Category Archives: Tutorial

Tutorial

How to Make Campfire Centerpieces

campfire title

Recently, my Cub Scout Wolves took part in our pack’s Annual Blue and Gold Dinner or Banquet. This year’s theme was Survivors, and it was a huge hit with the cub scouts. Planning a large event like this is a huge task, but lucky for me, my sister is a planner and a great organizer. She put together a cohesive theme that included reference pictures, a time table and a task list. I volunteered to to make the centerpieces, decorations and the props for the photo station.

 campfire1

For the Blue and Gold Dinner, we needed a total of 20 centerpieces. This meant a lot of toilet paper, paper towel rolls and wrapping paper tubes.

Items Needed

campfire paint used

  • Toilet paper, paper towel rolls and/or empty wrapping paper tubes
  • Acrylic paint in shades of brown and beige
  • Plaster wrap or Plaster cloth (I used Scene O’Rama Plaster Cloth and Art Minds Plaster Cloth
  • Scrap book paper, handmade paper or tissue paper in red, orange and yellow
  • 12 inch card stock or cardboard base
  • Brushes and sponge/foam brushes
  • Hot Glue or any type of paper glue
  • Exacto Knife and scissors

Forming the Campfire Base

Arrange the paper towel rolls, toilet paper tubes and wrapping paper tubes in the shape of a campfire. There is no right way to do this, and of the parents that were helping me, each person had their own way of forming the base.

Steps:
  • Take a paper towel roll and glue it diagonally, ” \ ” on the paper.
  • Take a second paper towel roll and cut it in half. Take one of the pieces and glue it perpendicular to the paper forming a “T”. Then glue the second part to the opposite side and forming an “X”.
  • To form the second layer, you will need 4 toilet paper tubes or rolls.
  • Glue a toilet paper rolls in the space made from the previous step. Glue  one end of the toilet paper roll on the paper towel roll and the other end to the paper base.
  • Add more toilet paper rolls as needed to fill out the base.
  • Please note, if you do not have the desired length, you can piece together paper towel rolls with toilet paper rolls.

Adding Texture to the Base

campire paper mache logs

  • On a covered surface, cut the plaster cloth into 2 to 3 inch strips and 2 to 3 inch squares.
  • Fill a shallow bowl with an inch of water.
  • Dip a small square into the water, and cover each end of the paper towel and toilet paper rolls. When using the strips and squares, hold firmly to both ends and apply bumpy side up.
  • After the ends are covered, use the strips to cover the rest of the campfire. For best results, measure and cut each strip before it is dipped in water. Allow the base to dry for 6 to 12 hours.

*Please note, the directions provided are from Scene O’Rama Plaster Cloth and Art Minds Plaster Cloth. Please refer to your package of Plaster Cloth for precise directions and curing time.

Painting the Campfire Logs

campfire painted logs

Paint each log dark brown and each end medium brown or tan. To give the logs a more realistic look, paint squiggle lines and swirls in light brown or tan.

campfire paint used1

To paint the centerpieces, I used acrylic paint that I had on hand. These include the following:

  • Folk Art #462 Burnt Umber and My Studio 72727 Bittersweet for the base
  • My Studio 72724 Golden Brown for the ends
  • Deco Art Tan for swirls and squiggle lines 

Making Campfire Flame

campfire flame

  • To form the flame red, yellow and orange textured paper were cut into various sized triangles and a toilet paper roll was cut into 2 inch segments.
  •  Take a triangle and fold two edges in and staple to base.
  • Repeat this step until the base is completely covered with red.
  • Next form the same shape with the orange triangle and staple it to the base and on top of the red. Continue this step 2 or 3 more times.
  • Now repeat the above steps for yellow.
  • You can either leave the flames separated as in the above picture or you can glue the tips together as in the first picture.
  • Finally, glue the flame to the centerpiece.

 

First Halloween Gift Set

image

This cute set was made for a newborn’s first Halloween. The parents wanted a pumpkin hat and onesie.

image

Embroidered “Destin’s first Halloween”, on a black and white striped onesie.

image

Jack O’Lantern onesie made with HPV. This pumpkin onesie was simple to make. I used triangles, ovals and their offsets. Or you can use Lettering Delights Jack-O-Pattern Cut It sets. There are a total of 4 sets with differnt pumpkin faces and designs in each. Use it to make tshirts, pumpkins, stencils or anything else you can think of.

image

Felt Frankenstin Monster Pail. On the back of the felt pail, I added the child’s name and year.

image

To make the pail, I designed the child name on my Sillouette Designer Eddition software and cut it out onto HPV with my Sillouette Cameo electronic cutter.

image

This post may contain affiliate links. Clicking on the links will help me build my business.

Candy Free Halloween Treat

I’m not a fan of giving candy out as treats for Halloween, so this year I gave out personlized treat bags. The girls received Personalized Pumpkin Bags and Embroidered Pumpkin Felt Snap Clippies. The boys received Personalized Felt Monster Pails with a  figurine or car.

image

To personalize the bags, I used Sillouette Studio software to make cut files for each of the names. I then used my electronic cutter to cut the names from HPV (Heat Press Vinyl). For the pumpkin bags I used Lettering Delight’s Red Hatter font.

image

My Pumpkin Felt Snap Clippies were made using DigiStitches in the hoop pattern on my Singer Futura Embroider Machine. I was able to make 4 clippies with each hooping, with 4 thread color changes.

image

Summer Samuel Craft Camp -S4

Sewing Sock Cats

Do you want to make a Sock Animimal? What type of animal would you make? What color socks would you choose? What about the eyes or whiskers? My campers answered these same questions while learning basic sewing skills and making their very own sock cats.

Camper age 6 - Cat in the Hat

For most of my campers, this was their first sewing experience, but everyone was enthusiastic and ready to begin. This project taught the campers how to thread a needle, how to make a running stitch and sew a button. Total time to make this project, 60 minutes. The majority of the time was spent in picking the right embellishments for their cats.

Age 5, cat with a tail

Tutorial

To make a sock cat, you need one sock, stuffing, buttons for the eyes, ribbon to separate the head, bakers thread for the whiskers, yarn, flowers and feathers for embellishing. Cut the sock at the ankle, stuff with polyfill and stitch close. This stitching(that closes the sock) will form the ears. To make the head, tie a ribbon or tubing around the upper portion of the sock. Sew buttons eyes and wiskers. Embellish as needed.

I throughly enjoyed teaching this activity, and witnessing my campers creations. Enjoy!!!