DIY Holidays at the Library
While we love fall, it’s one season that always seems to pass us by. One minute we’re heading back to school, and the next we’re surrounded by holiday décor, music, and sales. It’s that time of year when we suddenly find ourselves asking, “How is it November already?” If the thought of holiday shopping and to-do lists sends you into a tailspin, you’re not alone. This season, skip the crowds, stress, and spending, and head to the library! From cards and gifts, to décor and food, we’re offering several programs to help make it a handmade holiday. Read on to learn more about upcoming events and browse recommended DIY (do-it-yourself) titles from our collection.
HOLIDAY CARDS, GIFTS, & DÉCOR
Add a personal touch to your holiday cards, learn how to save on gifts and décor, and make a special pet portrait for that friend or family member who adores their furry companion:
- Multimedia Pet Portraits for Adults
- Holiday on a Dime: Gifts and Decorations for Adults
- Paper Circuit Holiday Cards for Kids
- DIY Fleece Scarf for All Ages
Do-it-yourself digitally by exploring free web design tools as well as software available at the library:
- DIY Digital Designs for the Holidays for Adults
- Festive Greeting Cards with Adobe InDesign for Teens and Adults
- Create Your Own 2024 Calendar in Canva for Teens and Adults
Create ornaments in a variety of styles to use in your own home or to gift:
- Crafts from the Past: Victorian Era Ornaments for Adults
- Easy Marbled Glass Ornaments for Adults
- Crafternoon: Bookshelf Ornaments for Adults
- Lego Holiday Ornaments for Kids
3D PRINTED FUN
Make gifts for your loved ones while learning about 3D printing and design:
- 3D Printed Cookie Cutters for High School Students and Adults
- 3D Printing Photos for Adults
- 3D Printing Holiday Ornament Design for Teens and Adults
- 3D Printing Photos for Teens
FOOD & BEVERAGE
Add some new recipes to your holiday collection:
- Cook & Book: Mexican Holiday Dishes with Surprising Jewish Origins for Adults
- Hot Chocolate Workshop for Tweens and Teens
In addition to these, the library always offers a variety of art, craft, and digital media programs. Be sure to browse our online calendar for a full list of events happening at the library this season.
- Find one-time and regularly scheduled arts and crafts programs for all ages by selecting the “Art” category on our online calendar.
- Whether you’re an experienced stitcher or a novice, all are welcome to attend our many stitching programs to learn and meet others.
- Attend a digitization workshop and walk through how to digitize old family photos and videos to preserve and share with your loved ones.
Below are just a few DIY holiday highlights for kids, teens, and adults from our collection:
- A Kwanzaa Holiday Cookbook: Festive Foods for the Holidays by Emily Raabe
- Baking for the Holidays: 50+ Treats for a Festive Season by Sarah Kieffer
- Black Girls Sew: Projects and Patterns to Stitch and Make Your Own by Hekima Hapa
- Christmas with Southern Living: Inspired Ideas for Holiday Cooking and Decorating series
- Homemade Holiday: Craft Your Way Through More Than 40 Festive Projects by Sophie Pester
- Homemade Holiday: Gifts for Every Occasion by Mary Bolte
- Homemade Presents: Inspiring Gift Ideas to Share by Marlies Busch
- Jewish Holiday Baking by Uri Scheft (available on Hoopla)
- The Making It Guide to Crafting Everything by Liz Welker
- Making Winter: A Hygge-Inspired Guide for Surviving the Winter Months by Emma Mitchell
- Paper Crafts for Kwanzaa by Randel McGee
- Pretty Packages: 45 Creative Gift-Wrapping Projects by Sally Shim
- Simply Green Giving: Create Beautiful Gift Wrapping, Tags, and Handmade Treasures from Everyday Materials by Danny Seo
- The Upcycled T-Shirt: 28 Easy-to-Make Projects that Save the Planet: Clothing, Accessories, Home Décor, and Gifts by Jenelle Montilone
- Your Guide to the Jewish Holidays: From Shofar to Seder by Matt Axelrod
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