it's the rare craft that is mutually satisfying for both the adult and child to make--which, if you're reading between the lines, you probably know is just a prettier way of saying hey, here's a kid craft i didn't totally hate making.
more than likely, you are not in need of 70 homemade "swaps" (i.e. tokens on a safety pin) to trade with other girl scouts at camp next week. but maybe you will appreciate the pretty pictures?
one thing i learned from making these is that working in an assembly line is not only very efficient (yup, engineer's wife speaking) but it's also a great way to craft with kids. give each person a task based on his/her interests and abilities--she places the stencils and does the painting, he rips off the stickers and the tape, mom does the drilling and cutting--and the result is one happy afternoon o' crafting.
- 3/4"-wide wooden craft sticks (note: 1 stick yields 2 finished "swaps" so buy accordingly)
-a handsaw or small pruning shears (or whatever you have on hand to trim the sticks to size)
-your choice of stickers in a simple shape
-wax paper (to protect your work surface)
measure about 2 inches from the rounded ends of each craft stick and cut to size. (discard the excess middle pieces or save them for another project.) when you are finished cutting, you will be left with a stack of wood pieces that are flat on one end and rounded on the other. the flat end is the top. apply a sticker to each piece as shown in the photos.
tape down some wax paper. tape off the top of each swap. leave the ends of the tape long so you can tape the swaps to the wax paper. paint each swap and allow to dry. once the paint is dry, drill a hole through the middle of the top of each swap. do it while the masking tape is still on, to help prevent the wood from chipping when you drill. remove tape and stickers. admire your stenciled image. thread swaps onto safety pins. have fun pinning + swapping with other girl scouts.