Cake Decorating

With TV shows such as Cake Boss, the Ultimate Cake Challenge, and Cupcake Wars, the fad of cake decorating has taken off. 

In 4-H, though, cake decorating has been around for a long time.  

Decorating cakes is a great way to explore your creative mind, and have some great bonding time with friends and other 4-Hers. 

Here are some of the great cakes that we saw this year at the Cake Decorating Revue!

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Hope this sparks some great ideas!

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An Easy Community Service Project

If you’re looking for a great way to teach Cloverbuds about community service as well as give them a simple craft project to do at a Cloverbud meeting.

Fleece Tie blankets and scarves are useful for many occasions.  A 4-H afterschool program made two blankets and a bunch of scarves to be donated to the local warming shelter for use when the weather gets cold again.  Although the fleece blankets cannot be used at the shelter, they can be given away to help keep out the cold for those who are not staying at the shelter.

Fleece blankets can also be donated to food pantries and hospitals to be given to newborns and for patients to take home with them.

As with any project it is a good idea to check out rules and regulations before donating them to any organization.

Here are some pictures of the ones made recently.

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Send me pictures of yours!

 

4-H Friendship Bracelet

This is something that the summer interns often do with the summer clubs as an introduction to 4-H.

Each bead on this bracelet represents a quality that 4-H teaches and strives for.

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You can find the instructions and explanations for each bead here.

This would be a great activity for new 4-H members and Cloverbuds who are just learning the ropes about what it means to be a 4-H member.

Hoppy Easter!

Since Easter is around the corner, I thought this would be an appropriate post.  I saw this and immediately thought of a great Fair project.

These could be entered either in Dept 15 (Flowers and Houseplants) or Dept 28 (Home Environment)!

This would be good for any age really. Its simple enough for a Cloverbud or Explorer, but opens open to variations that an older youth could have fun with.

This could also be a great club activity to do if they wanted to have an Easter party/potluck.

Follow the link here for the original post about it!

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Materials Needed (From original post)

  • 4-in. cube vase
  • 6-in. cube vase
  • Jelly beans
  • 30 gerberas (also called gerbera daisies)
  • 5 packs of Peeps (4 per pack), for a total of 20 peeps

Step 1

Center one vase inside the other and insert jelly beans (in any colors you like) between the walls of the two cubes.

Step 2

Place Peeps on top of jelly beans, making sure to save a few for the corners of the vase. Don’t be afraid to squeeze them into the space. You should have enough to fill in any gaps.

Step 3

Gerberas are usually sold with plastic tubes on the stems for support. Keeping the plastic in place, cut the flowers to desired length and arrange them in the smaller vase.

Step 4

Cutting shorter stems for the outside flowers and longer stems for the inner ones will give you a nice rounded top. And don’t skimp on flowers: If you don’t want to use that many gerberas, find a pair of smaller vases.

 

Enjoy! Let me know how they turn out!

Hands for Larger Service

This would be a great project for a club, or maybe even just Cloverbuds.

Grass Hand Print

Seems pretty straight forward.

Take some disposable pie tins, poke a few small holes in the bottom for drainage.

Fill with potting soil.

Make hand print in dirt a few centimeters deep.

Carefully sprinkle grass seeds in hand print.

Sprinkle vermiculite over grass seeds to cover.

This will allow the hand shape to still be seen until the grass starts to grow.

This could be kept on the window sill or even outside when the weather turns nice.

Make sure to keep it watered.

Send pictures of the process!

Department 15: Lot 63

Herb Garden.

Here is a very cute way to create a little herb garden that is different from the usual Terra Cotta pots you.

Mason Jar Herb Garden

For instructions click: DIY_Mason Jar Herb Garden Instructions

Seed Starter Idea

I originally saw this on Pinterest, and it led me to an outdoorsy kind of blog.

I think this is a great idea for starting seeds in late winter or spring. Especially if you live in a place like Wisconsin where the winter runs longer than any other season here.

This is also a great inexpensive way to do this. If you happen to find some two year old, stale ice cream cones in your cupboard, or if you see some on sale.  They are also a great club meeting activity for Cloverbuds or Explorers!

They seem pretty straight forward:

Fill a cone with potting soil, plant the seed, water and take care of until you are ready to plant.  Then just plant the whole thing in the ground. The cone is biodegradable. For storing them, you could keep them in a 9 x 13 pan with high sides, or in an old muffin tin.

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Let me know how they work out!

Goodbye, Amber.

Our Marathon County 4-H Program Advisor is leaving us this month.  She has dedicated several years to us, and has done a wonderful job. 

She was in charge of many things including, YAC, Junior Camp, Pre-Fair events, and many other activites.

We thank her for her hard work and dedication and wish her all the luck in the world for her new job.

Her goodbye note to the county can be found in the DECEMBER Newsletter.

Thankfully, she is staying in the area, so we will still get to see here from time to time. We also look forward to when her daughter is old enough join 4-H as a Cloverbud!

Thank you and Goodbye, Amber.

Fun and Easy Winter Craft!

Looking for something else to decorate the house with?

Looking for a fun Cloverbud project for your 4-H Club Holiday Party?

Looking for a Cloverbud or Explorer Project for the Fair?

Looking for something to do on a snow day?

Look no more!

Easy Peasy Winter Snowmen directions

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