Giving with Your Heart and Hands

Finding the right gift can be a darn near impossible task. Not only do you have friends and family to worry about, there are the neighbors and the kids’ favorite teachers as well! The holiday season is already a tough time for the wallet, so you really can’t always afford to go out and buy everyone the best of the best.

This is where Denver Public Library steps in to save the day. Our ideaLABs are a great place to make your DIY gift ideas come alive! We now have three ideaLAB locations, with a fourth coming soon at the Hadley Branch Library. And our online RBDigital Magazine resource puts popular crafting and DIY titles like Cloth Paper Scissors, Knitscape, and Woodworkers Journal at your fingertips.

We’ve compiled a list of resources that will lead to the most thoughtful, innovative and creative gifts you can make or put together yourself that won’t break the bank, and you’ll enjoy doing. Some may say it’s the thought that counts, but constructing something with your own hands and time can be so much more meaningful.

Crafting the Resistance: 35 Projects for Craftivists, Protestors, and Women Who Persist lets readers take politics into their own hands, literally, and craft a message out into the world. Including an essay and quotes on the history and importance of craftivism, this is the ultimate book for political crafters, DIY activists, empowered protestors, and any woman--or man--who is part of the resistance.

Fashion Jewelry : A Beginner's Guide To Jewelry Making takes care to feature the finer points of finishing sophisticated jewelry pieces while delivering an easy-to-follow overview of jewelry-making techniques for inexperienced and intermediate crafters

Homemade Holiday: Craft Your Way Through More than 40 Festive Projects lets you bring the magic of a handmade Christmas into your home with 40 projects for gifts, decorations, and homemade wrapping paper.

While there are plenty of books which tout the stress-busting effects of crafting, Knit Yourself Calm: A Creative Path To Managing Stress, co-written by two knitters who have researched the therapeutic benefits of knitting, focuses on providing a bounty of simple, low-frustration projects.

60 Quick Knitted Toys: Fun, Fabulous Knits in the 220 Superwash Collection from Cascade Yarns offers exactly what it says. Whip up a menagerie of stuffed hippos, owls, foxes, and monkeys; games like a jumbo knitted tic-tac-toe board and penguin bowling; or a unique medieval set that includes a king, a queen, an adorable dragon, and a building-block castle! And FYI – there are a bunch of titles in the “60 Quick” series, covering everything from baby blankets to cowls.

A simple-to-follow and beautiful to look at workshop-in-a-book, Polymer Clay Jewelry Workshop: Handcrafted Designs & Techniques is the perfect primer for beginner jewelry makers. Thirty main jewelry projects from a range of jewelry designers are included, each with bonus mini projects to complete a set or to complement the main design

Love crafting with others? Here’s a sampling of programs being held at Denver Public Library locations during December. Check out our online events calendar for a complete listing.

Favorite Place Pendants - If you left your heart in San Francisco, or you’re dreaming of that vacation to Fiji, a Favorite Place Pendant will bring your dream location closer to home. We provide dominoes, recycled maps and atlases, Mod Podge and sparkle, you pick the place. Pauline Robinson Branch Library, Dec. 7, 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Sit 'n' Knit  - Experienced knitters can share their knowledge while beginners get tips from skilled cohorts. Fiber host: Charlotte Updike. Bear Valley Branch Library, Dec. 12, 12:30-2:30 p.m.

Broke Holiday - Join us as we make cool holiday-themed decorations that are pleasant on the eyes and light on the wallet. We’ll also enjoy music while the hot cocoa keeps us cozy. Woodbury Branch Library, Dec. 19, 5-6:30 p.m.

Written by Dodie on November 20, 2017

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