The building is closed but the library is open.
A picture is worth a thousand words.
World War II.
The Civil Rights Movement.
The 9/11 attacks.
Some of the most important historical events have been captured through photos.
It might not seem like it, but we're in the middle of making history too.
50 years from now, kids will be learning about the 2020 pandemic in their textbooks or dare I say, iPads.
The world is constantly changing.
Memories can also be a fickle thing.
One person can remember something completely differently than another.
A picture gives that memory some credibility.
Some memories are more special than others though.
Ones like a family trip, your first bike, your 10th birthday (double digits now), or your last baby tooth.
So why pack them away in a photo album only to be seen once in a blue moon?
This week, we'll be making a Memory Branch!
First, unearth 4-6 of your most prized pictures (drawings included).
Get a small branch (or a ruler) from your backyard.
Then, gather some yarn (ribbon), clothespins (paper clips, etc.), and scissors.
Cut up long pieces of string.
15" is an ideal length.
One per photo.
Tie one end of each string onto branch.
Space them apart.
Wrap more yarn around each knot.
Stop at desired width and tie it off.
Repeat as needed.
Add clips onto the lower ends of each string.
Put them on at different lengths for a unique look.
Tie a knot around the clip to reinforce it.
Step 5 (Optional)
Attach one extra long string to both ends.
When complete, it should form a triangle.
This will allow you to easily hang it off a hook instead of trying to balance it.
Clip on some special photos.
You can also tack on some of your best art.
Now, display it in a sweet spot.
Ways to make it more YOU-nique:
- Use different colors of yarn.
- Try other weaving and knotting techniques.
- Mix up various clips and use together.
- Decorate with stickers, glitter paint, washi tape, nail polish, etc.
Snap a couple of photos, tag them #DPCrafternoons and share with us on Facebook and Instagram.
Celebrate more memories with these other crafts.
You can even draw out all the fun things you've been doing in quarantine.
Remember, things end but memories last forever.
Share a memory with us and we'll add it to our quarantine quilt.
And don't forget to make some new memories as well. :)
See you next week!