In ADDITION to the specific projects which have been described, there are often many uses in the craft program for odds and ends and various types of discarded materials. The following list may suggest to the camp or playground leader uses for any such materials which he has readily available.

This material is taken from "Courses of Study for Elementary Grades, " Publication No. 3, 1946, by Hoy Scantlin, Commissioner of Education, State of Missouri. Permission to reproduce it was given by Hubert Wheeler, Commissioner of Education.


Airplane cloth: Shellac and use for drumheads.

Binder twine: Braid and sew together for mats, purses and rugs.

Cheesecloth: Doll dresses, curtains and costumes.

Clean burlap sacks: Wall hangings, curtains, rugs and similar projects.

Clean feed, flour and sugar sacks: Dish towels, aprons, etc.

Embroidery thread: Bookbinding and decorative stitching.

Felt hats: Felt printing, lapel ornaments, protective pads on wood, metal and clay objects.

Men's shirts: Cut out sleeves and use for "workshop smocks. "

Oilcloth: Use rough side for tempera painting and crayonex; smooth side for making toys, cushions and book covers.

Scraps of yarn: Cross-stitch wall hangings and illustrations, wigs for dolls and puppets.

Stockings: Cut into narrow strips for braided and hooked rugs.

String: Bookbinding, kites and lapel gadgets.

Unbleached muslin: Crayonex projects, luncheon sets, curtains, bodies for puppets and tie-dying.

Window shades: Background for scenery; bookbinding cloth and illustrations; stretch over wooden bowl to make a drum.


Bottles: Decorate for containers and vases; fill with various depths of water to make a musical scale.

Sheets of glass: Ink with printing ink, draw design in ink with pencil eraser or orange stick and press paper against inked side to make a print.

Jars: Brush, paste, paint and powder containers; decorated vases.

Mirrors: Use in playhouse or model room activities or for water effects in sand tables.


Chamois skin: Gloves, purses, or for Indian crafts.

Kid gloves: Shoes for dolls or puppets.

Purses: Billfolds or bookbinding.

Scraps of leather: Loops to fasten necklaces, buttons, etc.

Nature Materials

Beet juice: For dyeing.

Berries: Use juice for staining and dyeing.

Black walnut husks: A stain for wood.

Cornhusks and corncobs: Dolls, puppets or corncraft.

Cornstalks: Furniture, animals, whistles and logs.

Feathers: Costumes and Indian headdress and ornaments.

Ferns, flowers and leaves: Blueprints and spatter prints, etc.

Fur: Toy animals, Eskimo costumes, doll house rugs and puppet clothes.

Native clay: Refine and use for modeling.

Potatoes: Block prints.

Seeds: Animals, dolls, jewelry and decorations.

Shells: Jewelry; use in miniature rock gardens.

Straw, rushes, raffia, reeds and grass: Weaving and braiding.

Squirrel fur: Paintbrushes.

Twigs: Cabins, wigwams, toys and trees for sand table projects; dip in paint and use for Christmas decorations.

Vegetables: Moulds for papier mache decorations.


Clean tin cans: Lanterns, nut cups, candle holders, etc.

Coffee cans: Containers and tincraft.

Pipe cleaners: Dolls, animals, etc.

Screening: Spatter prints.

Tinfoil: Jewelry for puppets.


Bricks: Bookends and doorsteps

Corks and sheet cork: Floats and balances for toys; block printing; applied designs.

Collar buttons: Handles for doll furniture.

Cotton: Wigs, ermine trimming, stuffing for toys.

Cornstarch: Modeling material, finger paint and fixative for chalk and pastellos.

Excelsior: Stuffing for footstools, pillows, toys and puppets.

Flower pots: Paint and decorate for flowers and plants.

Gelatin: Coat glass to make lantern slides.

Horseshoe: Rhythm band instrument.

Inner tubes: Drums and hinges.

Linoleum: Cut out design, paint and glue safety pin to back for jewelry; block printing and protection pads.

Mica (powdered): Snow on sand table and Christmas decorations.

Nail polish: Glaze for soap carvings and clay pieces.

Paper clips: Unbend and use as hangings for Christmas tree ornaments.

Paraffin: Modeling and as a waterproofing medium in clay vases and bowls.

Salt: Modeling material.

Sand: Color sand with tempera or dyes for sand pictures and sand table projects.

Toothbrushes: Pasting, stenciling and spatter work.

Sponges: Shrubbery and trees in sand table activities; cut-out figures and toys.

Wallpaper paste: Add tempera and water for finger paint.


Cardboard boxes, all sizes: Doll houses, sewing boxes, construction work, etc.

Cellophane: Slides, windows in model rooms, flowers, decorations, etc.

Crepe paper: Costumes, flowers, decora tions, raffia, figures, animals, etc.

Doilies: Snowlflakes, lace-like trimming for greeting cards, background for bouquets.

Magazines and catalogs: Sources of illustrations and reference materials.

Newspapers: Indispensable for protection of floors and clothes; papier mache, modeling material, figures, animals, etc.

Round oatmeal boxes: Drums, tom-toms, knitting boxes and wastebaskets.