Various Crafts

      Here are three simple ideas to make craft cleanup quicker and easier.    Even the kids can do them!

1.      Make Paint shirts by cutting arm and head holes in brown paper (not plastic)   bags.  The moms will thank you!

2.      Rubbing alcohol will remove permanent marker from Formica tables.

3.      Remove dried glue & paint from tables by placing wet paper towels   on the dried materials for a few minutes then use a plastic ice scraper to scrape   off. 

3-Bar   Cross with Dried Flowers and Icon of Christ  

This   project is great with older children. Allow for plenty of time and the results   will be breathtaking!

Materials:  

     
  • Large sheets of   green one inch thick Styrofoam form (florist or craft store)   
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  • Large bag of sphagnum   moss
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  •   Picture hangers
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  • Dried flowers    
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  • Cold glue gun   and glue sticks  
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  • Laminated icons   of Christ  

Procedure:    Cut out pieces of Styrofoam to make a three bar cross approx. one   foot in length.  Glue pieces together   (cold glue gun works best).  Attach   a picture hanger on the back of the cross so it can the mounted on a wall.    Working with a small section at a time, glue the moss on all sides except   the back.  Glue on dried flowers   and place icon of Christ in the center of the cross.    Ask your priest to bless the crosses.

-    Kathy Ozerov, St. Peter the Aleut Camp, South Central, TX  

Rolled   Paper Beads

Use   for bracelets or necklaces.  Boys   will also wear them.

Materials:

     
  • colored pages   from magazines
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  • Pencil
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  • White glue
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  • String
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  • Scissors    

Cut   triangle shapes from the magazine pages:    small triangles for small bead, larger triangles for larger beads.    Make several sizes to make your necklace interesting.

Roll   the paper triangle over a pencil with the wide end down first.    As the point rolls up over the broad side of the paper, rub a little   glue under the pointed end.  Roll   tight.  Hold it firmly for a few   seconds till it dries, then slide the bead off the pencil.

Make   a pile of beads and string into a necklace using yarn, or dental floss.  

Terrarium/Garden   of Gethsemane

This   project fits in well if you are doing a unit of creation, ecology, or even for   Holy Week.  Younger children can   do this project in larger, openmouthed jars, or clay or plastic pots.  Older kids will enjoy the challenge of a bottle or jar with   a narrower opening.

Materials:  

     
  • Jars, bottles,   or pots
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  • Potting soil
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  • Pebbles
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  • Low growing plants
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  •   Small twigs and twine for making a cross

Procedure:  

Line   the bottom of the terrarium with about ½ in. of pebbles for drainage.    Cover the bottom with potting soil.    (Use a funnel for narrow openings.)    Level the soil by shaking the container or using the ruler to push the   roots into the soil.  Straighten   the plants.  After all the plants   are in place, add water a little at a time, moistening the soil lightly   and evenly.  Add the cross by wrapping   two small twigs with twine.

Prayer   Rope Bracelets

These   are great for the kids or as gifts for people in nursing homes.

It   is made from macramé yarn in various colors (green, rust, gray, tan) and tied   with a number of close knots for remembering the Jesus prayer.    They can also be made with plastic beads with a cross at the bottom.

Directions   for making them with beads: 

Decide   how many beads you want on your prayer rope.    Typical numbers are 33 for how old Jesus was when he died, 70 for the   seventy apostles, or, 50, 75, or 100.    Plastic beads can be purchased in large bags inexpensively at local craft   stores.

Using   the macramé yarn, thread the number of beads you want on the prayer rope.    You may want to tape the ends.    DO NOT TIE A KNOT ON THE END OF THE STRING!

For   the cross you will need 7 more beads.    Thread both ends through 3 beads.    Then thread each end through a separate bead.  These beads become the horizontal bar of the cross.

After   you thread one end through one bead, go back and put the thread through the   top of third bead you double threaded.    The third bead will be in the center.

  Repeat for the other side.

When   you have done this, the third bead that was double threaded should have a bead   on either side of it and will have been threaded four times. For this reason   it is important not to use very thick thread or yarn.

Then   double thread two more beads to finish off the cross and tie of the end a number   of times to ensure that the beads will not come off.

When   everyone has finished ask your parish priest to bless them.    You will probably want to also discuss appropriate and inappropriate   ways of handling them.  For example, they are not bracelets or toys to be twirled on   the finger, etc.. 

Pony   Beads Medallion Crosses

(Good   for teens and preteens)

Supplies:    

     
  • 2 Yards 1/8” leather   hank – any color (gray is nice)
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  • Beads (24 White   pony beads, 4 black acrylic rings – 10 mm, acrylic cabochons 8x8 oval crystal)
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  • Craft glue

Directions:  

      Begin by gluing the 2 cabochons together back to back, set aside   to dry.  Clip the ends of the lace   to a point.  Thread on 3 pony beads   and push them to the center of the lace.    Using both ends of the lace, thread on 1 black ring and 2 pony beads   and push them up tight against the other beads.    On one side of this set of beads thread 1 pony bead on 1 lace.  With the same lace go back through the bead and pull the lace   through the bead and pull the lace though until only 1/8” loop is left.    Push bead up close to first bead set.    Repeat for other side.

      Next add 1 more longer set on each side of the 2 single beads.    Then add 1 more single bead as before on the sides of the long sets.

      Last, using both ends of   the lace thread on 2 beads and 1 black ring.    Then thread 1 bead on one end of the lace and 2 beads on the other end.    Thread the end with one 1 bead through the second bead on the other end.

      Pull the ends tight so the beads will be tight against the others.    Glue the cabochons in the center hole.    Tile the laces towards the end and clip ends if needed. 

Making   Mud

(A   fun activity for smaller kids.)

Kids   make tasty “potting soil” for their own little terrariums.

Ingredients:  

     
  • One   large package of instant chocolate pudding
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  • Milk according to pudding   package directions
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  • One small container   of Cool Whip
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  • A handful of gummy worms.
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  • Crushed chocolate cookie   wafers
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  • Dried or silk flowers
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  • Gummy worms
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  • Crushed Oreos
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  • Small clay pots  

  Make the instant pudding according to package directions.  After mixture thickens, fold a small amount of cool whip into   mixture and place in a refrigerator..    Crush the cookies and set aside.

Note:    Do not put pudding directly into the clay pot.    Fit a plastic cup inside pot first.

  Fill the plastic cup ¾ with the pudding mixture.    Place 3-4 chocolate chips on the top of the pudding (seeds), fill the   remainder of the cup with the crushed cookies.    Place a gummy worm coming out of the pudding and then place the flowers   into the cup.

Tell   the kids to go home and tell their parents they ate mud!

One   camp had everyone decorate and paint the clay pots, using the theme of the camp.  

Marbleized   Stationary

A   great project for older kids.

Materials:  

     
  • White construction   paper or stationary
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  • Tray (larger than   paper to be decorated)
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  • Water
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  • Printer’s ink  
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  • Turpentine  
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  • Paper cup  
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  • Straw or spoon  
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  • Lots of newspaper   to protect working surface!

Procedure:  

Pour   ½ inch of water into tray.  In paper   cup, mix 1 teaspoon of ink and 4 teaspoons of turpentine.    Mix well.  Pour small amount   of ink mixture onto surface of water.    Gently stir surface of water until pleasing pattern is obtained.    Lay paper on surface of water/ink mixture.  Carefully remove paper from mixture.  Dry paper, ink side upon a flat surface. 

Crazy   Crafts Dough

  Have fun making dough   crafts that harden into anything that you like.  All you need is a little imagination and you can make yourself   some amazing decorative refrigerator magnets, key chain crosses, jewelry beads,   and anything else that can be molded. 

Materials:  

For   dough – flour, flour sifter, liquid measuring cup, measuring cup, warm water,   colorful paints, brushes, and cookie cutters

For   refrigerator magnets – strong magnets and craft glue

For   key chains – key rings and paper clips

Here   is the dough recipe and how it is prepared: 

     
  • Stir   together ½ cup of salt with 3 cups of sifted flour.    Slowly add between 7 ½ - 12 fl. Ounces of warm water.
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  • Mix   together to make a soft dough.
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  • Kneed   until smooth, then leave it in a plastic bag for half an hour before using.  
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  • Form   dough into crazy art using cookie cutters or use your own creativity.  
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  • Bake   your pieces at 340˚F.  Bake until hardened.    Larger pieces take longer.  Between   ½ - 1 ½ hours.
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  • Paint   and decorate your crazy dough art and let dry.

Tip:  For extra shiny dough art, gloss them with a clear gloss paint   after dry.

Refrigerator   magnets:  When the dough has been   cooked and is cool, have the youth color and decorate the pieces as desired   and attach a magnet to the back of them using an appropriate craft glue.

Key   chains:  slide a paper clip   into the top of the formed piece of cookie dough before baking (make sure it   is in far enough so that it will not fall out), and have the youth decorate   the cooked and cooled dough as desired.    Finally, slide a key chain ring through the paper clip. 

There   are also many other things that can be done with cookie dough.    Have fun and be creative.       

-Lisa   Nenson, Camp St. Nicholas, Saskatchewan, Canada  

Papier-mâché   Easter Eggs

Materials:  

Balloons,   newspaper, paper glue, and materials to decorate the eggs with

     
  • Blow   up a balloon into the shape of an Easter Egg.
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  • Cut   newspaper or other scrap paper into strips.
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  • Dip   them into any paper glue.
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  •   Form a layer of paper strips all around the balloon until completely   covered.  You will need 7 layers   of paper strips.
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  • Let   dry and decorate as desired

Prayer   books for commemorating the living and the dead

This   craft lends itself many opportunities to be very imaginative.    Again it calls for a creative mind, but here are some tips to get you   started.

Materials:  

     
  • 6-8   pieces of plain 8 ½ x 11 inch paper for each
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  • 1   piece of a heavier grade paper (construction paper will do) of the same size  
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  • a   hole puncher
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  • glue,   markers, paints, and glitter
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  • icon   prints
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  • yarn  

Directions:  

     
  • Fold   all pieces of paper in half so that you form a booklet, inserting each into   the other.
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  • Take   the piece with the heavier grade and place it on the outside of the booklet   so that it forms a nice outer cover for the prayer book.
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  •   With the hole puncher punch 2 or 3 holes along the outside of the booklet   to form a binding.
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  • Cut   yarn as needed and slide it through the holes and tie them so that you form   a nice binding.  Tie it good enough   so that the book does not fall apart.
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  • Decorate   the outside with the Icons, markers, paints, and glitter.
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  • Designate   two sections of the prayer book one for the living and one for the dead.  
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  •   List all the people who are living and in need of prayer in the first   section and the latter in the second section of the book.
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  • You   may also want to photocopy and paste in prayers as desired.

    -Linda Witz,     New Mexico

Water   Cups

          While waiting for campers to arrive and register, have campers personalize   and decorate plastic tumblers.  Provide   several hot glue guns, buttons, sequins, stickers, decals, ribbon, glitter,   and a variety of paint pens.  Items   could be donated by parishioners.  The   tumblers are used frequently during the day and are hung up with clothes pins   from a long rope.  A five gallon   water cooler sits near by. 

Stained   Glass Project     

Materials:

     
  • large sheet of   heavy duty clear plastic (from a craft store)
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  • Ream of 8 x 11   paper
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  • Orthodox clip   art book
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  • Stained glass   paint (from craft store)

Directions:     

Cut large sheet of   heavy duty clear plastic into 12 inch squares.    Make patterns of crosses and other religious motifs on 8 x 11 paper.    Orthodox clip art book is a good source for ideas.    Have campers trace patterns on to the plastic sheets with a permanent   black marker.  Using stained glass   paint, have campers fill in their designs.    These easily stick on to glass windows and look beautiful when the sun   shines through them.