This is a bittersweet post because it represents the end of my fabulous SURF Club (Sweet Unique aRtsy Friends) or my craft days with my sweet neighbor girls. This was probably our last activity, a three hour craft party in August before school started back up. (I say probably because my house doesn’t appear to be selling anytime soon, so I might have a reunion at some point. You never know!) This party was a lot of fun and 22 girls participated, which was a LOT of girls to host. Because of that, I didn’t get many pictures of their crafts and my cameraman, aka, my teenage son, took more photos of the girls having fun together. 🙂
The theme for this party was Around the World. I chose five countries to represent and each country has a meaning for me and my family: We have lived in Canada and my son served a 2-year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Calgary. We’ve also lived in Peru, twice, and my daughter served her 18-month mission in Cusco. I’ve visited Italy and Greece with my husband on a European cruise anniversary trip. My oldest daughter is currently preparing to move to China to teach English for a year.
Maple Leaf Craft- Canada
One of Canada’s symbols is the maple leaf. For this craft I provided the following supplies:
- Outline of the maple leaf printed on white cardstock. Find one here.
- Red crayons and markers (optional)
- Red scraps of felt, craft foam, and scrapbook paper (I found red glitter paper)
- Red pom poms
- Glue sticks and Elmer’s glue (or try Mod Podge and a paint brush)
I brought back some masquerade masks as souvenirs when I visited Italy and these remind me of those. For this craft the girls used the following supplies:
- Pre-cut paper plate masks, ready to decorate. (Use sturdy, plain white paper plates (these have a fun scalloped edge) and for eye holes, I recommend an oval craft punch or I had a cutting board with an oval stencil and cutting tool designed for that stencil. I spaced the eye holes closer together for younger girls and a little wider apart for older girls.)
- Long craft sticks (the wide kind; I bought mine from Walmart)
- Paint in a variety of colors
- Paint brushes in a variety of sizes
- Craft feathers and other embellishments, if desired (sequins, pom poms, etc.)
- Glitter (optional; there are glitter paints which are fun and less messy)
- Elmers glue
- Scotch or other tape
To make: Choose one or two base colors to paint on mask, adding glitter and details as desired. Allow paint to completely dry before adding embellishments such as feathers with Elmer’s glue or tape (feathers can be added to the front or from the back). Once the mask is completely dry (or before painting if preferred), secure the craft stick to the back of the mask with tape.
A food choice for Italy could be pizza or gelato.
Fluffy Llamas- Peru
These were my favorite out of all the crafts! They really turned out darling. For this craft I supplied:
- The outline of a llama printed on white cardstock (My daughter drew the llama because she’s an amazing artist.)
- Cotton balls
- Craft foam or paper
- Craft string
- Tiny pom poms in bright colors
- Googly eyes
- Markers and crayons
- Elmer’s glue and glue sticks
To make: Stretch and pull the cotton balls to fluff them out. Glue the cotton fluff on the entire inside of the llama, avoiding the feet (it might be easier to color the feet first, if desired). Glue a googly eye so the llama can see. Cut a saddle or blanket out of foam or paper and glue on. Embellish with string and tiny pom poms, if desired. (Peruvian llamas often have tassels on their ears!) Give your llama a name.
The food we served to represent Peru was Salchipapas, which in its most basic form is French fries and sliced hot dog mixed together. Add dipping sauces for fun.
Chinese Dragon Bookmarks- China
This is the only photo I have of this craft! For this craft, I supplied:
- Extra long craft sticks (see photo above)
- Pre-printed dragon heads, sized for the bookmark (found online here)
- Scrapbook or construction paper in a variety of colors
- Plain paper, such as white construction paper or printer paper
- Craft scissors (the fun kind such as these)
- Glue sticks
- Mod Podge and paint brush (optional)
To make: Choose two or three colors of paper to alternate in a pattern. Cut the paper in small strips to fit the length of the craft stick. Use craft scissors to create scallops or zig zag edges. A glue stick works beautifully for this craft, or if you’d like to seal the paper to last longer, use Mod Podge with a paint brush to both glue and seal the paper (use Mod Podge both under and over the paper strips; it will dry clear). Once the “body” is done, color and cut out the dragon head, and glue it to the “top” with glue stick. For a tail, make and color your own out of white paper, cut, and glue to “bottom” with glue stick.
Even though fortune cookies are an American and Japanese creation, my daughter made each girl a fortune cookie to represent China. She used a recipe similar to this one and she used Disney movie quotes as her fortunes. These were a big hit with the girls.
Laurel Wreath Headbands- Greece
This is a colorful version of the green laurel wreath. For this craft, I supplied:
- Construction paper cut into long 2″ wide strips, approx. (I found an extra long construction pad at Walmart.*)
- Glue sticks
- Pre-cut construction paper leaves, in a variety of colors and sizes
- Embellishments, such as little pom poms
To make: Start with the band, made from long wide strips of construction paper. This band will be the wreath base and needs to wrap around the head comfortably. *Even with extra long construction paper, which is optional, another length of band was required to make the band long enough to wrap around the head. Use a stapler to connect the two band lengths together, but don’t staple the ends into a circle just yet. It’s easier to glue onto a flat band.
I pre-cut paper leaves for smoother sailing at this party, but your child can make his or her own paper leaves. This tutorial explains an easy way to make the leaves for this craft. Once the leaves are cut out, glue any way desired onto the band using a glue stick. Add embellishments if desired. Once everything is on the band, staple the ends together so that the band comfortably sits on the head. Band ends may overlap.
The snack we served with this Greek craft was orange slices drizzled with honey.
And that was our Around the World craft party. Thanks so much for visiting my blog today. I hope you’re having a fantastic week! It’s snowing here in Montana today. Way too early for snow in my opinion. It’s like fall barely made a show!