Camp K backpack pattern is available by downloading the pdf version of this project (see below).
- Small corrugated cardboard pizza box, 1 per child
- Black 4mm nylon craft cord, 6 ft. per child
- Paper fasteners, 2 per child
- Small hair rubber bands, 1 per child
- Camp K Backpack pattern
- White cardstock, 1 sheet per child
Tools and Basic Supplies
- Hand drill with 1/8-in. and 3/16-in. drill bits
- Office paper cutter
- Glue sticks
- Highlighters in 4-5 colors
- Colored markers
- Cut the craft cord into 6 ft. lengths, one per child. Then
double knot one end of each length of cord.
- Photocopy the Camp K Backpack pattern onto white
cardstock, one per child. Then use an office paper
cutter to remove the white border from each pattern.
- Drill a 3/16-in. hole in each corner of the bottom of every
box. You can drill several at a time by stacking unassembled
(flat) boxes on top of each other and binding
with large rubber bands. Just make sure you’re drilling
through the bottom of each box and not the lid!
- Assemble the boxes, one per child.
- Drill a 1/8-in. hole near the front edge of the lid (at the
center). Then open the lid a couple inches and drill a
second 1/8-in. hole through the front of the box near the
top edge, directly below the hole in the lid.
- Place a Camp K Backpack pattern, a length of cord, 2
paper fasteners, and a small hair rubber band inside each
Class Time Directions
- Open your box and remove the contents.
- Insert a paper fastener through the hole in the lid and
bend the prongs to secure. Insert the other paper fastener
into the hole below the lid, but before you bend
the prongs this time, loop the rubber band around the
second fastener. By stretching the rubber band from
the second fastener to the first, you’ll use it as a latch to
keep the lid closed.
- To create shoulder straps, take the end of the black
cord that isn’t knotted and thread it from the inside of
the box out through the top left hole and pull until the
knot reaches the hole.
- Next, thread the cord back in through the bottom
left hole, across the inside of the box, out through the
bottom right hole, and in through the top right hole.
Then, tie a double knot in the end so it doesn’t pull out.
Then adjust the straps so they’re even on both sides.
- Use highlighters and markers to color the Camp K
Backpack pattern, then close the box and attach it to
the lid with glue stick.
- To keep your “backpack” closed, stretch the rubber band
and loop the head of the paper fastener on the lid.
- For easier threading and to prevent fraying, consider
fusing the ends of the craft cord with a candle or candle
lighter during Pre-Prep.
- Black-and-white-striped nylon craft cord is an attractive
alternative to solid black cord.