Crafty at Camp

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Over the summer, I was the Activities director at a Girl Scout camp. I was in charge of several things, like planning the daily schedule, snack, the volunteers, social media, and badge work.  But overall, the thing that I enjoyed doing the most, was planning the craft. In the beginning, I got a lot of my ideas from Pinterest, but by the end of the summer, I had developed some more creative juice and came up with some of my own successful craft ideas.

At the end of the summer, I took a look at my “Craft Archive” box (which was full of overflowing crafts) and I asked my self what I was going to do with it. I figured since I looked to Pinterest for new ideas, that I should help out others who could be in a situation like me. With that being said, I am introducing my new blog series: Crafty at Camp.

The first craft I will be talking about is: Coffee Filter 

Here are the supplies you will need:

What you do:

  1. Place a coffee filter on a paper plate, and dip your paint brush into the water color and begin to paint the filter.
  2. Once you have painted it to your desire, set it in the sun for a little bit to dry. We put ours in the sun for 5-10 minutes (still on the paper plates so they wont get dirty) and it was ready to go. Some dried quicker than others due to the amount of water color that was painted on.
  3. After it is all dry, we removed the filter from the paper plate. And began to pinch two sides together to create the butterfly wing effect.
  4. Then we took the pipe cleaner and folded it in half to make a V shape. We each picked 5 beads to fish onto one side of the V.
  5. The coffee filter is then put in the middle of the V. Make sure that the front of the coffee filter is on the same side as the beads.
  6. On top of the last bead, twist both sides of the pipe cleaner together to create the body.
  7. Now its time to make the antennae. This can be done by simply curing the ends of the pipe cleaner.
  8. (Optional) Take two more beads (one for each side) and add it to the ends of the antennae. Make sure  you twist the end of the pipe cleaner back onto the antennae to ensure that the bead will not fall off.
  9. (Optional) Rearrange and mess with the coffee filter to make your desired positioning for the butterfly wings.
  10. Lastly, MAKE MORE. Because lets be honest, it is hard to make just one of these.


The campers LOVED making these butterflies and insisted on making more, so of course, I let them.

Coming up next for Crafty at Camp is a TACO NOISE MAKER.

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Crafty at Camp: Coffee Filter Butterflies

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