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Homemade Holiday

June 30, 2016
Audience
Adult
Young Adult
Budget
$1-50
Advance Planning

Sometimes we have to purchase materials one year in advance. When you’re writing down your list of craft materials, don’t forget to add table covers. (Glitter is not my friend when I’m doing clean-up!)

Library staff members teach the majority of these programs to keep costs to a minimum. It’s also important that they make the craft before they teach it. To help the participants, we print out a variety of pictures to give them an idea of what the finished products should look like.

Marketing

To publicize the event, we cross-advertised between the two libraries. We utilized our websites and newsletters, as well as local media calendars. We also hung up posters around town.

Budget Details

Our budget varies with each program, but we spend about $40 per program for 10 to 20 people.

Day-of-event Activity

The materials should be easily accessible to participants. With crafts like these, it’s critical to cover the tables. Depending on the activity, you may want to also cover the floor. 

Program Execution

Before the program, we have the participants sign release forms. After searching for several of our projects on Etsy or at local craft stores, we let participants know how much the crafts would cost if they had bought them, which is a great “value of libraries” advertisement.

Advice

Be sure to have a sign-up sheet! This has become a major issue every year. We've had people just show up for the program, and we simply don’t have the space or materials to accommodate them.

Short Title
Homemade Holiday

Homemade Holiday is a wildly successful program series that the Hopkins District and Dorr Township libraries have hosted for several years now. It’s an opportunity for patrons to get out and relax with friends while making their own gifts and decorations for the holidays. We’ve done projects such as linen gift bags, etched snowflake mirrors and glass-fused ornaments (view the finished products in the Photo Slideshow at right).

Because of its popularity, we’ve stretched the series from mid-October through the end of December, and now we host them twice a week rather than once. This year, we’re considering adding a pre-holiday-pampering-palooza for adult and teen women as a programming fundraiser.

  • Participants use ribbon to create mesh wreaths.
    Participants use ribbon to create mesh wreaths.
  • The library spent about $40 on materials for mesh wreaths.
    The library spent about $40 on materials for mesh wreaths.
  • The participants use stamps to decorate linen gift bags.
    The participants use stamps to decorate linen gift bags.
  • The participants showcase their etched snowflake mirrors.
    The participants showcase their etched snowflake mirrors.
  • For Christmas, the library offers ornament-decorating sessions.
    For Christmas, the library offers ornament-decorating sessions.
  • Natalie Bazan recommends laying out all activity materials on the craft table.
    Natalie Bazan recommends laying out all activity materials on the craft table.
Summary

Gift-giving becomes an art form at two small-town Michigan libraries.