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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.

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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.

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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.

 

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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!!!

 

Summer Camp Samuel -S3

Collage Art

This week my campers were given the creative challenge to design a collage tissue box. Collages are art that is comprised of differnt materials such as, newspaper and magazine clippings, material, or ribbon, that is added to a flat surface to form a new piece of art. The idea for this project came from my mom who did a similar project using elbow maccoroni with her Scouts many years ago. Today, I revamped it by expanding the materials from just pasta to anything small that could fit on box.

To begin this project, each child brought in their own tissue boxes. I provided each table with an assortment of small items that included, pasta, mixed sizes of buttons, ponytail beads, beads, and letter pieces, puzzle and Lego pieces, small toys, bark ribbon and small polymer clay pieces that I had on hand.

Each camper was allowed the creative freedom to design their own boxes. There were no right or wrong decisions. No two tissue boxes were alike. Some campers chose a more scattered design, while others were more precise in their selection of items and placed these items in a pattern or design.

After each tissue box was throughly dried, I spray painted each with a metallic gold or silver. Some tissue boxes, especially if they had a lot of ponytail beads, required more coats of paint than the plain maccoroni tissue boxes.

The campers and their parents were extremely impressed with the results of the tissue boxes. The concept of the end result was hard for some campers to foresee, but I think the awe and delight on their faces made me happy and remember why I enjoy teaching.

If you decide to make this project with your campers or kids, please share the picture with my page, and if you reblog please send them here. Enjoy!

 

 

Upcycled and Repurposed Coasters

Upcycled Variety Pack Potato Chip Coasters available at my Etsy Store

Upcycled, re-purposed and eco-friendly coasters, are made from different potato chip labels, snack wrapper, cookie wrappers or candy wrappers and attached to matching absorbent Eco-Fi material. Eco-Fi is a high quality polyester fiber made from 100% post-consumer recycled plastic bottles.


Repurposed Nabisco Cookies Coasters

This set of coasters is available at my Etsy Store, Chew On This Or That, for $12. This set includes 6 Nabisco cookie coasters measuring roughly 4 inches square.


Lays Variety Pack Coasters

This set includes 6 (4.5 inch square) coasters

Lays Original Potato Chips sewn to yellow Eco-Fi material
Lays Barbecue Potato Chip wrappers sewn to black Eco-Fi material
Lays Sour Cream Potato Chips sewn to green Eco-Fi material
Lays Salt & Vinegar sewn to a turquoise blue Eco-Fi material
Lays Honey Barbecue sewn to a golden-yellow
Lays Lightly salted sewn to a light blue Eco-Fi material

The Lays Variety Pack Coasters set is available at my etsy store for $12. Please visit my Etsy Store and add my store and its items to your favorites.

Lays Classic Upcycled Coasters

By purchasing these one of a kind coasters, you can personally contribute to reducing waste and can feel good about it. By “reusing” the wrappers and labels, these items are not thrown out and do not end up in landfills or waterways. THIS, you can definitely feel good about.

Repurposed Cheetos Coasters

Unique, one of a kind repurposed coasters. Theses coasters are great for gifts anybody, especially for person who has everything, the environmentalist, or the candy and/or potato chip lover. Also great for:

Graduation
Father’s Day
Teacher’s Gifts
the Bus Driver
the School Receptionist or Nurse
Coworkers
Housewarming Gift
Christmas stocking stuffer
Hanukkah
Kwanzaa

Also perfect for themed parties or goody bags.

Note about Custom Orders: Need something specific to fit you or your gifting needs? Want a different wrapper or have your own wrappers, message me and together we can build a custom order with a custom price for you. Want a mixed set or prefer a different color backing? Message me and I will create a custom listing for you.

Processing time should take 3-5 days and 1-2 weeks when placing large orders, more than 3 sets.

Valentine Ahoy – Stickers and Card Set

Valentine order for a little pirate mate. I made this set with my Silhouette Cameo electronic cutter and used graphics from Lettering Delight Pirate Set.

18 individually packaged sets that included pirate kiss cut stickers, pirate sentiments and a blank card for the recipient to make.

Kiss cut stickers are stickers that are easy for the child to remove from the paper.

I made 4 different types of Pirate Sticker and Card sets with each one differing slightly from the next. Each set included at least 10 stickers and 2 sentiments. Sentiments included;

“Be Mine”

“Be My Matey”

“Valentine Ahoy”

“You’re Great!”

“I Love Pirates”

If you are interested in purchasing this item or something similar, contact me.