My regular teens seem to really enjoy destroying old books when we do crafts. My most popular crafternoon to date was a hollowed book. I guess it seems taboo to them, being in the library and all. Since they love cutting up books so much, I’ve been trying to think of a new upcycle craft for them. Before I took over teen programs, I made a paperback wallet for a friend for their birthday and he loved it. It seems like the perfect project for our teens. I tweaked the process a little to incorporate another teen favorite (duct tape) and to simplify it.
Paperbacks – $0, I plan to use recently weeded items.
Duct tape – $0, still have lots on hand from another crafternoon.
Contact paper – $0, the PR Manager had some lying around (way to go, Julie!)
Adhesive Velcro – $0, more leftovers.
Scissors – $0, a library programmer’s pantry necessity.
Pens – $0, we’re going use some from the stockpile of promotional pens.
Total Supply Costs: $0!!!! My favorite kind of craft is the craft that uses up all my leftover supplies (the director loves that, too). If I had to guestimate the cost of supplies if you don’t have leftovers, I would say $20-30 for approximately 10 teens. Just depends on where you shop and the brands you purchase (tip: always go off-brand).
Total Craft Time: 30-45 minutes.
Here are the Paperback Wallet instructions.