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Erie Makes

2022 Event Schedule

Below is the schedule of events for Erie Make 2022! Please note that events are held at multiple locations. 

Monday Nov. 7th

Blasco Library: 160 East Front Street Erie, PA 16507

Wood Owls 4-5:30pm (No Registration) I Idea Lab 

Come craft with us! Stop in any time between 4-5:30pm to make a small owl out of a tree cookie. All ages welcome.


Portrait Photography 6-7pm (Registration Required) I Idea Lab 

Local photographer Shaddai Rodriguez (Photos by Dai) is here to help you take a good portrait. Everyone will get a chance to take a portrait and have a portrait taken with our DSLR camera. This class is great for anyone interested in photography or who wants to learn a little about taking a nice portrait. No experience is required. Ages 13+ 

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Craft Nights 6-7pm (No Registration) I Blasco Children's Story Time Room 

Join us at the Blasco Library for craft nights!  This program is free and open to children of all ages and their families. Experiment with three different types of marbling at this fun craft night. Try out shaving cream marbling, liquid starch marbling, and painting with glass marbles. 


DIY Bath Fizzies 6-8pm (Registration Required) I Teen Space 

Join us to make your own bath fizzies! Choose from a variety of scents and mold them into fun shapes. Registration required. Ages 13-18

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Iroquois Avenue Branch Library: 4212 Iroquois Ave. Erie, PA 16511

Feed Bag Totes 6pm (Registration Required)  

Create some maker magic by transforming trash into treasure. With several local grocery and department stores discontinuing the use of plastic bags, now is a great time to learn to make your own sturdy, washable, sustainable shopping bags. This demo will show you how to use a few simple materials - a discarded feed/seed bag, a thrifted pillowcase, an old belt, and some basic sewing notions - to create a reusable shopping bag that will stand up to your heaviest shopping haul. Ages 13+ 

This project requires basic sewing skills. Each registrant will leave the demo with the supplies needed to create one feed bag tote at home.  Don't have a sewing machine of your own? Call the idea lab for more information about the sewing machines available for use at the Blasco Library.

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Tuesday Nov. 8th

Blasco Library: 160 East Front Street Erie, PA 16507

Framing Workshop with the Erie Art Museum 12-3pm (No Registration)  

The Erie Art Museum is an institution of excellence dedicated to the promotion and advancement of the visual arts by developing and maintaining a quality art collection, encouraging art in all its forms, fostering lifelong learning, and building a community among artists, art students and the public. Join us in learning about what it takes to prepare artworks to be displayed in the museum from our Collections Manager & Lead Preparator. You will create your own art using polaroid cameras and apply your new skills to create a simple frame. 

Duct Tape Extravaganza 4-5pm (No Registration) 

Explore the world of duct tape! Visit the lab to make a flower pen out of duck tape. Take home other duct tape projects ideas to try. Ages 8+.


Scrabble Pendants 6-7:30pm (Registration Required) 

Make jewelry with scrabble pieces. Pick from a selection of designs and  follow the step by step instructions to make your own pendant. Ages 13+ 

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Claytopia: 924 W Erie Plaza Dr, Erie, PA 16505

Paint a Tile 5-7pm (Registration Required) 

Join our friends at Claytopia to paint your own ceramic tile! Leave it there to get fired and come back later to pick up your completed art. What kind of design will you make? Tiles for this event are for ages 5-17.

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Wednesday Nov. 9th

Blasco Library: 160 East Front Street Erie, PA 16507

Laser Cut Garden Stakes 4-5:30pm  (Registration Required)  

Design a basic garden stake with a free design program. Cut it out of wood using our laser cutter for your next garden. Ages 13+ 

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Iron On Apron 6-7:30pm (Registration Required) 

Whether you're a baker, grill master or an artist you can use an apron to keep the mess where it belongs - off your clothes! Make a custom design on the Cricut to make your apron fit your unique personality. Ages 10+

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Lincoln Community Center: 1255 Manchester Rd. Erie, PA 16505

Paper Flower Garden 10-11:30am (No Registration) 

Make a decorative garden with the Idea Lab's Cricut and paper cut flowers. Twirl together different flower designs to make your own unique garden. Ages 8+ 


DIY Ceramic Trivet 1:30-3pm (Registration Required)  

Join use to make a personalize trivet. A trivet is an object placed between a hot serving dish/bowl/pan and a dining table/counter top to protect the surface from heat damage. Use a ceramic tile, engraved by the Idea Lab's Glowforge, and some sharpies to make a trivet to take home. Ages 10+ 

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Fun with Snap Circuits 3:30-4:30pm (No Registration) 

Stop in to explore the world of snap circuits. Snap circuits allow you to safely learn about the world of electricity. Make things that light up, produce sounds and fly! Ages 6+ 

Thursday Nov. 10th

Blasco Library: 160 East Front Street Erie, PA 16507

Painting 101: Cactus Sunset  3-4:30pm (Registration Required)  

Try your hand at acrylic painting. Follow a step-by-step guided paint lesson to make a desert sunset with cactus plants. Registration required. Ages 10+

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Let there be Light! Intro to Soldering 6-7pm (Registration Required) 

Join Steve Patterson to learn the basics of soldering. You'll learn about the types of solder and connections. Then practice soldering yourself makes a small LED light up. This class is intended for those with no previous knowledge or experience soldering. Ages 13+ 

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CAM Erie: 142 W 12th St, Erie, PA 16501 

Podcasting Basics 11am-2pm (Registration Required) 

Podcasting is a great way to express yourself or explore a topic, join CAM to learn how to set-up, record, and edit a podcast. Each group will leave with a 5 to 10-minute podcast to share with family and friends! Ages 13+ 

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Saturday Nov. 12th

Blasco Library: 160 East Front Street Erie, PA 16507

Button Palooza! 12-4pm (No Registration) 

How do you make? Do you make with art, music, writing, science and something else? Show us by making a button! Draw, design and share what you love to make and take the button home with you. All ages welcome! 


Paper Quilling: Community Art Project 12-4pm (No Registration)  

The Idea Lab needs your help! We need some new art to go up on our walls! Stop in and twills some paper to add to our mural design. Add one piece or many. Make your own little paper art piece to take home! All ages welcome!


Spoon Carving Demonstration 12-3pm (No Registration) 

Get introduced to the craft of spoon carving by local woodworker Kenneth Bownes. Kenneth will talk about the spoon carving process and be working in the Lab during Erie Makes. Stop in to see the process and ask questions! 

Grounded Printshop: 1902 Cherry St Erie, PA

Paper Making and  Printmaking! 12-5pm (No Registration) 

Paper maker, artist, and Grounded Printshop owner Ashley Pastore will demonstrate how to make your own paper and make a monoprint using the presses and equipment in the space. This is an exciting way to see how paper is made, printmaking works, and too ask questions! All ages welcome! 

Lake Erie Woodworks: 1113 Walnut St, Erie, PA 16501

Wonders of Wood Working 9am-2pm (No Registration

Stop in anytime between 9am to 2pm  at Lake Erie Woodworks for an open house tour of the workshop and demos of woodworking equipment. While you visit make a simple name sign using a CNC machine. Armando Reyes, woodworker and owner of Lake Erie Woodworks, will be around to answer any and all questions about woodworking and offer advice on projects or ideas you might have. Learn about the class offered in this space.  All ages welcome! 

Inner City Neighborhood Art House: 201 E 10 Street Erie, PA 16503

Second Saturday: Treasure Day 10am-12:30pm (Registration Required)  

On the Second Saturday of every month, the Neighborhood Art House opens its doors for an interactive art lesson open to all ages! For our Second Saturday during Erie Makes, join us to paint and embellish a tiny treasure chest and learn how to create a hidden message with Morse Code jewelry!

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