This weekend, my son Russell and I attended the Greenbelt Mini Maker Faire.
The highlight from a Trashmagination perspective was this vertical garden pictured above. The maker had taken the plastic packaging that grocery stores use for apples, attached it to a board, cut out windows, and stuffed the spots with soil and plants. Very cute!
Russell’s favorite item at this event was the Knot Dice which is a game invented by Matthew O’Malley from Black Oak Games. I recognized him because he plays Taiko drumming along with his many other talents. Russell loved these knot dice, which involve four different types of blocks. You try to connect them into various patterns. They are not available yet for sale, but Matthew is working on it.
Wool Felt Art
There was a fun demonstration of wool felt art that was done in a way I had not seen before. The kids were encouraged to make some kind of design with tufts of wool. They flattened it into a square about the size of a sandwich baggie. They then put the art in the baggie with a small amount of water and soap. The maker said the soap helps bring the wool fibers together. The kids then massaged the baggie on top of a little foam pad for about 30 minutes. As the time passed, the wool fibers shrunk tighter and tighter. Then you would let it dry into a little cute piece of art.
Bobbin Lace Making
This is a skill I have not seen demonstrated before, and it looked fascinating. You put straight pins in a foam cushion holding down a pattern. Then you have all these bobbins – tons of them! – all loaded with string. You then twist the bobbins around each other in a certain sequence and get lace. It was beautiful in the making and in the finished product.
Other items at the Maker Faire included a Lego table, lots of 3-D printing, a play area where toddlers were playing musical instruments, Roblox demonstrations, spinners making yarn and a number of other fun projects.
Always fun to meet other Makers!