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Christmas table or Blue & Gold Banquet Log Centerpiece

Spruce up your Christmas table or Blue & Gold Banquet with this attractive Log Centerpiece made from a recycled can.

What you'll need:

  • Tin Can (Hi-C size)
  • Masking tape
  • Tin snips
  • Wax paper
  • Plaster-of Paris
  • Paintbrush
  • Fork
  • Brown craft paint
  • Light tan craft paint
  • Newspaper
  • Greenery, flowers, small flags, pictures, etc.
  • Stick

How to make it:

1.  Cover punched hole(s) of Hi-C size can with masking tape.

2.  Use tin snips to cut out a 4-5" circle on the side (not end) of the can.

3.  "Seal" the sharp edges with a layer or two of masking tape.

4.  Working on a wax paper surface, paint a thin layer of plaster-of-paris on all sides, the top and bottom. Let the can rest on the side opposite the hole; it will dry quickly.

5.  Wash paintbrush thoroughly.

6.  Apply a thicker coat of plaster-of-paris to all sides again.

7.  Wash paintbrush thoroughly.

8.  Use a fork to scratch the log texture into the plaster-of-paris.

9.  When it is completely dry, paint the sides (log portion) brown, and the ends ("log ends") a light tan.

10.  Crumple up newspaper and stuff in the can.

11.  Insert greenery and/or flowers and/or small flags and/or pictures/symbols on a stick, appropriate to the occasion. (Cub Scouts can use cutouts of a Tiger, Wolf, Bear, Webelos symbol, etc. on a stick or straw.)

This activity can be done with Cub Scouts - boys ages 7-9 years old. Barb Stephens gave us permission to edit her posting in holiday-specific files.

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