We’re no longer creating new Stay & Make kits. We have a few extra kits left that we’ll break out for an occasional workshop so we’re leaving this page on our website.

Ready for a step-up from the Take & Make kits? Grab a Stay & Make – projects that are a little more involved and require tools in the Maker Hub. The goal is to give you experience with a tool and build your confidence with that tool. Oh, and don’t worry about being trained. For these Stay & Make projects, no training is required. We’re hoping once you see how cool the tools are, you’ll complete the Tool Trainings and make other cool stuff.

A couple of notes about Stay & Make kits:

  • These kits are available first-come, first-serve. We can’t reserve a kit for you.
  • Please note the location for each project – they are only available in that location
  • Some of the projects involve the laser engraver. For the Stay & Make projects, you do NOT have to be trained on the laser to make these projects. Our Consultants will operate the laser for you.
  • We can’t let you leave with a kit until you make it. Please plan to make the project when you pick it up.

Currently available

Stickers and Buttons

Stickers and button examplesAre you brand new to the Maker Hub? Get started making things with vinyl stickers and buttons – they are really easy and really satisfying. Make something for greek life, student orgs, or anything you’re interested in.

  • Location: Both locations
  • How long will it take? 20 mins


Laser Cut Pen Cup

Laser cut cup holding sharpiesNeed a place for your pens? Or toothbrushes? Make this wooden cup with our laser engraver.

Personalize it! Laser engrave a logo, your name, student org or whatever onto the sides of it. You can also paint it with our acrylic paints.

Location: Maker Hub – Downtown
How long will it take? under an hour


  • When you arrive at the Maker Hub – Downtown, ask a student Consultant for help.
  • Template: Use this Illustrator file to start. Once in Illustrator, you can add your own text, graphics to the file.
  • Materials: Grab a piece of 1/8 plywood that’s at least 14 x 8 inches.

Custom Book Ends

Picture of bookends without booksPicture of bookends with booksYou still have printed books, right? If so, you can make this customizable bookends. In this project, you’ll laser engrave a graphic, text, or whatever you’d like onto clear acrylic (plastic). Then, you’ll use an acrylic bender to heat a portion of the material and bend it. It’s really fun! We provide the acrylic (it’s actually repurposed from COVID barriers!) and no experience with the laser is required.

  • Location: Maker Hub – Downtown
  • How long will it take? 30 mins, longer the more you laser engrave.


Custom Dry Erase Calendar

Picture of the whiteboards

Need a way to share your schedule with your roommates? This whiteboard calendar could be the answer. In this project, you’ll laser engrave a blank weekly or monthly calendar onto a piece of white acrylic. You can also include your name, an icon, or something else to personalize it. We provide the dry erase marker and a way to hang it.

  • Location: Maker Hub – Downtown
  • How long will it take? under an hour


When you arrive in the Maker Hub, ask a student Consultant for help.

  • Templates: Here are Illustrator files for the weekly and monthly calendars. Feel free to customize them however you’d like. The final size should be 8 inches wide by 6 inches tall.
  • Other notes: Use a dry erase marker to fill in the engraving lines.

No longer available

Cardboard Hanging Light

Picture of the cardboard hanging lightNeed a little more light in your room? In this project, you’ll use a Xacto knife to cut strips of cardboard, fold them, and hot glue them together. The end result is a contemporary lamp shade for your apartment. We provide the cardboard, paint (if you’d like to add color), hanging pendant light with a 15-foot cord, an LED bulb, and a hook.

  • Location: Maker Hub – Colonnades
  • How long will it take? At least an hour, longer if you’d like to paint it.


Here is a modified version of the tutorial (Elon login required) that you should use in the Maker Hub. The original project is from PoppyTalk.com.

Zipper Pouch

Image of three sizes of zipper pouchesHave a bunch of loose stuff in your backpack? Sew one of these pouches and keep it organized. In this project, you’ll use a sewing machine to make a small pouch out of nylon, complete with a zipper. The kits are for a medium-sized pouch – the middle one in the image to the right. We provide the kits with all the material you’ll need. This project is a great introduction to the sewing machine.

  • Location: Maker Hub – Colonnades
  • How long will it take? Plan to spend at least an hour