Friday, March 28, 2008

Scripture Reminder Jars

Scripture reminder jars. Use baby food jars or any type of jars that you can
find. Fill the jars with gum balls. Then, attach a a card that says,
"Scripture reading is lots of fun,
especially while chewing bubble gum!!
Read the Scriptures while you chew and
when the flavor's gone,
you're through!"


These are a lot of fun at camp. If you plan on decorating them, purchase plain light colors of material. Decorate with sharpies, tole paint, stamps or tie-dye them.

Spirituality Jar

Create a jar filled with papers with quotes and scriptures about being obedient to our Heavenly Father. Have the girls pick a piece of paper every day and write about it in their journals.

This is perfect if your ward has "Solo" time.

Camp Pillow Cases

Decorate plain white pillow cases. Use markers, stencils and tole paint. Let the young women create their own camp pillow cases. I did one pillow case that a young women created--she had all the young women in her cabin sign her pillow. This is fun and is a great keepsake.

Just a reminder-bring pieces of cardboard to put in between the pillow cases so the ink won't bleed through.

submitted by Melissa

Fleece Blankets


Purchase 1 1/2 yards of fleece for each girl.

Cut the raw edges- (that's two sides-the other two are finished--I like to do all 4 sides) at approximately 1" intervals. ). I did not measure it--just cut.

Cut about 4" up into the fabric then just knot each 1" strip.

It looks like knotted fringe.
This is also great to teach "knot certification".

Treasure boxes

These little treasure boxes were purchased at Roberts. The young decorated the outside (and inside) of these boxes with sticker and scrapbook paper. Then, they mod podged them to seal.
shared by Valerie

Fleece scarves

Purchase fleece. Snip the ends and it's done.
I do not have a picture of the scarf. If you have one that you
would like to submit, please email me.

Prayer Rugs

Creating prayer rugs and then, talk to the girls about your thoughts on the importance of kneeling when praying.
Purchase mat-size carpet from any local carpet store. (Sometimes, carpet stores will donate their mat-size carpet samples to you--just ask.) Use tole paints and stencils to decorate.
Sorry, I do not have a picture of a prayer rug. If you have one and would like to share, please email me.

Value Crystals

These are fun to create. The beads and the crystals were purchased from Walmart. All you need to do is thread the wire through the top of the crystal. Crimp the wire with a crimping bead. Thread value color beads on the wire and add a crimping bead at the top.

Homemade Lip Gloss

This is a lot of fun. You will probably need to make them before camp. This is a perfect handout when you are talking to the young women about the importance of lifting other up with the kind words that come out of their mouths.

Lip Gloss
Materials Needed:
Paraffin wax
Coconut oil
Petroleum jelly
Candy melts (to color the gloss and make it taste sweet)
Oil-based candy flavoring (if you want a special flavor)
Wax paper
Ziploc bag
Small container (recycle old makeup containers or 35mm film containers, or look in stores that carry beads, crafts, or fishing tackle)

Instructions:Grate some paraffin wax onto wax paper. Measure 1/4 teaspoon grated wax into the plastic bag. Add 1 teaspoon coconut oil, 1 teaspoon petroleum jelly, and 1 candy melt. Add 1/8 teaspoon oil-based candy flavoring if you like.
Seal the bag and carefully put it in a bowl of hot tap water to melt ingredients, about 3-5 minutes.

Sunny Pencils & Pen toppers

make pen and pencil toppers out of foam--each young women can create their own

this helps with them NOT losing their pen/pencil

submitted by Valerie

Foam Visors

decorate foam visors with foam, beads, charms
submitted by Michelle


Create a lantern by using a #10 can from the cannery. Using a large franing nail & hammer, pound a design into the can. Punch a two holes (one across from the other) into the can. String wire from one hole to the other. Add a battery operated tea light inside the can.
submitted by Michelle
Sorry, I do not have a picture of this. If you would like to submit one, please email me.

"5 gallon" seat

Decorate a 5 gallon bucket (you can find orange ones at Home Depot). Put padding on one side of the lid. Cover with material. You can use the inside of it for storage such as camp books, song books, crafts, and/or snacks. Also, use it as a chair. This is perfect for inside of the cabins.

I do not have a picture of one. If anyone would like to submit one, please email me.

submitted by Michelle

Beaded Safety Pin

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Friendship Fudge

On Sunday, we (our Stake Young Women Presidency) had the privilege of teaching one of the wards in our stake. It was great!! We were visiting them for Ward Conference and I thought it was great to be asked to teach. In fact, I love to teach. It is one of those things that I really love to do. I know, call me crazy--I will admit, I am crazy! Anyway, our topic was Friendship & Unity. I was asked to teach the first part--basically, I introduced the topic. I handed out bags of ingredients. Each bag was labeled with the words: Friendship, Teamwork, Prayer, Unity, Commitment, and Service.

We started out with the bag Friendship--it had powdered sugar in it. We talked about the importance of Friendship, having friends and being a friend. Then, we added prayer (cocoa) and as we went down the list of ingredients, we talked about the importance of each word--adding the ingredients to the bag. When we arrived at the last ingredient, we talked about Teamwork--how we all work as a team. Then, we took turns squeezing the bag. As each girl squeezed the bag, the ingredients mixed together. At the end, we had Friendship Fudge.

Here is the recipe if you would like to try it on your own:

Friendship Fudge
Mix in a gallon ziplock bag:
4 cups powdered sugar
3 ounces of softened cream cheese
1/2 cup softened margarine
1/2 cup cocoa
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 chopped nuts

Mix ingredients together by squeezing the bag and passing it around the group. When it is mixed together, roll into a log and slice and serve. (You may need extra powdered sugar or eat with spoons).

Saturday, March 1, 2008

Lion & Lamb Noteholders

Colored paper
Card stock
Googly eyes
Clothes pins (2 per note holder)
Magnetic strip (optional)

Time needed: About 2 to 3 Hours

1. For each, start by cutting a few dozen 1/8-inch-wide strips of colored paper, each at least 4 inches long. Curl each strip tightly around a toothpick.

2. Next, cover a rounded, 3-inch card stock body with glue and attach the curls. Cut out a card stock face and ears, adding googly eyes and other facial features, and glue them all in place. Allow the glue to dry.

3. For the legs, which also serve as note holders, glue 2 clothespins to the back of the body. Stand the critter on a table or attach magnetic strips to the back and stick it to your fridge, then post your message in the clips.

Levi Elmo Bag

Levi Elmo Bag

submitted by Claudia

This particular bag is created with 6 x 6 fabric squares.

They are sewed together and the seams are snipped.

Swivel Bracelet

Swivel Bracelet

submitted by Claudia

# 10 brass fishing swivels
Seed beads
Small (6 mm) jingle bells
Time needed: Under 1 Hour

1. Unclasp a swivel and bend the prong to straighten it. Slide on a few seed beads, then slip the circular end of a second swivel over the end of the straightened prong.

2. Now bend the prong back to its curved shape, slide on a bell and close the clasp.

3. Unclasp the second swivel and repeat the previous steps until the bracelet is the desired length.

4. Leave the last swivel clasp free of beads and bells, and use this link to put on and take off the bracelet.

Chunks of Wood

Chunks of Wood

submitted by Claudia

Gather chunks of wood. Let the young women carve them. This keeps them busy for quite sometime and it is amazing to see what they create.

Necessity holder

Necessity holder

submitted by Claudia

This is great. The holder that is pictures is using a piece of material doubled. Place baggies on the material and sew down the center. You can use a hot pad--which turns absolutely darling.

Beaded jewelry

Beaded jewelry

submitted by Claudia

Bring lots of beads and let the young women use their imagination to create bracelets, necklaces, earrings, and rings. This will keep their minds and hands busy for quite a long time.


submitted by Claudia
Cute handout...."Don't let the winds of temptation blow you around
Stand firm and look to Christ."

Waterproof Matches

Waterproof Matches

submitted by Claudia

Teach the young women the importance of waterproofing matches. Drop food coloring (the colors of the young women values) into wax. Then, dunk matches into colored wax.

Another idea is to waterproof the matches with colored fingernail polish.

Cute handout:

"In my hand I hold a match

whose flame is hard to see.

And I give but one light to you

my life is filled for me. your hand you hold a torch

for many eyes to see

So hold it high that they may light

their candlewicks from thee."

Feather Pen

Feather Pen
submitted by Claudia

Wooden Boxes

Wooden Boxes

submitted by Claudia

These boxes were purchased at Roberts Craft.
The girls can paint and decorate them as they please.

Wooden journals

Wooden Journals
submitted by Claudia

Stitched Wall Hanging

Stitched Wall Hanging
Submitted by Claudia
Stitch the young women's theme, mutual theme, camp theme, a quote on fabric.
An idea is to stitch them at camp and then after camp,
finish making the wall hangings during mutual night.


submitted by Claudia
The Crayon Box That Talked

While walking in a toy store, the day before today
I overheard a crayon box with many things to say.

"I don’t like Red!" said Yellow, and Green said, "Nor do I!
And no one here like Orange, but no one knows just why."

Well, I bought that box of crayons and took it home with me,
And laid out all the colors so the crayons could all see.
They watched me as I colored with Red and Blue and Green,
And Black and White and Orange and every color in between.

They watched as Green became the grass and Blue became the sky.
The Yellow sun was shining bright on White clouds drifting by.

Colors were changing as they touched, becoming something new.
They watched me as I colored; they watched ‘til I was through.

And when I’d finally finished I began to walk away.
And as I did, the crayon box had something more to say.

"I do like Red!" said Yellow, and Green said, "So do I!
And, Blue, you are terrific so high up in the sky!"

"We are a box of crayons: each one of us unique.
But when we get together the picture is complete."

By Shane DeRolf