Knot Border

This black and white image, Cubs Knot Border, was donated by the artist, Chris Gunn. Click to read more about Chris.

With knot tying and ropes being such an important part of the Scouting program we could “KNOT” resisit choosing this theme for a Blue and Gold Banquet. The invitation and invitation insert should be photocopied on cardstock (we suggest blue or gold). Cut out invitation along rope edges following dotted lines where indicated. A slit should then be cut from dotted line to short mark (approx. 1 /2 inch). This enables the lassos to interlock when folded as shown. Invitation insert should be cut in a rectangle very close to rope edge. This is attached to inside of invitation between fold marks. We suggest using a glue stick. Place marker – After photocopying the place marker on card stock, punch holes as indicated and fill in name. An 18″ length of small rope or heavy twine is inserted through the holes and tied with an inexpensive ring. This place marker is intended to be used by each guest in conjunction with the placemat on p. 18. The placemat(large rope border) should be enlarged to 11 X 17 and photocopied for individual placemats. These could be colored by either boys or leader. As guests arrive and are seated they can practice the knots shown on the placemats using the rope and ring from their place marker. If you would like to provide a handout the boys have made in den meeting, or a favor made at the banquet, we suggest a knot bracelet made from twine or heavy yarn. You will need three or four lengths 18 inches long. These are tied with overhand knots at intervals of approx. 1-1/2 inches. (See rope bracelet example) Form a circle big enough to slip over your hand and tie off trimming ends to be even. We suggest that you create an actual rope teaser puzzle with a large rope. This could be set up in a designated area with a sign that says “How many knots will be in this rope when the two ends are pulled tight.” (Answer is one). During the evening, two Cub Scouts could be chosen to pull the ends and demonstrate. This teaser could be photocopied and given to each participant. Other rope tricks could also be performed. Table decorations could be made by the boys by wrapping soup or juice cans closely with rope to create vases for flowers. A large rope with knots at intervals could serve as a table runner. Napkin rings could be made from rope (in the same manner as the bracelet.) Optional words “Scout Banquet” are provided.

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