This weekend I went with my little buddy on a Girl Scout Camping trip. This trip was right up my alley because we visited a colonial village where we got to try our hands at all sorts of traditional crafts such as candle dipping, butter churning, weaving and writing with a quill and ink! Before going on the trip we had some crafting of our own to do – making swaps! Swaps are little objects such as beads, buttons, origami and anything else you can think of attached to safety pins. Girl Scouts make about 50 each and bring them to camping trips like these in order to swap with their friends and collect all the different ones; hence the name “swaps.” We had a pretty hefty crafting set-up:
This is a great craft for using all the leftover scraps you may have saved from other crafts. I used a penny, a seashell and a scrap piece of fabric to get us started.
First, I put a dollop of hot glue on the penny and placed it on the back side of the fabric.
Then I put some glue on the penny and folded in all the fabric edges to make a diamond.
Lastly, I flipped the diamond over to the clean, non-gluey side, hot glued a pretty seashell on top and glued a safety pin to the bottom. Ta-da!
We continued cutting and hot-glueing away, pairing together pretty random objects until we ended up with this lovely assortment:
And a high five for a job well done 😀
After a four hour drive out into the woods the swapping began!
Now, a hundred years ago when I was a kid it was all the rage to pin your swaps to a hat like a fisherman. It seems the cool thing to do now is pin your swaps to a lanyard around your neck. Kids these days. 😉
After the swapping was complete we checked out other crafts. Here we are learning to churn butter. The woman in the picture told us it would take about 2 hours to make one cup of butter by hand!
We also learned how to write with feathers that come from turkeys and geese. I have a whole new appreciation for my ballpoint pen!
Lastly, we got to learn about my favorite craft: weaving! This type of weaving was done on a very small, hand-held loom which was great for learning. The kids learned all about the warp and the weft and the shuttle. You can find an in-depth weaving tutorial in one of my earlier posts here.
I was a Girl Scout for many years so this was a great way to re-live the experience and spend some time out in nature. Visiting the colonial village reminded me that although most of my crafts are a luxury, the whole concept of crafting began out of necessity to make the things we need in order to survive!