Posted by Trixie on 03/28/13

 
If you're anything like me, you can't get enough of Reese's Peanut Butter Eggs. Instead of dyeing hard boiled eggs for Easter, try making this easy recipe (via chicagoist) for yummy, homemade peanut butter eggs. Everyone will love a delectable, handmade treat in their Easter basket!
 
Ingredients:
4 cups powdered sugar
1 1/2 cups natural peanut butter
1/4 cup butter, melted
3 Tbs 2% milk
3 cups semisweet chocolate chips
2 Tbs butter
 
Directions:
First, combine the powdered sugar, peanut butter, and butter using an electric mixer. Next, slowly add the milk until it becomes a formable dough. Now, you're ready to form the eggs (or any shape - consider using cookie cutters if you want different shapes).
 
Place the formed dough on a wax paper-lined baking sheet and place in the freezer to harden for about a half hour.
 
Once you are ready to dip your dough in chocolate, melt the chocolate chips and 2 tablespoons butter in the microwave, warming and stirring in 30 second increments. 
 
Next, coat each egg with chocolate and place back on the wax lined-baking sheet. Let the eggs set in the freezer or fridge and store in the fridge until you are ready to eat them.
 
Finally, enjoy the fruits of your labor! 
 




Posted by mkrueger on 03/25/13

 
Teen Tech Week is every March and it gives libraries the opportunity to show Teens all new types of technology. With this week in mind, we ran a program that would be considered a little different from our "traditional" DIYs.
 
Behold the MaKey MaKey! An awesome little circuit board created by two MIT students that allows you to use almost any object as a key on the keyboard.
 
To use the MaKey MaKey you plug it into your computer and simply attach an alligator clip to one of the designated spots on the board, then attach the opposite end of the alligator clip onto anything that carries an electrical charge. Objects include keys, coins, aluminum foil, even bananas! Watch the video below for a demonstration.
 
 
 
Still interested? If you click the link below you will be directed to the MaKey MaKey's homepage where you can order your own MaKey MaKey.
 

MaKey MaKey Homepage

 




Posted by Trixie on 03/01/13

Looking for the perfect bookmark to hold your place in a library loaner? Well, look no further! You can make your own with glue (the school or white variety), the indented top of a pencil case or anything else you can use as a mold, and whatever you'd like to decorate your bookmark with. I'd probably go with something small like glitter or confetti so that your bookmark sits between the pages of your book. Colored pencils or crayon shavings would probably work well too. You can even use markers or watercolors to color or produce a pattern on your bookmark.
 
Follow these steps or watch the tutorial to make your own unique bookmark!
  1. Gather all the supplies needed: pencil case/mold, glue, markers, glitter or whatever you'd like to use to decorate your bookmark.
  2. Draw a pattern or color in the indentation on the pencil case or mold. Keep in mind that anything not colored in will be clear.
  3. Fill in the indentation with a thick layer of glue. Make sure not to use too much glue; it shouldn't spill over the edge of the mold.
  4. Add glitter, confetti, or anything else you want to decorate your bookmark with.
  5. Practice patience. Let the glue dry for 1-2 days depending on the thickness. It should look clear, not white, when it is ready.
  6. Carefully peel off your bookmark. You can trim the edges with scissors if you want.
  7. Dive into a good book without worrying about losing your place!
 




Posted by mkrueger on 02/18/13

This February we ran the DIY: Pixel Art program. This project is so simple and you can make some really great pieces to hang, wear, or whatever you want! Posted below is a gallery of the program and what our attendees created.
 
 
 
Also posted below are all the instructions, and a few extra sites worth looking at, to create your own pixel art.
 
Pixel Art Tutorial - This site contains everything you need to know to get you started making pixel art, the tutorial covers what materials you will use and a couple links to useful sites to get you started.
 
That 8-Bit Guy - This link goes to a guy on Facebook that makes all different characters from video games, movies, and a number of other subjects. Totally worth checking out.
 
Make Your Own Cross Stitch - This site is for generating cross stitch patterns from photos you upload. What does this have to do with pixel art? Well, cross stitching patterns and bead patterns are nearly identical! You can upload a photo and play around with the sliders to generate a pattern that is modified for the number of colors you want to use, and size.
 
Kandi Patterns - If you're looking for ideas on what to create using the bead materials, then look no further. This website contains a database full of characters from video games, television shows, and a number of others.
 
 
 
 




Posted by mkrueger on 01/28/13

 
Wow did we start out with a great DIY for 2013! Below are photos of our DIY: Crayon Art program held January 26th. This project is fun, and cheap! All you need is some poster board, crayons, and a hair dryer.
 
 
If you missed out on the program don't worry! Posted below is a video on how to create your own Melted Crayon Art!
 




Posted by mkrueger on 12/19/12

Recently we ran the DIY: Stylus program. This project is insanely easy and you'll end up with a Smartphone stylus that works just as well as anything you could buy online! Below is a video tutorial on how to build your own. Also included are some suggested apps to try out your stylus with.
 

Draw Something - Everyone's heard of this one. This game is similar to Pictionary. There are both a free and paid version of this app. If you've never played it, what are you waiting for? Try it out!
 
Spray Can - Awesome app that lets you tag the sides of trains, brick walls, and all other Graffiti "canvases". This app is completely free and also allows you to post your artwork to an online community for critiques.
 

Brushes - For those of you that enjoy painting but hate all the mixing and mess involved, you're in luck! With this app you can create amazing paintings by using a variety of different types of brushes and even creating your own.

 
SketchBook MobileX - This app, created by Autodesk, is a fantastic program to . . . well, sketch. Regardless, this is a pretty great app for doodling and it gives you a lot of options. Similar to Brushes, you can create your own brush patterns anyway you like.
 
DoInk - DoInk is a ton of fun. Here's the catch, it costs $5, but it is worth every penny. Since downloading this I have played with this app at great length. DoInk allows you to draw frame by frame animations, and then you can drag and drop your animations into scenes. Best of all there's virtually NO learning curve. I would recommend this program for anyone that loves drawing and animation and would like to experiment with it!
 




Posted by mkrueger on 12/10/12

 
This month we ran Manga Central, you can view a video of the program here. If you missed the program, don't worry about it! Posted below are some links to some of the projects we made during the event.
 
 
 
 




Posted by mkrueger on 11/05/12

Last month we had a blast! We had a Halloween themed DIY, posted below is a video of the project we made.
 
 
If you'd like to see how and where we got the idea for this project, click here.
 
Interested in what our next DIY is? Click here!




Posted by mkrueger on 10/19/12

Recently we had comic book author/artist Corinne Mucha come in to discuss her books for Teen Read Week. While she stopped in she also showed everyone how to get started making their own comics with this handy sheet.
 
To see more of Corinne's work click here.




Posted by mkrueger on 09/04/12

Check out this video of our DIY held in August!
 
 
If you missed the program, no need to fret! Click the link below for instructions on how to build your own PVC Bolo Ball set http://justbuildstuff.com/?p=60