Aug 6, 2009

YW Projects and Posts

I know I have a couple of friends in the Young Women's program. Sometimes it seems impossible to come up with new fun, yet meaningful, activities. This is the third ward I have been in YW's. I absolutely love it. I always want to make sure I am offering creative and thoughtful lessons, activities, handouts, etc.

WELL I have decided that a couple times a month I am going to post some YW ideas, whether they be something I have done or something I have come across that I want to do. There are tons of really fun ideas out there and some really awesome/creative women who come up with them. So let's start spreading the love.

For this post I am going to share two projects and one idea.

First, a bracelet that was made out of washers. This projects has moved rapidly around the blogging universe. In fact, I can't even remember which site I originally got it from. However, it was really easy. Here are the basics (and someday I will plan ahead enough in advance to show pics like a real grown up tutorial)--

washers (I used 1/4 inch washers, they make them in all sizes)
hemp cord
jewelry fasteners
scrap paper
wooden beads
diamond glaze (find it at craft stores)
jewelry glue
spray adhesive or mod podge

1. Trace out pattern of washer on the backside of paper (so pencil lines don't show up on pretty side). Cut it out.

2. Use spray adhesive on washer then place paper on it pretty side up. Let it set for a little bit.

3. Apply diamond glaze. Outlining edges first and then carefully filling in (yes here is where a picture would have been helpful).

HARD PART- Your project has to sit still for 3 days fully allowing diamond glaze to set up.

4. Measure ankle/wrist, be generous, then triple. Cut the length in half. Fold each half in half and then loop on each side of washer. Then string on a bead on each side.

5. Attach your fasteners to end of hemp.

How you attach will vary on the fasteners you bought. Also, your method of attaching them might be different than mine. I tied on, trimmed and then glued the ends to make sure they stayed.

There is your pretty bracelet.
On to the second thing for the week. I had five Laurels leaving us and going to college (boo hoo). We decided to have a class bbq for them to say good bye. I also wanted to give them a little going away present. I decided to make them little half aprons. There is no how-to for this one. First because I always kind of fly by the seat of my pants. Two because most of you sew better than I do.
All I will say is can totally do something like this with out a pattern. Just buy a yard of something cute and grab a little bit of some coordinating fabrics. Mess around with how you want it to look and then just sew the sucker together.
So here is my lovely little half apron.

On a side note, we played a funny game at the bbq. It was called a wet t-shirt I am not that kind of leader. It was called that because you take big t-shirts get them wet, fold them up and then freeze them. The contest is who can pull theirs a part and put it on the fastest. It was pretty stinking funny.
There are some of my YW project/activities for the last month. I hope that these ideas helped someone in the blogosphere. I also hope that any marvelous YW ideas you have come my way too.
PS In September we are doing a month of activities geared towards learning about and gaining a testimony of Joseph Smith. Please feel free to let me know of any ideas you might have.


V and Co. said...

i LOVE those projects and i LOVE LOVE LOVE your pictures ;)

Ben said...

tell me you didn't just set the auto-timer on the camera, position it on the kitchen table and hurry and grab your bowl for a prop. that would be too real. and too funny.

Kristi said...

Thanks! I am the Laurel advisor and we are ALWAYS looking for new ideas. I just went from having 2 girls to 10! It's crazy! I'm having a hard time adjusting to so many girls and I could use all the help I can get.

The Gilbert Family said...

I saw something similar to the washer idea but it was a necklace and done with scrabble letters. I think same type of idea. Super cute and fun!!

Stockhoff Family said...

Once again all I can say is that you are AMAZING! Love you Mom

michelle@somedaycrafts said...

I am featuring this at So cute!


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