Happy Camper Craft

Most summers, I am home alone for a week while Steve and Trevor head off to a summer camp with the Scouts. I use the time to finish huge projects, like in June 2017 when I added a section to my blog with travel and craft recommendations for all 50 states. Not this year. Not only will I be attending summer camp with the Scouts, but I've been planning it! For the past month, I've been setting the schedule, securing merit badge counselors, building a menu and shopping list, designing daily patrol challenges, and taking care of a bunch of other details to ensure a successful week for the Scouts. 

With camp on my mind 24/7, it's no surprise that my crafting reflects that. 

Happy Camper Craft


  • construction paper or cardstock
  • white paint
  • stiff brush or old toothbrush
  • scissors
  • glue


Dip the paintbrush into white paint. Drag your thumb across the bristles of the brush to send tiny flicks of paint onto the black background paper. You can also use an old toothbrush. Set the paper aside to dry.

Using black cardstock or construction paper, cut out a rectangle that is the same length as your background paper. Then cut out trees from black by snipping away triangles from each side to mimic the look of branches.  

Cut a parallelogram and an obtuse triangle from green to make the tent and the tent flap. Cut a yellow circle for the moon, then create the happy camper. I started with a round head, then added a neck, a shirt and hair, and finally the blue sleeping bag bits. After drawing eyes, a nose, and a smile, I glued the parts of the camper together. Position the tent flap over the camper and trim away any bits of sleeping bag that protrude beyond the left side of the flap.

Glue the ground down on the dry background paper, then add the trees. Next, glue the moon in place. Glue down the main part of the tent, then add the camper and the tent flap.  

Happy camping, everyone!

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