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.
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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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
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.
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
- 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.
Posted in Craft, Cub Scouts, Paper Craft, Party Themes, Tutorial
Tagged Blue and Gold Banquet, Blue and Gold Dinner, Boys Scouts, Camping, Cub Scouts, How To, paper crafts, Party Themes, Survivor, Theater Props
Summer Samuel Craft Camp – 01
Project 1: Extra Soft Pastels on Black Paper
Each Thursday during the summer months, I am hosting weekly crafting classes. My campers range from the ages of 5 to 9 and includes both girls and boys. My first activity taught the campers how to draw and use soft chalk pastels.
Picture drawn by 8 y/o camper. Dried, glittered and sealed with acrylic sealer.
- Extra Soft Pastels (I used Hardtmuth brand)
- Black drawing paper
- White glue
- Glitter glue
- Twinklets Diamond Dust – optional
- Adhesive spray glue
- Plaid Patricia Nimocks Clear Acrylic Sealer
Age 13, picture still wet
The campers were asked to pick 3 colors from the chalks. By using three colors, the campers were able to isolate their design choices while keeping the picture simple. This exercise taught the campers about the color wheel and utilizing contrasting and/or complimentary colors.
- Draw simple picture.
- Fill with pastel colors.
- Add glue, glitter glue or puffy paint.
- Let dry.
- Optional- spray with adhesive glue and sprinkle on Twinkle Diamond Dust or glitter. Shake excess off.
- Spray sheets with Acrylic Sealer. This keeps the chalk from fading or coming off the paper.
My Winning Entry – Fallen For You Journaling Sticker Set
My entry to Lettering Delight Fall Creative Challenge won. Yes, I won the challenge. My entry was a sticker journaling set complete with everything needed to write a note. Blank cards ready for sentiments & stickers, sticky memos for a quick note and more stickers. These items fit snug in an angular square box. Check out the other entries at Lettering Delights Blog, LD Solutions. As a winner, I will receive their new Halloween Town Collection. This set includes 2 graphics sets, 1 alphabet, paper pack, Cut Set, Cut Project Set and Party Printables.
To make this set I used Lettering Delight's Fallen For You graphic set and the Fallen For You Journaling graphics set. I imported the selected graphics into my Silhouette Cameo Designer Eddition, printed on Staples Sticker paper and cut with my electronic cutter. I added extra blank cards as a bonus.
Mommy and Me Gift Set
Onesie and Brag Book
This set is perfect for the mommy and her baby, it includes a onesies for the baby and a brag book for the mom.
The onesie is personalized with the baby's full name, Madeline Rose Jacoba. Below the name is a cute yellow chick with a red flower.
Brag Book- Mini Scrapbook
This 10 page brag book comes complete with a scrapbooking kit. The kit includes stickers, matching scrapbook paper, borders, frames and sentiments. This kit makes scrapbooking fun. It takes the guess work out of scrapbooking while still leaving space for creativity.
Posted in Mini Album, Onesies, Paper Craft, T-shirt, Teeshirt
Tagged 5x5 album with box, brag book, Gift Ideas, mini album, mom, paper crafts, personalized gifts, personalized onesies, Silhouette
End of the Year Gift Card Box Set
Here's to another successful school year. For this school year's end, we showed our appreciation by giving gift set to the school principal, the teachers, school secretaries, the crossing guard and the bus driver. The gift set included the gift box with matching card, gift card insert and gift card.
The box set measured 4.5 inches by 4.5 inches and 1 inch height. All items fit securely in the box.
To make this set, I used the Patricia Zapata's Bloom Box Cover with bottom and cut it out with my Silouette Cameo Electronic Cutter.
Posted in Craft, Gift Giving, Paper Craft, Silhouette Cameo, teachers
Tagged Cameo, gift card box, gift giving, Gift Ideas, gifts, paper crafts, Silhouette, teacher gifts