TPiB: Comic Book Creations
Today I am hosting my first Teen program for this year’s super hero themed program. This is hands down my favorite SRC theme to date. So many cool, easy and fun things to do. Today I’m just having a kind of informal comic themes Maker program where we will cut up discarded graphic novels/manga/comic books to make a wide variety of crafts.
1. Upcycled Bottle Cap Crafts
Bottle cap crafts are quick and easy. You can make magnets. You can hang a washer with a magnet on a string and make easily interchangeable necklaces. And since we’re using GNs and comics we can use pictures or catchy phrases.
To make the bottle cap crafts you need:
- Some type of pictures (here I used discarded GNs)
- A 1 inch hole punch
- Bottle caps
- 1 inch circle epoxy stickers
- Some type of glue to glue the picture into the bottle cap
To make the necklace: tie a washer to a string long enough for a bracelet or necklace. Attach a magnet to the washer. You can then easily interchange bottle caps to change out your jewelry.
I also bought a variety of comic book and super hero themed duct tape which will work really well for making button crafts as well. In addition, I bought photo mats and my goal is to have the teens use the duct tape to cover photo mats and frame their GNs pages with it.
2. Upcycled Buttons
Buttons are actually really popular with my teens. Cutting up GNs and comics to make them is quick and easy.
3. Turn an old GN into a new (and personalized) GN
I cut up a bunch of discarded GNs to make my own GN. You could glue it to a piece of paper. I happen to have a bunch of various size acrylics to decorate my teen area so I went ahead and made it into a mural/wall art.
4. Make collages
The above wall art came about actually quite by accident. I started making a simple collage to frame because we have a ton of smaller acrylic frames that were donated and I knew they would make a fun craft for teens to take home. Then I just kind of got carried away and made it into a wall panel. But a basic collage works as well.
5. Make your own comic strips & gn pages
I am going to be doing this portion of the program in two ways.
I made the above comic page using an iPhone and the ComicBook app. I wrote previously about comic book creation tools here.
About Karen Jensen, MLS
Karen Jensen has been a Teen Services Librarian for almost 30 years. She created TLT in 2011 and is the co-editor of The Whole Library Handbook: Teen Services with Heather Booth (ALA Editions, 2014).
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