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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- 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.
- 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.
- Fold and glue the edges at the top and bottom of the block. Cut at the corners to remove any excess.
- 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.
- Attach the grosgrain ribbon around the base of the block to accent, overlapping the ends.
- 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.
- Adults should supervise the use of the serrated knife.
Paper-Embellished Luminaries are a great project for both younger girls and older girls. You can use these luminance bags to decorate for a awards ceremony, or theme them for a holiday to decorate a house hold. This project shouldn’t require much skill and should be able to be done in about 45 minutes. You can make a trip out of going to a craft store to learn more about scrapbooking papers and let the girls pick out their favorite sheets, or buy a multi-pack using a theme. Another alternative to the decorative scrapbooking paper is plain construction paper.
- Wash glass containers.
- Measure height of glass containers. Cut a piece of scrapbook paper 12″ plus the height. Use decorative-edge scissors along bottom and top edge. Center this piece round the glass container. It will fit the 3″ square glass overlapping by 1/8″. On the large containers, the 12″ width will not cover completely. Measure the height and cut 2 pieces, 12″ wide plus the height. Wrap the tape measure around the containers to get the amount needed to cover completely and add 1/8″. Cut this measurement from the second piece.
- Wrap scrapbook paper around glass containers and use your fingers to crease on all corners. Remove paper and crease all folds.
- To make the cutout designs, place the paper punch along the folds to reach the center section and along the corner edges. Make soft folds in the center of the paper to punch this area. Align the punch along the soft folds. Punch firmly.
- Once you have punched the entire area, including the extra piece, use double-sided tape to hold paper to the glass, beginning with the largest piece.
- Tape ribbon in place overlapping the ends slightly. Secure with double sided tape.
- Place flame-less candles inside for a soft glow.
- Use flame-less candles instead of real candles. The paper is highly flammable, of course, so the flame-less candles will make the project safe for girls of all ages.
- Paper trimmers for cutting the large initial pieces should be used by adults when working with younger girls, or with adult supervision when working with older girls.
This Trick or Treat Yarn Wreath is a super easy project for younger girls and just in time for Halloween. The colors of yarn chosen can easily be changed to fit any holiday or theme, so feel free to adapt the colors!
- With pliers, shape hanger into circle, then bend hook for the hanging loop.
- Wind yarn 20 times around the cardboard. Slip these strands off the cardboard. With a separate 8″ strand of yarn, tie strands together at center (see Figure 1); do not cut the yarn loops.
- Using the ends of the 8″ strand, tie the bundle to the ring, positioning the bundle perpendicular to the wire (see Figure 2). If necessary, trim off the ends of the 8″ strand.
- Make another bundle and tie to the ring adjacent to the previous bundle. Continue to make bundles and tie them to the wire in the same way, positioning each bundle against the previous bundle and working around the ring until the entire wire circle is filled.
- Make a bow from the ribbon. Wind yarn or fine wire through an area that can be hidden and tie or twist around wire ring. With hot glue, attach smaller decorations.
- Always supervise young girls when using the hot glue gun.
Here are the figures I referred to above:
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.