Snowman Glass Ornament

Posted by Trish | Posted in Crafts, Meeting Activities | Posted on 08-12-2010

Snowman Glass Ornament

The snowman ornaments are a great holiday project for girls of all ages.  Younger girls may require a bit more help with shaping the clay pieces, but that’s where the creativity can come through.  The project takes about 30 minutes, baking included.

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Materials NeededMaterials Needed:

  • Modeling clay – Red, Black, Orange, & White
  • Sculpey clay tool
  • Glass ornament
  • Ribbon
  • Quick drying glue
  • Wax paper
  • Aluminum foil
  • 12″ piece of white tree garland

DirectionsDirections:

  1. Knead clay for 2 minutes before shaping.
  2. Remove metal cap/hanger from the ornament.  Remove the wire hanger from the cap and set it aside.  Make a red clay disk slightly larger than the diameter of the ornament cap.
  3. Wrap the red clay disk around the edges of the ornament cap.  Using the 2 mm pointer tool from the starter set, poke holes through the red clay so the holes in the cap remain open to replace the hanger later.
  4. Make 2 wide red strips for the headband and 2 large red domes for the ear muffs.  Then make 2 medium black disks for eyes and 3 little disks for the mouth.  Make 2 tiny white eye highlights and an orange cone shape for the nose.
  5. Place the face pieces firmly onto the ornament, making sure each piece follows the curve of the glass.  With the blunt point tool from the starter set, texture the ear muffs.  With the flat knife tool, texture the nose.  Make sure the clay covered cap will go back on and that the ear muff headband does not interfere with the fitting of the cap.
  6. Bake on oven-proof glass or metal surface at 275° F for 15 minutes per 6 mm of thickness.  To keep the ornament from rolling around in the oven, make a little bowl from foil for it to sit in.
  7. Allow the ornament to cool completely, then gently remove the clay pieces.  Glue them back on permanently and allow to dry.  The clay cap covering will not need to be glued on.
  8. Replace the wire hanger into the holes of the cap.  Fill the ornament with the white tree garland.  Replace the cap and add the ribbon.

Safety TipsSafety Tips!

  1. Do not use unbaked clay on unprotected furniture or finished surfaces.  Good working surfaces include glass or metal, disposable foil or wax paper.
  2. Do not use a plastic ornament or it will melt in the oven.  Glass only.
  3. Do not use in a microwave oven.
  4. All banking should be completed by an adult.
  5. Wash hands after use.

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Jingle Bell Wreath

Posted by Trish | Posted in Crafts, Meeting Activities | Posted on 01-12-2010

Jingle Bell Wreath

This is a great holiday project for older girls.  Depending on how well your girls’ motor skills are, you might attempt this project with a younger set of girls, but try doing this yourself to see how difficult it is for you before having girls attempt it.

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Materials NeededMaterials Needed:

  • Heavy gauge floral wire
  • Christmas themed colored bells
  • Chenille stems – gold, green, red
  • Broad width ribbon – red

DirectionsDirections:

  1. Make a circular loop with the heavy gauge floral wire.
  2. String bells along wire and fit them closely together around the length of the loop.
  3. Use a pipe cleaner to wind around the bells at either end of the loop to hold the wreath shape together in a circle.
  4. Tie a bow around a pipe cleaner and then tie that pipe cleaner around the part of the loop that was joined together.

Safety TipsSafety Tips!

  1. Adult supervision is required.
  2. Have all the materials ready before beginning the project.

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Tie Dye T-Shirts

Posted by Trish | Posted in Crafts, Meeting Activities | Posted on 24-11-2010

Tie Dye T-Shirts

This was one of the most fun projects we did at summer camp.  Yes, it’s messy but it’s a great project that girls of all ages can enjoy – and enjoy wearing!  If you’re doing this for a camp, you should include a white shirt specially for crafts on the packing list.  For a troop activity, you can either buy the t-shirts for your girls or send home a request for them to send an old white or really light colored t-shirt for the project.

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Materials NeededMaterials Needed:

  • Tulip Rainbow Tie Dye Kit
  • White t-shirt
  • Rubber bands
  • Plastic gloves
  • Plastic tablecloth
  • Scissors

DirectionsDirections:

  1. Wash the t-shirt in a clothes washer to remove sizing.
  2. Cover your work surface with the plastic tablecloth.
  3. Place the damp shirt on your prepared surface and smooth flat.  To create a traditional bulls-eye design, pinch the front of the shirt just above the center then lift fabric up and scrunch fabric into a tube shape.  Wrap a rubber band about 2″ from the tip, wrapping several times until tight.  Repeat every 2″ or so along the entire shirt.
  4. Wearing gloves from the dye box, fill a dye bottle halfway with water.  Replace the cap and shake until all the dye is thoroughly mixed.  Remove the lid, add more water to the line indicated on bottle, and replace the cap and shake to mix.
  5. Carefully squeeze one color of dye on tip, turning shirt until entire tip has dye.
  6. Squeeze another color dye around center of next section, letting it bleed toward rubber bands.  Insert tip of bottle into folds and squeeze more dye as needed.
  7. Avoid squeezing the dye too close to the rubber bands so you can leave white rings between the colors.  Rotate through the colors available in the kit evenly.
  8. Let the dye set 4-6 hours.  Use scissors to carefully cut off the rubber bands.
  9. Fill a clothes washer to a full load setting with a small amount of laundry soap.  Once agitation strts, insert the t-shirt.  Dry in clothes dryer or line dry.

Safety TipsSafety Tips!

  1. Adult supervision is required when using the dye.
  2. Adults should cut off the rubber bands when working with younger girls.

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Pipe Cleaner Turkey

Posted by Trish | Posted in Crafts, Meeting Activities | Posted on 17-11-2010

Pipe Cleaner Turkey

This is a terrific Thanksgiving project!  This project is perfect for Brownies and Juniors, and can be easily done in 30-60 minutes.  I would be helpful for the leader to complete one before the girls attempt it so it’s easier to help them.  As well, the girls may need a model in person to refer to.

Pipe Cleaner Turkey

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Materials NeededMaterials Needed:

  • Creatology™ Chenille Stem Multipack
  • Large marker
  • Highlighter
  • Plastic paint bottle
  • Scissors
  • All purpose glue
  • Ruler

DirectionsDirections:

  1. Bend 1 brown chenille in half. Set on work surface. To make head, connect 6 brown chenille by twisting ends together. Wrap around the large round marker overlapping so that the length does not exceed 2 inches. Glue the bent brown chenille into the head piece.  Set aside.
  2. Take one brown chenille and wrap around the highlighter without overlapping to make the neck. Slip over the remaining chenille sticking out of head. Glue the top edge into head.  Bend the chenille wire holding head/neck assembly into an upside down U shape. Set aside.
  3. The body requires 24 brown chenille stems that are connected and wrapped around the large paint bottle.  Slip off bottle and gently squeeze into an oval shape.  Pick up head/neck assembly, and glue into the body.  Make sure the head is bent over the top of body, as if turkey is looking at you. Set aside.
  4. To make a wing, connect two brown chenille stems. Refer to photo to see shape of wings. They are shaped by hand.  The stems touch only at the top of the wings. Glue them together along top to hold shape.  Repeat for second wing.  Twist wing ends together, so that they are 2 ½ inches apart.  Glue wings onto turkey back.
  5. Bend the wire at the top of the back in, to close off opening behind head.  Set aside. Cut one yellow chenille in half to make feet.  Take one of the halves, and bend it in half.  Measure ¾ ” back from bend, and bend the chenille at a 90 degree angle. Twist the ¾” together then separate the strands. Bend one piece up to make a V shape for the second toe. Measure and bend stem back at the ¾” mark.  Repeat for third toe.
  6. Repeat step to shape other foot. Bend the leg ends up ½” from end, and glue into body base front edge. Set aside.
  7. Cut a 4″ piece of yellow to form beak. Bend in half, and then half again.  Attach to head with glue.  See photo for placement. Set in front of you. Cut a 4″ piece of red to form warble.  Bend one end to fit over top of beak, allowing 1-¾” to hang down.  Bend remaining back up, and twist to secure. Glue onto top of beak. See photo if necessary. Place turkey in front of you.
  8. Roll one end of black chenille into a little ball.  Cut stem 1″ from rolled end.  Stick stem end into head, and glue into place.  Repeat for second eye.  Refer to photo if necessary.
  9. You need five stems for each feather: 15 green, 5 red, 5 yellow, 5 purple and 5 orange.  Twist 5 of the same color together and make a bend 7″ from one end to form an upside down V.  The next bend should be 6″ further. Each time you go up into the feather shape, the next V should be slightly smaller to fit inside the previous one. Repeat until all the feathers are assembled.
  10. Lay 2 green feathers with their twisted ends together forming a horizontal line.  Glue the purple and yellow feathers on top of the green ends to form a V shape at the top. Attach the orange and red feathers in like manner so they lay above the 2 green feathers at base.  Glue the last green feather slightly above the orange/red ends.  Refer to photo if necessary. Glue entire tail onto back base of your turkey.

Safety TipsSafety Tips!

  1. When twisting the chenille stems together to connect, be careful because the ends can be sharp.
  2. Adult supervision is required.

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Stadium Pillow

Posted by Trish | Posted in Crafts, Meeting Activities | Posted on 10-11-2010

Stadium Pillow

This is a fantastic project for any troop of any age.  While my directions mention a football design since we’re in the midst of football season, you can customize it for any sport and use any combination of colors to represent either professional local teams or the girls’ school colors.  The project is designed to be glued together, but if your girls are older you could easily alter the directions to sew the seams of the stadium pillow instead of glue.

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Materials NeededMaterials Needed:

  • Large white tote bag
  • Iron on letters in team colors
  • Tulip Dimensional Fabric Paint – Slick White and Slick Brown
  • Black fabric marker
  • Ribbon of choice in team colors
  • Poly-fil or pillow form
  • Al-Purpose glue
  • Iron
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Paintbrush
  • Paper Towels
  • Paper Plate

DirectionsDirections:

  1. Print out the pattern.
  2. cut the tote bag along the side to open.
  3. Cut one handle from the bag.
  4. Draw a football with the pencil in center of tote.
  5. Have an adult follow the directions on the letters and iron the letters onto the tote to say “Go Team”.
  6. Pour out a small amount of the brown and white paints onto a paper plate.  Use a paintbrush to fill in the football design and let dry.  Use white to make side and center lines.
  7. Using white slick paint bottle, draw stitch marks on the ball.  Let dry.
  8. Glue sides of tote together, let dry.
  9. Fill opening with pillow form or Poly-fil and glue closed.
  10. Glue ribbon along sides and top of tote.

Safety TipsSafety Tips!

  1. Adults only should handle the iron and iron on the lettering.
  2. Adult supervision is required.

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