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Top 5 DIYs

The afterschool teen programs in our makerspace are drop in activities that take no longer than 30 minutes to complete.  We’ve discovered that the afterschool crowd really enjoy making something out of every day household items.  Here is a list of out most popular DIYs.

Follow Teen Services Depot on Instagram for more program ideas.

Hot Glue Cell Phone Case

This is a very cheap DIY that teens will do for hours.  For complete instructions, visit Teen Services Depot on Instagram and watch the saved Instastory.


Sleep Mask

Supplies Needed:

  • Cotton fabric.  We purchased fun designs.
  • Elastic 
  • Quilt batting.  If you are on a budget, you can use felt.
  • Needle and thread


  • Google sleep mask template and print on cardstock for teens to use.
  • Teens should trace the template on two pieces of fabric.  We used cotton fabric because it’s comfortable on the eyes.
  • Teens should use the template to trace and cut out a mask on a quilt batting.  Cut this final product a little smaller than the fabric mask.
  • Have teens measure their heads with a strip of elastic.
  • On one piece of fabric, sew elastic to both ends.
  • Assemble the batting between the fabric and hand or machine sew to complete the mask.



Bath Bombs

Sorry, didn’t take any pics but click here to see our instructions.


Teens like to sew and that’s including hand sewing. They really liked the piggy bank and the plush owl.  Click here and scroll for “Sewing a Button” for instructions.


Hot Glue Fidget Spinner

Just in case fidget spinners are still cool at your library, here’s an easy DIY made out of a silicone mold, hot glue, skate bearing, and glitter.





YA Librarian. Lover of Sherlock. And all Things Harry Potter.

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