How can you recycle old plastic VHS movie and music cassette cases?
A table filled with a variety of colors and designs of duct tape inspired youth to cover these obsolete cases as decorative boxes, while others created flowers and jewelry from their own imaginations.
Duct tape can be used for easy and affordable crafts, as it was Wednesday at the Hulbert Community Library.
“My granddaughter does this at home, so when it was my turn to do crafts, I thought this would be fun,” said Lori Fore, library assistant. “I brought Melanie [Phillips] to show the other kids some things to make. It’s easy; little ones can do it without a lot of supervision.”
About once a week, the library does crafts, and in the summer, about three times a week.
The youth chatted with one another, and with the adults, as they worked on their projects.
As she worked on a purse, Melanie Philips, 8, was concentrating on getting her design just right.
“It’s fun and crafty, and it’s really easy,” said Melanie. “I’ve made bows, bracelets and purses.”
Tammie Lane, Phillips’ aunt, was helping the girl beside her.
“We came to watch Melanie. This really is fun,” said Lane. “I helped Corrie [Davis] figure out how to cover a light switch plate.”
Corrie Davis, 12, cut strips and smoothed the duct tape around the light switch plate.
“I always wanted one with a design, and now I can put this up on my wall in my bedroom,” said Corrie. “Ill see it every day when I turn on the light.”
It was her first attempt at duct tape art. She also made a purse.
“I come to most of the programs here, and see my friends,” said Corrie.
One of the youth creating her own designs was Emelie Bailey, 20, who made a flower, then a necklace.
“Flowers are very beautiful, so I wanted to make something that would last a lifetime,” said Bailey. “You can make all types of things; like the TV commercial says, what can’t you make?”
Another of Melanie Phillips’ aunts, Rachel Adams, was making a switch plate cover, from duct tape that was purple with butterflies.
“It keeps the kids entertained for hours, and it’s a cheap, easy project for kids of any age,” said Adams.
Two girls helped each other as much as they talked about summer plans and end-of-school activities with Corrie Davis.
It was the first time Ana Sourjohn, 12, participated in a craft program at the library.
“It’s fun. I’m covering a VHS box, and you can make a lot of stuff with duct tape,” Ana said. “I’ve made a wallet and purse at home.”
She plans to come back to the library for future craft programs – maybe even with her friend, Jlynne Bryant, 12, who thinks the VHS case she’s covering is just the place to keep her jewelry.
“I made it for looks,” said Jlynne, who was also attending her first craft workshop at the library. “I like the designs you can make. It’s pretty easy.”
She plans to take art in school next year.
“I have made a purse, a flower and a wallet at home,” she said.
Around the table, each of the youth showed a project as it was completed.
“I covered a cassette box, it was fun,” said Daniel Allen, 11. “You can make all kinds of stuff.”
He plans to keep his money in it.
Beside Daniel, Ishmael Reyes, 10, finished covering a light switch plate, which he announced he would be putting on his bedroom wall.
“This is better than my regular one, the duct tape art is pretty,” said Ishmael. “I’ve make a wallet before.”
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