Western Vest

Western Vest craft

Ready to dress up like a ranch hand? Make your own cowpoke "leather" vest with "silver" rosettes and spin a yarn or two.

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    Ah, life on the open range--sleeping under the stars, eating beans from the chuck wagon, lassoing a steer. You’ll be ready to jump into the saddle when you wear this cowboy (or cowgirl) vest.

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    Cut the vest. Ask an adult to help cut a recycled paper grocery bag to fit you (turn bag inside out if there is writing on it). On a flat surface, cut from the center of the bag’s open edge to the middle of the bottom with Crayola® Scissors. Cut out a neck hole on bag’s bottom. Cut arm holes in bag’s sides. Trim the front edges to complete the vest.

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    Decorate your Western wear. Tear along the bottom of the vest to fringe the edge. Use Crayola Construction Paper Crayons to fill your vest with designs such as cow brands, boots, and hats. Mark stitching (short lines) around the edges.

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    Add rosettes. Tear two aluminum foil circles (one smaller than the other) to make each silvery rosette. Put a small circle on top of a larger one. With the help of an adult, poke ribbon or yarn through layered rosette and into the vest. Knot both ends. Cr