Barb Stephens (bsteph@CREIGHTON.EDU)
Thu, 27 Oct 1994 07:52:03 -0500
Lisa put out a call for more ideas, especially regarding crafts. Besides
the den games I picked up at our Pow Wow, I attended a very good demo on
den crafts. There were no written instructions, but the presentor showed
and quickly explained each item she brought. I only got about 2/3 of
them down on paper, and the instructions are a bit sketchy, but hopefully
some of you can figure them out.
The BEAUTY of 90% of these crafts is that I believe they truly can be
done by any Cub Scout (7, 8, 9 years). I have found that some crafts
that appear to be simple in style still require a lot or coordination,
and I have had to help more than I intended. Anyway, here are some ideas:
* Tacky Glue is better for crafts than hot glue, which boys can
easily get hurt using; it's thicker and tackier than Elmer's Glue
and dries quickly.
* "Eyes" are those little "bubbles" with a free moving black spot in
them; they come in varying sizes.
Cottonball Ghost Pin
Pull/manipulate one cotton ball into a ghost shape and glue two
"eyes" to it. Use a looped piece of masking tape (rolled sticky side
out) to attach to clothes.
#1: Glue two "eyes" to a candle (votive, 4", 6", etc.). Can add
a small black circle for the mouth.
#2: Melt some paraffin inside a can placed in a pan of hot water
(on the stove). Paint the melted paraffin over a leaf onto a
candle. Tie appropriate ribbon around base of candle.
Pumpkin Pencil Topper
Use black pipe cleaner to make jack-o-lantern face on a 1"-2"
diameter orange pom-pom. Glue to top of a pencil.
Cut one black pipe cleaner into four equal lengths. Push all 4
through one black (large holed) bead, centering the bead on the pipe
cleaners. Spread and bend the legs to look like a spider. Make
enough spiders to place about 2-3" between spiders as they hang
from a ring. Attach spiders using yarn to a 4-6" diameter ring
(wood, plastic, paper plate, etc). Use "loose" cotton to spread a
web-like haze over top of ring and down some of the yarns. Use
three pieces of yarn or ribbon to make "hanger."
Insert stick of a "dum-dum" lollipop into a large (1") gumdrop. Cover
sucker part with a white kleenex. Form "head" by wrapping a
rubberband over the kleenex just under the sucker. Draw a face on
the ghost's head.
Use a black magic marker to draw a face on a small (3-6" diameter)
Use artificial autumn leaves and/or small ears of Indian corn grouped
with a few miniature pumpkins, or a few lollipop ghosts, etc. for a
Milkweed Pod Ornament
Cover a milkweed pod (pear shaped) with foil. Glue a fluffed piece
of cotton inside bottom and add a miniature ornament (deer, sleigh,
Santa) or a cut-out from a card. Hang with an ornament hanger.
Cut a piece of coiled jute rope about 12-24" long (1/2 - 1" diameter
rope; the larger the diameter of rope, the longer the rope can be).
Tie ends together with thin, pliable wire. Add ribbon wrapped
around rope (leaving much rope visible). Make a bow out of ribbon,
and/or add small Christmas decorations glued to rope.
Cut out pictures of collector's plates found in many magazines. Glue
these to: paper plate, cardboard, small light-weight wood circle,
plastic/play plates cut to the size of the picture. Glue on a silver or
gold looped string for a hanger.
Place glue on ends of individual cone "leaves" and sprinkle glitter on.
Or, you can use glitter colored fabric paint glued directly to ends of
Find a stick (1/2 - 1" diameter) that looks like a Y with an additional
portion extending between the forks. The forks are Santa's arms,
the center portion is Santa's head, and the base of the Y is Santa's
legs. Paint it appropriately, using tempera paint. (Paint the light
colors first - white fur, then flesh, then red suit.)
Ice Cream Cone Ornament
Glue a 3-4" diameter red satin ball ornament to a sugar cone. Add
cotton around juncture between cone and ball and on top of ball.
Use hanger from satin ball extending through cotton fluff on top to
hang from tree. (Can use a piece of yarn or ornamental string or
ribbon for hanger also.)
#1: Use tongue depressors and/or ice cream sticks to build a
plane. Add small Santa and/or toys as cargo. Use buttons or
bingo chips for wheels, a black propeller bead for the
propeller. Use silver or gold string for hanger.
#2: Make a candy airplane using one stick of flat (Wrigley's) gum,
one package of "Smarties", and two life savers. Place the
gum (wings) perpendicular on the "Smarties" (plane body).
Use a rubberband to loop through one lifesaver (wheel) over
the gum, through another lifesaver (wheel) and under the
Use three clothespin pieces: two pointing down (4 legs); the third
pointing up (ears). Add "eyes", a small red pom-pom nose, a ribbon
on the neck, and a pom-pom tail.
#1: Wrap a 1/4 - 1/2" Christmas ribbon around the neck of a baby
food jar. Optionally, paint holly berries/leaves on jar body
(sparingly). Invert jar over a votive candle (candle can't
burn); or insert candle with neck open to top (candle can
#2: Melt some paraffin inside a can placed in a pan of hot water
(on the stove). Paint the melted paraffin over a sprig of
evergreen onto a candle. Tie festive ribbon around base of
Cut paper towel tube into widths to match the width of Christmas
ribbon. Wrap ribbon (or felt) around tube and glue in place. Add
smaller ribbon trim (strung sequins or 1/4" solid ribbon) to outside
edges, or a Christmas card cutout to center of felt.
Fold a 4-6" length of 1 1/2" Christmas ribbon and staple at top with
a tree hanger or silver or gold ornament string. Inside the ribbon
loop, insert a piece of colorful tinsel. Glue a small figure over staple
(with more tinsel).
Glitter "paint" three small pinecones. Use small sire to wire them
together. Center the pinecones on a 4-6" diameter paper doily,
scrunch the doily so it "waves" as a background to the pinecones,
and pinch out a portion of the center of the doily. Add scotch tape
to build a longer 1-2" extension to the pinched doily, so it can be
pinned on a blouse or coat. More colorful decoration can be added
behind the pinecones (ribbon, tinsel).
You need a piece of moldable, but kind of stiff wire, and twice the
length of a "threadable" lace (lace that has a seam tape binding, like
most eyelet laces). "Thread" the wire through the lace and wrap the
wire ends together. Mold the wire into a heart shape. Add ribbons,
bows, or other appropriate decorations.
#1: Melt some paraffin inside a can placed in a pan of hot water
(on the stove). Paint the melted paraffin over construction
paper hearts glued to a candle. Tie appropriate ribbon around
base of candle.
#2: Same as above, but use a valentine cutout with an arrow
#3: Glue heart shaped confetti to candle. Add decorative ribbon.
Glue cotton balls on a styrofoam egg for tail and feet. Bend white
pipecleaner around a thicker pink pipecleaner for the ears. Add bead
"eyes", a small pink pom-pom nose and thin wire whiskers. Place on
a cardboard circle with hole cut out for base of egg to rest in. The
cardboard can be covered with fabric or lace.
Wrap fresh eggs in onion skin. Carefully insert the egg (with skin)
into old pantyhose and ties the ends so the egg can't escape. Hard
boil the eggs. Remove the pantyhose - eggs are marbled.
Melt some paraffin inside a can placed in a pan of hot water (on the
stove). Paint the melted paraffin over fresh greenery or small Spring
flower placed on a hard boiled egg.
Loop some Christmas tinsel into a small 1 - 1 1/2" circle. Place an
appropriate sticker over the tinsel, i.e. flag for Flag Day, bunny for
Easter, Santa for Christmas, witch for Halloween, etc. Add a looped
piece of masking tape (sticky side out) to the back for a quick pin.
Use a rope ring, grapevine ring, styrofoam ring, etc. Wrap ribbon
around ring, leaving generous portions of ring showing. Add bow at
bottom of ring and/or appropriate decoration: Christmas ornament or
greenery, flag, baby bootie or rattle, artificial flowers, small wooden
duck or deer, etc.
To a "finished" (stained, painted) board 1x4x12, glue a piece of flat
metal (so the metal is "framed" by the board). Add a picture hanger
to the back of the board. Give as gift (include a homemade magnet
as a starter).
Tie Rack or Thread Holder
Cut a board 1x4x6 (or longer if desired). "Ruffle" (wave) all edges
with a rasp or a router. Pound in 10d finishing nails in a row, 1-2"
apart, 1" from the edge. Either woodburn a "title" or add another
row of nails offset from the first row.
Kitchen Sink Pot
Decorate a 4-6" diameter clay pot using magic markers, or cut out
fabric (pinking sheared) pieces attached using a watery (Elmer's) glue
mix. Be sure the bottom has a hole for draining. Keep kitchen
scrubbers in it.
Use 2 liter or 20 oz plastic bottles. Decorate them with stickers, or
fill them using: tissue paper (bunched or shredded), shiny cloth,
Easter grass). Include an appropriate sized ball (nerf or light weight
Cover punched hole(s) of Hi-C size can with masking tape. Use tin
snips of all purpose scissors to cut out a 4-5" circle on the side (not
end) of the can. "Seal" the sharp edges with a layer or two of
masking tape. Working on a wax paper surface, paint a thin layer of
plaster-of-paris on all sides, the top and bottom. Let the can rest on
the side opposite the hole; it will dry quickly. Then apply a thicker
coat of plaster-of-paris to all sides again. Use a fork to scratch the
log texture into the plaster-of-paris. When it is completely dry, paint
the sides (log portion) brown, and the ends ("log ends") a light tan.
Crumple up newspaper and stuff in the can. Insert greenery and/or
flowers and/or small flags and/or pictures/symbols on a stick,
appropriate to the occasion. (Cub Scouts can use cutouts of a Tiger,
Wolf, Bear, Webelos symbol, etc. on a stick or straw.)
Barb Stephens firstname.lastname@example.org
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