Make of the Month: Light Up Christmas Present

make  /māk Verb: Form (something) by putting parts together or combining substances; construct; create.

You can find so many creative project ideas through the library collection. MAKE Magazine is one of the most interesting resources we have. Each bimonthly issue is full of ideas and projects of all kinds. Here is our Make of the Month courtesy of the good folks at Makezine.com. If you try this project please let us know and we’d love to see pictures! If you have ideas for other projects, post those too!

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At Christmas we put lights on everything. We light up our trees, our houses, and even our lawn ornaments. So why not put lights on the presents as well? See the full project at Makezine.com.

Make of the Month: Tool Wrap

make  /māk
Verb: Form (something) by putting parts together or combining substances; construct; create.

You can find so many creative project ideas through the library collection. One of the most interesting resources we have is MAKE Magazine. It is full of ideas and projects of all kinds!

Here is our Make of the Month courtesy of the good folks at Makezine.com. If you try this project please let us know and we’d love to see pictures! If you have ideas for other projects post them too!

Tool Wrap

Don’t let a torn seam doom your veteran work jeans to the landfill. With just a few stitches, they can return to the workshop with honor as a handsome, durable tool wrap for wrenches, chisels, and the like. See the full project at Makezine.com

Make of the Month: Sonic Screwdriver

make  /māk
Verb: Form (something) by putting parts together or combining substances; construct; create.

You can find so many creative projects through library resources. One of the most interesting resources we have is MAKE Magazine. It is full of ideas and projects of all kinds!

Here is our Make of the Month courtesy of the good folks at Makezine.com. If you try this project please let us know and we’d love to see pictures! If you have ideas for other projects post them too!

make a Sonic Screwdriver

Here’s how you can build your own sonic screwdriver at home using just a few cheap parts. See the full project at Makezine.com

Make of the Month: Puzzle Treasure Box

make  /māk
Verb: Form (something) by putting parts together or combining substances; construct; create.

You can find so many creative projects through the resources at the library. One of the most interesting resources we have is MAKE Magazine. It is full of ideas and projects of all kinds!

Here is our Make of the Month courtesy of the good folks at Makezine.com. If you try this project please let us know and we’d love to see pictures! If you have ideas for other projects post them too!

Puzzle Treasure

Given as a gift, this puzzle box provides a few minutes of entertainment while the recipient solves the puzzle of how to open the locked box (which they’ve been given without a key). The obvious lock, hasp, and staple misdirect their attention from the secret: nonfunctional hinges and hidden magnets.

Leave the box in plain view on a desk, nightstand, or table to hold small items you’d like to keep inaccessible or unknown to the hoi polloi but readily available to the trusted few. See the full project at Makezine.com

Make of the Month: Dice Popper

make  /māk
Verb: Form (something) by putting parts together or combining substances; construct; create.

You can find so many creative projects through the library. One of the most interesting resources we have is MAKE Magazine. It is full of ideas and projects of all kinds!

Here is our Make of the Month courtesy of the good folks at Makezine.com. If you try this project please let us know and we’d love to see pictures! If you have ideas for other projects post them too!

Dice Popper

This is my version of a classic way to “roll” the die for a board game. The key to making this special die agitator is the clear plastic capsule. I found the right size, 2″ diameter and 1⅞” tall, in a vending machine — it’s the kind that holds inexpensive toys or trinkets. See the full project at Makezine.com

Make Something!

The library has fantastic resources for those who want to try their hand at a craft, from woodwork to needlework, to electronics. You’ll find books and DVD in the library catalog, and how-to videos through Access Video on Demand. If you take a look at our events calendar you’ll always see programs where you can create something at the library. Who says D.I.Y. is dead? It’s time to make something!

A new addition to our collection is a magazine called Make: Technology on Your Time. This magazine is full of creative ideas and projects. You’ll find step by step instructions and lists of the items you need. Whether you want to make a guitar from scratch or add a remote control to your lawnmower, you can do it!

Gonzo GizmosMake ElectronicsUnscrewed15 Dangerously Mad Projects

Make of the Month: Two Liter Soda Bottle Boat

make  /māk
Verb: Form (something) by putting parts together or combining substances; construct; create.

This is the first in a regular blog post series about making and creating something awesome! You can find so many projects through the library. One of the most creative resources we have is MAKE Magazine. It is full of ideas and projects of all kinds!

Here is our Make of the Month courtesy of the good folks at Makezine.com. If you try this project please let us know and we’d love to see your pictures!

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This easy build uses two important scientific principles, buoyancy and stored kinetic energy, to float and drive a simple boat. The parts are all readily available around most homes, and the boat can be assembled in minutes, though a bit more time with waterproof markers can add some style to the outcome. Consider experimenting with additional components like fins for stabilization to improve the performance. See the full project at Makezine.com.

Mount the Outriggers and Launch