Yesterday I taught a class at the Wayland Library in Wayland, MA. It was a juice pouch notebook class for kids ages 8 an up. With each class I teach, I learn a little bit more. So for this class I added paper bead making to it so that they could make beads to add as tassels to their notebooks. The pictures above are the bags that I packed for the class.
Here is my set up for teaching them how to make there own juice pouch notebooks. I explained to the kids how to clean their own juice pouches at home. Then they learned a fun book binding technique.
Here are my examples. You can see a paper bead tassel on the Wild Cherry notebook. I had a nice turn out, and the kids seem to have enjoyed themselves. Some of them even made two notebooks to take home. It was a good idea to include the paper bead making for this class. Next time I need to add needle threaders to my supplies. Like I said, I learn something new with each class.I have seen bracelets, necklaces, earrings, tote bags, and other things made out of paper beads. Also remember that they are paper, so you can cut them to a smaller size if you want and you need to keep them out of water (rain). I plan on making a video tutorial soon.
I had a really great time at the Somerville and Wayland Libraries this week. I am hoping that I can teach at both of them again in the future. I really love teaching others how to make things, especially out of recycled materials.