Circle 10 Council
Suggested Den Activities
Visit furniture factory, lumber mill or lumberyard.
Some local home centers offer special weekend classes for Webelos age
Invite someone to give a demonstration on the safe use of tools.
Visit a construction site or find out about helping with a Habitat for
Visit a tannery or leather goods manufacturer.
Invite someone to give a demonstration of leather craft and explain how to
use leather tools.
Invite someone to give a demonstration of metal work, using tin snips and a
Have a nail-driving contest.
Build a bridge for pack crossover ceremonies; tie it into the Engineering
Tie in with the Scholar pin and discuss how education helps when doing
crafts and working in the technology field.
Working With Leather
Circle 10 Council
Leather crafting is a hobby that many boys may carry
into adulthood. It is best to start with simple projects like key chains
and coasters and let the boys work their way up to more difficult items
such as wallets or belts.
Look in the yellow pages for leather crafting supply stores near you. Here
are some tips to help you get started:
Dampen leather with a sponge for ease of tooling, but dont have it
Have the boys draw a design on paper before starting. They can trace the
design onto their piece of leather with an awl.
Let the boys' practice with their tools on scrap leather first.
Leather stains or acrylic paints will give projects added dimension.
Put a wood board under each boys leather piece while he is working.
Leather Totem Pole Bookmark
1 piece leather 2 x 10 leather working tools
heavy scissors sponge for each boy water
Cut fringe up from the bottom of the bookmark; length of fringe should be
about 1-1 ½. Design totem pole symbols on paper, the transfer the design
to the leather with carbon paper, a scratch awl, or by simply drawing it
lightly with a pencil. Dampen both sides of leather with a sponge until the
color of the leather changes. Keep dampening as needed while working as
damp leather will hold the tooling better. Use the pointed end of a tool to
carefully make design lines more clear but be careful not to penetrate the
leather. Use a beveled tool to round off straight lines in the design.
The are many
decorative and useful candle making projects that Webelos will enjoy. However, great care must be taken when
making candles. Paraffin wax is
extremely flammable, so be certain to follow manufacturer directions for
melting and safety. Use safety
equipment like thick gloves and safety glasses. Talk with your boys before you begin and make certain that
they have a clear understanding of the safety rules.
Swiss Cheese Candle
quart size milk carton
1 lb. Paraffin
7 candle ice
double boiler vegetable shortening
4 x 9 piece of plywood spray paint for base
artificial flowers if desired
broken wax crayons if desired (paper removed)
In a double boiler following manufacturer directions,
melt paraffin over low flame. When
paraffin is melted, color if desired by adding 1 of wax crayon. Stir with a stick and the crayon will
melt almost immediately. Use a
quart size milk carton for the mold. Cut off the peaked top and grease the
inside thoroughly with shortening. Pour
about ½ melted paraffin into the carton.
As it sets, place an old candle upright in the center. Place crushed ice cubes around candle
until carton is full. Pour paraffin
to top of carton, leaving candlewick exposed. When paraffin is hard, tear off the carton over the kitchen
sink (melted ice will drain from the holes). For the base, use plywood
spray painted a color that will coordinate with the candle. When dry,
arrange the candle and plastic flowers on the base. When arrangement is
decided, glue the candle and flowers into place.
- Materials needed:
paraffin wax small narrow can
heavy washer wick
Melt the paraffin according to manufacturer directions. Tie the washer
to one end of the wick (wick material is sold at most hobby/craft
stores) and tie the other end of the wick to the pencil. Pour melted wax into the dipping
can. Lower weighted wick into can.
Dip in and out, allowing time for each layer to harden. Continue dipping until desired
thickness is reached. When
completely hardened and cool, cut off weight and pencil.