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Craft Ideas - A to Z


Many thanks to Kathy Franda for gathering many of the listed crafts and to those leaders/guiders who took the time to send them in.

 
 


Almost Edible Apple Carousels

From: Leisa Ulasz
Ages: All

Supplies:

  • apples
  • pretzel sticks or straws
  • peanut-butter
  • animal crackers

Directions:

  1. Choose an apple that stands solidly on the table, not one that tips over easily.
  2. With an adult's help, cut an apple in half horizontally(you'll see a star in the center)
  3. Around the edge of the bottom poke three pretzels sticks(or three 2 & 1/2 in. straws) spacing them evenly.
  4. Press top half of the apple gently onto sticks/straws until it's well balanced.
  5. Dab a bit of peanut butter at the center of each stick/straw
  6. Press an animal cracker or cookie against the peanut butter. If you use straws be sure to remove before eating carousel.

Balloon Magnet for Troop Information

From : Kathy Chyla - 40th London(Ontario) Guides
Ages : This is great for sparks, brownies, and guides

Materials:

  • Juice can lids
  • Felt
  • Ribbon
  • Magnets

Directions:
Cover the juice lid with felt, and give them a balloon shape, with a piece of ribbon at the bottom for the string, and attach magnets to the back. These become the magnets that the girls put all their guiding info under on the fridge so mom and dad know what's going on and it's always in the same place.

Beaded Daisy Bracelets

From: Sue Hough
Ages: Older Juniors & up

Supplies:

  • seed beads
  • beading thread
  • beading needles
  • clasps

Directions:
This one takes a bit of work--it took my 5th-grade Juniors longer than I thought it would last year & proved to be a significant challenge for the couple of girls I have who do not have a 'knack' for crafts. On the other hand, it's a cool thing to know how to do & the bracelets actually get worn, in my experience.
You start with beading thread threaded through a needle at one end & knot the thread to one end of a bracelet clasp (or you can use a plasticky thread & avoid the need for needles). From there you make daisies that will look like this (to help with the directions, I'll number the beads):

     2 3
    1   4
      9
    8   5
     7 6

To start, thread the needle through 8 beads, then loop around to go through the 1st of the beads a 2nd time (in the same direction); this gives you a little circle of beads. Then you add one bead for the middle of the daisy (9), then you bring the thread between 4 & 5 and through bead 4, so that you end the 1st daisy with the thread to the top of 4. Now you add two more beads that will be 1 & 8 of the next daisy, loop back through 5 & 4 of the first daisy and then back through the two new ones to connect:

     2 3
    1   4 1
      9
    8   5 8
     7 6

Thread is now at the bottom of bead 8. Now you thread 6 more beads & loop through 8 again, then you add 9 & come up between 4 & 5 again:

     2 3   2 3
    1   4 1   4
      9     9
    8   5 8   5
     7 6   7 6

Then you keep going until you reach the desired length & finish by tying the thread to the other end of the clasp. I put a little dot of Crazy Glue on both knotted ends to keep them from unraveling.

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Candle Holder

From: Bonnie Sedore
Ages: Daisy (adult doing spray painting), and all other levels

Supplies:

  • Metal lid or any lid that paint will stick to ( if you sand paper plastic lids first paint will stick)
  • styrofoam (sm. square to stick candle in) or plastic pop bottle cap (sand bottom first)
  • macaroni in various shapes
  • gold spray paint (or red or green)
  • Glitter
  • nuts with shell (optional)
  • glue
  • newspaper to work on

Directions:
Glue styrofoam or cap in the middle of the lid, glue macaroni & nuts around candle holder covering the sides of it. Allow glue to dry thoroughly. Spray paint the entire candle holder and lid with paint, sprinkle glitter before it dries to give extra sparkle. Put candle in before present as gift. Might need some clay to put around base of candle if it's not the same size as bottle cap. Put a red or green bow in as decoration.


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Candy Jars

From: Charlene Pruitt
Ages: Brownie - Cadette

Supplies:

  • Baby Food jars and lids
  • 1/4 inch ribbon ( your choose of color)
  • Fabric ( scraps of different colors)
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • Newspaper

Directions:
Cover the tables with the newspaper. Heat up the hot glue gun. Cut fabric into squares to cover the lid of the food jars. Let the fabric hand over the sides of the lid. Evenly spread a thin layer of hot glue over the top and sides of the lid. Then cover with the fabric. Hold in place, make sure that the glue is not lumpy. Then glue a ribbon around the lid. While the lid cools fill the jar with your favorite candy.

Candy Mold Charms

From: Lori
Ages: All - If Daisies do this, adequate parental supervision is necessary.

Supplies:

  • Candy Molds
  • Pam Cooking Spray
  • Instant Paper-mache
  • Knife
  • Cake rack (to dry them on)
  • toothpick
  • ceramic paint
  • Clear Acrylic Spray to coat it when done

Directions:
Cover the inside of your candy molds with a light layer of Pam. Press the instant paper-mache into the molds till it is level with the outside edge.
Let dry a few minutes to just set then gently remove them from the mold by using a knife to loosen the edges.
Use a toothpick to make a hanging hole in the top (if for jewelry or tree ornaments) Place on a cake rack to dry. If this is to become a necklace or earrings, insert your jewelry finding at the top now before drying. Turn them once or twice a day to keep the edges from curling. When completely dry, smooth away any ragged edges with fingernail file.

Paint your ornaments. White and light colors should require two coats of a ceramic specialty paint with a high granule count. After these coats have dried, paint on your colors and allow to dry.
Finish with a layer of clear acrylic spray.

You can then apply antiquing, glitter, etc. Be sure to allow each layer to completely dry.Attach jewelry pins or button covers to the back and you are done.

Comments:
"This makes a great swap, tree ornament for Christmas, or jewelry (necklace or pin). Wilton makes candy molds of every sort and fashion in all different sizes. Relatively an easy craft and can be broken into 2 meetings easily if necessary. Because the candy molds are available in so many different forms, this can be a seasonal, holiday, celebration craft, or whatever your imagination can come up with".

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Caterpillar Magnets

From: Kim Johnson
Ages: All ages

Supplies:

  • Pom-poms 3 per magnet
  • clothespins
  • pipe cleaners
  • squiggly eyes
  • glue
  • stick on magnet tape

Directions:
Glue three (3) pom-poms onto the top side of a clothes pin. Then glue eyes on the pom-pom closest to the closed end. Cut the pipe cleaners into 1 1/2" segments and glue two (2) behind the first pom-pom to look like antennas. Then cut the magnetic tape into 2" segments and attach to the bottom of the clothes pins so that the caterpillar is on the top. These can be put on refridgerators to hold recipes or notes.

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Card Holder

From: Bonnie Sedore
Ages: All levels

Supplies:

  • large can from juice ( cut out both ends)
  • masking tape to place over top & bottom rims
  • yarn

Directions:
Wrap yarn through ends of can & tie. Continue to wrap yarn through inside of can, until entire can is covered. Cards are inserted so yarn is through center opening of card.

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Covered Pencils

From: Rosemary Speers
Ages: All

Supplies:

  • unfinished wooden pencils (no flat edges or yellow paint)
  • fancy papers, such as good wrapping paper, sturdy tissue paper, or thin wallpaper samples
  • craft glue

Directions:
Cut a piece of the fancy paper of sufficient lenth to cover the pencil, and of sufficient width to wrap around the pencil, plus an extra 1/4". Coat the wrong side of the paper with a thin layer of glue. Allow to set for a couple of seconds, and then wrap carefully around the pencil.

Comments:
These pencils are great for "something different" to use at school, or for gifts, or swaps. They can usually be sharpened in electric or manual pencil sharpeners.

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Portable Craft Organizer

From: Deb Graham
Ages: just about anybody

Supplies:

  • inexpensive binder
  • zipper-type freezer bags (smaller than the binder...a variety of sizes works well)
  • paper hole puncher
  • Fabric
  • ribbons
  • lace
  • glue
  • beads, etc to decorate binder cover.


Directions:
Hole-punch through the bottom of each bag, the end opposite the zipper. Insert them into binder (same way you would paper). Use a separate bag/page for different things; beads, pens, embroidery floss, half-finished crafts, whatever! You can also punch holes in your instructions (or put them in sheet protectors) and add them to the binder, so you have everything right at hand. Decorate the outside cover with your name, fabric designs, whatever makes it personal!

Notes: I frequently keep mine in the car, for those unexpected delays at doctor's offices, etc.

If you have spare zipper pouches (the type designed to fit inside binders), you could use one or two for heavier items.

"Chia" Head

From: Pat Becker
Ages: This is suitable for Daisys and up.


Makes a growing head of green hair. Take one knee high nylon, grass seed or radish seed, one cup of sawdust(I used pet pine shavings, 4-5 rubberbands, goggle eyes, and wire to make wire rim glasses.

Take an old plastic cup with bottom cut out or large (3" dia.) cardboard tube and slide on the stocking. Put the toe streached over the bottom and put in 1 Tbsp. of seed, then 1 cup of sawdust. Tie a knot in the end of the stocking. The tail can be tucked in for neatness or cut off. Pull the sawdust to form nose and ears, securing with the rubber bands. Add eyes and wire glasses or other trim and it is finished. Soak it well and then keep moist. Germination will depend on the type of seed used..5-10 days. Grow with the "seed-hair" side up.

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Decorated Hand Towel

From: Beth Winger/Hemlock Girl Scout Council, Pennsylvania
Ages: Brownies and up

Supplies:

  • inexpensive hand towels (red or green)
  • fabric paint
  • stencils
  • masking tape

Directions:
I made X-mas stencils out of cardboard (Santa, tree, stockings, etc.). Tape the stencil on the towel. Use the fabric paint to color in the stencil. Remove the stencil and allow the girl to sign her name and year with fabric paint. Allow sufficient time to dry.

Comments:
This was a great gift for the girls to give their parents.

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Decorator Plate

From: Bonnie Sedore
Ages: Brownie up

Supplies:

  • Picture from calendars, magazine (those pictures of collector plates work great)
  • plate paper or microwave dish
  • trim
  • glue
  • artist brushes

Directions:
Cut picture to fit plate. If plate turns up at rim, fringe picture to fit. Spread thin layer of glue with a brush over entire surface to be covered. Lay picture down on glue smooth out air bubbles. Apply another thin layer of glue over picture. When dry decorate rim with lace or ribbon. A craft porcelain coating can be applied when completely dry.

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Dried Apple Wreath

From: Kathe Poulos / Connecticut Trails Council
Ages: Can be adapted for all

Supplies:
For each wreath:

  • Juice of 9 lemons
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 8 - 10 large firm apples
  • 6 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tsp allspice
  • 2 tsp orrisroot powder
  • 8" - 10" heart shaped wire frame that can be opened or closed by unhooking two ends (or 8" - 10" length of heavy gauge wire)
  • 1 1/4 yd of 1" ribbon
  • Floral wire
  • Sharp knife, paper towels, mortar and pestle or small bowl and spoon, small kitchen sieve or tea strainer, pastry brush, broiler pan or wire screen, pliers and scissors

Directions:

  1. Pour freshly squeezed lemon juice into a medium-sized bowl, add salt and blend well.
  2. Peel and slice apples horizontally into 1/8" to 1/4" thick circles. Core apple slices as needed. Soak slices in the lemon-juice mixture for 6 mins, turning once. Make sure slices are covered completely.
  3. Remove slices from bowl and place on paper towels. Pat dry with more paper towels to absorb excess liquid.
  4. Combine the ground spices and blend well, using a mortar and pestle or a small bowl and spoon. Using a small kitchen sieve or tea strainer, dust apple slices with the spice mixture. With a pastry brush, gently remove excess spice mixture. Turn apple slices over and repeat the procedure.
  5. Place apple slices in a single layer in a broiler pan or wire screen. Dry in conventional oven at 150 - 200 degrees F for 6 hours or until evenly dried. If using a microwave oven, dry apple slices for 4 to 6 mins at low to medium heat. Let slices cool. If not dried thoroughly, return slices to oven. Apple slices will be pliable.
  6. Straighten both ends of the heart shaped wire frames with a pair of pliers. Fold apple slices into halves, then into quarters and "thread" them onto wire frame. When frame is completely covered with slices, use pliers to bend both ends back into "hooks" so they can be reconnected.
  7. Using ribbon, make a large bow with a loop for hanging. Attach bow to wreath with thin floral wire.

Comments:
This can be an expensive craft so I ask each girl to bring an ingredient. Makes a great holiday gift. The spices act as a preservative so your wreath should last for quite some time.

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