Friday, March 20, 2020 - 1:00pm

Staff at the Collaboratory are looking forward to welcoming you back when the library reopens, but until then, they have been busy putting together this huge list of maker resources to try from home.  

Maker projects to try at home (Adults)

  • The Spruce Crafts: Easy to follow site that covers everything from learning crochet to paper craft ideas.
  • Made by Aya: A YouTube channel dedicated to learning how to pattern and sew various projects using clothes you already own.
  • HGTV Handmade: A YouTube channel dedicated to a number of paper crafts and easy to follow craft tutorials.
  • With Wendy: A YouTube channel dedicated to fashion DIYs, upcycling fashion, and DIY home decor.
  • A Beautiful Mess: A blog that offers craft tutorials on a number of topics ranging from beauty, furniture hacks, and themed gift ideas.
  • Houseful of Handmade: A blog that offers tutorials on a number of crafts including woodworking, sewing tutorials, and upcycling projects.
  • Punch needle your own patches: step by step tutorial on YouTube.
  • Gal Shir: A designer and artist who offers draw with me style videos on creating digital artwork using Procreate for iPad.
  • Bella Coco: A great channel if you want to learn how to start crocheting. Never tried crochet before? Start with How to Crochet for Absolute Beginners. Provides instructions for left and right-handed techniques. 
  • James Julier Art Tutorials: A YouTube channel offering many iPad drawing/painting tutorials.
  • Ashiya Art: Learn to paint with watercolor, including tips on types of watercolors to use, how to blend watercolor, and a variety of "paint with me" videos to watch.
  • Ultimate Hand Lettering Guide for Beginners: Little Coffee Fox offers great hand lettering techniques. Start here and then explore the rest of the site for more inspiration and tips. 
  • Art Journalist: Interested in journaling? Get free printable doodle sheets, journal prompts, planner ideas, and more.
  • The Crafty Gentleman: A blog dedicated to DIYs ranging from sewing to woodworking and gardening.
  • Instructables: Find projects posted by other users ranging from sewing to photography to woodworking to circuitry. 
  • Michaels Stores: Find videos with crafts and DIYs for all ages.
  • The Spruce offers step by step tutorials for projects that you can do at home.

Maker projects to try at home (Kids)

  • Babble Dabble Do: A large assortment of STEAM craft projects and experiments that often can be done using just household materials.
  • Stimola Live: a website of live stream events for kids, tweens, and teens by professional authors and illustrators represented by Stimola Literary Studio. 
  • Boredom Busters: activities and fun things to do for kids at home from Michaels.
  • Mo Willems: Draw along with author and illustrator of Elephant and Piggie books, The Pigeon books, and the Knuffle Bunny books) every weekday at 12:00pm. 
  • Easy Kids Craft: A kids craft channel that will inspire your kids to create and enhance their crafting skills.
  • 5-Minute Crafts PLAY: Fun diy-projects, crafts, experience the joy of doing it yourself!
  • Craft Factory Kids: Craft Factory Kids is the ultimate boredom buster to keep your kids creative and entertained. From friendship bracelets to finger painting, we aim to bring your little ones the very best in arts, crafts and DIY.

Audio/Video

Audacity: Audacity is an easy-to-use, multi-track easy-to-use, multi-track audio editor/ and recorder for Windows, Mac, GNU/Linux and other operating systems.

GarageBand: GarageBand is an easy-to-use, multi-track audio editor/recorder that comes preloaded onto every Mac. If you do not have it installed, you can download and install it from the App Store. 

Pro Tools First - A bare bones version of the industry standard DAW with limited features. A free Avid account is required for download and use.

iMovie: iMovie is an easy-to-use, video editor that comes preloaded onto every Mac. If you do not have it installed, you can download and install it from the App Store. 

OpenShot Video Editor: OpenShot Video Editor is a free, fairly easy to use, multi-layer video editor for Windows, Mac, GNU/Linux.

Working on an audio or video project? Please check out this following sites:
Please check all websites for licenses, usage rights and how to credit the creators.

Photo Editing

Gravit.io: A free online design program. Similar to Adobe Illustrator, this program is used for page designs, business cards, app designs or just about any other visual project.

Pixlr: A free online photo editor. Similar to Adobe Photoshop, this program is for editing for photographs to make them look great.

Graphics Vectors: Free downloadable vectors to place in your Gravit design, or anywhere you need scalable graphics, such as apps.
Free Stock Photos: Royalty free photos to place in your Gravit design, or anywhere you may need stock photos. Also great to play around with editing.

3D Design

TinkerCAD: Free, basic web-based CAD designer. Makes it super easy to drag shapes and objects together, change them or import designs and play around with CAD design!
Thingiverse: Repository of 3D objects free to download.  People just like you create and upload their objects for you to download and enjoy!
FreeCAD: Free-open source advanced CAD modeling tool for Windows, Mac and Linux.


Take the library home with you
Check out our digital resources—ebooks, audiobooks, movies, music, learning, tutoring, and more.

More great online resources recommended by library staff
Here are some other great online resources including live streaming performances, author storytimes, virtual tours, online learning, and more. We'll continue to update this list, so make sure to check back often.