Science of Happiness Cadette Badge

iVillage Member
Registered: 04-26-2002
Science of Happiness Cadette Badge
Wed, 03-13-2013 - 2:20pm

Science of Happiness cadette badge... my girls asked if they could modify the one requirement where it says to make a collage.  They wanted to do something a little more lasting and fun and with some brainstorming, we came up with the idea of using modge podge to make a collage on something they would see or use a lot... like a clipboard or a little table in their rooms or around the frame of a bulletin board.  Each girl is now tasked with finding photos/images/words they want to use and finding an item they want to put those on.  I told them they don't all have to do the same thing, but they have to find something.

Now- the problem is- I've never used the stuff.  I have to read up on it and find out the cost and how it's used, and determine if this is something we can do in meetings or maybe at one of our houses... some girls have bigger work spaces and their families would be willing.  And I'd like to find someone who has some experience with the stuff to give us pointers and just be an extra pair of hands/eyes!  We plan to do the actual project shortly after Easter sometime.  

The rest of the badge was mostly discussion, making a happiness survey and giving it to others, and some little easier stuff.


Community Leader
Registered: 05-28-2000
Thu, 03-14-2013 - 3:29pm

We've made several collages on unfinished wood items.  I just use white glue and water mixture.  You can then purchase a sealer to put over it if you want to make sure it is well protected.  If the girls need filler for the project they can use pieces of tissue paper, but the tissue paper has to be basically be soaked.  You can also use this process on those cardboard like boxes at the craft stores. 

When using modge podge: if the girls bring an item that has a finish on it you may need to sand it or the modge podge may sit on the item and flake off.  We had that happen with some items the kids were making at the school for a fundraiser. 

iVillage Member
Registered: 04-26-2002
Mon, 03-18-2013 - 11:37am

Thanks for the tips/ideas.