With all the outdoor activities that girl scouts do, it’s important to bring along a lot of water to stay hydrated. This is a great craft for a meeting before a camping or hiking trip. Remember to get a variety of foam stickers so the girls’ creativity can run wild with different designs to fit their personalities. The alphabet stickers are important for personalization, but if the girls would rather just use stickers to personalize the bottle holders, you can always write their names on the bottom of the can hug with a permanent marker.
There’s not much mess involved with this project – just the paper backings from the stickers that need to be cleaned up at the end of the meeting.
- Cut three 24″ pieces of ribbon. Braid the ribbons together to create the handle.
- On opposite sides of the can hug, punch 2 holes for attaching the handle.
- Thread the braided ribbon through the holes and secure with a knot.
- Remove the paper backing from the foam stickers to decorate the bottle holder as desired.
- Always observe the children when using scissors.
Try looking at craft stores for the pre-made can hug. If you cannot find one, use foam sheets and glue to make one. Use a standard 16 oz. water bottle to judge the correct size.
Last week’s vase project was really more of a project for older girls, but this vase can be made by young girls and older girls as well. It emphasizes the importance of recycling as it uses clean, re-purposed bottles. Seek out unique and interesting shaped glass bottles, and involve the girls in collecting these glass bottles. Make sure to let the parents know what you’ll be using the glass bottles for; they will need to have the labels removed with the inside and outside both thoroughly cleaned. Collect some glass bottles to bring as extras for any girls that are unable to collect bottles on their own.
- Empty glass bottles (or a regular glass jar or vase will work)
- Tissue paper
- Mod Podge (or 2 tbsp. white glue mixed with 2 tbsp. water)
- Paint brushes
- Cut out shapes of your choice from the tissue paper. Cut out several of each shape. Feel free to trace out shapes with pencil before hand.
- Paint on the Mod Podge (or glue solution) onto a small section of the bottle. Stick on a tissue paper shape. Paint more Mod Podge or glue solution over the top of the tissue and add another layer. Continue until the shape is as opaque as you would like. Don’t worry about getting one layer exactly on top of another layer. It looks fine if they are a little off.
- Continue adding tissue shapes all over the bottle or jar. When you are done, paint a coat of Mod Podge over the whole thing.
- Let dry. The Mod Podge will dry clear.
- Use scissors with blades sized appropriately to the age of the girls you’re w0rking with.
- Ensure that girls are not getting the glue or Mod Podge in their mouths.
Be aware that the adhesive you’re using is water soluable, so you should use these primarily with fake flowers or have adults take great care in washing the insides ONLY if used with real flowers.
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I admit, this is a new project that I haven’t tried myself but it looks awesome. I went Googlin’ for a vase creation project to go with next week’s craft project – in my own defense, I remember making some vases in my youth with various materials and supplies and was trying to refresh my memory about materials.
Due to the level of skill involved with making this vase, this craft is best suited for older Juniors, Cadettes, Seniors, and even Ambassador scouts.
- A 20 oz. plastic bottle
- Mark and cut the smooth middle portion of the bottle to give an even edge approx 7.5 to 8cm (3″) above where you want the fluted rim to be.
- Measure and make straight, evenly spaced cuts all the way around the bottle. Cut the segments in half and then cut each of those in half to make even, thin strips.
- Carefully press and fold all the strips outward to make a level edge all the way around.
- Press the bottle upside down on a flat surface to ensure an even edge.
- Weave the tip of a strip over the next one and under the next two. Fold and crease it so that the tip is at the place shown here by the arrow.
- Fold and crease the next one the same way, but weave this one over two and under one.
- Fold the third strip and weave the same as the first one.
- Continue around in this pattern until the last three and tuck each one under the next until woven in completely.
- Use craft scissors sharp enough to cut through the lightweight plastic but not too sharp that the girls can’t handle them safely.
- Be sure to supervise carefully as the cuts on the plastic might be rough.
This looks like a beautiful project for girls that are slightly older and can do a better job with scissors. Younger girls should probably stick to easier vase projects, which will come soon!
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