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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Knifty Knitting Hats

This is a great activity for a group of youth to do for a community service projects.  Hospitals will often times accept hats made for babies to send home with newborns to help keep their head warm.

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These are something that I often do with the youth at the Juvenile Detention Center Shelter Home.  They are pretty easy to make and can go pretty quickly.  You can change up the style by adding a pom at the top or a brim at the bottom.  You could even make a longer one and have a modern style slouch hat for a baby.

All that is required is to follow the directions provided by the Knifty Knitting Looms.  These can be bought at any craft store.

Here are some of the ones that I just donated today!

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Let me see some pictures of your hats!

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!

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!

Newspaper Baskets

This post also comes to us from our wonderful 4-H Leader, Jacky, and her daughter, Anna.  (Thanks!)

These Newspaper baskets are a great way to reuse some of that old newspaper most of us have laying around the house.  It saves money in recycling costs, and it saves money in buying storage containers.  You can alter the pattern to fit your needs and tastes.  As you can see, one of them was made with something other than newspaper, make this project your own!

The pattern is from a separate website, but Jacky has made a few notes on here to make things easier. The pattern for Newspaper Baskets is here.

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I hope to see a lot of these at the Fair!

Enjoy!

 

 

Needle Felted Snowmen

This submission comes to us from one of our 4-H leaders.

Thank you, Jacky!

This is something we did for Hands-On Day recently and the kids really seemed to enjoy it.  I think the final product came out looking quite cute and makes a great gift or holiday decoration.  This would be a great community service project to brighten up the rooms of residents in an assisted living home, or even a great fair project in either cultural arts or home environment.

The directions for Felted Snowmen are here.

This Needle Felted Snowman is a great project.  I hope you enjoy it and and fun!Image

Welcome!

Well this is the very beginning of our new 4-H Blog!

The purpose of this is to post and share ideas of craft projects, tips for meetings, and to create and all around general sense of community throughout our county. 

Posts on here will also be posted to the Marathon County 4-H Pinterest board, when I get that  up and running. 

Check back soon for more updates!