toothpicks
  • Box cutter
  • Thick wooden dowel
  • Styrofoam ball
  • Fake flowers
  • Ribbon
  • Pearl clusters

Step 1: Cut the paper
Measure 4×4 inches onto a book page (you can make them smaller, I would not recommend going any bigger).Then using a box cutter cut along the line. Doing it this way allows you to get several pages cut at once.

Step 2: Fold the paper in half
Fold the paper in half.

Step 3: Fold the points
Fold the side points up to the top of the triangle, make sure they are creased and aligned well.

Step 4: Fold the edges
The next two steps are some what confusing, there are a ton of youtube videos that can help clarify them. Fold the corners down (to the outside) to meet the edge of the paper, make sure to crease it well.

Step 5: Expand the triangles
Lift one side of the triangle and put your finger into the pocket it makes. Flatten the triangle along the creases so it expands into a diamond. I explained it to my fiance as popping out the triangle.

Step 6: Fold the flaps
Fold the top point of each diamond.

Step 7:Fold the flaps in
Fold the diamonds inwards along the crease.

Step 8: Hot glue shut
Place hot glue (or glue dots) along one side and fold the petal together. Please note that I used a low heat glue gun, this way I could get hands on without burning myself! Put a hair clip, bobby pin or paper clip to keep the petal closed while it dries.

Step 9: Repeat steps 1-9 until you have 5 or 6 petals

Step 10: Glue petals together
Place hot glue (or glue dots) along the edge of a petal and press it to another petal. Continue until you have 3 petals glued together. Repeat and glue 2 or 3 petals together.

Step 11: Glue toothpick
Glue a toothpick into the middle of the 3 petals.You can use a small wooden dowel if you want something sturdier, some of the toothpicks did break on me later on when placing the flowers into the bouquet.


Step 12: Glue sides together
Take your 3 petals with the toothpick and place hot glue along the inside. Push the other petal cluster to the toothpick one. Now you have a flower!!

Step 12: Repeat steps 1 – 12 until you have the desired number of flowers.

Step 13: Cut small circles
Cut small circles out of the paper, a dime is the perfect size.


Step 14: Place pearls and rhinestones
Place adhesiveness pearls and rhinestones into the center of the circles.

Step 15: Glue the circles
Place hot glue along the edge of the flowers circle and glue the pearls/rhinestones into the middle. This really adds a nice touch to the flowers!

Step 16: Wrap the dowel with ribbon
Glue ribbon to the bottom of the wooden dowel and wrap it around the dowel.

Step 17: Attach dowel to styrofoam ball
Hollow out a hole the size of the wooden dowel in the styrofoam ball. The hole should go about 1/3 way up through the ball. Place glue along the inside of the hole and insert the wooden dowel.

Step 18: Attach fake flowers to toothpicks
I used white roses for my flowers but you can use any type of fake flowers you would like! Pull the top of the flowers off of the steams, place hot glue into the center hole and insert a toothpick or small wooden dowel into it. The toothpick was almost too short for this, I would have preferred to use a small dowel.

Step 19: Insert paper and fake flowers into styrofoam ball
Now the fun part, insert the flowers into the styrofoam ball. Don’t try to be too precise, I made the mistake of trying to make it too perfect and symmetrical and was getting very frustrated. My advice is to start by placing one directly in the top middle and then just go for it! Have some idea of what you would like it to look like and then place them accordingly. For mine I tried to place a rose in the center of 4 paper flowers. No one will notice if it’s not perfect, they will just be so awed by your bouquet!

Step 20: Add pearl clusters
The finishing touch – pearls! I purchased these cluster of pearls from Michaels. I used wire cutters to cut them off and peeled off the outer foil. Next my wonderful fiance wrapped and hot glued the wire around a toothpick. I sporadically placed the pearl clusters to add a little something extra to the bouquet.

Now enjoy your beautiful wedding bouquet that will last you a lifetime!



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Pokemon Craft & Scavenger Hunt

To celebrate the craziness that is Pokemon we decided to have host a drop-in Pokemon program! All I’ve been hearing about for the past few months is Pokemon and Pokemon Go. The books and movies are flying off the shelves! To keep up with the trends we decided to throw a Pokemon program. With the aid of the internet (thanks Pinterest!) we were able to put the program together relatively quickly and pain free.

Pokeball Craft
The idea for this craft was found at Bookmans Entertainment Exchange. If you are looking for detailed instructions please visit their site.



Pokemon Scavenger Hunt
The idea for the scavenger hunt came from Karissa in the Library. For detailed instructions and free printables check out the link.

The scavenger hunt was a blast! We kept the scavenger hunt up much longer than originally planned because it was easy (no staff needed to monitor it) and children loved it. We used the scavenger hunt as an opportunity to get children familiar with parts of the Children’s Room that they may not be familiar with.

Every child that successfully completed the Scavenger Hunt received a Pokemon pin!



Final Thoughts:
Overall I would call this program a success, we did not get as many children as we hoped for but I believe that was due more to weather and the time than the program. Children who did come had a blast. The craft was slightly labor intensive and required adults and staff to help but children loved the final product. The scavenger hunt was extremely easy to set up and run, children (who might not have their own phones to play Pokemon Go) loved hunting around the library for them. The pins made the perfect prize!


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Make & Take Craft: Monster Masks

Every month the Children’s Room is hosting a “Make & Take Craft” on a Saturday afternoon. This is a drop-in program that is held for 2 hours. To celebrate October children made monster masks! This craft was extremely easy to set up and children had an absolute blast.

I will warn you – this is a messy craft! Since children have free rein there will be craft supplies all over the place.


What You Need:

  • paper plates img_9845
  • craft sticks
  • pom-poms
  • yarn
  • cut-out shapes
  • markers
  • glue sticks
  • ribbon
  • scissors
  • paint (optional)
  • other random items you have laying around

The best thing about this craft is that most of the items you will have laying around the library.


  1. Glue craft sticks to paper plates
  2. Paint paper plates – this step is completely optional, we wanted to paint them different colors because it is often difficult for children to color of paper plates when they are glued to craft sticks (plus it makes the masks more fun!)
  3. Cut out random shapes out of colored construction paper
  4. Cut eye holes out of each plate
    1. Make a template for the holes
    2. Trace the template onto the back of each plate (non-painted side)
    3. Poke a hole in the middle of the circle (I use a pen)
    4. Cut out the eye holes
  5. Find random craft supplies
  6. Put them out and let the mayhem begin!

Final Product:



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Storytime: Bathtime

Squeaky Clean by Simon Puttock


To make this book more interactive and fun I used a pig puppet. I had all of the children say hello to the puppet and went around allowing children to hug the puppet (yes it was on my hand) or I would give the child a kiss on the cheek from it. They loved it! When the mother adds bubbles to the bath I blew some bubbles and when she added 3 rubber duckies I pulled those out of my bag.

Bubbles, Bubbles (Tune: Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear)
Bubbles, bubbles all around (roll arms)
Bubbles, bubbles on the ground (lower arms to floor)
Bubbles, bubbles on my nose (touch nose)
Bubbles, bubbles on my toes (touch toes)
Bubbles, bubbles everywhere (reach arms out)

Rub-a-dub-dub, one child in the tub (hold up 1 finger)
Tell me what you see
One foot with toes (touch foot)
A hand (touch hand)
A nose (touch nose)
As clean as they can be (rub hands together)

Rub-a-dub-dub, one child in the tub
Tell me what you see
Legs (touch legs)
And arms (rub arms)
So clean and warm
Do they have a hug for me? (hug self or child)

Bears in the Bath by Shirley Parenteau


Baby’s Bath
Baby’s ready for his bath
Here’s the baby’s tub (make circle with arms)
Here’s the baby’s washcloth (hold palm out)
See how he can rub (pretend to rub face)
Here’s the baby’s cake of soap (hold palm out)
And here’s the towel dry,
And here’s the baby’s cradle (rock arms back and forth)


This is the Way
This is the way we wash our face,
Wash our face, wash our face
This is the way we wash our face
So early in the morning

(repeat with other body parts)

Dog’s Colorful Day by Emma Dodd

Children love this flannel board! If there is a small group I will give each child a dot to put on dog. When I get to their color I invite them to to put it on dog. 




And of course we had to end with bubbles! I blew bubbles while playing “Splish Splash.” The children loved it (and the adults loved the music)! The only thing I would change it that I would have a bubble gun or machine, I quickly learned that I do not blow bubbles fast enough to satisfy 20 children.

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