Project Sampling

Following are a few projects provided by Karen Holbrook, director of marketing and product development for Janlynn Corporation, Indian Orchard, Mass.

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Silk Painting

Great kids project because it's so easy to do. Small projects like cards, hankies and sun catchers take less than an hour to do. Using silk paints, the crafter just touches a loaded brush to the silk, and the paint flows to the design outline and stops. It's a lot like filling in colors in paint by number, only easier. Finished projects can be framed, hung, ironed-on to clothing as appliques and much more.


The child tucks yarn into a pre-printed, die-cut board with a special tuckable tool. It's quick and easy. I've found that both boys and girls love these kinds of projects. They're available in two sizes -- 3.75" x 3.75" -- which can be finished in less than an hour, and 8" x 10" which could be finished in 2 to 3 hours. I've done classes where the kids have created small tuckables and I've given them a magnet to put on the back to make a refrigerator magnet.

Decorating Your Own Tote Bag

This is a great project that really encourages creativity. Simply provide each camper with a totebag to decorate, and have a table filled with all sorts of craft supplies -- stickers, paint markers, stamps, glitter glue, buttons, fabric, rhinestones, feathers, sequins, etc.

Computer Crafts

This type of project really encourages fostering a group dynamic. Have each camp group design and create their own logo and t-shirt. They can use photographs, clip-art, drawings, illustrations, or whatever they want. Use any computer photo manipulation or simple graphics program to create the design and then print it out onto Cold Peel iron-on transfer sheets and iron on to T-shirts. Then get some fabric markers and let each kid personalize his/her shirt, or have the other campers autograph it.

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