Programs on Your Own

Always want to attend a Library program but never find the time? Maybe you are working when some of our programs are happening or maybe you are exhausted after a day of work, school or a combo of both and sitting on the couch and relaxing is what you are looking forward to! We put together some activities that you can do whenever you feel like doing something.

CALM in CHAOS
Many of us are dealing with situations that were unimaginable a few months ago. We pulled together some ideas for giving your mind a break

CRAFT NIGHT at HOME
Are you missing our regular craft programs? Here is a way to stay crafty until we can meet again! We will find some fun and fairly easy crafts for you to do at home that use materials you can find around the house. Check back for updates.

HOME GROWN – GET STARTED GARDENING
To help you get started or cultivate your own garden or lawn, here are some resources to help you enjoy the great outdoors at home!

Calm in Chaos
Many of us are dealing with situations that were unimaginable a few months ago. We pulled together some ideas for giving your mind a break

You can find many meditation audiobooks, videos and music on Hoopla. Here is one to start with:

Guided Meditations for Anxiety by Mindfulness Meditation Institute, read by Ana Selavy
Most people find meditation extremely complicated and cannot make their way through the different techniques. What looked like a way to get rid of anxiety and get a more peaceful life, soon becomes a daily duty that does not bring any value and that only increases stress levels. But what if meditation was not as complicated as you think and could really help you get rid of anxiety once and for all? This is exactly what the techniques contained in this audiobook are all about.

Coloring? Yes! We have an adult coloring group that meets once a month to color away stress. Coloring gives your hands something to do, you can focus on picking your colors and staying in the lines.
Color works of art from museums all over the world: http://library.nyam.org/colorourcollections/
You can find lots of of coloring pages here: https://www.art-is-fun.com/free-adult-coloring-pages

A really useful article on living with uncertainty: https://www.helpguide.org/articles/anxiety/dealing-with-uncertainty.htm

Finally, when you just need to pause, try this one minute breathing exercise https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5_N98E5-7jo

Craft Night at Home
Are you missing our regular craft programs? Here is a way to stay crafty until we can meet again! We will find some fun and fairly easy crafts for you to do at home that use materials you can find around the house. Check back for updates.

1) Craft: Paper Beads
Practice makes perfect with these beads. The more you make, the better they get!

Supplies:
Paper – pattern or plain, magazines & wrapping paper work too.
Scissors
Ruler
Pencil
Glue – can be a glue stick or Mod Podge or white glue
Paint brush
Something to wrap the bead around – toothpick, skewer, straw
Optional – clear nail polish

YouTube instructions:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jMG40809rws (very simple)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tU9RvX7p9ZA (simple but more options and pretty finished bracelets!)

Step-by-step instructions:
https://www.dragonflyfun.com/blog/create-a-paper-bead-bracelet-with-the-diy-jewelry-badge-kit/

Paper templates for different bead shapes. Tip: the narrower the base of your paper, the smaller the bead.

Share a picture of your finished beads! Email slaask@stratfordlibrary.org 

2) Twine Star Wall Art
This looks really cool in the finished pictures – is anyone brave enough to try it out?

Supplies:
Twine
3 Wire Hangers
Wire Cutter (something strong enough to cut through a hanger)
optional – spray paint (in you want to change the color of your hangers), wire (to link hangers instead of twine)

We found great step-by-step instructions at The Shabby Tree:
https://theshabbytree.com/diy-twine-star/

Share a picture of your finished project! Email slaask@stratfordlibrary.org

3) Paper Flowers
There are so many ways to do paper flowers (really- google and be amazed!). Here are a few that we did on our craft nights.

Rolled Paper Roses

Supplies:
Paper – pretty much any kind will work
Scissors
Pencil
Glue – a glue gun works best (it dries quickly), but you can use any kind of glue (just need lots of patience)
Something round to trace

Instructions for rolled paper roses:
From One Little Project at a Time:
https://onelittleproject.com/how-to-make-rolled-paper-flowers/

From Instructables:
https://www.instructables.com/id/rolled-paper-flowers-1/

Wavy Edges from Creations by Kara:
https://www.creationsbykara.com/rolled-paper-roses-tutorial/

A very helpful YouTube from Pennies Not Perfection:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9P9sRHzb44U

 

Paper Dahlias
These are so much to make and you can make them BIG or small!

Supplies:
Paper – you will cut into squares – you could also use post-it notes!
Scissors
Glue

Instructions for Paper Dahlias:
From Burlap & Blue
https://www.burlapandblue.com/step-by-step-easy-giant-paper-dahlia-tutorial/

With a colorful twist from Instructables
https://www.instructables.com/id/DIY-Paper-Dahlia/

Watch how its done (YouTube from Craftastic)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6hQM6fEvLkI

Share a picture of your finished project! Email slaask@stratfordlibrary.org

 

HOME GROWN – GET STARTED GARDENING

New to gardening? Looking to spruce up your backyard? With the weather (finally!) starting to warm up, gardening is a great way to get outside and enjoy that home you’ve been staying in 🙂 It’s also a good way to discover the many health benefits gardening can bring!

Whether it’s vegetable plants, herbs, flowers or shrubs, this might just be the time to discover your green thumb. To help you get started or cultivate your own garden or lawn, here are some resources to help you enjoy the great outdoors at home!

How to Start a Garden 10 Steps to Gardening for Beginners

 

 

 

 

A SEASONAL GUIDE: Spring Lawn And Landscape Care

 

 

Or get inspired by listening to the NPR Podcast Live KitThis Is A Good Time To Start A Garden. Here’s How

More resources from our E-book collection:
Browse a variety of other books on these topics using Hoopla, the libraries free downloadable service for books, movies and music.

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