Leather Owl Cut out templates using the drawings below as a guide. Trace around templates onto leather or vinyl. Cut out owl body and wings. Cut slits in owl body for wings and slide wings into slits and glue. Glue on the eyes. Draw beak and feathers using the permanent marker. Overlap tabs on body behind owl and glue to make the ring for the neckerchief. Materials Tools 3"x7" Vinyl or leather Sharp scissors 6mm Wobble eyes Hot Glue Permanent marker Paddle Carve this in one piece. Carve the wood to the size of the blade of the paddle, then carve the shaft down to the size of the hand grip. Finally, carefully carve out the paddle loom or shaft. Use notches to stop the wood from splitting all the way to the end. Materials Tools Wood 1"x3" Knife Rocket The clay is used for the nose cone. You could make it out of a 1" x 5/8" piece of dowel rod. Use red and gold tinsel for the flame coming from the rocket. These are available in craft stores. Shape the nose cone from either clay or wood and glue it into the PVC tube. Make the fins. Cut the square of foam in half making two rectangles. Cut the rectangles diagonally making four fins. (Note that you only need three fins - don't put a fin on the side that will be against your shirt.) Glue tinsel to make the flame. Trim to desired length. Glue on the fins. Glue the PVC ring to the back (the side where the fin is missing). Decorate the body of the rocket with the permanent marker. Materials Tools 3" tube of 1/2" PVC Permanent Markers 1" diameter ball of clay Hot Glue 2" x 2" Craft Foam Scissors Tinsel PVC Ring Sign Language Materials Tools Chenilles Hot Glue Craft foam Scissors PVC ring 3"x3"x1/2" wood Nails and hammer Using the templates below, make bending jigs using wood and finishing nails. The small head on these nails will make getting the chenille off the jig easier. Cutting the heads off the nails will also work. For the small hand, use one thin chenille. Bend the chenille around the jig following the diagram. Hold the jig as shown below. Around 1, over to 2 and around it from the top, over 3, under 4 and 5, to the right of 1 and up around 6 from left to right, then below 7, above 8, below 9, above 10, below 11, above 12 and back down to the right of 3. Once the hand is formed, remove it from the jig and adjust its shape to make it look better. Bend the two ends around the wires that cross them to make it more sturdy. Now bend the fingers to make the letter you want. See this page for help on hand signs. Several small hands may be combined to spell out a short word, initials, or name using sign language. The signs may be glued onto a piece of craft foam or craft stick (pop-cycle stick). Glue a PVC ring to the back of the background material. For the large hand, twist the ends of two thick chenilles together. Bend the chenilles around the jig following the diagram. Once the hand is formed, you will notice that you have some extra chenille. We will take care of that in a moment. First, remove the hand from the jig and adjust its shape to make it look better. Now, take the extra chenille, and weave it in and out between the fingers. It should go in front of the pointer finger, behind tall man, in front of the ring finger, and behind the pinky. Any that remains wrap around to the other side of the hand to reinforce the palm. Bend the starting end around the wire that it crosses. With the large hand, you can bend the fingers into a letter (see hand signs), the Cub Scout or Boy Scout sign, or "I love you" or thumbs up. Glue on a PVC ring to complete the project. Template for Large Hand Pattern Template for Small Hand Slingshot Get a "Y" tree branch about 4" in height. Cut to size and sand. Use knife to carve notches where rubber bands will attach to "Y". Punch holes in each end of the thin leather. Tie a rubber band onto each hole. Tie rubber band to "Y". Try it out - but be careful to not aim at anything that is alive. Tie PVC ring to handle using wetted leather lacing. Tie tight. As leather dries it will get tighter and hold more securely. Wrap extra rubber bands around handle. Materials Tools "Y" tree branch Leather hole punch 2-3" rubber bands Knife 1/2"x2" Thin Leather 1' leather lacing PVC ring Squirt This is my favorite slide. The challenge of making this slide is obtaining the thin tubing and the bulb. By making it this way, you can have one bulb and many film canister slides. The film canister part is interchangeable. The film canister is easy to get at a photo store. The thick tubing is used in aquariums and is about 1/4 inch outside diameter. The metal tubing is the correct diameter to fit snuggly inside the thick tubing. Pet stores that carry tropical fish supplies will have the tubing and also connectors that can be used instead of the metal tubing. The thin tubing can be found in nose sprays, pump hair sprays, and perfume atomizers. The bulb can be found in two places. They can be purchased as part of ear wax removal kits. They are also used to clean out the noses of infants. You might try to locate a nurse who could obtain several bulbs for you. By making this slide in two parts as illustrated, you only need to find one bulb and can make as many varieties of film canisters as you like. Materials Tools Plastic film canister Knife 2" thin tube Leather punch 2" thick tube Paint/markers 30" thick tube hot glue 1" metal tubing 1 bulb 1 PVC ring foam or paper Inside the film canister Decorate foam or paper (treat paper with Thompson wood seal to water proof it). Some ideas are: a fish scene, "Smile if you want to be squirted", a beach scene, a whale, thunderstorm scene, clown, desert survival kit, "Reconstituted dehydrated dihydrogen monoxide", and "H2O". The trick is to have one place near the horizontal middle of the foam/paper that you can put a hole without it being too conspicuous. The hole could be hidden in a dark part of the scene, bubbles from the fish, blowhole of the whale, dot of the "i" in a text messages, clowns nose or mouth. If the hole is at the bottom of the scene the thin tube can be replaced by simply drilling a 3/64- inch hole. Secure foam/paper to film canister using hot glue. Using a leather punch of the correct size to make a tight fitting hole for the thin tube. Make the hole in an inconspicuous spot near the middle of the foam/paper. The water will squirt out straight from this point so if you put it off center it will shoot off to the side. Insert the thin tubing. Attach the PVC ring with hot glue. Be sure to roughen up the ring and film canister before gluing. Using the leather punch of the correct size to make a tight fitting hole for the thick tubing. Make the hole to the right or left of the PCV ring. Insert the 2-inch piece of thick tubing. One trick is to cut the end of the tubing at an angle so that it will slip into the hole more easily. You can also grab the tubing with needle nose pliers and pull it through. To make the bulb part of the slide, get the metal tubing wet and insert it into the end of the 30 inches of thick tubing. Then insert the bulb into the other end of the tubing. Only use this slide during the warm season as it tends to drip a little and both you and your victim will get wet. Insert the metal tubing into the thick tubing in the film canister. Put the slide on your neckerchief. (This is a fairly heavy slide when filled with water. You may want to use a rubber band to secure the slide as described in the General Tips section). The tubing is concealed inside your shirt and goes down over your belt and into a pocket where the bulb part is hidden. I use my left pocket for Cub Scouts and the right pocket for Boy Scouts. That way I can squirt while shaking hands. It is important that the tubing not be kinked or squeezed. Test without water to make sure air gets through the thin tube; make any necessary adjustments. Fill film canister with water and you are ready for action. Stack of BB's Here is a fun one. You need 26 BBs, a background, and white glue for this project. You can either buy a tube of BBs or get some spilt ones from Webelos camps. Take a leather or foam background and glue the first layer to the background and allow it to dry. Then glue on the second layer and let it dry. Finally glue on the last BB. The layers should fit together very easily. This is a natural alignment for the BBs, that is the BBs on an upper layer fit into dimples of the lower layer. The drawing below illustrates the arrangement. The stars in the 1st and 2nd layers indicate where the BBs on the next layer are to be placed. Materials Tools 1 1/2" Leather circle Glue 26 BBs Hot Glue PCV Ring Sticker Ball Spider The sticker balls come from the sweet gum tree. You can find them in the fall. Glue sticker balls together. You can use thin chenilles as antenna or if they have stems break one off and glue it next to the other one. Cut chenille so 2 lumps are on each. Make three of these. Glue chenilles to bottom of sticker balls. Glue on eyes. Bend the legs. Glue on the PVC ring. Materials Tools 2 Sticker balls Hot Glue 1 Chenilles Scissors 2 3/8" Wobble eyes PVC ring Square or Circle Burst 1. Cut out the piece of wood, sand the edges smooth. 2. tape the pattern to the piece of wood 3. put a nail at every point indicated by the pattern 4. remove pattern 5. straighten nails with pliers 6. paint (I prefer white because it makes most colors stand out. Use whatever will look good. Let paint dry thoroughly.) 7. tie thread on first nail 8. follow pattern to complete design 9. tie thread on last nail 10. place a small drop of glue on knots to hold them tight 11. cut off excess thread 12. hot glue PVC ring on back Materials Tools 1/4 x3x3 inch wood Hot Glue 5/8 inch nails Glue colored thread Scissors pattern hammer paint Paint brush PVC ring Drop cloth The Circle Burst and Square Burst are very similar. The idea is to run a thread from one central nail to every other nail in the project. A special case of the Circle Burst is where the central nail is one of the nails in the circle itself. Make sure that the thread is always kept tight. Looping the thread completely around each nail will help to keep tension in the thread. Start by tying (use a square knot) the thread to the central nail. Put a drop of glue on the knot, let it dry and trim off excess thread. Now you need to make a decision. There are two methods that can be used to finish the project. These are described separately below. In method 1, the pattern goes from one nail on the perimeter and continues around the perimeter in one direction (1, 2, 3, 4, ...). This results in the thread going up the central nail in a spiral. Method 2 goes from one nail on the perimeter and alternates going clockwise with one then counterclockwise with the next (12, 13, 11, 14, 10, 15, 9, 16, 8, 17, ...). This results in the thread going up and down the central nail smoothly. It does not matter which perimeter nail you start with. The thread goes from the central nail to the perimeter nail, is looped once around the perimeter nail and goes back to the central nail where it is looped around. Then proceed to the next nail (either in one direction for method 1 or alternating directions for method 2). You will want to push the thread on the central nail down toward the wood so that each new loop is above all previous loops. When you have made the loop around the last perimeter nail, run the thread back to the central nail, loop it around the nail, and tie it to itself using a square knot and a drop of glue. Trim off excess thread. Here are some variations to try: Use different colored string tied together. Use multi-colored string. Use metalic string. Use more than one nail in the center. Do the project completely around each nail using a different colored string for each layer/nail. Use more than one nail in the center and go around the closest nail. By using three nails in the center you could get a clover effect. Slow Drip You've seen this one in stores before. It is like a liquid hourglass. The liquid slowly runs from the top bottle to the bottom one. I have not perfected this one yet. The liquid doesn't move as easily from the top to the bottom bottle as I would like and the liquid is a bit too runny. The ones I've seen in stores the liquid holds its shape more after it has fallen into the bottom bottle, mine almost immediately forms a puddle. It is also sensitive to temperature, flowing slower in cooler temperatures. If anyone comes up with something that works well, please let me know. This would be a good slide for the Webelos Scientist pin or themes relating to science. It could also be used as a humorous slide for that "Old Drip" or someone who is "slow as molasses." The bottles I found originally had the candy sprinkles that you put on cookies. I used only one of the screw on lids. If you can find plastic bottles with clear lids, it would look better. Materials Tools 2 bottles about 1"x2" E-6000™ Glue Kyro Syrup™ Toothpick Food coloring Drill Popsicle stick Sandpaper PVC ring Drill a 1/2" hole in one of the lids. Sand the hole smooth if necessary. Glue the lid upside down to the top of one of the bottles using E-6000™. Make sure you do a good job of gluing because you don't want it to leak. Glue the PVC ring to the side of the lid. Fill the other bottle about 3/4 full with Kyro Syrup™. Using a toothpick, carefully put a small drop of food coloring into the syrup. Stir with the Popsicle stick. Keep adding food coloring until you get the syrup the right color. After the glue has thoroughly dried, screw the two bottles together. If you have trouble with it leaking, try using some Teflon tape (available in plumbing department of hardware store) on the threads of the bottle. Turn the bottles upside down so the liquid can flow into the empty bottle. If it doesn't want to flow, you may need to add a few drops of water to make the syrup less viscous. Good luck! Tube Art I got this idea from a piece of artwork in downtown Dallas. Collect various sized and colored tubes. Some ideas are straws, bottles, pencil lead containers, wire, tubing, and empty pen cases. Cut to various lengths and shapes. Glue together with hot glue and attach a PVC ring. Materials Tools Various tubes Scissors PVC ring Hot Glue Turk's Head Knot This makes a GREAT neckerchief slide. Once it is tied, it will stay tied and always looks neat. See the websites' of Troop 54 or Troop 266 for instructions on tying it. Tie it around three fingers to make it the right size for a neckerchief slide. Once you have tied one layer, you follow the rope to add a second, third layer, or more layers. Don't let the layers cross. The photo above shows a two layer Turk's Head and took about 3 1/2' of 1/4" rope. A three layer Turk's Head would take about 6 feet. The more layers, the looser the first knot must be in order to slide the other layers between the loops. When you have finished tying the knot, straighten it up and make the openings at the top and bottom the same size. Then cut the ends off short and whip them or use the candle flame to fuse or melt the ends of the rope. You may want to add a little hot glue to hold the ends in place. You could also tie it using 3/16" cotton/poly clothesline rope or wire. Materials Tools 4' of 1/4" rope Lighter Candle Knife Hot glue Turkey Neck Bone Wolf To get the turkey neck bone, start with a turkey neck. There are about seven bones in each neck. The neck has to cook a long time to get to the point where the meat falls off the bone. I like to make a soup while doing this. Soups are very easy since the ingredients and quantity used are very flexible. In a slow cooker or crock-pot put the turkey neck, about two quarts of water, carrots, celery, salt and pepper to taste. Cook for about 4 hours on high or 8 hours on low. Pull all the meat off using a fork and your fingers and return meat to soup. You might find a toothbrush helpful in removing the last bits of meat. Let the bones dry good. Paint the bone brown and let it dry. Use white glue to attach the seed beads as eyes. A toothpick is helpful in positioning the beads. Cut the red paper in the shape of a long tongue about 3/4" long. Glue it inside the mouth with white glue. Hot glue the PVC ring to the back. Materials Tools Turkey Neck Bone Brown Paint 2 Yellow Seed Beads Paint Brush Red Paper White Glue PVC ring Hot Glue Toothpick Taco Cut 4" diameter circle from tan craft foam for taco shell. Cut thin strips of yellow craft foam for shredded cheese. Cut irregular shapes of red craft foam for tomato. Tear green paper into irregular shapes and wad up for lettuce. Fold taco shell in "U" shape. Using hot glue, attach cheese to bottom, then tomato, and finally lettuce on top. Make sure sides of taco are held in place, if not put on more hot glue. Hot glue a PVC ring to the back. Materials Tools 4" Tan Craft Foam Hot Glue Red Craft Foam Scissors Yellow Craft Foam Green Paper PVC ring Wave Machine Note: Be sure to get a bottle with a screw on lid. Coin collector bottles for half-dollars work well. The bottle is worn horizontally with the lid at one end. The PVC ring is glued across the bottle at the middle. Foam is used as a background to make the wave show up better. This is a very heavy slide. To keep it in place, you can use a rubber band. 1. Cut foam to cover half way around length of bottle. 2. Glue in place or tie with thread at both ends with thread. 3. Fill bottle 1/3 full with water. 4. Add food coloring (using a toothpick) until desired color is achieved. 5. Fill bottle almost to brim with mineral oil. 6. Wrap bottle threads with plumbers Teflon tape. 7. Secure lid. 8. Glue long PVC ring to foam. Materials Tools 3"-4" x 1" clear plastic bottle Hot Glue with screw on lid Goop(tm) glue Mineral oil Toothpick Water Food coloring PVC ring (1" long) White craft foam Goop(tm) glue 1" long PVC ring Weight Lifter 1. Cut craft sticks at angle so that when glued together the cut is parallel to the ground. See illustration below. 2. Glue craft sticks together at angle shown using Aleene's Tacky Glue™. 3. Glue hinges to craft sticks, front of long stick, and back of short piece using Aleene's Tacky Glue™. 4. Drill 1/16 inch hole in 1/4 inch dowels, glue onto ends of 1/16 inch dowel using Aleene's Tacky Glue™. 5. Glue washers onto 1/4 inch dowels using hot glue or E- 6000™. 6. Glue head onto longer craft sticks using E-6000™. 7. Glue bead on top of head using E-6000™. 8. Cut out shirt and pants (see patterns) and glue to craft sticks using hot glue. 9. Glue bar onto arms using Aleene's Tacky Glue™. 10. Glue ring to back of craft sticks using E-6000™. 11. Attach wire onto ring and twist into a figure eight pattern. 12. Tie string to bar, run it through bead, and tie second bead to other end of string. Put a drop of Aleene's Tacky Glue™ on the knots to lock them tight. 13. Draw face. Hot glue can be used for all of the assembly if speed is important. However, a much more sturdy weightlifter can be made by using the glues indicated in the directions. Materials Tools 2 popsicle craft sticks E-6000™ Glue 1 1/2 inch dowel, 1/8 inch thick Hot glue 2 Pony beads 2 3/4 inch washers 1 1/16 inch dowel, 3 inches long 2 1/4 inch dowel, 1/8 inch thick 1 string, 18 inches long 1 PVC ring 1 wire 10 inches long Foam Markers 2 Cloth hinges 1/4 inch by 1 inch Whirligig The instructions are for a single bladed whirligig. For younger boys, the first four steps can be done ahead of time. Materials Tools Pony Beads Knife 4" of 1/16" dowel rod Hot Glue Foam cutouts Drill with various bits 2" or longer Nail Hacksaw 1 1/2" long PVC ring File White Glue & "C" clamp Place one pony bead in the "C" clamp. Using a drill bit smaller than the dowel rod, drill one hole all the way through the pony bead. Put the dowel rod partially in this hole. Re-clamp the bead so that the next hole you drill will be perpendicular to the first. Using a drill bit smaller than the diameter of the nail, drill a hole through one wall of the PVC ring about 1/3 down from the top. Cut the nail to size. The nail should go completely through the PVC ring and touch the backside. Outside of the ring, you need to leave just enough room for the two pony beads you will use. File off the sharp edges of the nail. Cut the dowel into four 1" long pieces. Hint: cut one piece then use it to measure the other three. Glue the sticks in to the bead using E-6000™. Make sure none of the glue or the dowel rod stick into the center hole of the bead. Hint: If something does get in there, carefully use a drill to get it out. Glue foam onto sticks using white glue. Tilt all of the foam pieces to the same side. The white glue should be thick enough to hold the foam in place without support. <> Allow time to dry. Put blade on nail, add another pony bead to nail. Tap the nail into the hole. Make sure blade can turn freely. Use a thick walled 3/4" PVC ring. Hint: Use some of the techniques you used to make the Pinewood Derby cars to make the whirligig turn easier. Graphite really helps! A two bladed whirligig can be made by simple adding an extra blade and some extra pony beads between the blades so they don't hit. Tilt the foam on the second blade in the opposite direction so the blade turns in the opposite direction. Make the second blade larger than the first simply by gluing the foam so it sticks half off the blade. See the illustrations below. Drawing of bladed tilted in the opposite direction and blade half glued onto dowel rod Leather Wolf Cut out template using the drawing below as a guide. Trace around template onto leather or vinyl. Cut out wolf. Glue on the eyes. Draw nose and inside of ears using the permanent marker. Glue the two ends of the tabs together to form a loop for the neckerchief. Materials Tools 3"x3" Vinyl or Sharp scissors leather Leather glue 6mm Wobble Permanent marker Eyes Whistle The straw is a little less than 1/4" in diameter and 4" long. Cut a notch in the straw as shown below. A wooden end plug is used for the mouth end. Sand the top of it flat as shown. It should fit snugly in the straw with a small gap at the top. Slide the mouth piece dowel into the back end of the straw. Side View of Whistle Materials Tools Drinking Straw Scissors Dowel wood Sand paper Tape Enlarged End View of Plug Getting the whistle to make a sound without exerting too much force can take some experimenting. There are three variables that influence it. First, the amount of space (caused by flattening one side of the dowel) in the mouth piece dowel. Too much space and the whistle won't work, too little and it takes too much pressure to make a sound. The second is the position of the mouth piece dowel in the straw. For now place your finger over the left end of the straw. Try sliding the mouth dowel further inside the straw or move it back towards the end. Make a small adjustment, then try it again. Position it until it starts making a consistent sound. Third, determine the length of the straw. Bend the straw at a right angle. The shorter the straw, the higher the pitch, the longer the straw, the lower the pitch. Experiment with different lengths until you find one you like. Then tape the straw in place. You could also cut the end of the straw off and just place a finger over the end when you blow. This same process can be used to make a whistle out of wood. You can also make a whistle with nothing more than a blade of grass. Take a blade of grass about 4 inches long and quarter to half an inch wide. You can tear it in half the long way if you want. Take the smaller half (the one without the center vein), hold it between your thumbs as shown in the photo stretching it tight, and blow gently. It takes some practice to stretch the blade tight so that it makes a good, loud sound. You will be amazed at how loud it can be! Whistle using only a blade of Grass ARTIST PAINTER'S PALETTE TIE SLIDE MATERIALS: SMALL PIECE OF LIGHT BROWN FUN FOAM, SMALL AMOUNTS OF 5 DIFFERENT COLORS OF PAINT, 1 SMALL PAINT BRUSH, 1/4" PVC RING. SUPPLIES: SCISSORS, PENCIL, HOT GLUE GUN INSTRUCTIONS: 1. TRACE PALETTE PATTERN ON FUN FOAM AND CUT OUT. 2. PLACE A DOLLOP OF EACH COLOR OF PAINT AROUND THE EDGE OF PALETTE 3. SHORT PALNT BRUSH BY ABOUT 1 1/2". SAND HANDLE TO LOOK LIKE THE ORIGINAL AND PAINT TO MATCH. 4. INSERT PAINT BRUSH THROUGH THUMB HOLE IN PALETTE AND GLUE IN PLACE. 5. GLUE PVC RING TO THE BACK. COMMUNICATOR COMPUTER CHIP TIE SLIDE MATERIALS: 1 1/2" x 1 1/2" SQUARE OF WHITE FUN FOAM & LIGHT WEIGHT CARDBOARD, COLORED TELEPHONE WIRE, THIN FLORAL WIRE, SMALL COLORED BEADS WITH HOLE IN CENTER, 1/4" PVC RlNG. SUPPLIES: SCISSORS, TOOTHPICK, HOT GLUE GUN. INSTRUCTIONS: 1. CUT FLORAL WIRE INTO 1 1/2" PIECES. THREAD BEADS ONTO FLORAL WIRE LEAVING A LITTLE PIECE AT EACH END TO TURN DOWN AND POKE INTO THE FUN FOAM. 2. TWIST TELEPHONE WIRE AROUND A TOOTHPICK TO FORM SMALL COILS 3. INSERT COILS AND BEADED WIRE INTO THE FUN FOAM IN ANY ARRANGEMENT YOU WISH TO MAKE A COMPUTER CHIP 4. AFTER FUN FOAM IS COVERED WITH BEADS AND COILS. HOT GLUE THE FUN FOAM ONTO THE CARDBOARD FOR ADDED SUPPORT. 5. HOT GLUE PVC RING TO BACK OF CARDBOARD. READYMAN FIRST AIDE TIE SLIDE MATERIALS: 1 WHITE FILM CANISTER, 1 - 3 1/2" x 1 3/4" PIECE OF WHITE PAPER, 1 - 1/4" PVC RING, AND VARIOUS 1st AIDE SUPPLlES. SUPPLIES: RED MARKER, SCISSORS AND HOT GLUE GUN INSTRUCTIONS: 1. TRACE RED CROSS PATTERN ONTO CENTER OF PAPER. AND COLOR IN WITH RED MARKER 2. INSERT PAPER INTO FILM CANISTER SO CROSS SHOWS THROUGH. 3. PLACE 1ST AIDE ITEMS IN CANISTER. (i.e. BANDAIDE, STERILE WIPE, NEEDLE, THREAD, BUTTON, SAFETY PIN, ASPIRIN, 35 CENTS FOR PHONE CALL, ETC) 4. HOT GLUE PVC RING ON BACK OF CANISTER. SPORTSMAN WATER SKI TIE SLIDE MATERIALS: 2 CRAFT STICKS, 1 MATCH STICK, 8" OF EMBROIDERY FLOSS, 1 - 1/4" PVC RING SUPPLIES: MARKERS, SANDPAPER, HOT GLUE GUN, SCISSORS, AND SOMETHING TO CUT CRAFT STICKS WITH. INSTRUCTIONS: 1. CUT CRAFT STICKS TO 3" LENGTH. 2. COLOR CRAFTS STICKS WITH MARKERS IN YOUR OWN DESIGN. 3. GLUE STICKS TOGETHER IN AN "X" 4. SEPARATE EMBROIDERY FLOSS INTO TWO THREE STRAND PIECES. 5. TIE ONE THREE STRAND PIECE INTO A BOW & GLUE ONTO CENTER OF SKIS. 6. CUT MATCHSTICK INTO A 5/8" PIECE AND GLUE ACROSS THE TWO ENDS OF FLOSS TO FORM THE TOW LINE HANDLE. 7. HOT GLUE PVC RING TO BACK OF SKIS. Here are some neat slides from Phil Gandron of New York. He's had some fun crafting some neat slides from ordinary branches, wooden nickels, and metal buttons. Phil created these slides by hollowing out birch branches. He's varnished them, then nailed Scout hiking staff medallions to a few. These could be used to commemorate a hike, campout, or special event. Cool Phil! More branch woggles from Phil's collection. Your Scouts can use different types of wood, with different bark, to remember different adventures. An assortment of Phil's woggles. He fashions loops from the removable plastic strip from those big old water cooler bottles. A staple to create the loop and a little hot glue to secure it to the back of the pin is all it takes to create a neat slide. Below are even more creative woggles from Gerald Collogan of South Dakota. He'd just finished putting together his collection for a Cub Scout Pow Wow and shot a roll of film just for us. Look for more of his fun slides on our Carved Wood Woggle pages. Thanks again Gerald! Keep it Simple... Something as simple as a bread bag twist-tie will work in a pinch as a loop. Stay away from metal rings as they can be pushed, intentionally or by accident, into the boy's neck and hurt. The twist tie alone will do the job in a pinch, in fact -- a fellow den leader forgot his slide once at a pack meeting and nobody noticed (not to suggest this is a good option when you have other options). For a nice permanent loop on a wooden slide, I take a piece of 1x2 or 1x3 and drill holes with a 3/4" bore bit, then cut around the holes with a jig saw to make nice wooden loops, flat on one side. The boys can sand and hot glue these to the backs of whatever you have for the slide. --------+-----------+--edge of 1x2--- | _____ | | /3/4" \ | ... repeat for length of wood | | hole| | \ \_____/ / \_________/ Make It Your Own Get the boys into the habit of making their own slides. Often cheaper and definitely more pride in these than the stamped metal ones that their folks buy for them with their uniforms. Most of my Bears still wear the thunderbirds we made last year as Wolves. I've also found that kitchen magnets are ideal fast slides. They're certainly the right price and size. My local WalMart had a series of wooden decoy models for $1.50 each which I bought up for my son & I -- pry off the magnet, grip the decoy in a vice and drill a hole thru it, open at the back. Then an ice cream stick / tongue depressor (available by the ton at craft stores) was cut to fit & form a backing & hot glued on. Plastic or cast magnets can use the wooden loop I described above. I have pie plates with a juicy slice cut from the pie, a juke box, a hot dog with trimmings, a loon, a wood duck, a gramaphone, a steam locomotive, a cast plaster cow skull (that was a suprise) and even a bar-b-que grill (we have a pack picnic coming up ;-) all made from kitchen magnets. Kids & adults both love 'em. Don't Loose That Slide! Another trick with slides is to make them loss-proof. Nothing's sadder than a youngster who's lost that slide they made all by themselves. I know -- at my cub leader basic training I lost a slide I'd made 30 years before. Notch that wooden loop in two places where it connects to the back of the slide. Now make a loop from a 3.5 - 4 foot length of plastic lace (craft stores again this in spools, for leathercraft and lanyard braiding projects). Feed the ends of the loop through the notches after the back is glued onto the slide, leaving at least 18" above the slide loop. string one or more good sized beads on the ends of the lace and knot them well under the beads. The loop is thus fixed to the slide (and in fact the slide will now look a lot like a bolo tie). Slip the loop around the wearer's neck, feed the neckerchief through the slide and draw down the beads to tighten the loop. Now, if the slide comes off the neckerchief, the neck loop will keep it from dropping off the wearer. Leather lace works just as well but make sure your notches are big enough to handle it. After seeing this trick on a purchased slide given to me as a gift, I tried applying it to plaque slides my den was going to construct. After seeing how well that went, and now a year later seeing how many of those boys still wear those slides, I've decided thatany slides I make from now on with some special meaning to me will have this safety guard feature. More Quick and Simple Ideas Wooden Cutouts This plaque slide was made from a precut wooden cutout, available at many handicraft stores. "Leather" Raven made from two pieces cut a piece of vinyl craft fabric. Slots in the "wings" accept long tabs from the "body" which are drawn back and stapled to form a loop. A Collection of Slides The following images depict slides either I, my brother Joel (a 1970's eagle) or my father Dusty have created over the years or have purchased in our travels. Note that many of the best slides are from the classic Boys Life column Slide of the Month, by Whitlin' Jim. This column, a standard all during my years as a cub scout in the mid 1960's, has virtually died out. It appears infrequently now as a "special feature" (my son's not allowed to see his new Boys Life issues until I've checked them for Slide of the Month). As late as 1976, BSA sold a reprint on Slide of the Month which had many of these columns collected into a booklet of about 30 pages, 2 to 3 slides per page. This apparently stopped when National moved from New Brunswick, NJ to Irving, TX. While talking to the publications office last fall on another issue, I asked if it was ever going to be done again (a reprint). Apparently some worthy held on to some of the gallies and proofs, and I was sent a selection of photocopied pages which were clearly intended to be used as another reprint, but never were. The pages contained a combination of elements from the 1976 reprint I already had, plus others I had never seen. Needless to say these will continue to provide ideas and techniques for years to come. Copyright concerns prohibit me from including them here, but any slide which I actually make one of, I'll include what details I can paraphrase from the articles. Of course, any PRESSURE POSSIBLE on National to include that wonderful reprint and new articles like that on their own web pages, or to release the authorization necessary for me to put them on mine, would be welcomed. Further, any PRESSURE POSSIBLE on National and the editors of Boys Life to return Slide of the Month to its former monthly glory would be welcomed even more! Slides made by Joel and Dusty Wilkinson Nazrat Patrol Block of wood with fake fur tail, for TLD staff. Leather tubes, tooled or carved then laced up the back, for TLD camps. Incised disk of wood cut from white birch branch, lettering incised into disk. Two holes drilled for plastic lacing to form loop, for Trexler Scout Reservation staff, 1974. Cast plaster Boy Scout hand signs, painted and lettered to commemorate various events. Plastic ring set in plaster before fully se to form loop, Pocono District camporees and Den Chief training. TLD emblem, Wood slab painted with leather loop, for Minsi Trails Council TLD event. Hairy Gnu, Wooden spool with white fur glued on, buttons (sewn to fur before gluing) for eyes, for TLD staff. Knot tied/woven from clothesline cord. Evergreen Tree jigsawed wood evergreen tree and loop, tole painted by Dusty. Slides made by J.Lance Wilkinson from Boy's Life Whitlin' Jim (Slide of the Month) articles or reprints. Anvil and Hammer carved from wood, painted and glued, with leather loop. Order of the Arrow, jigsawed wood, glued and painted. 4th of July! jigsawed and painted wood backing with dowel, sawed in half and then hand broken to leave jagged edges painted and glued to backing to form firecracker. Singed cord glued in hole drilled on one end for fuse. Native American Caricatures jigsawed and relief carved and painted mousetrap wood. Mahogany stain forAmerind skin tones. Cow Skull Carved, burned and sealed wood. Loop drilled through block before carving. Painted Turtle Carved and painted wood. Slot cut in turtle back for loop, covered with carved and painted leather to form top of shell. Chinese Figurine Carved from walnut, gloss finished, script painted on before final gloss coat. This was a rather early project that I remember seeming to take forever to carve. Carving weapon of choice at that time was a dremel tool with a dental burr for the bit. Even the loop is walnut. Root Beer Keg Drilled first, then carved from pine, gloss finished, brass bands formed and affixed with brads. Another early project which I'm still very fond of. No safety guard so I always tie the frowned-upon knot under this slide. After 30 years, the spout didn't survive my son's first time wearing this one, so the original hand carved spout has been replaced with a new one formed from fine dowel fragments carved and glued in place. Kitchen Magnets Your neighborhood WalMart, KMart or kitchen supply has a remarkable number of almost ready-made neckerchief slides. Removing the magnet is not always necessary. Sometimes some extra work needs to be done, but most of the time only gluing on the loop is needed. I find 3/4" lengths of garden hose to be excellent loop material when hot glued to the back of the slide artwork, provided the slide artwork itself is not particularly flexible. If the slide artwork is rather flexible, however, that flexing will tend to break up the hot glue/hose loop combination and you're left with a hose fragment and some nubbins of hot glue on your neckerchief, with the artwork nowhere to be found. Sitting Ducks These decoys are real wood. I removed the magnets, clamped down the decoys in a vice, and used a 3/4" drill to dig out a loop in the back of them. I then glued a sawed-off length of craft stick (think tongue depressor or popcicle stick) across the back of the hole and used a dremel tool to sand off the rough edges. This loon and wood duck are among my favorites. Wurlitzer Juke Box You can almost see the lights flashing on this miniature. Using my dremel tool and a small cutting wheel, I cut out the bottom and cut a hole in the top of the solid plastic body to form the loop. I didn't bother to remove the magnet. When I put on the slide, I tie a knot in the neckerchief below the slide and then slip the big hole in the bottom over the knot. The knot catches on the structural support cast inside the model, preventing loss of this beauty. Picnic Fun I did this one about a half hour before a Pack picnic. After removing the magnet (I had to cut this one off), I used hot glue to affix a 3/4" length of garden hose to the back of the kitchen magnet. The following section was written by my brother Paul. He is a Scouter in the Clinton Valley Council, Pontiac, Michigan.) We live in a fashion-crazed world. Fair or not, the image with which we present ourselves tells everyone we meet a good deal about our personalities, sensibilities and values. It seems that we can, after all, judge a book by its cover. It happens all the time. How we as Scouts and Scouters present ourselves to the world outside of Scouting becomes an advertisement for Scouting. People will think less of the entire Cub Scout program if the few Scouts they know are sloppy or unruly. Conversely, if the Scouts they know wear their uniforms and are proud to wear them, people will think well of entire program, not just a single Scout. There is nothing that looks as sharp as a den of uniformed Cub Scouts venturing into the public eye. Part of the reason is the uniformity of the Cub uniform. A group of well-dressed Scouts can appeal to other boys and act as a recruitment tool. However, most boys of Scouting age like to establish their own sense of style and that uniformity can, sometimes, be seen as a drawback. How can we, as Cub Scouters, help these young men develop a sense of individuality while remaining true to the group? Accessorize! And, in Cub Scouting, that means neckerchief slides. Slides, or woggles, come in all sorts of shapes, sizes and colors. Some are extremely elaborate while others are the epitome of simplicity. The one thing that all hand-made slides have in common? They’re fun to make and wear. A great slide can be made in less than an hour, making it the perfect craft for a den meeting. We all know how frequently Cub Scouts lose the official BSA-issued slides. How many of us have slipped a wedding ring on our sons’ neckerchiefs and hoped to goodness they wouldn’t disappear as well? Well, instead of risking your wedded bliss, teach your den how to make slides and they will never again be underdressed at that formal pack ceremony or Blue and Gold banquet The Slam Dunk Are any of your Scouts sports enthusiasts? Here’s a good, easy-to-make slide for anybody who likes to dribble. Materials list: 1” x 2” luan 1” x 2” paper (for pattern making) 2 beverage bottle tamper rings 1” x 3” citrus bag mesh (white or orange is best) coping saw (electric jig saw may be used by adults, only!) fine sandpaper pencil or fine-point marker hot glue gun tempra paint with brushes Take a good, long look at a basketball backboard. Lightly draw the backboard onto the paper with the pencil. You may want to fold the paper in two and only draw half the backboard. Pay attention to the height and width ratio to make the “backboard” realistic. Once you’re satisfied with your pattern, cut it out and transfer it to the luan. Cut the backboard out of the luan. If you have a hobby vise to hold the luan, use it. Using a coping saw is pretty safe but, for younger Scouts you still may want an adult to do the cutting. Never let a Cub Scout use an electric saw. Their fingers are too precious and Scouts tend to get too excited about using power tools. That’s a scary combination. Once the backboard is cut, smooth the front edges with the sandpaper. Use a downward stroke to make sure you don’t pull the layers of the luan apart. Flip it over and smooth the back edges. Taking the time to smooth out the edges will give the slide a more “professional” look and feel. If the slide builder desires, now is the time to paint the backboard. Painting the front is all that is needed. Don’t forget the black rectangle on the board! It’ll make shooting baskets all that much easier. Either paint one or use a black marker to draw it on. Take one of the tamper rings and stretch the mesh around it, hot gluing them together. It doesn’t take much glue to securely fasten the mesh to the ring. Suddenly, you have a basketball rim and net. Hot glue the unit to the backboard (wait for the paint to dry, first) just beneath the rectangle you painted or drew on. Align the “rim” so the seam of the mesh is closest to the board. That will hide it, somewhat. All that’s left to do is to hot glue a support on the back of the slide. Optionally, you can find a small (1” diameter or so) toy basketball to glue onto the rim. An orange fuzzy pompom might work, as well. But take care so the ball doesn’t put too much stress on the glue joint between the rim and board. Do you prefer glass backboards? You can simulate one by substituting plexi-glass for the luan. However, plexi-glass is expensive, hard to cut, difficult to paint and potentially sharp-edged. Only an adult should make a plexi-glass backboard although a Cub Scout can decorate it. Never use real glass for this slide! Hot-glue the mesh onto the tamper ring. Trim off the excess on top. Hot-glue the basket to the backboard. Attach a slide support and start dribbling!