Ok - I am back from my own trip with some great results.
Note: we didn't have hot glue guns or electricity
With the ladies, we crafted:
1) Journals - 1/2 sheets of paper (about 20) with manila folder material on the front/back. Punched holes and bound with ribbon. Decorated front with homemade stamps. (How to make stamps: take styrofoam like from a meat package, cut into a square, indent with pencil with desired shaps and wham-o: custom stamp)
2) small bags - they loved gluing and sweing ribbons and such on these
3) headbands - bought plain plastic ones from Oriental Trading company and wrapped them with ribbon and/or fabric in varous methods. Glue to adhere. Loved it.
I googled the web with the same question and stumbled across this page! I haven't tried this yet but heard it is good - embroidering purses - can get cheap ones from Michaels, etc. The ladies love it because they are already skilled at it and they have a chance to show US how to do it.
how about some of the thrifty crafts on this site. there is one on this very newsletter. coffee cans, beads and some other containers and paper could make a storage something
If it was me, I'd take glass beads (must be larger than seed beads or it's too hard to work with) , plastic streach string (made for beading) 1 bottle of clear nail polish(to put on the finishing knots) and make streachy bead bracelets. If you want to get fancy, buy charms that symbolize what your mission is about--friendship, hope, love--and add one to each bracelet.
They would be innexpensive, take up a small amount of luggange space, be quick to make, and produce something that I myself would really want to have. I wear several every day to the office.
Have a wonderful time.
How about flower pens? Take the silk flowers and about a 1-inch stem from silk bouquets. Hold flower at top of pen and wrap stem and pen together with green floral tape.
How about a sugar scrub for their hands and feet?
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