Mission Trip Food! [Celebrations]

03/03/2011 at 8:00 AM | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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A popular theme I would love to explore in more depth is snacks that can be brought and/or made on a missions trip to eat during the Women’s bible study/crafting time.

On our last trip, we celebrated a birthday for one team member. There were some allergy concerns, and issues with suitcase space, humidity, and other things so we opted for a Rice Krispy Treat cake.  I threw in a couple packages of single serve treats and 2 cans of frosting.  And some sprinkles.

On the big Birthday day, we just covered some clean cardboard with foil, put some frosting down to hold the treats, then arranged them. We stacked some of ours on top as a second layer, or what you could also consider a very flat pyramid. 🙂

Creating our Rice Krispy "cake"

An added bonus with this type of dessert was that since everyone had just eaten lunch – our hands were clean.  Everyone took a treat right off of the tray to eat. We did not have to plan for extra plates or plasticware to serve this dessert!


Feliz Cumpleanos!


Paper Journals: Super Easy

02/16/2011 at 5:21 PM | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment
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One activity that was treasured on a past missions trip was making colorful journals with our women.  We did this on the first or second day, so it wasn’t too complex, mostly just coloring/stamping/ribbon and getting to know their names. (Note: We also had them make nametags, out of a small section of folded manila folder. They re-used these each day and it was very helpful!)

I don’t have a lot of great pictures for this one (I am being lazy) but it did require a little prep work before we left on the trip. We took lots of sheets of plain colored paper and cut them in half (8.5″ x 5.5″).  We cut some manila folders down to the same size for the top and bottom of the journals. We fed all of these through a two-hole puncher to create evenly spaced holes on top (you can see the paper in the picture).

Making paper journals in the Yucatan

When it came time to make the journals with the women, we had them select 15 sheets of paper that they wanted (Our demo version was all the colors, which is what most of them ended up doing as well) plus 2 of the thicker manila folder paper.  They tied their journals together with ribbon and then stamped/drew on the front page.

On a side note, you can use styrafoam (like meat package type) and foamies to cut to make stamps. So they made stamps right there and decorated the journals with them. (For more on styrafoam stamps, see here.)

We tied the theme of the day towards talking to God, writing down our thoughts/prayers, drawing what is special to us (for non-readers).

Assembling her journal


Stamped journal

Fabric Flowers (Pins, Headbands, Decor, Etc)

01/25/2011 at 4:20 PM | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment
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Nylon Flowers

These flowers are just the most adorable accessory ever.  I knew when I first saw them at this blog site I just had to feature the idea here.

I’m going to re-post several of the pictures and instructions just in case anything ever happens to Christy’s site. (She has a great name!)

As soon as I have a chance to try this out myself I’ll try to update with my own pictures, just so I’m not plagiarizing quite so much.  But I did get permission, don’t worry!

Get some fun nylon fabric and cut it into concentric circles. Perfection is not important here.  You could do this step before leaving for your trip if you wanted to have things prepped. I’ve found there are usually several girls hanging around the kitchen who are more than willing to help sort/cut/prep the women’s crafts if you don’t have time to prep.  Circles from 1 to 3-4 inches seemed to be the easiest to work with.

Hold the flower petal very close to the flame - quickly!

Hold the circles close to the flame so the edges curl up just enough. Less is more here – too much heat will cause a big curl on your petal. 

Post-burning flower petals

Stack the circles and sew them together with cute beads, a button, or even using a metal brad (the plain kind, or glue a crystal on it for more bling!)  

Using various beads for the centers

You can sew pins on the back of these to wear on shirts, or sew them to elastic headbands, on a bible cover, really the possibilities are endless.  Perhaps sewing a row onto a thick ribbon for decorating a hammock or kitchen area.

Much brighter with the flash!


Final Note: In order for my beads to have a little “extra” to hold onto when sewn, I cut a small (1/4 -1/2 inch) circle out of stiffened felt, colored it blue to match the flower, and attached it to the back of the flower to make it a little more sturdy when these get attached to their final destination.

Some Updates (3/15/2011) – Some friends and I tried to “mass produce” these in my kitchen and I have some additional helpful information.

  • We used organza fabric.  Nylon tulle did not work.
  • Do not have piles of fabric AND lit candles all over your table.  This is a fire risk. 🙂
  • Along the same line, it is much easier to cut all your circles out at once (stack and pin your fabrics and cut up to 10 layerss at a time — first cut 5″ circles, then a stack of 4″, 3″, 2″ and then put away all your scraps so they don’t get in the way when you are buring them.

Berry Basket Crafts

05/17/2010 at 6:19 PM | Posted in Craft | 1 Comment
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One medium that can be used for mission trip crafts is berry baskets.  Inexpensive and light, if you can think of a good use for them (to hold note cards, napkins, anything!) this could be a good idea.

Items Required: Berry baskets (cheap online), tissue paper, modge podge, brush, ribbon, scissors

I created my first basket by cutting up primary colored regular tissue paper into large strips. I modge-podged it onto the basket, adding several layers. I thought it looked AWFUL!!! 

Then the modge podge dried! All nice and shiny! I did a second layer of smaller strips that overlapped a lot and got a nice end result.


I made a second basket with a similar method, although I wrinkled up my tissue paper and glued it on very messily.  Lastly, I tried wrapping a basket with ribbon.  These particular baskets were hard to weave with, but I’ve seen other baskets that have a more rectangular weave and would look cuter. 

You can also line the inside with paper or fabric, depending on your glue options and what you want to use the baskets for.

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