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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Teenage Mutant Ninja Crocheting Project

I stumbled across this awhile ago when I was looking for something to make for my new nephew.  When my sister was visiting for Christmas, I quickly threw together a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle hat for my nephew.  He was recently baptized, so I thought I would make him this

This was actually quite a simple project to make.  There aren’t any difficult stitches or anything. The hardest part is keeping track of what row you’re on.

Send me pictures of yours! Here are some pictures of mine!

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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!

 

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!

Upcycled Dry Erase Calendar

This is such a cute idea that came from a blogger in Canada.

I happened to see it on the twitter feed from 4-H Ontario. (Yes, I’m very excited that Canada has 4-H!)

This is great! Check out the directions here!

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Now I just need to find myself some paint chips and a frame!

Quilted Tote Bag

This past weekend was the annual Marathon County 4-H Quilt Camp.

Each year at this two day event, campers learn a new quilting technique.  This year was “Half-Square Triangles.”

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Each person had to option of making a quilt, a wall hanging, a tote bag, or a table runner. I chose to make a tote.

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Here is the Tote Bag pattern that I used.

Feel free to try this, use your own fabric and design for the center block.

Send pictures of your final project to marathoncounty4hwi@gmail.com

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

Arm Knitting!

I’ve seen this a few different places, and I’ve always wanted to try it. I guess now would be a good chance to.

As I was watching the video that goes along with this I was thinking that this would be a good project for older 4-H youth to do at a meeting.  The younger ones could even do finger knitting so they don’t feel left out.

Then could either make scarves/cowls for themselves or to donate to a worthy cause.

Since I can’t embed videos on this blog, I’ll just post a link to where you can see the video for yourself.

Enjoy!

Arm Knitting Tutorial

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Let me know how they turn out!

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.

Ice Cream Cone Seed Starters

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Let me know how they work out!

Upcycling Glass Bottles

Every wondered what you could do with those old Snapple bottles?

Well here is one idea. You could use them as plant pots.

Be sure to drill a hole in the bottom for drainage.

This is an Aloe water bottle I used for one of my Aloe plants.

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You could take it even further and take off the wrapper and decorate the bottle with anything you want before you plant it!