Crafts

Rustic Picture Frames

You can collect the driftwood yourself or you can arrange a nice walk along a river or somewhere “earthy”. I basically got this idea walking along the river with my dog and he kept bringing me sticks. Collect a lot (as straight as possible but maybe with some’quirks’to them)
You need:
– 4 sticks of driftwood (whatever length depending on your picture size. I like the frame to overlap a bit on the edges)
– 1 piece of cardboard
– 1 photo
– glue gun
– ball of hemp or even leather cord

I glue the picture to the cardboard (with a glue stick…I dont know if the hot glue would destroy it not), and line the frame with the driftwood. Then I just tie the corners together and after making sure its the right size for the picture, I glue it ontop of the photo. If some edges stick out from it I just snip them off. Then you just glue on a loop of string onto the back to hang it and voila! You have a cheap frame that looks fun. You could even get really artsy and add bits off moss or go for a “seaside” theme.
Quick to make too. About 15 minutes once you get the knack of it.

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40 Year Sandals

Used this when we were talking about the Jews wandering for 40 years in the desert.

Items needed:
– Large sheets of cardboard (I used 24 pack soda crates)
– Twine

Have the kids take off their shoes and place them on the cardboard. Then have them trace their shoe’s soles on the cardboard. Cut out the cardboard, so you have the sole of a sandal.

Have the kids place their feet on the sandals. Next take a pen and mark 8 holes in the following places: one hole on both sides of the big toe, one hole on both sides of the widest part of the foot, one hole on both sides of the foot just forward of the ankle, and one hole on both sides of the foot just a little forward of the heel.

Cut two 36-inch pieces of twine for each child. To lace the sandals, start at the big toe; insert one end of twine on one side of big toe, and the other end on the other side of the big toe. Next bring the twine back up through the sandal next to the widest part of the foot, and cross the twine across the top of the foot. Insert the ends of the twine back through the sole and cross under the heel. Finally bring the twine back up through the holes on either side of the heels and wrap twice around the students ankles. Tie in a bow.

These sandals won’t hold up very well outside, but they are fun to wear around the classroom.

Hope these instructions were easy to understand. If not, I can make a jpeg of each step, please use my email address above to let me know if you need me to take this extra “step.”

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Memory Boxes

Cut photos of Youth Group to make a collage on large box with fitted top taped shut. After securing, in a solid fashion, pictures on all sides and perhaps large numbers for the year, put clear contact paper over the pics. They make wonderful decorations, are good conversation pieces and can be thrown around for fun. You can even put dried beans or fun rattles inside. Make smaller boxes with leftover photos that make cute storage when stacked.

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Snow Globes

To make snowglobes, you will need:

glass jar w/ a plastic lid
glitter
ceramic or plastic figurine
hot glue gun and glue sticks
water

First, glue the figurine standing up to the inside of the plastic lid. While that is drying, fill the jar about halfway with water and add as much glitter as you would like. Fill the jar completely and after the glue is dry, place the lid tightly on the jar. Turn it upside down and shake the gltter up. If the jar leaks, you may want to glue around the edges of the lid and tie a ribbon around it.

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Snowman Pots

I saw this in a catalog and it looked easy enough to make. Paint a terra cotta pot white, and the band of the pot black (for the hat). Glue on different size buttons for the eyes, nose, and to form the arch for the mouth. Use red paint or rouge to give the snowman rosy cheeks.

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Peppermint Christmas Trees

You will need one medium-sized styrofoam cone, bag of wrapped peppermints, and straight pins. Simply push the peppermints into the cone with the pins. After you have completely covered the “tree”, you may then decorate with miniature tree ornaments, garland, etc…with a gold star on top! These are really very cute and inexpensive to make.

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Screen Printing

This is a great idea to help your youth groups really feel like a group. Get someone artistic (preferably one of the youth) to design a funky logo for the group. Or you could have a competition to see who can design the best logo. Get hold of some screen printing screens (talk to schools or anyone you know who’s crafty). Trace the logo onto plastic adhesive, cut out the image so that the logo creates a hole in the plastic, and then stick the sheet of adhesive onto the printing screens. Get the youth to bring along t-shirts, material, underwear – whatever! – and everyone can have a go at printing the logo. The paint to use is reasonably cheap, and the screens are easy to clean up. The youth will come away with something they’ve made that identifies them with the rest of the group, and most likely they would have had a lot of fun doing it! (Check with someone who knows how to screen print before you do this activity, to find out exactly how to go about doing it.)

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Scripture Cards

You’ll need some colored card stock / construction paper 6″x6″. This square size makes the card more unique, you may make it any size. Find someone with a computer. Ask if they could print Scripture in a 4″x4″ box, then cut the paper 5″x5″ so there is a 1/2″ space around the text. This could be bigger for more drawing space. Have youth draw/color a design around the scripture. Glue this sheet on the card stock / construction paper. There should be a 1/2″ of colored paper frame. Laminate when done. Leave a 1/2″ of laminate, punch 2 holes on top corners and tie a string or ribbon for hanging. Great gifts for the elderly, Mothers / Fathers Day Christmas or any special day. Have fun. Another idea is instead of scripture, have the youth do a WWJD design or make their own fun logo and hang in their room.

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Potato Bulletins

Print up your youth bulletins as usual, but don’t include a cover page. Hand them out to the youth group and lay out potatoes, knives and other cutting tools, inks and paint, markers, etc and have them make potato stamps and design creative covers for the bulletins. Gather them, mix them up and hand them out again to different people than the creators as they leave.

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Happy Baskets

You take a blown up balloon and some Elmer’s glue that is diluted with water and some yarn – you’re trying to make a basket. You wrap the string that is soaked in the Elmer’s glue and wrap it around the balloon let dry. Then you get some customized bath salts and a scented candle some shredded colored paper (to fit the occasion) and then some chocolates or candy of some sort. Place the shredded paper in the bottom of the dried yarn basket and arrange your candle and gospel track or whatever you want in there. Get some colored cellophane or netting used for wedding rice bags and wrap your basket in it and tie with a ribbon.

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