So now I’ve given out my gifts I can show off some of my creations. I forgot to take a picture of the bird I made, and I wasn’t happy with the panda, but here’s the rest:
I made a lot of paper snowflakes. I tried out some of the fancy star wars ones as well as the basic type, and learned (or maybe relearned) the best way to fold the paper. We had paper and scissors out for teens to make snowflakes at our library, and one time I was asked to come out and give instructions.
I made a lot of felt items, including a cloth book for a small child. I had a lot of fun designing the pages, which included a zipper tent, moving cars and hair to braid. I made a felt BB-8, which proved to be a bit tricky because I couldn’t quite figure out how many circles he has ( I later checked on a licensed toy- it’s 6). I made a TARDIS eyeglass case, and since it wasn’t a toy for a baby, I tried out a new technique, printing out the signs and then sewing a piece of packaging plastic over them.
I put together a marble maze for my son, which was like a puzzle in that there was a specific way to put it together piece by piece. (If you are considering getting one for your child, get one that can be put together any way you want). It was strangely satisfying when I finally got it together and sent the marble through.
I was also learning how to use a 3D printer (I’m still learning). We are putting together a maker-space for our library. I made a robot and a bracelet, and also a bunch of rookie mistakes. For some reason, following the directions given by the manufacturer is not the best strategy, and beware of any article that uses “just simply” There is no “just simply” in 3D printing.
So, what have you been making?