Paper Crafting Badge

(Discover Art)

By Doreen Olson

Paper crafts usually are divided into two divisions: color applied to paper (usually termed art) and paper manipulated in some way. This badge emphasizes paper manipulation. For any type of paper manipulation, if you have earned an entire badge in that craft (at your current level), you have completed that requirement. For instance, if you have earned the Origami Badge, you have automatically fulfilled the requirement for making a piece of origami.


Penguins: Do three requirements including those starred.

_____*1 Learn about paper? What is it made out of? Learn about three different types of paper crafting like origami, paper mache, quilling, etc.

_____*2 Make a craft project from paper, this can be as simple as gluing paper cutouts onto something, or as intricate as making an origami animal.


Otters: Do four requirements including those starred.

_____*1. Do Penguin requirements 1 & 2. Read about the history of papermaking. When do archaeologists think the first paper was made? Who made it? Go to a workshop, museum, or art store display of paper crafts that contain samples of five different paper crafts you have never seen before (or find some online with the help of a parent).

_____ *2. Make a paper chain.


Dolphins: Do five requirements including those starred.

_____ *1. Do Otter requirements 1 & 2.

_____*2. Go to an art store or studio that has a lot of different kinds of paper (or visit one online with your parents’ permission). Learn how to differentiate between five new-to-you types of paper. For what types of crafts is each type of paper suitable?


Butterflies: Do six requirements including those starred.

_____ *1. Do Dolphin requirements 1 & 2.

_____*2. Visit an artist that specializes in using cast-off pieces of paper, or recycled paper, or makes his or her own paper. OR make a minimum of two sheets of paper by yourself.


Eagles: Do seven requirements including those starred.

_____ *1. Do Butterfly requirements 1 & 2.

_____*2. Use some of your creations from this badge to brighten someone’s day or help a charity in some way.


Owls:  Do nine requirements including the two starred.

_____ 1. * Do Eagle requirements 1 & 2

_____ 2. * Teach someone how to do a skill from this badge or teach some knowledge about this badge to someone.   You can teach kids, your spouse, seniors, anyone, just as long as you are sharing your new found knowledge.   If for some reason you cannot teach what you have learned to someone else, you may choose an additional 2 optional requirements instead.


Optional Requirements:

_____ 3. Make three types of pop-up pictures for dioramas or greeting cards using folded paper techniques.

_____ 4. Make a piece of origami.

_____ 5. Make a paper sculpture (3D).

_____ 6. Make a paper garland.

_____ 7. Make a piece of kirigami

_____ 8. Decoupage a frame, box, or other item.

_____ 9. Create something using paper mache.

_____ 10. Create a collage.

_____ 11. Learn about quilling and make something using this technique.

_____ 12. Weave some paper to create a basket, mat, or other object.

_____ 13. Learn to emboss on paper or use crayons to make a rubbing.

_____ 14. Create something using paper punches and punch-outs.

_____ 15. Enter some of your paper crafts in a fair or competition.

_____ 16. Use some of your creations to brighten someone’s day or help a charity in some way.

_____ 17. Find out about a career that uses paper crafting techniques. What type of education do you need for this job? How much money can you expect to make? What hours might you expect to work?