What a holiday season it was. Too much going on and life took me away from my little blog for a while. I hope to get back on top of things soon! Time to get creative again.
A couple months ago, our girl scout troop participated in a camp fire gathering that encourages swaps. For those who don’t know what a swaps is, it is Special Whatchamacallits Affectionately Pinned Somewhere. (You can read all about them on the Official Girl Scout Website if you’d like.) According to the website, they have been around for a while, but we never did them back when I was a girl scout. I looked around on pinterest, and felt like I had seen all those ideas already and we wanted to make something special.
I didn’t have a lot of time, and I didn’t feel like going out and buying a bunch of stuff to use, so I looked around the house to see what we could use. I had bought some printable fabric that I had not used yet, so I thought we try that. But instead of just doing that, I wanted to get creative. We have a live oak tree in out back yard, and those acorn hats look a lot like the brownie beanies. I found some bar pins left over from another project, so we got work putting our swaps together.
I thought I’d share it with you so you can make them too. They really do look cute. 🙂
First, I printed off the information onto the printable fabric. I sewed in between each one so when they were cut, they would not fray. If you have a better idea, I’d love to hear it! Next time, I am not going to make them that small. It took a long time. We then gathered our supplies. At first I used a hot glue gun, but that was too stringy, so I ended up using gorilla glue gel instead. I made sure not to glue over the swinging arm of the pin, which might have made it a little harder to pin on, but I was more concerned with being able to use the pin.
The girls enjoyed swapping their swaps. I didn’t get any images from the camp fire its self because it was just too dark and I do not like flash. But here are some of the swaps we got in return.
And as for the one with the stick and marshmallow, that is a real marshmallow. I highly DO NOT recommend using real marshmallows. It was all gooey and grouse. I ended up throwing that one away. I took a picture of it, so I could discourage use of real food in SWAPS.
I hope you enjoyed these! Just know you can make a swaps. Look around and see what you have on hand. Think about what it might remind you of that could be a cute little swaps. Then get creative.
I should take a picture of my girl scout wearing her swap hat!