Now, though, spend a few minutes with card, wire and a cigar tin, and you can have a pocket-sized display fit to earn any Cub or Scout that bit extra credit towards a badge.
(You could consider this to be eight Instructables in one, since will also learn how to tie seven different knots. How's that for value?)
Step 1: What you need.
- Most small tins will do for this project, but the best tins are those flat, conveniently pocket-sized tins that hold a handful of slim cigars*.
- Odd lengths of electrical wire. Mains wire is good for this as it gives you a choice of colours, enabling you to tell one part of a knot from another.
- Wire cutters.
- A piece of stiff card.
- Fine pen for labelling knots.
- Optional: paints to disguise the carcinogenic origins of the tin.
Step 2: Select your knots
In this tin, I am going to display the following knots:
- Reef knot (step 3)
- Sheet bend (step 4)
- Sheep shank (step 5)
- Bowline (step 6)
- Round turn and two half hitches (step 7)
- Lark's head hitch (step 8)
- Constrictor knot (step 9)
If you are just learning how to tie knots, there are many excellent books available, and several well-produced websites include animations of a variety of useful or decorative knots.
My current favourites are Grog and the 42^nd^ Brighton (Saltdean) Scouts pages.