Monday, April 16, 2012

Round Up: Girls' Camp Crafts

For the past couple of weeks, I have had camp crafts, long hikes, summer breezes, canoeing and swimming, and planning craziness on the brain.

Somehow, I managed to become Camp Director for our Girls' Camp this year {it's a LDS aka Mormon church thing}. Now, I loved Girls' Camp, but I had no idea how much work went into it every year {including time, money, talents, creativity, ideas, planning, etc, etc, etc}.

Anyway, one of my duties is to plan the crafts. I love crafting, but these crafts have to be on the more simple side. That is, we won't have a sewing machine; we can't really spend hours and hours working on them {well....I guess they actually could; the girls have quite a bit of free time}; they can't cost too much; and most of all, they have to be fun!


So after much searching, I've compiled a round up of 20 great Girls' Camp crafts. Or just simple and fun crafts you can do with your kids or yourself.

















Rolled Fabric Flowers {for headbands, hair clips, etc}



Button Bracelet



Button Rings



Lantern
{and the wire handle tutorial link as well}




 Fabric-wrapped Pens
{blogger said to make these pens, follow the same tutorial listed above,
but to wrap the fabric around the pens instead of a hair band}


Soda Pop Bracelets


Charm Bracelets


 Paper Bag Journals


Heart Pattern Friendship Bracelet
 {or you can check out these tutorials or this one or even this one
{the last one is a bit of a different take on it}


Duct Tape Wallets


 Ribbon Bracelets


Super Cute Pinwheels


Lace Crowns
 


Tile Coaster

Whew! That was a lot more work than I thought! But I think there are a lot of great ideas here {thanks to other crafty and creative bloggers}. Hope you find something you enjoy!

UPDATE: I found a couple more good ones, 
so I'm throwing them in here too


 


Duct Tape Bags
(image source)


Canvas "Deer" Diary
{Find the canvas journals here}


Jersey Knit Bracelets



 
And there you have it! If I find more good ones, I'll be sure to post them. And if you have any good ideas, be sure to let me know! 

35 comments:

  1. Thanks for all your hard work posting all these great ideas :-)

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  2. Great list!! Love the duct tape bags the best! --Gail

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  3. Um. I want to make like all of these things... so, lets get craftin!

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  4. Super cute ideas! Thanks for sharing;)

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  5. I love this post and all of your ideas! I'm on our Stake Girl's Camp Committee, and over crafts. We've really been having a hard time finding something that the entire committee will approve.

    They want the craft to be fast, cheap, easy, fun, meaningful, something they'll keep, and something that will make an impact on their lives. No pressure, right?!

    Thanks for all of these ideas. I'm going to suggest all of them at our next meeting.

    ~Natalie

    P.S. Holla! We're your newest followers! :)

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    1. I know exactly what you mean!!!

      And lucky you, you have a whole camp committee! For our Girls' Camp this year, there are two people--the Camp Director (myself) and the District Young Women's President. Hopefully, everything will come together before camp :)

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  6. Yay! I love you for posting these great ideas all in one spot! I will pass these on to our Camp Director, but I also plan to use some of these with our Girl Scout Day Camp. They are good rainy-day activities.

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  7. I don't have anything to do with girls camp. But I just appreciate all of the time, work, and kindness that you put into this, to help others!

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  8. I just got called at the YW President in our ward, so I am pinning these great ideas for future use. Thanks so much for finding all of them!

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  9. Thanks for including my coasters in the mix! I love your collection of quick and fun projects. -Jenilyn

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  10. Awesome! I did crafts for the last 3 years with approximately $1.25/craft/girl, so I KNOW you have to be creative! I did 3 crafts per camper per year, so I've got 9 crafts under my belt. Luckily, this year I have a break (I'll have a 6 week old baby) but here's a few of the projects we did that fell under our budget restrictions.

    http://www.dandee-designs.com/2008/06/girls-camp-crafts.html - canvas journals - buy in bulk to get discounts and use coupon codes for free shipping and other promos!

    V&Co. Jersey bracelets - HUGE success. I didn't know how the girls would like this, but almost every level/year really like this one and once mastered, tried new techniques and it was SO inexpensive! - http://www.vanessachristenson.com/2011/03/v-and-co-how-to-jersey-knit-bracelet.html

    And the final project we did last year was this:
    http://www.etsy.com/listing/64192007/yellow-flower-earrings-lemon-yellow-egg

    Because the bracelets were so inexpensive, we could use the other funding toward the earrings. The girls put them on a chipboard coaster that they had the option of covering with a pretty paper (modpodge) and punched holes through with a hammer and nails.

    We've also done the glass frosted lantern project, specifically requested by the camp leaders for Testimony Meeting night. They all looked so great! I provided the girls with a piece of contact paper and let them design whatever they wanted (I had templates available).

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    1. Chelsea! Thanks so much for that! I will add them to this list! Hopefully this list will be good for future years as well :)

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  11. I volunteer with my daughters girl scout troop. We always need things for the girls to do! Thank you so much for your post. Can't wait to share these with our leader!!

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  12. PS We can do some of these in the car on our road trip this summer!

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  13. I am the Stake Camp Craft gal again this year - great list - - thanks for including my headbands - they were a hit last year!!

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  14. Awesome cute crafts- Thank you so much I can't wait to make the paperbag journals :)

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  15. these are all such cute ideas!! I would love to go to girl's camp again but probably not all of the organizing, ha. you are wonder woman for being able to put it all together!!

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  16. Thank you for sharing these great ideas! You saved me a lot of time searching!!

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  17. Wonderful tutorials! Unfortunately, the last tutorial needs an invitation to be able to view. The author of the blog has to contact us before we can view the blog. I'm guessing it's just vinegar the Popsicle sticks are soaked in, but I would like to be sure. Thank you, though, for the list! :)

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    1. Oh dear, she must have done that recently. I didn't really get a chance to look at the tutorial closely since we ended up not doing that one for our camp crafts. Vinegar might work. No harm in trying, right?

      If you do end up trying it and it works, I would love to hear back from you!

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    2. If you just google popsicle bracelets you will find many tutorials. The one I read said boiling water. Looks easy enough!

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  18. Thanks for all your hard work posting all these great ideas! same thing here. I did want instructions for the Popsicle bracelets, but the site is private. . I was thinking of just trying water? never would have thought of vinegar!!

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  19. I tried to check out your blog to see if you had instructions but it said I have to be invited... will you invite me? I loved your ideas.

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  20. do you have a pattern for the deer on the diary? pookielocks@ymail.com

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  21. I would love to be invited to your blog, I am a sparks leader and love some of the ideas I have seen. sbosak@mymts.net

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  22. Wow! I post crafts one my site -everything4gals.wordpress.com- all the time, and this post totally inspired me! :D

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  23. would like the instructions for the popsicle stick bracelets...say blog is by invitation only... :(

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