Category Archives: Crafts

Pinwheels

This is a great project for younger girls, as the pinwheels work pretty well but older girls might be a bit disappointed that they don’t work perfectly but they’re still awesome!  That doesn’t really matter since, in my experience, pinwheels are really a toy more suited for younger girls anyway.  You can spice up the project and colors by getting a pack of assorted colored drinking straws instead of plain white ones.  The best straws are straight and not the kind with the bend in them.

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Materials NeededMaterials Needed:

  • White construction paper
  • Crayons, colored pencils, or markers.
  • Plastic drinking straws
  • Scissors
  • Pencils
  • Brass paper fasteners
  • Pinwheel pattern.

DirectionsDirections:

  1. Print the pinwheel pattern. You can reproduce this pattern on white construction paper with a copy machine. Be sure to cut the construction paper to 8½ in. by 11 in. You can also print the pattern out onto thicker colored paper directly.
  2. Cut out the pattern along the solid lines.
  3. Decorate the un-folded paper. Stickers might not work so well due to the folding and aerodynamics, but any other crayons, colored pencils, or markers should be fine for decorations.
  4. Cut the dotted lines from the four corners to the center circle, doing your best not to cut into the center circle.
  5. Use the sharpened pencil to poke a hole through the four tiny dark circles. The pencil point also works well to poke a hole into the straw, though you can also have an adult use a nail or a very small diameter hole punch. Carefully push the pencil point through the straw about ½” inch from the top.
  6. Make the tiny holes on the four points meet at the center circle.
  7. Push the brass fastener ends through the holes on the pinwheel. then push the fastener through the center circle.
  8. Place the straw on the back side of your pinwheel and push the ends of the fastener through the hole in the straw. Open-up the fastener by flattening the ends in opposite directions.

Safety TipsSafety Tips!

  1. Adults should always make the holes when using a sharp object and working with younger girls.
  2. DO NOT allow the girls to punch holes with a nail if that’s the only implement you have.
  3. Adult supervision required when younger girls are using scissors.

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God’s Eyes

God's Eyes

I wish I knew of a non-religious name for this craft, but this is what they’ve always been referred to as long as I’ve known how to do them.  The project originates in Mexico and Bolivia and is known in Spanish as Ojo de Dios, which translates to God’s Eyes.  These can be used as decoration anywhere or even ornaments for a Christmas tree during the holidays.  The way I’ve written the directions, you’ll have to tie off colors to switch cleanly between them, but in the Quick Shopping links at the bottom I’ve found some multicolor skeins of yarn.  These types of yarn vary throughout the skein in different colors, so that might be an interesting way to vary the color but avoid the tie off of the different colors.  It’s a handy trick when you don’t have a lot of time to complete the project or when working with younger girls who might not have the patience or dexterity to tie off between colors.

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Materials NeededMaterials Needed:

DirectionsDirections:

  1. Cross the sticks at the center. Tie them together with the end of a piece of yarn, making an X, but don’t cut the yarn off its skein. Tie the yarn IN BACK of the 2 crossed sticks.
  2. With the pencil, number the sticks at the ends, in the center.  This isn’t necessary, but will make these directions much easier to follow.
  3. Bring the yarn to the front between sticks 3 and 4. Pull the yarn over stick 3 and the next one too (stick 2), and bring it to the back between sticks 2 and 1. Wrap it behind stick 2 and bring it to the front again between sticks 2 and 3. Pull it over stick 2 and the next one too (stick 1), and wrap it behind stick 1.
  4. Pull the yarn over stick 1 and the next one too (stick 4) and wrap it behind stick 4. Pull it over stick 4 and the next one too (stick 3) and wrap it behind stick 3. This is one complete round. Always lay the yarn next to, NOT on top of the yarn already in place.
  5. Keep on wrapping the yarn behind each stick, over that stick and the next, and around behind that one, then over that stick and the next and behind that one. As you continue making the rounds, always be sure that the yarn lies next to, but never on top of the yarn in the previous round. After the first few rounds, you will see the woven pattern of the “eye” beginning to form.
  6. When you have an “eye” in one color of yarn, you can cut the yarn and tie on another color, and continue weaving. Make sure that the knot that you joined the 2 colors with, stays in the back.
  7. Keep weaving the “God’s Eye” until you are about ½” from the ends of the sticks. Cut the yarn, leaving approximately a 7-8″ tail. Tie the tail in a knot in back.

This diagram from About.com should help:

God's Eye

Safety TipsSafety Tips!

  1. This is an all-ages project, but adult supervision is required of younger girls when using the scissors.

Egg Carton Flowers

Egg Carton Flowers

Egg Carton FlowersThis Egg Carton Flowers craft is a great project around Easter or Mother’s Day for Brownie and Junior girls.  It’s a great project for the girls to create small bouquets to give to their mothers, sisters, or anyone special to them.  The colors of paint suggested make a nice light palette, but feel free to use different colors to coordinate with the holiday or season nearest to when you decide to do this project.  It can be a bit messy, but can also easily be completed in a 30 minute troop meeting.

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Materials Needed:

DirectionsDirections:

  1. Cut egg cartons apart, giving you individual “egg cups” to craft with.
  2. Use scissors to shape flowers, cut slits and create leaves.
  3. Using the clothespin to hold your flower and leaves, paint as desired.  Turn some of the egg cups upside down and glue to the center of another cup to create different sizes and looks.
  4. Combine colors and shapes.  Layer flowers with 2 or more cups.
  5. Have an adult poke small holes in the bottom of the cups and insert the chenille stems through the hole for the stem.  Twist end of stems inside the cup to hold; add glue if needed.
  6. Glue pom poms to center of flower.
  7. Glue leaf shapes to chenille stem.  Let dry completely before handling.

Safety TipsSafety Tips!

  1. Spray the egg cartons with antibacterial spray before using to ward off any harmful bacteria.

Craft Stick Picture Frame

Craft Stick Picture Frame

Craft Stick Picture Frames are great introductory craft project for Daisy scouts, and can be completed in a 30 minute meeting.  It can be messy, so make sure the girls have old t-shirts that are okay to get paint on or smocks.  These are terrific crafts to do around Mother’s Day and Father’s Day to frame cute pictures of the girls to give to Mom or Dad!  You can also use a permanent marker to write messages on the craft sticks, like names or holiday messages.

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Materials NeededMaterials Needed:

DirectionsDirections:

  1. Paint the pre-made wooden frame and craft sticks the same color of choice; let dry.
  2. Glue craft sticks to frame, two on each side.
  3. Choose the picture to insert.  Use framing backing as template to draw around picture and then cut out.
  4. Place picture in frame.

Safety TipsSafety Tips!

  1. Be sure to use non-toxic paint.  The paints linked above are washable and non-toxic for children.
  2. Check the wooden frames and make sure that they’re sanded and splinters are minimized.

Square Foam Candle Holder

Square Foam Candle Holder

I’ll be the first to admit that the words “foam” and “candle” don’t typically belong in the same sentence!  But in this case, there is actually a glass candle holder between the glass and the foam.  This is a great project for older girls who are more likely to be allowed to burn candles at home.  The design of papers and embellishments used can be altered to match any room decor, favorite color or theme, or holiday!

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Materials NeededMaterials Needed:

DirectionsDirections:

  1. Place the glass votive holder on top of the craft foam block and trace with a pencil.  Use the serrated knife to cut on the traced line, cutting down approximately 2″.  Use a spoon to remove the foam from the cavity and shape it squarely.  Make sure the votive holder fits before moving on.
  2. Cut the base scrapbooking paper into two 6″ x 12″ pieces.  One side at a time, apply the glue to the block and wrap the paper around, smoothing to ensure there are no air pockets or wrinkles.  Glue the second piece around the other side and trim at the seam.
  3. Fold and glue the edges at the top and bottom of the block.  Cut at the corners to remove any excess.
  4. For the top and bottom of the block, cut two 5″ squares from the scrapbooking paper and glue to the top and bottom.  For the top, cut slits in a pie pattern on the back covering the opening of the block.  Glue and fold to the inside of the opening.  To line the opening, cut a 2″x9″ piece of paper.  Apply the glue and inser the paper.
  5. Attach the grosgrain ribbon around the base of the block to accent, overlapping the ends.
  6. Replace the glass votive holder into the block.  To add another design touch, display your foam block on top of contrasting fabric, furniture, or paper to really pop.

Safety TipsSafety Tips!

  1. Adults should supervise the use of the serrated knife.