Paracord Bracelets are both attractive and useful. In an emergency they can be un-knotted for 7 or 8 feet of rope. Paracord comes in different weights and if you intend to use the rope for survival purposes go for a heavier gage. I was able to buy a big bag of multi-coloured buckles from Amazon at a good price. Other units bought kits at a dollar store but those clips were smaller and more fragile.
The knot will be familiar to anyone who has done macrame before. We found it useful to have the girls mark one of their knoting ropes either with a small knot at the end or a piece of tape. Then it was easy for them to remember that one rope always went over and one rope always went under no matter what side they started the knot on.
Another easy and fun way to make candles is to make sand candles. You uses wet sand to make the mold. You can even decorate the candles with small shells or rocks. Once the wax is cooled you can either brush the sand off or leave it there as a decoration.
This Instructable gives great instructions for making candles using a shell as the mold.
Candles are fun to make but can take a lot of wax. This is a method of making really neat looking candles that doesn’t take as much wax.
- wax paper cups
- pencil or Popsicle stick
- crushed ice
- paraffin wax
- wax dye or old crayons (optional)
- Secure one end of the wick to the inside bottom of the wax cup with a little bit of tape. (if you have wicks with metal bottoms this may not be necessary)
- Tie or tape the other end of the wick to the pencil or Popsicle stick so it doesn’t fall into the cup.
- Melt the wax in a double boiler and colour as desired
- Fill the cup with ice. Ideally you want the chunks of ice to be between 1/2 cm and 1 cm in size.
- Pour wax into the cup until the ice is submerged
- Wait for the wax to cool and the ice to melt, then carefully remove the stick and cup. You will end up with a candle that had large holes in it kind of like Swiss cheese.
Warning: Always burn these candles on a large fireproof surface as they may collapse in unpredictable (but interesting) ways as they burn. Do not leave burning candles unsupervised.
This is a super easy way to pretty up some jars. Easy enough for Sparks but still fun for Guides, Pathfinders or even Guiders.
- Jars for each girl. I’ve often seen the craft done with Mason jars but we did it with much smaller glass yogurt jars.
- Mod Podge
- Food Colouring
- small foam brushes
- wax paper
- Sharpie marker
- cookie sheets and oven
- Pour mod podge into several small containers. Mix food colouring into each container to make the mod podge a different colour. Don’t be afraid to add a fair amount of colour.
- Give each girl a jar and a piece of wax paper to work on.
- Write names on the bottom of the jar for easy identification later.
- Turn the jar upside down and paint the outside. Ideally you want a thin layer over the whole outside. Thicker painting may not go clear when dried.
- Allow to dry for an hour or so. Allow any extra mod podge to drip onto the wax paper.
- Transfer the jars to the cookie sheet and bake at 150 degrees for 20 min.
Once completed, small jars can have a candle put in them to make a light. Taller jars can be made into vases for flowers.
I didn’t find this activity in time for my moon meeting but this is a really neat project to do along with or instead of Oreo Moons. This idea comes from the Science Notebooking blog. To make it you need a black paper plate and a Popsicle or tongue depressor stick, some white paper, tape and glue. Cut out the middle of the plate. Tape the stick to the back of the plate. Then cut out the different phase of the moon and glue them to the plate.
Alternatively, you can print out a more refined version of this project from E is for Explore!.
Once completed, girls can hold the plate up to the moon and figure out what phase it is in or between.
This is a nice project for Understand How to be Responsible #5.
- length of nylon stockings
- grass seeds
- top soil
- floss or thread
- misc craft supplies (optional)
- Cut your nylon stocking into pieces. We found we could get six piece from each pair of stockings, three from each leg.
- If you don’t have the toe, tie one end with floss or thread and turn the stocking inside out. If you have a toe you can skip this step.
- Place one tablespoon of grass seed in the stocking.
- Fill the stocking with a cup or so of soil.
- Tie the bottom of the stocking with more floss or thread.
- Pull out one clump of dirt and wrap floss around it to form a nose.
- Use white or hot glue to attach the eyes.
- You can add felt, pipe cleaners etc to create eye brows, bow ties, etc but don’t cover the top of the head.
- Place in a cup and keep damp. The grass hair will grow in about a week.
You might want to warn the girls to keep their grass heads away from pets as in our unit we had at least one grass head given a hair cut by the family cat.