Powder Horn

Paper powder horn craft
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REVOLUTION FOR PEACE

The soldiers of the Revolutionary War carried a gun called a musket.  The musket had to be loaded with gunpowder and a lead ball each time it was fired.  A musket was not very accurate.  It couldn’t hit a target that was further than 100 yards away.  When the soldiers came upon enemy soldiers, they would form several rows of long lines.  The first row would fire at the enemy.  The enemy soldiers, standing in the same formation, would fire back.  The survivors would go to the back to reload their muskets while the next row of soldiers took a shot at the enemy.  Each soldier carried a powder horn to hold their gunpowder.  The powder horn was usually made from the horn of a cow, buffalo, or ox.  When soldiers rested at camp, they carved their name, designs, and patriotic sayings into their powder horn.

Your students can create their own paper powder horn.  Since the Revolutionary War was a brutal battle that eventually led to America’s independence from British rule, this project will remind students of all of the brave citizens who risked their lives for freedom.  We never want to lose our freedoms, because it’s hard to get them back.

Waste Not Quilt

A RECYCLED WORK OF ART

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COLONIAL QUILTS

Colonial American women didn’t invent quilts, but they certainly made a lot of them.   Quilts were used on beds to keep family members warm.  They were also used to cover windows and doors during the cold winter months.  Because there were no stores, quilters had to be innovative with their materials.  Old clothes and other textiles (like curtains and bedspreads) were used to make patchwork quilts.  A patchwork quilt was made by stitching small scraps of fabric together to make a large piece of fabric.  The large patched together piece was used as the front of the quilt.  Then padding (possibly an old bedspread) and a backing were added.  Nothing went to waste.  There were no garbage cans in Colonial times.  People used their resources wisely.

 

A RECYCLED WORK OF ART

Colonial American women didn’t invent quilts, but they certainly made a lot of them.   Quilts were used on beds to keep family members warm.  They were also used to cover windows and doors during the cold winter months.  Because there were no stores, quilters had to be innovative with their materials.  Old clothes and other textiles (like curtains and bedspreads) were used to make patchwork quilts.  A patchwork quilt was made by stitching small scraps of fabric together to make a large piece of fabric.  The large patched together piece was used as the front of the quilt.  Then padding (possibly and old bedspread) and a backing were added.  Nothing went to waste.  There were no garbage cans in Colonial times.  People used their resources wisely.

CLASSROOM QUILT CRAFT

In Colonial times, quilting was often a community activity.  Everyone would get together and chat while they quilted.  This craft is a great activity for students to make together.  Have each student create one square of the wrapping paper quilt.  When all of the squares are finished, you can staple them onto a bulletin board to create a classroom quilt.

When you make this craft with a group of students, you can request that each student bring in an old piece of wrapping paper.  You might want to use a paper cutter to cut the wrapping paper pieces into 2 1/2” squares or you can have the students use their rulers to measure and cut the squares.  Each student should have a copy of the quilt grid, a scissors, a ruler, a pencil, and a glue stick. 

*There will be students who complain about the amount of wasted paper scraps that weren’t used in the quilt.  To make sure you waste nothing, make handmade paper with the remaining scraps. 

HANDMADE PAPER

You’ll need:  Paper scraps, plastic tub, kitchen blender, water, screen attached to a frame (an old window screen),  rolling pin.

1. Have students tear the leftover scraps into small 1” pieces.  Put the pieces in the plastic tub.  Fill it with enough hot water to cover the scraps.  Let it soak overnight.

2. Scoop 3 cups of the paper and water mixture into  a kitchen blender.  Blend until it’s a mushy pulp.

3. Set the screen over the tub.  Pout the pulp onto the screen.  Use a rolling pin to roll the water out of the pulp.

4. Let the paper dry overnight.