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28th-Jul-2012 07:56 pm
Modern Times
I spent a fairly large part of time today making "SWAPS" for my niece's Girl Scout day camp. "SWAPS" is an acronym for something, but I'm not sure I really care about looking it up at the moment. They're small craft-stuffs that you pin to your vest/sash and the girls, apparently, trade them. This is my first year, so I'm kind of unfamiliar with how the official process works, but whatever.

I started out kinda like this:
Piles of buttons and some of the "bases" are glued together.

These are the backs:

And eventually it all came out like this:
And it doesn't look like crap!*
All it took was: Buttons of various sizes. Metal pins. Felt. Bead/glass glue (for the buttons and the pins). Hot glue (for the felt to cover the base of the pins).

Slightly time consuming, but ultimately rewarding. I left dozens of hair strands in the bead glue/buttons and scalded skin on the hot-glued felt. Some of these are cute enough that I'm tempted to keep a few back for myself.

*I know I'm ridiculously proud of myself when I manage not to screw something up really badly...but if you knew how often I screwed things up really badly, you'd understand.
30th-Jul-2012 05:16 pm (UTC)
so cute! :D

but aren't they supposed to make these things themselves?
30th-Jul-2012 11:47 pm (UTC)
Yeah, girls make them themselves at home if they're a camp participant. If you don't have a kid and are just volunteering you can make them yourself (or not participate). They don't make them at camp or anything, it's a bring-from-home thing.
(no subject) - Anonymous - Expand
17th-Oct-2012 06:01 am (UTC) - SWAP
"Something With A Pin" - So as long as it has a pin, it is a SWAP :)
26th-Jan-2013 04:36 am (UTC) - scouts
they are very cute but why do they call them swaps?????? they look like flowers ... looks like a fun craft to make ....
20th-Feb-2013 05:36 pm (UTC) - Re: scouts
SWAPS stands for...um... let me see: Special Whatchamacallits Affectionally Pinned Somewhere.

So they're little pins that you bring in mass-quantity and swap with other girl scouts for their pins.
20th-Feb-2013 05:34 pm (UTC) - Button Flowers
I just love them, they are so cute. I am making them to glue on mason jars for centerpieces for my mother's 90th birthday party.

thank you for the craft idea
17th-Mar-2013 07:00 pm (UTC) - Please don't do that.
Another artist making self-depracating remarks. you made them, thy're lovely. Congratulate yourself.
7th-Apr-2013 07:57 pm (UTC) - SWAP
A swap is something you swap. Not all have pins. Some are patches.
3rd-Oct-2013 06:24 am (UTC)
Thanx so much my girls are going to camp this weekend and I couldn't think of anything to do.
3rd-Oct-2013 06:25 am (UTC) - thanx
Thanx so much my girls are going to camp this weekend and I couldn't think of anything to do.
2nd-Jan-2014 07:57 pm (UTC)
They are called Swaps because you swap or trade them with other girls. Girls make the swaps with their own troops but exchange them at bigger events where there are girls from other troops in attendance like camps or ralleys.
4th-Jan-2014 10:41 am (UTC)
You, can do so much with these...maybe on the hole of the buttons you can add some tiny stones...Ribbons underneath...Hair pins Broaches gor coats...and so on...
9th-Mar-2014 09:25 pm (UTC)
i think this is so cool..... love it..... thank you for sharing :)
1st-Apr-2014 12:45 pm (UTC) - Fabulous!!
These are cute, cute, cute. You should be very proud for such an ingenious, crafty, idea!!!
4th-May-2014 10:45 pm (UTC) - Love the button flowers, with one question
How did you glue the five buttons together to form the flower?? Did you use the felt as a 'base'? (Sorry, but I can't tell from the photos of the backs or fronts.) THANKS!! Would LOVE to do these with my class!!
5th-May-2014 05:49 am (UTC) - Re: Love the button flowers, with one question
I used "glass/bead" glue. Just a little dab would make the five buttons stick together without much fuss. The felt was glued on afterward-- though I think you could certainly do it beforehand to make a more solid "base".
7th-Aug-2014 02:27 am (UTC) - Buttons
Where did you get the buttons? I would love to buy some.
7th-Aug-2014 03:11 pm (UTC) - Re: Buttons
I got these at Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft. They should be at any craft store though--Michaels would probably have a similar selection.
Re: Buttons - Anonymous - Expand
RE: Buttons - Anonymous - Expand
19th-Aug-2014 04:06 am (UTC) - Love them so cute!!
Give yourself some credit, great idea:) going to make some today. Thanks for the awesome idea
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