Stuffed with food? Tired from the tryptophan? Need something to get yourself moving and thinking again? Kids to entertain? Or just want something different to do?
I don’t know if it is warm or cold where you are – but I think I can say that some planned activities are welcome during the long holiday weekend. And we’ve got the resources to help with ideas!
Star Wars© fans at your house? Check out The Star Wars Craft Book. You’ll learn all you need to know about making a Jabba the Hutt body pillow, an Ewok flower vase, an Emperor Appletine doll, a cuddly Bantha, and oh, maybe your own (baby?) Yoda!! Have small Star Wars action figures? Make your own Star Wars snow globes! How about an R2-D2 Hanukkah Droidel? Or a Chewbacca tissue cover? The Star Wars Craft Book has all the instructions and patterns you need!
Or how about some easy (as 1+2+3) for the long weekend? Make: Easy 1+2+3 Projects has just what you need! It has chapters for everything – Toys and Games, Arts and Crafts, Science and Electronics, and Home and Outdoors!
Make your own mini foosball table using items you probably have around the house – a microwave popcorn box, straws, paper clips, gumballs, scissors and tape! Challenge your family and friends to a rousing game of foosball! Can’t guarantee you’ll burn off calories from your Thanksgiving meal, but it might help with the tryptophan sleepiness!
Want to tattoo a banana? You have to use a fine-tipped needle so make sure to be careful!
How about making a battery from anything? All it takes is 6″ of stiff copper wire, an AA battery and needlenose pliers! Or a sound sucker device? Boiling water, gelatin dessert mix, coffee stirrers, mug – we have a sound meter in our Tool Library so you can even check and see how much the frequency changes! Don’t have speakers for your phone? You can make some using earbuds, paper cups, pocketknife, a velcro strip, and your audio source! And each of these projects (and so many more) really has only 3 steps! So, gather your materials and spend the long weekend making fun and useful things!
We’d love to see your creations so feel free to share photos of your DIY projects on our Facebook page or Twitter feed – @UIEngLib!
Have a great Thanksgiving Break!!
Burton, Bonnie. 2011. The Star Wars craft book. New York : Del Rey/Ballantine Books First Edition. Engineering Library TT157 .B87 2011
The editors of Make. 2015. Make : easy 1+2+3 projects. San Francisco, California : Maker Media, Inc.
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