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Host: Katie Hacker


Always cover your work surface with a mat or some type of protective covering like wax paper or plastic.
Always use care when using tools or a heat source. Be careful and safe!


Age Range: 7 to 12

Grade Range: 2 to 6

Skill Level: Moderate

Appropriate for These Special Events:
Every Day and Rainy Days

Supports Subject Area(s) of:
Language Arts – e.g. step by step instructions
Mathematics – measuring

Time needed for project:
1 hour plus drying time

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By Katie Hacker

Materials needed:
Elmer's® Bi-fold Foam Board 9”x12”
Elmer's® Brown Painters
® Opaque Paint Markers
Elmer's® Craft Bond® thin medium glue spots
FloraCraft® Design It:® SimpleStyle® green 6” glittered organza
FloraCraft® Design It:® SimpleStyle® natural 18” burlap
Light tan felt
Small paintbrush handle (or something similar for pushing organza through the burlap)



1. Close the foam board and use a paint marker to color the short edges.

2. Lay the closed foam board on top of the burlap.

3. Cut around the foam board so there is about half an inch of burlap extending over all of the edges.

4. Cut two strips of tan felt that are about 1/2” wide by 20” long.

5. Lay a felt strip across the folded foam board with burlap and wrap the end to the inside of the tent. Use a glue spot or two to attach the felt inside the foam board. Repeat for the other felt strip.

6. Cut a short strip of felt to fit across the opening of the tent near the top. Use glue spots to attach it beneath the original felt strips. (This will prevent the tent from sliding open on the tabletop.)

7. Cut several squares of organza and use a paintbrush handle (or similar) to poke them through the weave of the burlap to create a glam camouflage effect. For extra layers, cut leaf-shaped pieces of burlap and stick them through the burlap, too.

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