Pioneer Trek Handmade Gift Exchange

Pioneer Trek Handmade Gift Exchange Activity

I was asked to help out with the planning of some activities for the youth Pioneer Trek that my church group was doing.  I never had the chance to go on Trek so I didn’t really know what to do or expect.  I looked around online but found few resources to help me.  One of the things that our Stake leaders wanted to do was to have the kids make a gift for someone in their Trek family.  Myself and another lady put together a box of supplies that the kids could use to make a handmade gift for someone else.    We wanted the gifts to be made with natural elements so that it would fit with the experience of being on Trek but we also wanted them to be something that the kids might actually like and want to keep after the Trek was over.

Trek Gift Box materials

Here are the supplies that each box had:

1. Acrylic Paints

2. Metal Stamping Set

3. Mod Podge

4. Brown Crochet Thread

5. Tape

6. Wrapping Paper (to wrap their gift)

7. Paper plate, paper cup and paper towels

8. Scissors

9. 3 Pencils

10. 2 Paint Brushes

11. 2 Foam Brushes

12. Acrylic Paint Pen

13. 2 Alligator Clips

14. 3 Set of Earring Hardware

15. 4 Keychain Rings

16.  Handful of Jump Rings

17. 2 Darning Needles

18.  5 Pieces of White Cardstock

19. 5 Pieces of Kraft Cardstock

20.  20 Pieces of White printer Paper

21.  Leather

22. Paper Templates for bow, earrings and circles (not pictured)

Pioneer Trek Activity handmade gift exchange

 

Each Trek family will receive a a box.  In addition to the supplies, each box will have a little guidebook complete with picture ideas and instructions on how to make those ideas.  The kids are not limited to the ideas that we came up with but we wanted to get them started.  Here are some of the ideas that we did and the instructions that will accompany each idea.

Hope_Faith Rocks_trek

WORD ROCK

First, find a rock (not provided). Next, use the acrylic pen to write a word, name,

quote, or scripture on the rock. Lastly, use the sponge brush to cover the rock with

mod podge, which will give it a shine.

Painted wood art

 WOOD ART

First, find a piece of wood (not provided). Use paint to write a word, scripture or

paint a picture.

Easy Leather Earrings

LEATHER EARRINGS

Use the earring template provided, or create your own design. Place the template>on the leather and use a pencil to trace the template. Then cut out the pattern.Use a darning needle to poke a hole in the top of the leather. You will use this hole to insert the bottom of the metal portion that hangs from the ear. Next, use your fingers to pry open the bottom circle of the wire eaRring and insert it into the hole,then close it back up.

Leather Bow_DIY_Trek

LEATHER BOW

Place the bow template onto the leather. Use a pencil to trace the template. Cut out the leather. Use a darning needle and thread to tie the center of the bow shut. Next cut out a small rectangular piece of leather large enough to wrap around the bow at the thinnest spot. Sew the back of the rectangular piece shut. Insert the alligator clip between the bow and the rectangular piece of leather.

Leather Keychain_Trek

STAMPED LEATHER KEYCHAIN

Cut a rectangular piece of leather, or any other desired shape. Use the darning

needle to poke a hole at the top of the leather. Use your fingers to pry open the

circular jump ring. Insert the jump ring into the hole then close the ring. Slip the

ring on the keychain ring. Use the metal stamping kit to press a word or saying into

the leather.

Leather Cuff_Boys

SLIP-ON LEATHER CUFF

Cut a rectangular piece of leather (1 1/2 inch piece shown in picture). Wrap the

leather around your wrist to gauge the size. Use darning needle to poke 2 holes on

each end. Match the holes up on both sides. Use your fingers to open up the jump

ring. Slide jump rings into the 2 holes. Close the jump rings back up using your fingers. Slide the cuff onto your wrist.

Leather Bound Notebook_trek

LEATHER BOUND JOURNAL

Begin by cutting (10) pieces of printer paper in half, lengthwise. Lay the cut paper

onto the leather. Cut a piece of leather slightly larger than the paper. Fold the paper

in half to find the center. Place the paper in the center of the leather, which should

be just slightly larger than on all sides than the paper. Use a darning needle and

thread to sew the paper onto the leather along the center crease of the paper. Cut a

long thin strip of leather. Attach the end of the strip to the center of the backside of

the journal. Use a darning needle and thread to wrap the leather piece around the

journal to close. Use a metal stamping kit to inscribe a name, word or saying into the

leather.

Leather and washer keychain

LEATHER KEYCHAIN WITH METAL WASHER

Cut a circular piece of leather, or any other desired shape. Use the darning needle to

poke a hole at the top of the leather. Use your fingers to pry open the circular jump

ring. Insert the jump ring into the hole then close the ring using brute force. Slip the

ring on the keychain ring. Use the metal stamping kit to inscribe a name or word

onto a metal washer. You may need to use a rock to hammer the metal letters if a

mallet or hammer is not available. Use your fingers to pry open a jump ring. Insert

the jump ring onto the metal washer and slide onto the key chain. Close the jump

ring with your hands.

Stamped washer_trek

STAMPED WASHER

Use the metal stamping kit to imprint a word or name onto the washer. You

may need to use a rock to hammer the metal letters if a mallet or hammer is not

available. Use your fingers to open a jump ring. Put the metal jump ring onto the

washer. Close the jump ring with your fingers using brute force. Cut a thin strip of

leather and insert it through the jump ring.

painted cards_trek

CARDS

Use the provided cardstock, acrylic paints, pencils, or anything else to make a card.

wood pieces frame

WOOD FRAME

Gather wood pieces as none are provided. Take a piece of cardstock and use a

foam brush to attach the wood to the paper using Mod Podge. Use your creativity to

organize the wood pieces around the edges of the cardstock in the shape of a frame.

Wood Fish Art

WOOD ART

Gather wood pieces as none are provided. Use your creativity to create a work of art.

Attach the wood art design to the cardstock using a foam brush and Mod Podge.

carved wood_trek

Have you ever been on a Pioneer Trek? If so, what activities have you found to be successful?

Thanks for stopping by!

dash_Lisa

Comments

  1. This is so cool! So many awesome ideas, and I love that you kept things simple and natural and earthy.

    • greylustergirl says:

      Thanks Rachel. Did you go on Trek? I feel kinda shafted that I never got the chance! Oh well, I guess I just get to have a part vicariously through crafting. I may like that better anyways :).

      • I never did, but truth be told, I have never wanted to anyway. I’m sure it’s a good experience and all, but I can almost guarantee I would not enjoy it one bit ;-) I’m definitely more an indoor type ;-)

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