CAMP CRAFTS YOU CAN DO AT HOME!

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Feeling nostalgic for summer camp? Maybe you’ve got some post-holiday blues? Looking for something fun to do on a rainy day? Here are a few of our favorite camp crafts that you can do right at home to bring a taste of summer to your winter!

TIE DYE:

An all-time favorite for camp goers and definitely at the top of my list! We absolutely love tie-dye at Camp Ocean Pines, but did you know you can create your own right at home? There are so many different kinds of tie-dying methods and designs as well. Here are some tutorials for a few of our favorites! Do you dare to try the ever challenging "fish scale" design?!

TRADITIONAL TIE DYE:

Article: http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-tie-dye-an-old-white-shirt-or-a-new-shirt-/step8/To-dye-for/

ICE TIE DYE:

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JgLhMsVWDM0

Article: http://blog.michaels.com/blog/how-to-ice-dye

SHARPIE TIE DYE:

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VOJ1qO95Vhw

Article: http://babyshanahan.blogspot.com/2011/08/sharpie-tie-dye-t-shirt-craft.html

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BRACELETS:

Another classic that tops the list - bracelets (also the camp name of an infamous camper)! Campers really cannot get enough of these. You look around the dining hall and every water bottle has a half finished bracelet attached to it. Whenever there’s KBAR, you can bet there’s a camper somewhere in their bunk working hard on a bracelet for each of their new friends. I mean, even counselors are hoarding the string so they can always be ready to make their campers happy! Here are some different types of bracelets you can make right at home:

 

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FRIENDSHIP BRACELETS:

Simple: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YujvDp5BJ78

More advanced: https://www.buzzfeed.com/mackenziekruvant/15-summer-camp-style-friendship-bracelets-you-can-make-right?utm_term=.pwqzjnm1O#.iq1DoZ9EY

PARACORD BRACELETS:


With clip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UKSGg2IuCLI

Without a clip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LtlLPxSMfds

GLOW LANTERNS:

These reminded me of our Blackout Night jars! This night is the highlight of the week as we gather around our glowing jars on the last night of camp and relish in all that the week has brought: new friends, new memories, time well spent outdoors, and some new found independence and confidence. Keep this idea in mind for when the power goes out during a storm or just make them for fun and share the magic of camp with your loved ones!

http://www.lilblueboo.com/2011/07/glow-stick-lanterns.html

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STAINED GLASS VASES:

We do a lot of really cool activities using glass at camp, such as stained glass and fused glass necklases. Here is an alternative activity that doesn’t require as many supplies and tools!  

http://www.classic-play.com/art-school-modern-stained-glass-vases/

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BONUS:

ICE CREAM (Less artsy, more yummy!) We love making this tasty treat out on the back deck during our Rocking the Deck activity! Our hands do get pretty chilly, but boy is it worth it. Impress your parents and try making them desert one night!

http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Make-Homemade-Ice-Cream-in-a-Bag/

 

Hope you enjoyed :)

Kaila "Dori" Budwell

Communications Director

Camp Ocean Pines