Special Whatchamacallits Affectionately Pinned Somewhere


Fire Kisses:  Wax paper, matches, paraffin wax (household wax), glue, thread or ribbon.  Wrap “chunks” of wax in wax paper, like peppermint candy.  Tie with ribbon.  Glue three matches in a triangle form onto the “Fire Kiss”.


Square Knots:  Pink and blue loopy thread (multi-colored loopy loops to make pot holders) Using the different colors, cut the “loops” so they form a string instead of a circle.  Begin making square knots using one pink and one blue.  Make as many square knots as you desire.  Attach a jingle bell to the end, with piece of string. 


Pot-O-Beans:  Bottle caps, beans (or noodles), paper clips, black paint.  Paint the bottle cap.  Shape paper clip like handle and glue into cap.  Glue beans into cap.  (or use fun noodle shapes like TEXAS)


Camp Axe:  Brown fun foam, twigs, black heavy thread or small twine.  Cut foam into shape of axe.  Glue onto twig.  Apply thread in criss-cross pattern over axe blade.  Pin can be attached to thread.


Marshmallows on a stick:  White pony beads, twigs, pin backs.  Glue two pony beads onto stick.  Glue pin on stick.


Rose Pins:  Earring posts and backs, mini flowers, ribbons.  Glue flower to small piece of ribbon to earring post.  Use earring back to attach.  Ribbons can be geared towards color of rank (daisy - yellow; junior - green, etc…)


Juliette Low Hat:  Bottle caps and brown fun foam and brown paint.  Paint the bottle cap.  Attach to small round piece of fun foam with glue.  Put pin on underside of hat.


Reindeer Puzzle Pin:  3 small puzzle pieces painted brown.  One piece is the face, the other 2 glued behind link antlers.  Goggley eyes and red nose painted on tip of face piece.  Little holly leaves and berries on one of the antler pieces.  Pin glued on back.


Crayon:  Glue pin to new crayons.


Felt Swaps:  pennants with activity name and date.  Felt kite, yarn for tail.  Felt trefoils with troop number written in fabric paint.  Teddy graham cookies, spray painted gold, glued onto felt strips as medals.


Pipe cleaners:  twist red and white to form candy canes.  Make wreaths with green pipe cleaners and decorate with ribbon, pom poms, or sequins.


Swap Hats:  Miniature straw hats, ribbon, miniature buttons, flowers, etc.  Glue ribbon to outside of hat around the bowl.  Glue buttons, flowers, etc….on top of ribbon.  Attach pin to bottom rim of hat.


Styrofoam Hat:  Take a Styrofoam cup, color it,  place it on cookie sheet in oven (400 degrees) watch it closely!  It will shrink into a little hat.  It takes only a minute, so watch it closely.  Hot glue pin onto inside of rim.


Any sticker or picture put in between two pieces of clear contact paper and punch a hole on top for safety pin. 

Latrine: materials: white pipe cleaner, coffee stirrer, glue.  Cut your coffee stirrer into 2 inch pieces.  Cut your pipe cleaner into 1 inch pieces.  Make a little loop with the pipe cleaner and put the two ends in the two little holes after you put a little glue on the ends of the pipe cleaner.


                          Instructions for American flag pin swap



·       20 blue beads

·       20 red beads

·       30 white beads

·       10 small safety pins

·       1 big safety pin


Using the grid pattern below, place your beads on the pins.  (Each column equals one safety pin.  Read pattern from top to bottom.)








































































Then hang small safety pins by the loop onto big safety pin from last to first.



S'more Swaps


Cut two 1" squares of tan felt (graham crackers)


On top of one, put a slightly smaller square of brown felt (chocolate)


On top of that, stretch out a cotton ball (marshmallow)


Put other tan felt square on top.


Can glue the layers together or take tiny stitches (to look like cracker holes)


Attach small safety pin to one corner.


P-nut Baby


With glue gun, attach two wiggle eyes to a peanut.


Cut triangle of white cloth to use as a diaper and attach with glue gun.


Glue on pin back.


Bed Rolls


you need; two pieces felt 2" x 4"


2 pieces of yarn 5-6", a safety pin, and Elmer's glue


Lay the pieces of felt on top of eachother. Roll them up tight. Tie with yarn at ends.


attach pin with glue.


Swaps means Share With A Pal.


SWAPs are a little something that you make that can be traded or "SWAPed" with others.


SWAPs have a safety pin, clothes pin or string so as to allow the SWAP's attachment to something. Some

troops have SWAP hats, others have friendship knotted necklaces, others have simple thick yarn necklaces

and some just attach them to their patch jacket. Usually the SWAP has something written on or attached to it to

denote the giver and/or the event given at. SWAPs can be for whatever reason you chose.


Here's some examples: Thinking Day-A shrink art flag from the country your troop decides to study (punch the

hole before you shrink it!!), a camping event-each scout makes a swap representing her camp name, your's

might be made from grey fun foam cut out in the shape of a manatee , Be A Reader event-a green packing

foam s-shaped peanut with wiggle eyes attached to make it look like a bookworm. At a HGGO III event one

participant made a little 1-1/2 inch square dunk bag using netting with a thread for the drawstring, fun foam for

a plate and an odd shaped bead cut in half for the cup-It was adorable! The point is just to have fun with your

creativity and use a whole range of items to create something that you can create a lot of at a reasonably low

cost (remember, some events may have troops that have only one type of SWAP between all the girls and the

leaders and some troops may have a different SWAP offered by each girl and adult-you need to have enough

SWAPs to swap).


I forgot to mention to keep in mind where you are handing out SWAPs. A Hersheys Kiss and Hug wrapped in

a piece of red plastic wrap with the attached tag reading "A Hug and a Kiss to a great leader" is really cute,

but not very cute given at a camping event. It's easy to forget to detach it from the SWAP hat and your tent

becomes a far too interesting scent to a neighborhood bear. I have also seen camp SWAPs with varnished

jelly beans and spray painted popcorn. Believe it or not, an animal can still smell the food! Here's another

thought...A wonderful Day Camp leader I know has the camp name Red. She gives out Big Red gum sticks

with a safety pin poked through one end. The girls loved it, but me as a Mom had no appreciation two years

later when we got into her precious SWAP box and discovered a whole now ecosystem! *shudder* Have fun!



My girls did this when they were second grade brownies. Collect old puzzles being thrown away. Take pieces

of the puzzles and paint them to look like "critters", etc. Glue pin backs on the backside to wear for fun. We

even had one girl who painted the pieces to look like "worry dolls" and turned several into a barette!


Ever try the styrofoam hat? Take a styrofoam cup, place it on cookie sheet in oven (400), watch it! It will shrink

and shring into a little hat! Great little swap! It only takes a minute or so, so watch it closely.


Well, now that you've been flooded with "SWAP talk", have to add my two cents. When I joined Blue Spruce

SU in Mile Hi Council back in '91, my troop did a nifty craft while hosting a  Rendezvous - blue-jean bags.

Great for toting stuff around camp, and mine has swaps all around the waist and pockets. A few pointers from

me: I DO NOT reccomend those cute little paper fans for swaps, since they get crushed very easily. Also, one

of the most memorable swaps I have is a felt version of a troop's crest with the event name and date on one of

those clothing labels on the back.


1. STYROFOAM MEAT AND FISH TRAYS act like Shrink Art. Cut and color them first and then place in oven

and shrink.


2. FILM CANISTERS (try Sam's Club and Price Club...they always have millions of them) can be made into an

Oscar the Grouch SWAP just by using a green pom pon glued to the cannister and the lid glued on top of the

pom pon like a hat.


3. Try using those SMALL PAPER CUPS used for catsup in fast food places (ie: Wendys). You pull apart the

sides and the cup opens up into a flower that can be decorated.


4. How about using STRAWS cut up with wiggle eyes to become worms?


5. COMMUNION CUPS can be turned into sundaes with pom pon balls and a coffee stir stick as the straw.


6. TOOTHPICKS can be turned into miniature God's Eyes.


7. BOTTLE TOPS and FLIPS TOPS FROM SODA CANS can be glued together and sprayed black to

become little frying pans (don't forget to paint in the fried eggs!).


8. PLASTIC MILK BOTTLE LIDS can be turned into a picture frame just by gluing a picture off of used GIFT

WRAP or WALLPAPER into the center.


9. Cut up the PLASTIC MILK BOTTLES into the shape of little sunglasses and glue colored celophane to one



10. Turn clothes pins into works of art buy gluing collages of PLASTIC SODA 6PAK HOLDERS that have

been cut up and spray painted, WALLPAPER, PUZZLE PIECES... lots of things-just add color and glitter to

any piece of trash!


last year as brownies our troop made swaps for a halloween camporee we had over the oct 31st

weekend...we used brown satin ribbon, about 3" long, which we looped one end over the other, glued orange

pasta pumpkins to the middle, wrote "brownie troop #49" with gold pen on the ends and attached safety pins

to the back to hold onto vests. we prepared the ribbon beforehand (some moms did this) and had the girls do

the rest...they were beautiful!


a couple of years ago our brownies (now jrs) made earrings and pins using puzzle pieces theu had gathered

from old puzzles they were "too old" to play with. they also painted, glittered and glued things to the

pieces...these were such a hit with their ungirlscout friends that several of them, including my daughter, started

selling them for a quarter ea pin and $.50 an earrings set!!


Stick clear contact paper on top of a sheet of wrapping paper or cloth remnant that has many pictures in the

theme of your choice. Cut out the pictures in the shape of your choice. Use a Sharpie pen to write your troop

name, date, event etc on top side of the swap. Other pens will smear on the slick contact paper surface. Put a

safety pin through the top of the swap and you are done.


As an example:Our troop is going to an overnight with a Little Camp on the Prairie Theme. We found wrapping

paper with boots and hats. For very little money we made 150 round pins each with a boot or a hat. It is very

easy for the girls. Each girl completed at least 10 swaps in an hour.


My daughter's Junior troop made horse heads out of pecans to send to a troop in Russia--glued on wiggle

eyes, strips of colored felt for bridle, brown felt ears and forelock, added pin back and drew on mouth.


They also made Baba Yaga heads for Thinking Day out of walnuts, wiggle eyes, purple fimo clay witch noses,

and drew on red lips. Then they added a bit of cotton for hair and a 1" strip of fabric knotted in the middle as a

head scarf.


Take a film cannister and poke a small hole in the lid. Insert a piece of plastic lacing and knot on the inside of

the lid so a loop extends up from the top. Put a bandaid, folded kleenex, etc. in the cannister and attach to hat

or vest. Makes a great emergency kit for hikes, camping, etc.


Use the air dry play dough and make bones for necklaces. Shape bones and leave holes for stringing and also

make dinosaur teeth. Because the clay is dingy white there is no painting involved.


Turtles have significance in most NA cultures... Soooo... why not fashion a small turtle out of felt.. Make it

primitive and let them use a paint pen or sharpie marker to do a kind of .. spiral shape on the shell. Hook a

safety pin on and when they trade them, they can say, "This turtle is the symbol of long life to the Native

Americans, and my friendship with you." :)


Make small teepees out of thin sticks and brown parcel paper. HAve the girls draw on the papaer first!!!


When we attended a weekend camp this summer, we received swaps made from jingle bells (not the

bell-shaped kind, the round kind). The girls had decorated each bell to look like a rabbit (felt ears, whiskers,

and googly eyes). Then they inserted a safety pin into the hook on the top of each bell so that it could be used

as a pin. They were really cute (the girls who made them were 4th grade Juniors). Also, we made swaps out of

shells. We bought a big bag of them at the local discount store (I think they cost $2.99 for a big bag). Then we

glued felt and googly eyes to them. We hot glued pin backings or magnets to the back of them to make little

shell people.


NanLar: Our day camp did a circus theme last year and our unit made cotton candy as a swap. Toothpick

stuck (with a little glue) into a pink cotton ball. Another unit did same idea only made a white paper cone and

lightly glued pink cotton ball into the top of the cone.


try poking 3 short pipe cleaners through a pony bead. It makes a spider. Add a tag with girl's name & troop #

and a safety pin. She can Swap With A Pal. Each girl should make enough to trade with many girls. It

encourage the girls to meet others and make new friends.


I saw a really cute one today. The leader cut 1 1/2 inch pieces of twigs, that were about 3/8 inch in diameter.

The girls glued on small plastic ants, from a party store (KG Marx) that come about 200 to a bag. Voila--ants

on a log! (like the celery/peanut butter/raisins snack). Then they hot glued a pin thing on the back.


Here is one that takes longer and is more complicated--our girls are just making one for themselves. It is

based on the craft article in the January/Feb issue of American Girl Magazine--pencils covered with

embroidery floss and beads. They show full size pencils, but for a swap we are using a short golf-type pencil,

putting a rubber eraser on the end. Before wrapping with the floss you tape one side of a safety pin on the

pencil, and then cover the taped side as you wrap with the floss. Each one had some dangly pieces of floss

strung with beads. For some reason my descriptions of craft things never make much sense but if you look at

the magazine it may be clear!


Fill a plastic spoon with plaster of paris. Let dry completely and then pop out of spoon. It is then shaped like a

Lady Bug (or even an Easter Egg). Paint completely red then paint a black area at one end for the face, draw

a black line down the middle and cover with black dots. glue wiggley eyes on the face and attach a pin back

with hot glue. Really cute and girls really enjoy.


CORN: Cut green felt into ear of corn shape (about 1 1/4 inches long). Use bead paint in yellow, white,

oranges, browns for kernels.


INDIAN BLANKETS: Cut plastic canvas (any color) into 11/4 inch squares. Use multi-colored yarn to weave



TURQUOISE JEWELRY: Cut poster board into 1 inch shapes (circles, diamonds). Cover with foil. Glue on

shell macaroni painted or dyed blue.


BEADED FEATHER: String 3 or 4 pony beads onto ribbon or yarn. Dip tips of feathers into glue and push up

inside beads.


TOMAHAWK: Cut craft stick into 2 inch lengths. Cut brown fun foam or felt into 2 hatchet blade shapes (about

1 inch long). Glue stick between blades and tie around with yarn or string.


INDIAN GIRL: Wrap miniature doll clothespin with tan felt, tie with brown or black yarn for dress. Make a 4-5

inch long braid, tie off both ends. Glue around top for hair. Draw on face.


SAND ART: Cut 1 1/2 inch circles of poster board. Paint with thinned glue, sprinkle on sand.


My daughter recently made ballet slippers that were really cute. She took 2 wooden craft spoons and glued

them together to look like crossed "feet". She then glued approx. 1/8" pink satin ribbon in "X" in appropriate

place to look like lace-ups on ballet shoes and finished them off with a pearl at the toe. A pin on the back

would make it easy to attach to something, i.e. use as a swap. She was experimenting when she "created"

these, but think they'd make cute dance theme swaps.


Take 6 inch strip of clear packing tape and sprinkle 1/2 with sequins, sparkle confetti, glitter or anything shiny

(and my Browines do love sparkles). Cut a circle of paper approximately 2" in diameter and add message

(ours was "Girl Scouts Sparkle" with troop #) and place face down on other half of tape. Fold tape in half end

to end to seal in sparkles and cut around circle leaving about 1/2" border. This can have lots of cute

application, including fish shapes for "Rainbow Trouts", using silver glitter and cutting into slipper shapes for a

glass slipper, whatever. It was quick, cheap, easy enough for first graders and it had plenty of sparkle.


Another favorite was to glue a tuft of cotton on an ice cream sample spoon and add bugle bead "sprinkles"

(more of that sparkle theme).


Some SWAPS ideas have been gathered from friends, forums or lists. Some are original ideas. If you see an idea here that is your ORIGINAL idea and you would like credit for it, please let me know.

Pinky's SWAP of the Month

(Being sent out in June SWAP exchange)

Beadie Dragonfly

Use the same technique as for the popular Beadie Critters, but use seed beads and jeweler's wire.

Lady Bug

Mix Plaster of Paris according to package directions. Pour into the bowl of a spoon with the spoon handle resting on the handle of a wooden spoon to keep POP from running out the back. When set, remove from spoon. Let dry 24 hours, then paint with acrylic craft paint. Spray with clear acrylic sealer. Glue on googly eyes and a pin back.

Hermie the Wormie

Tightly wind one full pipe cleaner around a pencil, far enough from the point that you will finish winding at the point (about 1-1/2 inches from point). This is Hermie’s tail-end. Glue googly eyes on the head, then hot glue the worm to a silk leaf. Hot glue a pin back to underside of leaf.

Soda Bottle Butterfly

Using permanent markers, trace a butterfly onto a plastic soda bottle, with the centerline running up and down the bottle. Color with permanent markers. (If using a green bottle, don’t need to color.) Cut out the butterfly. Bend a 4-inch length of pipe cleaner in the middle and wrap around center of butterfly, between wings. Twist a time or two and spread ends apart to form antennae. With the wings curving UP, hot glue a pin back to the bottom.

Clothespin Alligator

Paint a clothespin green. Let dry. Paint inside the clip end red for inside of mouth. Let dry. With a very fine brush, paint tiny white lines along the sides of the "mouth." (See picture) Glue on googly eyes and pin back. Use the fine brush and white paint to write troop # and/or event name on sides. (The other side of this one says ZOO SNOOZE)

Sleeping Girl Scout

Paint a wooden spoon with flesh colored acrylic paint. When dry, paint on facial features. Glue on hair. Cut a 6-inch by 1-1/4 inch piece of felt. Fold in half and glue the edges, stopping ½ inch from open end. Fold ½ inch over on one side and glue. Stuff one cotton ball inside sleeping bag for camper’s body, then insert spoon girl. If desired, make a tiny pillow, stuffed with a cotton ball. Glue under camper’s head.

Bright Buddies

Cut a pipe cleaner in half. Bend one half at the middle. Cut a 1-1/2 inch length from the other half to use as arms. Wrap yarn around 2 fingers about 7 times. Stick the bent pipe cleaner between your fingers, around the yarn wraps. Carefully slide the yarn off your fingers and stick the ends of the pipe cleaner through the hole of a ½-inch bead with a small hole. (hole about the size of a pony bead hole.) Pull the pipe cleaner so that the yarn is held tight against the bead. Put the "arm" piece of pipe cleaner between the two ends coming through the bead and twist tightly. Continue twisting until you have about an inch of twisted pipe cleaner. Slip a one inch piece of colored drinking straw over the body. Spread the legs in a "Y" shape to keep the straw from sliding off. Bend about ¼ inch of the ends to make little feet. Cut the loops of yarn and use a pin or toothpick to separate the strands for hair. Hot glue a pin back to the straw. (Can add googly eyes, if desired.)

Film Canister Swaps

Oscar the Grouch


film canisters
green pompoms
glue gun
googly eyes
silver or gray paint (optional)


Paint canister to look like a garbage can. Put pompom halfway in canister. Attach lid at a slant on back with glue gun. Attach googly eyes with glue.

You can finish in several ways -
hot glue magnet on back
punch a hole and string a ribbon through for a necklace
hot glue a pin back to the canister



film canisters
fun foam


Cut shapes (leaves, hearts, stars, etc.) from fun foam and glue to lid of canister.

Sewing Kit


film canisters
needles stuck through small piece of index card
tiny spool of thread
folding scissors
small safety pins


Put all items inside canister. Punch hole in canister to string a ribbon through for a necklace or hot glue a pin back to the side of the canister.

First Aid Kit


film canisters
35 cents (for emergency phone call)
alcohol pad
needle woven through a small piece of index card


Put all items inside canister. Punch hole in canister to string a ribbon through for a necklace or hot glue a pin back to the side of the canister.

Picture Frame


film canister lids
small photos
glue gun
poster board


Cut a shape (heart, star, flower, etc…) out of the poster board, leaving a hole in the center slightly smaller than the canister lid. Decorate the shape with paint and glitter. Cut a photo to fit inside the lid. Glue it inside the lid, then glue the shape to the rim of the lid. Glue the magnet to the top of the lid.

Snow Man


film canister lids (2)
fun foam
googly eyes
small black buttons
small piece of poster board
white paint
black dimensional paint
4" piece of ribbon, yarn or ¼ in wide strip of felt


Paint the lids white. When dry, glue together in the shape of an "8". Glue the eyes on the head and the buttons on the body. Tie the ribbon (yarn or felt strip) around the middle for a scarf. Use dimensional paint to draw a mouth. If desired, you can cut a stovepipe hat from fun foam and glue to head.

Tic Tac Toe Game


film canister with lid
square of fabric
beads or buttons, 4 each of 2 different colors
ribbon or yarn
permanent marker


With the permanent marker, draw a Tic Tac Toe board on the square of fabric. Punch hole in canister to string a ribbon through for a necklace or hot glue a pin back to the side of the canister. Put the fabric and buttons (or beads) inside for a traveling Tic Tac Toe Game.



film canister lids
sliver paint or glitter
tiny green pompoms


Paint the lids silver or cover with glitter. Glue pompoms on top (Martians!). Glue on a pin back. For older girls, you could punch a hole in the edge and attach an earring hook.

Recycling SWAPS

Puzzle Pins


old puzzle pieces
googly eyes


Paint a puzzle piece. (white for ghost, green for spacemen, etc…) Glue on googly eyes and pin back.

Puzzle Frame


poster board
old puzzle pieces


Cut 2 squares of equal size from the poster board. Cut another square about 1 inch inside one square, making frame. Glue the "frame" to the other square on 3 sides only. (photo slides in on un-glued side) Glue puzzle pieces on the poster board "frame." Can add a pin back or magnet to finish.

Puzzle Barrette


old puzzle pieces
barrette clip


Glue puzzle pieces to top of barrette clip. Can decorate with paint or glitter if desired.

Styrofoam Shrinkies


Styrofoam meat trays (cleaned and sanitized)
cookie cutters


With cookie cutters, cut shapes out of the Styrofoam. Color with markers. Bake in oven on low temperature until they shrink.
Safety Note: be sure to have proper ventilation and to watch the shrinkies closely, so they will not melt. Attach a pin back or poke a hole and use as jewelry.

Milk Lid Photo Magnet


plastic milk jug lids


Cut photo to fit inside lid. Glue in place. Glue magnet to back.



wallpaper remnants
glossy magazine pages
scraps of lace
silk flowers


Starting with a small, oblong piece of paper, fan-fold, then glue together at the bottom. Glue lace around edge of fan. Tie ribbon in bow around bottom. Glue silk flower over knot of bow. Glue on pin back or magnet.

Girl Scout Cookie Pins


Girl Scout Shortbread (trefoil) Cookies
Modge Podge


Leave cookies out to dry out for several days. (You can also dry them in an oven at low temp, or in a food dehydrator) When they are hard, coat with Modge Podge. Let dry and repeat application. When completely dry, attach pin back.

Paper Beads


old newspaper
magazine pages
wrapping paper
Modge Podge
wooden skewer


Cut paper into triangles about 1" wide and 4 inches long. Roll onto skewer and glue the end. When dry, coat with Modge Podge for a finished look. Let dry overnight. String onto ribbon for friendship bracelets or necklaces. Can also hang 2 or three on a short piece of ribbon, knotted at the end. Tie other end of several strands around a pin back for a SWAP.

Pet Rock


small rocks
acrylic paints (assorted colors)
googly eyes


Paint rocks to look like animals or "critters." Glue on googly eyes and pin backs.

For scented rocks, soak rocks in essence of oil overnight and bake inoven until dry. These can have pictures painted onthem but you would not want to completely cover the rocks as this would cover the scent.

Marbled Rock


small rocks
crayola scraps, grated


Put rocks in a pan of water and bring to a boil. With tongs, carefully remove the rocks from water and place on a cookie sheet. Immediately sprinkle grated crayola over the hot rocks. Let cool.

Ants on a Log


plastic ants


Glue ants to twig and attach a pin back.

Miscellaneous SWAPS

Toilet Paper Roll

plastic drinking straw
white felt
wire or pipe cleaner


Cut straws in 1-inch strips. Glue 1-inch piece of felt around straw. Run pipe cleaner or wire through center of straw and through the hole at the back of a safety pin for hanging.

Toilet Brush


plastic coffee stirrers
safety pins


Cut coffee stirrers into 1-inch pieces. Cut pipe cleaner into 1-inch pieces. Bend pipe cleaner into a U-shape and insert both ends into the stirrer. Attach the safety pin to the other end.

Try-It or Badges


felt or fun foam
Scribbles paint


Cut the felt or fun foam into the shape of the Try-It or badge. Make designs on it with the paint, then attach a pin back.

Worm on a Stick


pipe cleaner
silk leaves
googly eyes


Wrap 2-inch piece of pipe cleaner around the twig. Glue on top of silk leaf. Glue eyes on one end of pipe cleaner and attach a pin back.

Felt Pennant


dimensional fabric paint


Cut any color of felt or fun foam into pennants. Write troop number on one side with the dimensional paint. Attach a pin to the other side.



tan felt or fun foam
tooth picks
dimensional fabric paint or markers


Cut a triangle out of the felt or fun foam. Cut about ¼ inch off one corner, making it flat. Glue two toothpicks on two edges of triangle, crossing them at the flat corner. Decorate front of teepee with paint or markers. Attach a pin back.

Pizza Slice


tan fun foam
assorted colors of felt or fun foam scraps
tiny pompoms
brown marker


Cut a triangle from the fun foam about 2 inches from point to "crust." Color back edge with brown marker for crust. Decorate with scraps of felt and pompoms for toppings. Attach a pin back.



brown, orange, and yellow fun foam
navy beans or small pebbles
twigs or brown pipe cleaners


Cut a 2-inch circle from brown foam. Glue twigs or 1-1/2 inch pipe cleaners to center for fire wood. Cut orange and yellow foam into little flames. Apply glue to bottom of flames and insert into pile of "wood." Glue beans or pebbles around edge of brown circle for fire ring. Attach a pin back.



felt or fun foam, tan and brown
cotton ball


Cut one 1-inch square of brown foam or felt, two 1-inch squares of tan foam or felt. Glue brown square on top of one tan square. Glue cotton ball on top of brown square. Glue remaining tan square on top of cotton ball. Attach pin back.

State Pin


fun foam
dimensional paint
glitter (or use glitter dimensional paint)


Cut the shape of your state from the fun foam. Use dimensional paint to write the name of the state. Make a little star in the location of your town and add its name. Sprinkle glitter over paint before it dries or use glitter paint. Attach a pin back.

Mouse Pin


gray felt
black yarn
black thread
sewing needle
googly eyes
1/8 inch black pompom
cotton ball


Cut the felt into a 2-inch long heart shape (fold in half before cutting so the sides will be the same). Glue cotton ball in center of heart at fattest part. Glue 2 or 3 inch piece of yarn so that it is hanging out the top center of the heart. Fold heart in half and glue edges together. Glue black pompom on pointed end with edges of heart making top of mouse. Glue on googly eyes. Thread needle with black thread. Run it through the mouse right behind the pompom nose. Pull thread part-way through and trim so that ½ inch sticks out on each side of nose. Attach pin back.

Mini Dunk Bag


doll dishes (Barbie size)


Cut netting in a 2-inch by 4-inch rectangle. Fold in half and stitch the two sides, making a 2-inch square. Thread string through top for drawstring. Put a couple of doll dishes inside and pull bag closed. Tie in knot. Attach a pin back or stick a safety pin through top. (If you can’t find the right doll dishes, make some out of clay or fun foam)

Brownies in Beanies


acrylic paints


Remove the tops of the acorns and set aside. Braid three strands of yarn and tie both ends. Glue center of yarn braid to top of acorn. Glue the top back on the acorn. Paint faces with the acrylic paint. Attach a pin back.


I received a swap shaped like a canteen. To make it you need

                      two film canister lids, one bead and a strand of ribbon the same

                      color. You hot glue the lids together. Then you hot glue the ribbon

                      over the crack of where you glued. Then you glue a bead on top.


                      This idea is called Ice Cream Sundae. The materials needed

                      are 1 plastic see-through cup (about 1 inch tall), one small red

                      pom-pom, 1 white large pom-pom, 1 large pink pom-pom, and a

                      skinny straw. You glue the white pom-pom to the bottom of the

                      cup, glue the pink pom-pom on top of the white, glue the red one

                      on top of the pink, cut the straw into a small piece, glue the straw

                      in and you are done.


Our Troop represented France in a Service Unit Thinking Day

                      program. For our swap we made croissants! We made salt

                      dough, rolled it out fairly thin, cut into small rectangles (approx. 1/2

                      x 1 inch), then sliced on the diagonal, making 2 triangles. Roll each

                      from shortest end of triangle to tip and arc each slightly. (Just like

                      Pillsbury Crescent Rolls!) Brush lightly with an egg, wash for color

                      and glaze, then set in 275° oven. Continue to air dry overnight. Hot

                      glue pin to back. We printed labels on a computer that read Viva La

                      France! with our Troop number and Thinking Day 2001. Troop

                      members signed the reverse side of the labels on a sheet and we

                      laminated them. Then we cut out the individual labels, punched

                      holes and threaded the pins through the label hole. They turned out

                      really well! A great memory to SWAP!

                      -GSCW Junior Troop 35, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania


                      I'm from Jamestown, Missouri. Last year we went to the

                      Rendezvous 00'. I took foam and cut out flowers. Then I glued

                      them on a pin.

                      - L.B., Junior Troop 255


                      I haven't gone on a hike, but if I was to go on a European one I

                      would make little Girl Scout hikers for hiking the Alps. I would

                      use clothespins and markers. Wouldn't that be awesome?

                      -Melony, age 11, Troop 331, GSC Tierra del Oro, California


                      Last year we made a trefoil cookie swap. We used an actual

                      cookie. We painted liquid laminate onto the front and back (2 to 3

                      coats). Once dry, we glued a pin onto the back with glue gun!


                      Hi, my name is Robin, I'm the leader of Junior Troop 280 in Ohio. We

                      made the cutest swaps last year. We cut out small white

                      T-shirts (felt) then cut out tiny vests (brown or green felt) and

                      glued them onto our t-shirts. We painted our troop number on the

                      vest and glued a pin on the back. They were easy to make and so

                      cute! We also wear them on our vests, and put a ribbon on extras

                      for Christmas ornaments with the date.


                      When our troop went to Catocton Mountain camp, we made glow

                      worms. They were made with glitter beads and pipe cleaners. I

                      have been a Girl Scout for one year, and these are the cutest yet

                      I've seen.

                      -Ashley, age 13, Junior/Cadette Troop 1337, Newburg, Maryland


                      You could take a fire shaped piece of felt and take a stick and glue

                      it on. Then take a small pom-pom and glue it to a stick like a

                      marshmallow in a campfire.

                      -Nichole, age 8, Troop 880, Tampa, Florida


                      Girl Scout T-Shirt Scrunchies. They are used to scrunch up

                      the sleeve on short sleeve t-shirts into a sleeveless style shirt.

                      They are great for when you are playing softball or basketball and

                      get hot - sometimes rolling your sleeve up just doesn't stay. Take 2

                      strips of material 8 inches long and 1 1/2 inches wide. Fold in thirds

                      lengthwise (so you have a long tube) Glue or sew the material

                      lengthwise. Place a piece of Velcro on one end (self adhesive

                      Velcro works well) and the sticky side of the Velcro on the opposite

                      end - other side. When you attach the Velcro pieces together you

                      should something that looks like a bracelet. Slide it under your

                      T-shirt sleeve and secure the Velcro together on top. That's it!



                      Our troop made a mini pot holder. We cut 1 inch squares of

                      material and glued them together with padding inside. Then we

                      glued narrow ribbon around them and across (like a +) and hung a

                      ribbon from the corner. They were really cute and everyone wanted


                      -Hannah, 10, Tampa


                      My friend from Arizona showed me how to make this: it is a frying

                      pan with eggs and bacon. You will need: A beverage bottle

                      cap; yellow, light brown (not tan), gray and white foam; black

                      paint; black sharpies. Take the bottle cap and spray paint it black

                      and let dry. Take gray foam and cut into skinny rectangles (for

                      panhandles). Glue on to side of pan to make a frying pan. Cut

                      circles of white foam to make mini egg whites then cut even smaller

                      circles of yellow foam to make the egg yolk. Glue the yolk on the

                      egg, glue the egg into the pan cut bacon out of the light brown put

                      a black line down the middle of the bacon to make a piece of

                      bacon. Make your own combo's. Remember Be different!

                      -Brittany, age 11, Troop 384, Round Rock, Texas


                      This March our troop is going to March Madness! For a swap I'm

                      taking yellow pompoms then putting thin black thread around the

                      pompom. Then I'm taking 2 black pins and sticking them in the front

                      of the pompom. If you don't put the eyes on it looks really bad but

                      if you do, it should look like a bee. For a caption I'm putting

                      "Bee-ing a Girl Scout is great!"

                      -Holly, Troop 153, Michigan


                      When I was a Junior we went winter camping with another troop ad

                      we swapped tiny skis made from Popsicle sticks and twine and we

                      wrote the event, date, and signed our names on it.

                      - Kristen, age 13, Special Interest Cadette Troop 964, Keystone

                      Tall Tree Girl Scout Council, Pennsylvania


                      After learning of the potential dangers of reusing film canisters, my

                      troop used mini M&Ms canisters to make a first aid kit! The

                      lid is attached so you won't lose it and the canister is the perfect

                      length to hold a Band-Aid. The fact that you get to eat the M&Ms

                      first, is a delicious bonus.

                      -Tracy, San Antonio, Brownie Troop 492, Leader


                      I received a swap shaped like a canteen. To make it you need

                      two film canister lids, one bead and a strand of ribbon the same

                      color. You hot glue the lids together. Then you hot glue the ribbon

                      over the crack of where you glued. Then you glue a bead on top.


                      This idea is called Ice Cream Sundae. The materials needed

                      are 1 plastic see-through cup (about 1 inch tall), one small red

                      pom-pom, 1 white large pom-pom, 1 large pink pom-pom, and a

                      skinny straw. You glue the white pom-pom to the bottom of the

                      cup, glue the pink pom-pom on top of the white, glue the red one

                      on top of the pink, cut the straw into a small piece, glue the straw

                      in and you are done.


                      We recently completed the Jeweler badge. One activity was to

                      make something from clay. We used clay that looked like granite.

                      Each girl took a marble-sized piece and flattened it onto a cookie

                      sheet. Then she gently pressed into the clay either a tiny shell,

                      dried sea horse, or starfish. A hole was made with a toothpick to

                      string a length of cording to create a fossil pendant



                      For day camp I made s'mores. I took two colors of brown felt

                      and a cotton ball and glued them together.

                      -Sarah, age 7, Brownie Troop 854


                      The swaps I like are ones that tell about your favorite things. You

                      could make a tiny swap of your favorite animal and paint it

                      your favorite color. Really the thing I like most about swaps is you

                      can make any thing you want.

                      -Julia, age 9, Brownie Troop 2320


                      I Painted a fish on a smooth rock, sprayed a fixative over it, and

                      wrote "Rockfish" on the front and wrote our town name and

                      Troop # on the back. The Roanoke River, which we live along is

                      known as the "Rockfish Capital of the World".

                      -Ashley, age 10, Junior, Roanoke Rapids, NC


                      It was a heart made from felt and had THANX written on it. It is

                      presented as ""You now have earned my "Heart felt Thanx"

                      Very simple, very creative.

                      - Susan Kiser, former GS and volunteer, Girl Scouts of Winema

                      Council, Klamath Falls, Oregon


                      My favorite Swap was from a girl from Hersey, PA. She got pins

                      donated by the Hersey company.


                      I made a kite (2" x 2") out of colored poster board. I stamped it

                      with the Girl Scout logo stamp and wrote "Soar High with Girl

                      Scouts. Then I taped a kite tail made from green yarn with small

                      white yarn tied in 3 places to the back and glued a pin to the back.


                      -Ashley, age 10, Junior Troop 358, DuPage County Council, Illinois


                      I made a Girl Scout in a sleeping bag. Cut the sleeping bag

                      from green felt 5" long by 2" wide. Then glue a small piece of pink

                      felt to the top to represent the pillow. Next glue a small flat

                      wooden spoon on the pillow and glue a cotton ball on the handle

                      portion of the wooden spoon. (The cotton ball is the body in the

                      sleeping bag.) Fold the sleeping bag up over the spoon and glue it

                      down. Cut a small curl of doll hair on the spoon. Draw a sleeping

                      face on spoon. Then glue a pin on the back.

                      -Karen, Troop 1336 & 358 Leader, DuPage County Council, Illinois


                      I made a shooting star. Cut a star from yellow foam approx. 1"

                      wide. Glue gold glitter on the top. Cut a gold pipe cleaner into three

                      pieces and shape them into a slight curve. Hot glue the three

                      curved pipe cleaners to the back of the star to represent a

                      shooting star. Glue a pin to the back. Attached small strips of paper

                      with the saying "Girl Scouts are Shining Stars!" and the name of the


                      -Shannon, age 11, Junior Troop 1336, DuPage County Council,



                      I also made the s'more swap but varied the materials as


                      Cut two 1 1/2" by 1 1/2" squares from beige foam using the

                      scalloped art scissors. Take a black marker and make five dots (like

                      on a dice) on each square. Cut a 1" by 1" piece of dark brown foam

                      using regular scissors. Assemble as follows: beige, dark brown,

                      cotton ball, beige - gluing each one. Attach a pin to the back, then

                      glue a small slip of paper with "Girl Scouts have S'more Fun!" and

                      the name of the event on it.

                      -Karen, DuPage County Council, Illinois


                      My most memorable swap is a tiny T-shirt. With it has tiny

                      clothespins and yarn like a T-shirt on a clothesline!

                      -Allie, age 11, Junior Girl Scout, Arizona


                      I am a 14 year old Cadette. I think a cool swap is a pin that

                      shows something about your state. You could either buy

                      souvenir playing cards that have your state name on them and put

                      a pin on them or make a foam pin of your state fruit, drink, or other

                      state symbol.


                      My all-time favorite swap (we say it means Share With Another

                      Person), is the emergency s'more kit: a tiny Zip-lock bag holding a

                      mini-marshmallow on a toothpick, a square of chocolate, a match

                      and two Teddy Grahams. The instructions for use were taped to

                      the outside (In case of emergency, light match, roast marshmallow,

                      put between grahams with chocolate. I got this at Edith Macy

                      Conference Center at an outdoor trainer's conference.

                      -Starfish Raintree Council, Indiana


                      As part of a Festival of Trees in Atlanta, Georgia, my troop made a

                      snowman (woman) swap made like a Beanie Baby. The girls

                      made them out of infant socks, beans or rice and odds and ends.

                      They were hot trades!


                      One of our favorite swaps is a pan of beans and franks. It

                      is made using a plastic film canister cut to look like a sauce pan,

                      brown "E" beads (called Pony or 6/0 beads), and hole-punched dots

                      from red or brown foam (to make the franks). Just glue beads and

                      foam in pan, then push a safety pin through the end of the pan

                      handle so that it can be worn.

                      -Troop 3249 Richmond, Virginia


                      I have made mini-Dream-Catchers using curtain rings, tiny

                      feathers and waxed thread. They are always well received at any

                      international or nation event I attend.

                      -Pat, 5th Essex Brownies, Great Britain


                      Campfires. These are made many ways but here's my twist on

                      this popular swap: Use 2 squares of cardboard, covered with

                      colored paper of your choice. Next, use 1 ½ inch pieces of twigs,

                      hot-glued over a small ball of red paper or fabric. Last, sprinkle with

                      red glitter while glue is drying. Don't forget to add your troop

                      number, name and e-mail address to keep in touch with your new


                      -Debbie, Troops 4086 & 4067, San-Diego Imperial Council


                      Make a pin using a tree limb about 3 inches in diameter that has

                      fallen to the ground. Cut it into half-inch thick slices, or "wood

                      cookies". You can carve or wood-burn names onto them, as well

                      as gluing acorns or other natural things onto them. You can even

                      use them at a rededication ceremony by drilling holes and putting

                      strings or ribbons on them, tying them on a small branch or wreath

                      -C. B., Troop 204, New Jersey


                      I don't have a SWAP yet. But if you can help me with a question, I

                      will have it back on this page. Does anyone know where I can

                      obtain instructions on making jewelry from beads and safety pins?


                      Our troop tries to create [swaps] to go along with the theme of the

                      event, like cutting small rectangles of felt, rolling it up, and tying it

                      like a sleeping bag roll. Or for campfire, we made S'Mores with

                      pieces of light foam as graham crackers, dark foam as the

                      chocolate, and a cotton ball as the marshmallow. To answer the

                      question about where she can find instructions on making jewelry

                      from beads and safety pins:

                      Try http://www.makingfriends.com. They have lots of

                      different crafts like that as well as many more!

                      -Lynn, Massachusetts


                      For Troop Camp this summer we made Silver and Gold

                      Friendship Pins The leader printed out a picture of two hands

                      shaking which were colored silver and gold. We laminated the

                      picture. Then to make it a little crazy looking we took silver and

                      gold twist, and cut pieces the width of the jumbo safety pin. We

                      looped the top edges through the stationery side of the pin and

                      stapled everything together with the picture on top. Then we cut

                      the twist in thin strips up to the picture. The twist squiggled up

                      naturally. The pins look great and symbolize the new and old friends

                      we will make at camp

                      —Junior Troop 1036, Newark, Delaware


                      One of the most popular swaps I remember was the GODS EYE.

                      These are easy and fun to make. You hold 2 Popsicle sticks

                      together in a + shape and use yarn to wrap around the four posts.

                      You should not have to glue the sticks together, after a few wraps

                      around each side, as it will be bound together. Start your wrapping

                      with the top pole and bring the yarn around the left side of the

                      pole, behind, and back over the top towards the next pole. Keep

                      repeating over, around, and back over. Remember to always

                      continue wrapping in this manner until a thumb width from the top

                      of the sticks. (If you use smaller craft sticks, stop at about 1/4

                      inch). Using variegated colored yarn really makes a pretty one!


                      For a beach overnight, my troop made beach towels. First get a

                      white wash cloth. Cut it like a rectangle. Roll it up and tie thread

                      around it. Attach a pin and your done!!! -

                      — Stacy L., Junior Girl Scout Troop 822


                      I love the sunshine or flower that you can make from a milk

                      bottle cap and some felt. Take a circle of felt and glue your bottle

                      cap (inside facing up) on the center. Cut around the edges of the

                      felt to create the Petals of a flower or the rays of a sun. Glue some

                      goggle eyes inside the milk cap and use a permanent marker to

                      draw a smile. If you make a flower, you can glue some petals to the

                      outside of the petals, and even add a stem if you really want too.

                      These are really cute!

                      —Heather, British Columbia, Canada


                      "I've something in my pocket, it belongs across my face"—a great

                      big Brownie Smile! You take brown fun foam and cut it out

                      (cut 2) in the shape of a pocket, glue edges together. Take white

                      fun foam and cut in the shape of a huge smile (maybe take a thin

                      sharpie and make teeth). Take the smile and tilt upward and glue

                      some into the pocket with most of the smile out of the pocket. Glue

                      pin back on. -

                      —Tinea and Teresa, Flower Mound, Texas


                      Last year I went on a wider op. My troop went on a camping trip to

                      the beach and collected tons of scallop shells. My mom and I put

                      holes in them, then made hemp chokers and strung the shells on. -

                      — Amy, age 16, Patriots' Trail GSC, Boston, MA


                      I just got back from the Hershey Park Camp-o-ree today and we

                      had swaps. I didn't have a chance to make swaps myself so I had

                      stickers and pins. One of the best swaps was from a girl in North

                      Carolina. Her troop took bookmarks that had the state of North

                      Carolina on them and downloaded information about the state to

                      put on the back of the bookmarks. Then they even laminated

                      them!!! It is one of the best swaps I've ever received.

                      —Annie,age 13, Cadette, New York


                      My troop took mini bottles of Tabasco with us to the old

                      National Center West. It was a cool thing from Louisiana!


                      Brownie troop 812 mothers came up with the idea of making a USA

                      bookmark. Using strips of red neoprene type material, we

                      painted a red, white and blue firecracker-like design. We punched a

                      hole at one end and put two pieces of 1 inch red, white, or blue

                      yarn through the hole and used a girth hitch (loop yarn through

                      itself to keep it from slipping out of the bookmark). From this page

                      the Girl Scout Friendship bracelet was a huge success this year at

                      our Service Unit Encampment.


                      We just came back from the millenium event in Pennsylvania and

                      this was our first time even seeing swaps. We had nothing to swap

                      but friendship bracelets, but we are very eager to learn more

                      about swapping now. I got a swap that was a little doll made from

                      a stick with a face painted on and a dress from crumpled up pink

                      and purple paper.

                      — Laura, 7, Brownie Troop 364, Woodland Hills, California


                      We took a silver ring and a gold ring, interlocked them and added

                      them to a laminated card with the "Make New Friends" song

                      on it.

                      —Jenny, Junior Troop 508, Redlands Council, Oklahoma


                      Make an ice-cream sandwich swap. Cut dark brown fun

                      foam into 1" x 2" rectangles and double thick white fun foam into

                      3/4" x 1 3/4" rectangles. Glue 2 pieces of brown on either side of

                      the white. Using a paint pen or permanent marked to put dots on

                      brown to resemble the holes in the sandwiches cookies. You can

                      even use a white paint pen to make it look like some of the ice

                      cream is seeping through the holes. I made these for my camp

                      name "Ice-Cream."

                      —Jessica H.


                      Make tiny paper autograph books on pinbacks. Now you

                      can get autographs from your new friends!


                      You can make red pompom apples with brown chenille stems

                      and green felt leaf for the educator in your life. Don't forget the pin


                      —Kathy, Sierra Cascade Council


                      In reference to "My favorite swap was a sit-upon the size of a

                      mouse button." [JFG: We aren't quite sure what a mouse button


                      JFG, a mouse button is the button on the computer mouse that you

                      click to do things on the computer. You should know!!! -

                      — Lisa, age 12

                      JFG: Color me Apple red.


                      Hi I'm a day camp aide and the cutest little swap can be made by

                      taking some jewelry wire and braiding it with colored

                      string, then forming it into a shape. Use shorter pieces to form a

                      star. Enjoy!


                      I'm from troop 087. We made little portable first aid kits.

                      Here's how we made them: We got empty film canisters, yarn, and

                      safety pins, Band-Aids, and antibacterial packets. We took all of

                      the items and put them in a canister and poked two holes in the

                      top of the canister. Then we put string through the two holes in

                      the top. We hope that you enjoyed the swaps!

                      —Candace C., Troop 087 (JFG: Be sure you wash the film canisters



                      My favorite swap was made from jigsaw puzzle pieces. One

                      painted silver, one painted gold then glued together, overlapping

                      with "Friends" written on it, and a safety pin glued to the back.


                      One of my favorite swaps is a mini sit-upon. This is like a small

                      pillow but you sit on it. It can also be used as a mini pin! I thought

                      they were really cute and I enjoy putting them on my hats since I

                      am a Girl Scout. One of my girls made this for a Pioneer Day



                      I am a seamstress and a quilter so I always have a lot of fabric

                      scraps around. We took a large piece of oak tag and using "modge

                      podge glue" covered it with fabric scraps in different shapes. It

                      looked like a crazy quilt when we were done. When it dried, we

                      cut out trefoil shapes and glued a bead or jewel on with

                      glitter glue. They really looked super and fit with the pioneer days


                      —Mimi, Junior troop, CT


                      Our Brownie Troop sang Three Little Angels at a Service Unit Song

                      Fest. Our swap was an angel made out of pasta: 1 tube

                      (penne pasta) for body and 1 bowtie pasta for wings; the pasta

                      was painted white, a face was painted on with a tan circle painted

                      over the white; curly hair from the craft store was glued on top

                      and a dime store gold ring made the halo—the pin slipped through

                      the halo. It was adorable and it was a fun craft.

                      —Troop 1357, Brownies, 3rd grade, Valley Ranch Service Unit 112


                      We made an origami swap. We chose an animal first (we

                      decided on the swan, it represents beauty within). Then using an

                      origami book we made 100 swans. We chose gold (the trefoil color)

                      paper. Next we made small paper sashes that said our troop

                      number. We went to a camping trip, and traded them with other

                      troops. Every one said they were pretty, and it was a cool idea.

                      — Neha S., Troop 122

                      My swap idea was a Bunny in a Magic Hat that included a

                      little piece of paper with our troop number and city. My mom

                      brought home some small black plastic top hats that were so cute

                      (and inexpensive). We glued the ears in the hat and a pin back on

                      the side.

                      — Katie, Junior Troop 675, Richmond, Virginia


                      I went on a wider opportunity in 1976. No one else from my town

                      had ever gone on one, so I did not know what to expect. I ended

                      up calling my mother for a recipe for buckeyes (a snack made from

                      peanut butter and chocolate which resemble a seed from the state

                      tree of Ohio). They were the only edible swaps! I still use one of

                      the swaps I received then—it is a wildflower that was pressed

                      between two sheets of clear contact paper and includes the name

                      and address of the girl I received it from. -

                      — Mrs. H


                      When I went to the 5th grade overnight trip my favorite swap that

                      I got was from a member of my own troop! A Pinwheel. It was

                      blue with little sparkles in the middle made out of foam. -

                      — Sydney K., Troop 1772


                      I made a Popsicle stick girl that looked like me. I

                      swapped with a girl named Alicia at camp. It was fun!


                      For a camporee, my Brownie troop made God's Eyes. An adult

                      hot-glued two small twigs in the shape of a cross. We used

                      variegated embroidery floss to make the design so that we wouldn't

                      have to keep changing the colors. Then we hot glued pins to the

                      back. They were cute and colorful. Everyone wanted to swap with



                      Hi. My name is Rebecca B. and I am about to go on a wider-op. I

                      live in Lubbock, Texas, and I am bringing something unique. I went

                      to a cotton oil company and got a very large bag of cottonseeds

                      (which we grow a lot of here). I also got some bluebonnet

                      seeds from the Snyder Chamber of Commerce. I filled a Zip-lock

                      bag halfway full of Texas dirt and put a packet of bluebonnet seeds

                      and cotton seeds in it. I also got some Buddy Holly pictures

                      (because he was from here) and put a guitar pin on the corner. The

                      last thing I am taking is a friendship bracelet made with my

                      school colors.


                      I made a snake pin. All you need is a hot glue gun, pipe cleaners

                      (preferably the long kind), pin backs, and googly eyes. First I took

                      my pipe cleaner and divided it into thirds( you might need to divide

                      it into bigger pieces depending on how big the pipe cleaner is) and

                      curled it into a spiral. At the outside end of the spiral, make a thin

                      loophole, long enough to put googly eyes on. Next hot glue the

                      pinback on the back. After the glue dries, flip it over to the front

                      and hot glue the eyes onto the loop. After it dries, you’re done.

                      —Shannon O., Freedom Valley Girl Scout Council

                      My most memorable swap was a cute tooth pick Girl Scout.


                      A swap girls in my troop really like is the Girl Scouts Rule!

                      foam ruler. Cut a piece of yellow foam about four inches long

                      and an inch wide. Mark every inch, half-inch and quarter-inch, just

                      like you'd see on an actual ruler. Beneath your markings, use

                      permanent marker to write Girl Scouts RULE!!! You can put the

                      date, event, your name, etc., on the back. Punch a hole in the

                      corner and attach a safety pin or a small piece of yarn.

                      —Junior Troop 840, Buffalo, New York


                      This was the best: Take a soda pop top, paint it silver if it isn't

                      already that color. Glue in some little pieces of rocks that have

                      been painted gold. Glue it to a pin. It was perfect for a gold rush

                      theme camp out.


                      For Thinking Day we learned about the country of England. One of

                      the swaps we made was a British soldier. We made it with a red

                      wooden pencil. On the top, we put a little doll head (glued), used a

                      black cotton ball with an "attached" thin black ribbon for the hat

                      and chin strap. In the front of the body we glued a golden string

                      sticker (it looked like the buttons on the coat). It was very cute

                      and useful because it was a normal black pencil.


                      We made a little mouse from 1/2 a walnut shell, with eyes and

                      glued a piece of fabric on for ears. We painted the whiskers and

                      mouth with crayons.


                      Make button covers: Use hearts, a trefoil, or any shape that

                      you like. Take a small piece of felt, cut it to your desired shape.

                      Cut small slit for the button on your clothing to fit snugly through.

                      If can be decorated with two eyes (the button looks like a nose),

                      beads, sequins, or anything at all. It's inexpensive and easy to do.


                      Hair braids: Take 3 different colors of yarn about 18 inches

                      long. Twist until very tight. (Tape to a table and twist or do it with

                      a partner—one girl holds it while the other twists.) When tight the

                      strands are tight, add a bobby pin to the middle of the twisted

                      yarn. Join both ends of the twisted yarn and knot them. The

                      Twisted yarn will instantly appear braided, and stay that way. You

                      may then add 4-5 beads. Attach it to the hair—it's cute. You may

                      substitute the bobby pin for a clip for backpacks or a keychain. Be

                      sure to add any beads desired before this swap. The beads won’t

                      fit over these other items. Our new Brownie troop visited an older

                      troop to learn songs and games. Each of our girls made one for

                      each of their girls as a special thank you. We used Brownie brown,

                      green for juniors (since they were bridging) and red for color. Both

                      troops were excited about the braids.


                      I am a leader of first year Brownies. For Thinking Day this year, we

                      studied Germany. Our Service Unit had a big Thinking Day

                      Celebration, and our girls made pretzels for their swaps. They

                      used light brown pipe cleaners twisted to look like pretzels,

                      attached a safety pin, and they were done!


                      I am the troop organizer for our school. I organized a Winter

                      Campfire Night for all of the troops. We had an indoor campfire at

                      school and each troop did songs or skits, and we all made swaps. I

                      made snowmen from wooden ice cream spoons:


                           Paint the spoons white; use a black marker or

                           paint to add dots for the face and buttons; use

                           an orange marker to draw a sideways triangle

                           nose. Use small strips of fabric or yarn to tie

                           around the neck for a scarf. Glue a rectanglular

                           piece of fabric or felt around the top of the head

                           for a hat and gather the open end of the fabric

                           together. Add a pin, and don't forget to write

                           what you want to on the back (e.g. event name

                           and date, your name)! Anyone have other ideas

                           for wooden spoons?


                      I made a swap at Girl Scouts. It had 1 tri-bead, and two of each

                      color of the different kinds, like light blue for Daisies, brown for

                      Brownies, green for Juniors, dark blue for Cadettes, and yellow for

                      Senior Girl Scouts. The body was made out of pipe cleaners. I liked

                      this activity. I also like my troop leader Carolyn.


                      Once I went on a camping trip with all the troops in town, and

                      what we were supposed to do with all the swaps we received was

                      to pin them on a hat. So on the last day of the trip, everyone had

                      some pretty goofy looking hats on.


                      Dear Girl Scouts,

                      This year when we went to camp we made ankle bracelets!

                      They were the most popular swap in the camp. Most of the credit

                      goes to my mom for coming up with the idea, even though she is

                      not the leader. My suggestion (to make it more interesting) is to

                      give each bracelet a theme. I really hope you and your friends

                      enjoy these because they are really fun.

                      —Simone, Troop 952


                      I got postcards of Chautauqua Institution, which is in my area.

                      Then on the back of the postcards I drew and wrote other things

                      about my community.


                      Our troop made sushi rolls with green felt (seaweed), orange felt

                      (carrot), uncooked rice grains, and green foam (cucumber). We

                      rolled rice and foam sticks inside the felt to look like vegetable

                      sushi. This represented our Thinking Day country of Japan and we

                      traded them at thinking day with other girls in our service unit.

                      —Troop 3249, Richmond, Virginia


                      One time my troop made teddy bear pins that said, "I can't

                      bear to be without you!" We used them for swaps at a campout.


                      I especially liked the s'mores swap, which you make by gluing

                      tan foam for graham crackers, brown foam for the chocolate, and

                      half a cotton ball for the marshmallow. It was really creative.


                      When my troop went to an encampment we brought along

                      something really fun, fast, and easy to make swaps. We simply took

                      a bobby pin, pretty wire-ribbon and wrapped it around to make a

                      hair accessory. Everyone loved it!




                         We made bookmark swaps using a paperclip,

                         string, and beads. We then attached a paper with our

                         Web page address. We will be using this at our fall



                         My favorite swap was a sit-upon the size

                         of a mouse button. [JFG: We aren't quite

                         sure what a mouse button is...] It was

                         green with a pin on the back of it. It was



                         One of the coolest girl-made SWAPS I

                         ever got was made by a Brownie troop

                         for Thinking Day last year. They cut

                         miniature paint palettes out of manila file

                         folders then colored them tan with

                         markers. Then they used puff paints to

                         put small dots of different color paint on

                         the palette. They glued a pin on the back,

                         and VOILA! An adorable paint palette



                         I was a Girl Scout for many years and am

                         now a Brownie leader for my daughter.

                         When we went to Jam Camp, we made

                         swaps, and the most memorable one we

                         received was made of safety pins with

                         small beads on them hanging from a

                         larger safety pin. The beads were in the

                         design of the American flag. They were

                         really nice and my assistant leader and I

                         thought maybe we could copy the idea but

                         using a trefoil design.


                         This was a camping pin seen this past

                         week at a Traditions! training event at

                         Palm Glades Girl Scout Council. Take a

                         bottle cap. Spray both sides black. Take a

                         colorful paper clip and unbend it once (it

                         will be S-shaped). Hot glue the smaller

                         half of the paper clip to the top of the

                         bottle cap. Cut a small figure eight shape

                         out of white foam (to hold the yokes you

                         make next). Take a hole puncher and

                         punch out holes from yellow foam. Glue

                         the yellow foam to the white figure eight.

                         Glue the white foam to the inside of the

                         bottle cap, creating eggs in a frying pan.

                         Place a pin on the back, glued at the same

                         time as the paper clip so that it can be

                         worn. It is awesome! You could glue a

                         magnetic strip on the underside of the

                         frying pan instead of a pin and use it as a

                         refrigerator magnet.


                         Our second grade Brownies made

                         keychains using rings, plastic lacing and

                         interlocking beads We just looped the

                         laces into a knot around the ring and put

                         about 4 or 5 beads on each lace end and

                         tied a knot to hold the beads.


                          Hi I'm a Girl Scout from Junior Troop 806.

                         Here's an idea:


                              1. Take an old hat


                              2. Make something small and

                              creative to swap.


                              3. When you go to a Girl

                              Scout event wear the hat.


                              4. If someone wants to look

                              at your hat, let them look at

                              it and maybe they will trade

                              swaps with you.


                         My favorite swap was an address to be a

                         pen pal with a girl.


                         My most memorable swap was a empty

                         film canister with first aid supplies in it.

                         [See below for directions.]


                         One of the simplest and cheapest swaps

                         turned out to be the most popular, the

                         beaded keychain/lanyards-especially the

                         ones made with black string or cord with

                         the southwestern look (silver and black

                         beads) and colors. Also, the painted

                         wooden shapes, like hearts, pine trees,

                         and signs. Write the name of the event on

                         them with gel ink or "I love (heart-shape)

                         GS". These can be made into pins or



                         We made little Brownie dolls with wooden

                         beads for heads, using half of a pipe

                         cleaner bent in half through the hole with

                         a few strands of yarn for hair. We took a

                         quarter of a pipe cleaner and twisted it

                         under the bead for arms and put on a little

                         dress with brown felt. We drew faces on

                         with markers and glued a pin to the back.

                         They were sooo cute!


                         Use one ring from a six-pack holder and

                         wrap variegated yarn (chose Native

                         American colors) around and around until

                         the whole ring is covered. Now make a

                         web by intermittently tying knots until you

                         have created a Dream Catcher. Attach a

                         copy of the Dream Catcher legend and

                         you'll make many Girl Scouts happy. [JFG:

                         We would love a picture of this one.]


                         I come from Cleveland, home of the Rock

                         and Roll Hall of Fame. We took rock candy

                         and put it in a baggie and labeled it

                         "Cleveland rocks."


                         My favorite swap was a model latrine kit.

                         It was a tiny bucket with a toilet brush

                         made from a piece of straw and a piece of

                         pipe cleaner. It also had a strip of tissue

                         rolled up to look like toilet paper.


                         The swap I remember most is from a girl

                         at 1995 day camp whose camp name was

                         Tick. Her swap was a little tick made out

                         foam with goggly eyes.


                         Our Cadette Troop 1588 is making flag

                         pins.  It is easy and inexpensive and we

                         have a lot of fun making them!


                         I like to make crafts like friendship

                         bracelets and yarn dolls.


                         Shrink art swaps. Stamp animal heads on

                         shrinkable plastic with permanent ink.

                         Color in with colored pencils. Punch a hole

                         on top. Then shrink as directed on

                         package. write girl name and troop # on

                         back before you shrink the plastic.


                         I made wood cut-outs the shape of

                         Michigan. Then I painted them green

                         (land) and blue (water). After that I put a

                         star where my town was on the map, and

                         put the name of my council


                         I went on a National Wider Op last year

                         and I was told about swaps for the first

                         time then. Since I live in New York I made

                         a swap that reminded me of my city. I

                         made a New York bagel with cream

                         cheese from fun foam pieces. Everyone

                         like them so much, some girls took two.


                         At a wider op I received a zip-lock bag

                         with grits in it along with a recipe on how

                         to prepare them. I thought that was the

                         neatest thing. I often think of that swap

                         and the girl who gave it to me. Another

                         neat swap was called beach in a bag. It

                         was sand and shells in a small zip-lock

                         bag. A little note inside told me all about

                         the beaches in New Jersey where the girl



                         My favorite swap is a marshmallow on a

                         stick. It is also very easy to make. Just

                         take a small twig and a white pony bead.

                         Glue the pony bead on the twig and you'll

                         be hungry for more!


                         My troop made these cute bugs.

                         Directions: Glue 3 colored cotton balls

                         together (from biggest to smallest). Then

                         put eyes on the smallest ball with a



                         I'm going to an international

                         wide-opportunity, so I made swaps that

                         had something to do with the U.S. I made

                         some penny earrings by drilling a hole in

                         each penny and attaching it to an earing

                         hook. They were cheap and easy to



                         I made a swap that had my camp name

                         on it and things I liked around it (e.g.

                         camp name: Sugar. What I made: A

                         rainbow with sugar for a cloud! Everyone

                         thought it was original!


                         Our Service Unit held an encampment and

                         I made a swap of my favorite camp

                         thing—'smores!! I used 3 different felts -

                         tan (cracker), dark brown (chocolate),

                         and white (marshmallow, of course). I

                         glued them together, added a pin on back,

                         and put my and name and troop number

                         on front. It was so cheap and easy to

                         mass-produce, and it told about me!!


                         I rolled up felt with string to look like a

                         bed roll and attached a safety pin so you

                         could pin it on.


                         Hi, I'm Amanda, I'm six and was a Daisy

                         Girl Scout last year. My mom is helping me

                         type. My favorite swap last year was a

                         crown made from the sparkly wire with

                         angels and ribbons hanging from it. (The

                         type that is around at holidays).


                         I have attended two different events in

                         which we exchanged swaps. For the first

                         one, I made an apple collage.  I took a flat

                         wooden apple, about 2½ inches wide, and

                         then tore up different types of red and

                         green tissue paper and glued them on the

                         apple. After the paper was dry, I applied

                         another coat of glue to make a smooth

                         finish. Then, I drilled two holes in the top

                         and looped a wire through the apple so it

                         could be hung up.   JFG:  You must be from a

                         place that grows apples.


                         For the second event, I used hemp and

                         beads to make chokers.


                         On a trip I recently went on, I received a

                         swap that would be easy for girls with

                         short attention spans to make. Collect

                         some small rocks from your area. Then

                         put a few rocks in a film canister. For the

                         finishing touch, write "_______ Rocks"

                         (e.g., Florida Rocks, New York Rocks.)

                         with puff paint on the film canister lid. It

                         was really cute!


                         I live in North Carolina, so for my swap

                         this year, I got foamies and cut them out

                         in the shape of a foot and put a black fuzz

                         ball on the heel.  North Carolina is known

                         as the "tar-heel state"—get it?


                         I especially liked a mini-bean bag that was

                         made of velvet and rice. It was really



                         My most memorable swap was one I

                         found left by another Girl Scout that had

                         stayed in the cabin before me. So to keep

                         the thing going, I left one of my swaps,

                         and left. When I went there last time mine

                         wasn't there, but a new one was!


                         Snake On a Log Pin:


                         1 green pipe cleaner ,

                         1 small 3 inch twig

                         Hot glue

                         1 safety pin

                         Elmer's school glue

                         1 pair of Tiny plastic eyes



                         -Coil pipe cleaner around twig and cut

                         off the excess.

                         -Use Elmer's Glue to stick on eyes on

                         one end of the pipe cleaner

                         -Hot glue the safety pin on the back.

                         You're done!

                         —Sara, second grade Brownie


                         My daughter and I made a cherry pie

                         swap. We used a bottle cap for the pie

                         plate. We cut a small circle of tan felt to

                         serve as the dough, and glued it into the

                         bottle cap. We next glued small red plastic

                         beads to be the cherries on top of the felt.

                         After the bottle cap resembled a cherry

                         pie, we glued it onto a square of red and

                         white checked fabric, that looked like a

                         table cloth. We had fun and the girls

                         seemed to enjoy them.

                         —Kelly and Taylor, St. Louis, MO


                         Our Bainbridge Island, Washington day

                         camp is loosely following a Medieval

                         theme. One swap we'll be making is a

                         coat of arms pin. I printed a simple shield

                         shape on different colored paper, making

                         available ribbons, paper scroll material,

                         and different images to represent

                         admirable traits for the girls to choose

                         from. For example, a rosebud for inner

                         beauty, a swan for grace, a butterfly for

                         kindness, etc. Each girl chooses the traits

                         she aspires to, or sees in her friend, and

                         cuts them out and glues them onto the

                         shield. We will laminate them (but it’s not

                         necessary), then add a pin back.


                         We recently did swaps at our Hawaiian

                         day camp. Most of the girls were not

                         familiar with swaps, so we started out

                         giving each unit different colors for a

                         making a Hawaiian lei and an octopus pin.

                         The girls were allowed to either keep the

                         one they made or trade it with a new

                         friend! The leis are made from 20-1/2

                         inch starburst beads, alternated with 20

                         seed beads on a stong piece of thread.

                         Tie the thread into a knot and attach a

                         safety pin to the thread.


                         The octopus was made with 1 inch

                         pom- poms, 4 pieces of braided yarn

                         about 4 inches long, two small wiggle

                         eyes, and a pin back. The braided

                         yarn was centered on the bottom and

                         glued so it looked like eight legs.


                         Last year our troop was able to go to

                         Thinking Day, and we visited France. They

                         made their swaps out of little loaves of

                         dough that they baked, which looked like

                         French bread, attached to a pin.


                         My friend made a swap necklace out of

                         material that we could pin all our swaps

                         to. Then you can wear it around your

                         neck the whole time you are at a

                         conference or meeting and people can

                         see all your swaps. When you get home

                         you can hang the whole thing on the wall,

                         or doorknob, or take it with you to a

                         meeting and show everyone what you

                         swapped for. It is really cool.


                         I like the stress balloons that people make

                         with balloons and rice.


                         My favorite swap at camp Keowee was

                         when a Cadette Girl Scout gave me a

                         flower and a piece of paper that told

                         about Mexican Girl Guides. I also liked

                         when my whole troop got a cotton ball

                         with goggle eyes and a feather as the



                         I went on a Wider Op to Utah a few years

                         back and a couple of swaps that really

                         stuck in my mind were a pin in the shape

                         of a Hula dancer that was hand made (it

                         looked as if a lot of time had been put into

                         making it) and a bag of "cow seeds" to

                         "grow my own herd." They were

                         sunflower seeds painted white with black

                         spots on them. I think a good swap shows

                         where you come from and what your

                         personality is like. It is extra special if they

                         have some special meaning behind them

                         or are funny!


                         I'm going on a wider opportunity this year

                         and I am going to make leaf prints on

                         muslin for my swaps. To do this all you

                         need to do is take a small piece of muslin,

                         put it over a green leaf, and pound on it

                         really hard for a while. The leaf prints

                         come out looking really great, and since I

                         live near a forest, they tell a lot about

                         where I came from.


                         Well, first you take a bottle cap, and pull

                         out the edges, so that it is in the shape of

                         a gold-pan. Then, you spray paint the

                         front and back of the bottle cap black.

                         After it has dried, you can glue in gold

                         beads or paint gold flecks in the pan.

                         Attach a pin back to the back of the gold

                         pan. TA-DA! You just made a pan of gold

                         to carry with you wherever you go!


                         The BEST swap I ever received was from

                         a Belgian Girl Guide. She had put together

                         a little booklet about her country and her

                         everyday life: school, family, games,

                         Guiding, neighborhood. She included

                         photographs of her family, her Guide

                         company, the town where she lived, and

                         drawings of national dress, and a rhyming

                         game her friends played (along with a

                         translation in English). It was obvious that

                         she had put some time into her swaps,

                         and I still have this one. Every time I look

                         at it, I can remember Rika's great sense

                         of humor and friendliness. Hey, it was only

                         34 years ago!


                         I love Girl scouts. The swap I like best is a

                         ladybug each of the Girls in our troop

                         made. It was fun learning how too make



                         I'm a leader now, but I made swaps as a

                         Girl Scout, too. I thought they had

                         disappeared as I haven't found anyone in

                         our area who knows about them. I got

                         one from a girl named Dawn at a troop

                         encampment in about 1976. It was half of

                         a walnut shell with a yellow wooden bead

                         in it. The bead was covered on the bottom

                         half by a small piece of fabric. Wiggly eyes

                         were on the top of the bead. It was a

                         baby nut! I still have it and I hang it on my

                         Christmas tree every year—I remember

                         meeting her at camp and all of the fun

                         things we did together. I have also shown

                         it to my daughter. I don't know where

                         Dawn ever ended up, but I remember my

                         Girl Scout sister well.


                         We are going to a Junior encampment in

                         June that has a Native American theme.

                         We made drums out of plastic bottle caps

                         and felt to swap. We sewed the felt

                         together, leaving the bottle cap sides

                         exposed, with black floss in this design

                         /\/\/\/\/ around the sides. We then

                         glued the tip of a Q-tip on top. Our troop

                         number is written on the other piece of



                         This is the first big camporee I'm going to,

                         and I want to keep in touch with all the

                         new friends I will make. I took clothespins

                         and colored a face and body with magic

                         markers. For the arms I cut a pipe cleaner

                         in half, wrapped it around the middle and

                         positioned the arms. Then I made small

                         cards with my name and e-mail address,

                         and also wrote my name and address on a

                         pre-stamped post card so my friends can

                         write me after camp. I hole punched the

                         small card and post card and attached it

                         to one of the pipe cleaner arms.


                         At our district encampment the theme

                         was sports. I received a cheerleader

                         made from a clothespin. Her face was

                         painted on and her body was wrapped

                         with a swatch of felt. She had curly hair

                         from yarn, and a pipe cleaner wrapped

                         around for arms—with a silvery pompom

                         in each hand.


                         Our Junior troop is getting into

                         backpacking. We made little backpack pins

                         out of fun foam. The frame is a flat black

                         rectangle with a 2mm slit, 2mm in from

                         the top. To give bulk to the pack, we cut

                         out a cross shape and folded the sides,

                         bottom, and top in and hot glued it. We

                         glued a flat recangular "pocket" with our

                         troop number on it to the pack. We rolled

                         up a rectangle "sleeping bag" and tied it

                         with elastic cord, then glued it in place.

                         Finally, we glued a pinback to the back of

                         the frame. It was the hit of the event at

                         which we swapped.  (JFG:  Send us a

                         picture or a swap and we will post it!)


                         I am going on a Wider-op and I am going

                         to make a swap that is a turtle, because I

                         collect turtles. I am going to get green

                         pipe cleaners and two different sizes of

                         small styrafoam balls and glue eyes to it,

                         and voila, a turtle swap.

                         I made a signature pillow, with wider

                         opportunity date, name of wider

                         opportunity, with heart piece on top.


                         My Brownie troop was working on the 3

                         R's (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle). I made up

                         a scavenger hunt for them to do at home

                         with their families over Easter break. The

                         last thing on the list was to make

                         something out of recycled items, then

                         bring it to our next meeting to share. I did

                         the scavenger hunt with my daughter,

                         then we each made something. I made

                         for each girl and registered parent a

                         "Home-made seed packet" designed by

                         me, then filled it with seeds from my own

                         garden.  (I even used "used" paper for

                         the package.)  My daughter made a

                         "paper box" for me to carry them in for

                         our meeting. I had a lot of fun, and

                         decided to make up more for our next


                         —Dawn, Leader Brownie Troop 118

                         Fair Winds Council


                         Since the Convention will be in Kansas

                         City, Missouri, this year, we heard that

                         "KC was the place to be." So we made a

                         bee and named him KC. We used a yellow

                         and black pipe cleaner, safety pin, yellow

                         bead, and fun foam, cut like wings. We

                         shared these at a Girl Scout mall event.


                         My Troops made heart shaped pins with

                         "Girl Scouts Have Heart" on them. We put

                         our Troop numbers on them and showed

                         that indeed: "Girl Scouts Have Heart!"


                         I've never given swaps, I'm not even a

                         Girl Scout. But for something like this, I

                         would reccomend a picture frame with a

                         picture of yourself in it. The frame should

                         have a bit of you in it. —Cat:)


                         We had a girl at a wider opportunity bring

                         embrodery thread in an assortment of

                         colors.  She made friendship bracelets for

                         girls as she talked with them, after asking

                         them what colors they wanted for their

                         bracelet.  That way she spent some time

                         with each person and  made something

                         that each person wanted.


                         I suggest jewelry, pins, bandanas, and

                         friendship bracelets.


                         The best swap I ever received was in

                         1980 at Almost Anything Goes, in Sharon,

                         Connecticut. A Girl Scout from Washington

                         State was swapping little plastic vials of

                         dust from Mt. Saint Helens (this was right

                         after it had erupted). Each had an

                         address label on it with her address so

                         that   we could write and thank her. I still

                         have it many, many years later.


                         Use empty film canisters to create bubble

                         necklaces. You need: 1 canister, 1 bead

                         string or ribbon, 1 small piece of plastic

                         squares (like from a strawberry basket),

                         a glue gun. Do this: Hot glue bead to lid

                         and run string through the hole. Hot glue

                         a strip of plastic squares about 1/2" by 1"

                         inside the lid for a bubble blower. Add

                         bubble solution and decorate the outside

                         of the canister with stickers. It is fun and

                         easy! (The recipe for bubble solution can

                         be found in the Brownie Girl Scout

                         Handbook on page 258, Science Wonders



                         I think the neatest swap I ever received

                         was from a Belgian Girl Guide. She was

                         very artistic, so she made little booklets

                         about her life in Belgium, with drawings

                         and photographs and dried flowers and

                         short stories about what it was like to live

                         in Belgium. That was many years ago, but

                         I still have Rika's little booklet...and the

                         many letters we shared across the

                         Atlantic, long after the event was over.  I

                         loved the way she used her natural

                         talents to create a special swap!


                         The best swap I ever received was a cloth

                         bag made to hold swaps at  large event

                         (150 girls).  A girl made the bags for those

                         of us in her patrol.  The bag had the name

                         of the event on it, and was perfect for

                         packing up everything.  We used it to

                         write autographs on, too.


                         The most popular swap I have made was

                         by simply twisting pipe cleaners together

                         into bracelets. It was fast, cheap, fun,

                         and everyone loved them!


                         I made little babies. Take a garden glove

                         and cut off the fingers. Stuff the fingers

                         with something soft and sew the bottom

                         closed. Loop thread strands and attach on

                         the top for hair, and draw or paint a face

                         with fabric color on the front. Stitch a

                         small square piece of cloth onto the

                         bottom of your baby, as if it were

                         wrapped in a blanket.


                         Make a mini first aid kit and pack it up in a

                         recycled plastic film canister. Include

                         Band-Aids, cleaning swabs, a quarter for

                         a phone call, rubber bands, safety pins,

                         etc. Use red tape to make a cross on the

                         outside.   You can even punch two holes

                         near the top and string it onto a necklace.

                         It is handy to have at camp!  Note:  We were

                         informed that you should be sure to wash film

                         cannisters with soap and water before using, as

                         there is can be a residue that could be harmful.


                         Here's another one use for film canisters:

                           Make a mini sewing kit and pack it in a

                         film canister. Include needle, several

                         colors of thread wrapped around a piece

                         of cardboard (don't forget Girl Scout

                         green and blue), different size safety

                         pins, and some hooks and eyes.  Note:  We

                         were informed that you should be sure to wash film

                         cannisters with soap and water before using, as

                         there is can be a residue that could be harmful.


                         I made 150 mini friendship knots out of

                         1/4 inch leather strips for the participants

                         in a Wider Op.


                         My favorite swap was a pillowcase my

                         whole troop signed. My best friend and I

                         traded. They were very colorful and didn't

                         take much time.