More Girl Scout SWAPS

Making Friends has a very nice page of the history of SWAPS.

“Girl Scout S.W.A.P.S.
Special Whatchamacallits Affectionately Pinned Somewhere or Share With A Pal”

They give an explanation of how this came from Native American Indians. This story they posted is not something I am familiar with, so I thought I’d post the link to Making Friends and you can visit them for their history.

Links to ideas for SWAPS:


and a yahoo group for SWAP discussion



Crochet Vday Envelopes

81111ada1This is a cute project that I found on the Lion Brand Website. They offer this in their Free Crochet Patterns. It is part of their By Kids for Kids program. How cute to have them make one for mom or grandmom or even for themselves! Now to teach them all how to crochet. I am thinking that this would be better suited for my Juniors and Cadettes, although we could try it with the Brownies. They would just need more assistance.

I should add that their membership is free and you can subscribe for a free newsletter with patterns and advice.


Plastic Bag Pom Poms

I was browsing the internet, not even looking for Pom Poms, and guess what I found? Creature Comforts has a link on using plastic bags instead of yarn to make pom poms. Now I’m wondering what else we can make pom poms out of. I think I will ask the girls at our meeting tonight to see how many different materials can make pom poms 🙂


Pipe cleaner and fingerprint creatures

Last week my Daisies made fingerprint creatures. I had them press thumb prints on a sheet of paper and then with markers make the print a creature. They LOVED it.

finger print comic book idea

more fingerprint directions

more ideas –  scroll down past origami

I was browsing Martha’s website today and found these:

Pipe Cleaner Creatures

Basic Body How-To
Coil pipe cleaner around a marker (the thicker the marker, the fatter the animal) and slide off.

I wonder how hard it would be to make a snowman….

Happy Crafting!

Photo Hanger (ornament)

This is a fun project that your scouts could make for their families. It doesn’t have to be Christmas as I’ve made mine.

I used white posterboard, wrapping paper, lace, a hole punch, a sharpie and pictures.

First draw your large circle on the white posterboard:

Then cut out the circles and put your choice of glue on the non-shiny side. I put the wrapping paper on in a square larger than the circle, and pressed it. Next I used special scissors to trim the wrapping paper.

After that I traced a smaller circle on a picture, cut out the picture and used a glue stick to attach it to the wrapping paper. Then I punched a hole it in with a hole punch, slipped lace through the hole, and tied it.

Then I turned it over and used a sharpie to write her name and the year. I actually have used pictures from every year I had on hand, next I’m going to dig into the scrapbook box for pictures 🙂

Happy Crafting!


What to make with a generic wooden Cd rack

So I see this blog: and wonder hmmm… How can I tie this in with Scouts. $5 per kit, and then odds and ends we have in the troop closet would make this a little pricer than I usually spend, but perhaps we could think up a badge to complete by making this project. Now we could make anything.

Let’s see…contact/shelf paper can usually be found at the dollar store and scrapbooking paper sometimes. That would take care of the walls and floors. Magazines can supply the ‘artwork’ for your walls if you want, and a frame could be made from cut popsicle sticks or toothpicks.

The sky is the limit, let the kids be creative.

 Happy Crafting,


Toilet Paper Origami

Thanks to Cas for this wonderful link. My Juniors have decided they want a toilet paper fashion show at our cabin sleepover, and when Cas showed me this Toilet Paper Origami, I knew it would be a winner! I just wish I could find out pictures from last year.

Between the rose, and the flapping bird, the wedding dress 🙂

Fun Toilet paper crafts:

games and fun from Marcal Toilet Paper

I used to have one of these on my desktop

in fact, I have one again 🙂

A video of how to make a  toilet paper rose

My first attempt:

TP Rose 1  TP Rose 2 

Happy crafting 🙂


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