Made By Me with Grey Roots

Looking for fun and educational projects? Join us for Made by Me, a new Grey Roots kits program. Each kit includes instructions, most supplies, and a digital experience! We go through the steps to create a specific kit and explore a connection to Grey Roots. Digitally visit our Collection, Archives and Moreston Village as you learn more about the history and artefacts at Grey Roots. Find videos from each completed session on YouTube, and staff are always happy to answer questions later.

Like a kit but you aren’t a kid? No worries! These kits are for all ages and experience levels. Some require specific tools so check out the details below to make sure you are set.

Missed a kit? No problem! Kits will be available for purchase while supplies last. Digital experiences will remain on our YouTube channel so you cannot miss out!

Questions? Contact Laura at programs@greyroots.com!

Want to put a little pizzazz into a face mask? This kit will start you off you with most of the tools to create a personally dyed face mask. Our digital experience will encourage participants to think about the past year and how many new skills they may have picked up. Did you start sewing? Baking? Hiking? Painting?

Suggested materials to have on hand: an adult, rubbing alcohol, sewing machine/someone who sews, thread, scissors, etc.

Cost: $10 plus HST for non-members or $9 plus HST for Grey Roots members

Example of dyed face mask material.

Help spread the love for tie dye! One of our favourite things about it is that you can breathe new life into items you already have. We have dyed t-shirts, sheets, pillowcases and socks. What will you dye with your kit? Multiple projects can be dyed with the materials in the kit.  What would you like to add a splash of colour to?!

During our digital experience we will talk about natural dye and look at some examples in our education and museum collection.

Suggested materials to have on hand: items to tie dye, laundry facilities, outdoor/protected workspace, gloves.

Cost: $15 plus HST for non-members or $13.50 plus HST for Grey Roots members

*Choose between a t-shirt or a tote, the shirt can be converted to tie-dyed rope or tote bag! Limited totes available.

Two tie dyed t-shirts.

Let this Octopus octopi your day! Create your very own yarn-tastic octopus and explore dyeing at the same time!

Suggested materials to have on hand: white glue or needle and thread, crockpot OR microwave OR oven.

Cost: $10 plus HST for non-members or $9 plus HST for Grey Roots members

Octopus made of braided dyed yarn.

Birds of a feather (or yarn) stick together?! In this kit you will get supplies to create two local birds using yarn. In our digital experience, we will learn about the birds and what other birds are perched in our Collection. Do you have a favourite bird?

Suggested materials to have on hand: pliers, glue stick or school glue.

Cost: $10 plus HST for non-members or $9 plus HST for Grey Roots members*

*Baltimore Oriole and Black-Capped Chickadee available*

Two birds made of yarn and wire.

Conscious about the environment? Like snacks? Let’s create a reusable snack bag! This quick and easy snack bag can be made to suit your needs, and it is safe and washable. In this experience we’ll also look at how food was packed in the past.

Suggested materials to have on hand: sewing machine/someone who sews, thread, other sewing notions.

Cost: $5.00 plus HST for non-Grey Roots members or $4.50 for Grey Roots members*

*Two fabric options to choose from: Ice Cream or Kangaroo & Friends. Can't decide? Choose Surprise Me!
Rainbow Geometric sold out.

Close up of fabric snack bag and fabric options for the kit.

What is the puzzle behind the puzzle ball? Complete this kit to find out more and explore one from our Collection. Each Puzzle Ball kit is unique! 

Suggested materials to have on hand: sewing machine/someone who sews, thread, other sewing notions, time and patience.

Cost: $10 plus HST for non-members or $9 plus HST for Grey Roots members.

Allergen note: the stuffing for the puzzle ball is carbonized wool.

A puzzle ball together and apart.

Do you like pushing buttons? How about gluing them down? Create a piece of art with buttons and paint. Create a scene from your life or imagination! Before you start, check out some of the beautiful buttons from our Collection!

Suggested materials to have on hand: glue (school or hot), paintbrushes for acrylic paint, messy work clothes

Cost: $15 plus HST for non-members or $13.50 plus HST for Grey Roots members

Example of a painting with button accents.

Stained glass is amazing to look at and create! This kit will introduce some of the interesting stained art in our Collection and then ask you to create a piece of art with glue and paint. Curious? Check out this kit.

Suggested materials to have on hand: paintbrushes for acrylic paint, messy work clothes, time.

Cost: $15 plus HST for non-members or $13.50 plus HST for Grey Roots members

Example of the kit using glue to create a stained glass effect on canvas board.

Mobiles aren’t just for babies. Celebrate local wildlife by creating a custom Shrink Art mobile. Like pollinators or birds? Choose your local favourites to create a mobile that will bring the outdoors, indoors! We’ll explore our Collection to learn what pollinators may dwell within.

Suggested materials to have access to: pencil crayons or permanent markers, oven or toaster oven (not a toaster), scissors, hole punch (single or 3-ring).

Cost: $5 plus HST for non-members or $4.50 plus HST for Grey Roots members

Example butterflies, bird and abstract mobile creations.

Have a picture you want to display and no frame? Create this rockin’ photo holder and personalize it with Shrink Art! Do you think we may have some interesting photos hidden inside the Archives? Join us live or recorded to find out!

Suggested materials to have access to: pencil crayons or permanent markers, oven or toaster oven (not a toaster), scissors, hole punch (single or 3-ring), acrylic paint/sealer, etc.

Cost: $5 plus HST for non-members or $4.50 plus HST for Grey Roots members

Curved wire with beads holding a sign.

Like playing with pattern blocks? With this kit, you’ll design your own quilt pattern. We will prepare squares for you but you can craft them into whatever shapes you need to create a beautiful 2-D felt quilt.

Suggested materials to have on hand: school glue, scissors.

Cost: $7.50 plus HST for non-members or $6.75 plus HST for Grey Roots members

Example of a pattern block quilt of felt triangles and squares.

Pillow? Purse? Wall hanging? This project can be many things but deep down it is a quilt. We are offering two options: a simple square quilt with borders or a pinwheel pattern. Pieces are all pre-cut so you can get started right away!

Suggested materials to have on hand: sewing machine, thread, interest in hand sewing, additional fabric to turn it into a bag/12” pillow form, lots of time.

Cost: $10 plus HST for non-members or $9 plus HST for Grey Roots members*

*Choose between pinwheel or simple squares. Can't choose? Select Surprise Me!

Example of kit as a pillow and bag.

Some say that rainbows go to gradient lengths to light up our skies. Create your own rainbow to enjoy, no matter the weather! All that is gold will be explored in our Collection during our digital meet. It will be fun exploring just where gold can show up!

Suggested materials to have on hand: scissors.

Cost: $7.50 plus HST for non-members or $6.75 plus HST for Grey Roots members

Yarn wrapped cloud with a rainbow falling from the bottom.

We are lucky that Moreston Heritage Village comes complete with a sawmill powered by steam! In this kit you will get a section of rough-sawn board, nails and thread to create a beautiful piece of art! We will see a demonstration from the blacksmith about creating nails so get your questions ready!

Suggested materials to have on hand: hammer, scissors.

Cost: $10 plus HST for non-members or $9 plus HST for Grey Roots members*

*Choose between an Escarpment view or Flowers. Can't choose? Select Surprise Me!

Escarpment string art view.

When the cucumbers are plentiful, it’s time to start pickling! This kit celebrates the beautiful pickle in many ways. There is Shrink Art and recipes to help you and your family enjoy pickling season.

Suggested materials to have on hand: pencil crayons or permanent markers, oven or toaster oven (not a toaster), scissors, hole punch (single or 3-ring).

Cost: $2.50 plus HST for non-members or $2.25 plus HST for Grey Roots members

Small keychain with a jar of pickles. A pickle has a smile.

Like carrots? Want to learn more about preserving them AND create a fun pencil holder? This kit will do that and more!

Suggested materials to have on hand: sewing machine OR skill in hand sewing, thread/embroidery thread, scissors.

Cost: $5 plus HST for non-members or $4.50 plus HST for Grey Roots members

Felt carrot sew with a pocket. There is a green pencil in the pocket.
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