Webelos Activity/Baby jar Christmas Trees
Chris Reisel (CMR1954@AOL.COM)
Tue, 15 Sep 1998 17:37:03 EDT
This activity will be in the next online issue of Baloo's Bugle. This is just
one offering of many you will find in Baloo's Bugle. I cover ideas for
Tigers, Cub and Webelos Scouts.
Thanks to everyone who helped me out on this!!!
Once this goes through the *magic* of the internet the examples below might be
a bit out of whack. The numbers inside the ( ) should be set like a pyramid.
Have fun with this and let me know how it goes : )
Chris Baloo's Bugle www.usscouts.org/bbugle
BABY FOOD JAR #1 - Advent Calendar
Make a tree of 25 jars to fill with little trinkets and use as an advent
calendar. Jars can be glued together with hot glue. Add a ribbon around the
entire outside of the tree to cover the jars.
BABY FOOD JAR #2 - Christmas Tree
Glue jars together with hot glue. Put a ribbon around the triangle of jars
for decoration. Get a string of 25/35 multi-colored Christmas lights and some
tinsel garland (silver works well). If you can find a string of 15 bulbs,
eliminate the bottom rows of jars. Have boys punch a hole in the lid of the
baby food jar large enough to hold the light bulb. When using a 35 string,
some of the jars will have more than one light bulb. Put the garland in the
jar to hide the bulb. Tree sits nicely on a table.
On the morning of the Christmas parade, we meet at the
church and have crafts
till parade time. After the parade, you stop back by to
pick up the crafts (that
way they get a chance to dry...)
We have had success with the small wheat lights, and the
larger night light size.
The light strings with the expansion clips work best with
that style. The foil - tensile bases
work well inside the lid.
You use a bottle/can opener twice to make the holes for the
and a 10 penny nail for the wheat lights.
We had one group a few years ago that used the 'stained
glass' paint to stain
their jars. It was different - but the ones done solid
green or red worked best.
Instead of a pyramid shape - we go for a double pyramid
tree shape ....
excuse the ASCII ART
Take a length of ribbon 1-1/2 inches wide - and wrap
around the outside.
Red seems to work best.
You can come back and garnish the spaces between the jars
berries, hemlock cones, or other small ornament.
It makes a nice decoration for the kitchen for your
Cheryl e-mailed me with this caution
Just one word of caution, Chris: DO NOT USE hot-glue on this! (g) Even
the hi-temp sort will melt after 30-40 mins and the whole thing comes
tumbling down. :(
Ideas for glue to use other than hot glue gun, which might not hold from the
heat of the lights. Please be sure to read the precautionary measures when
using some of these glues.
Check out the local drug store, over in the hardware section. I buy a
tube of something (under various names from various companies) that is
used to repair china. It dries clear. The last tube I got was from Duco
and it was a green and white tube, for under $3.
I've got an old tube of china cement that dries clear and is specifically for
use on china/glass. From Duco, and in a green-and-white tube. Check the
drugstore's hardware shelf or ask a craft shop?
What about Liquid Nails for small projects..it's dries clear..
We've used hot melt glue guns, epoxy from a syringe,
and a super glue 'made for glass' (one of the fathers
worked for a local mirror company).
The first year we used Elmers - plain white - dries
clear school glue. Worked well- just slow...
Try Aquaium cement or clear bathtub caulk.
I would vote for Aleena's Jewelary glue or Goop plumber's glue.
Try Duco Cement--clear, comes in smallish tubes.
Clear 5-minute epoxy will hold well--make sure the class is CLEAN. Also, I
would be cautious about using epoxy with younger Cubs.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City