Ready Made Girl Scout Swap Kits From Mini Me Crafts

In my previous post, I shared some of the wonderful crafts Elizabeth Chick sent to me from her website Mini Me Crafts.  Today I will show you the ready made Girl Scout Swap kits she has for sale at very reasonable prices.

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The following review is based on my own personal experiences with Mini Me Crafts.  I have not been reimbursed for this review, nor are any of the links affiliate links.  I want to support my fellow Girl Scout leaders and mompreneurs.

Photos of the crafts are copyrighted by me and may not be used without written permission.


The ” I Love Girl Scouts” Swap kit is very simple to make-my daughter, who is almost ten, put it together rather quickly.  Younger Daisies will need help.  It is a great first Swap for Daisies or a quick craft for older girls.  They can attach it to their backpacks and share with everyone in school that they love being a Girl Scout!

My daughter had a ball putting the First Aid kit together!  This is the perfect Swap for camping trips or for field trips.
My daughter also loved putting the Dunk Bag Swap kit together.  It comes with three wooden pieces to decorate with permanent marker, paint or stickers.  A clothes pin and mesh bag are also included.  This is another Swap that is perfect for Girl Scout camping!
The kit as it comes.
My daughter used permanent marker to decorate her set.

Thank you, Elizabeth, for sending these terrific crafts!  Her kits are perfect for busy leaders who do not have time create their own Girl Scout Swap kits on their own.  The prices are right and so is her shipping.

If you decide to buy something from her, please let Elizabeth know you read about it on this blog!

 

Need Some Ready Made Swaps and Crafts? Mini Me Crafts to the Rescue!

Earlier this summer, I was looking for new Girl Scout crafts to share with my fellow leaders.   I came across this delightful site, Mini Me Crafts.

Mini Me Crafts was created by Elizabeth Chick in 2010.  A veteran science teacher, mom, and Girl Scout leader, she ran into problems while trying to get materials for her various projects.  She was spending lots of time and her own personal money for items, and knew there had to be a better and easier way to fulfill her needs.

Her solution, Mini Me Crafts, came to her in a dream. It is named “Mini Me” because her daughter, Samantha, is a mini version of her!

I emailed Elizabeth and asked if she could send me a Swap kit to review on this blog.

She responded to my request by sending me several different kits for my 9.5 year old daughter to try.

The following review is based on my own personal experiences with Mini Me Crafts.  I have not been reimbursed for this review, nor are any of the links affiliate links.  I want to support my fellow Girl Scout leaders and mompreneurs.

Photos of the crafts are copyrighted by me and may not be used without written permission.

Because Elizabeth sent so many wonderful things, I am going to split the review into two different posts.

When my daughter and I opened the box, the first thing we saw was this adorable Girl Scout Swap bag!

It is well crafted and a pretty way for your girls to store their Swaps or anything else for that matter!  For $3.00, it would make an adorable stocking stuffer or holiday gift for your girls!

The first thing my daughter wanted to make was the Juliette Low Pearl Necklace kit.  

This kit comes with everything you need to make a necklace and a box to store it in. It is a great way to celebrate Founder’s Day on October 31st!

My daughter, who is going into fourth grade, had no problem putting it together.  Daisy leaders who wish to do this will need extra hands for beading and tying.  The box is well made and all pieces come with stickies. We just needed a bit of extra glue to keep the daisy on top.  My daughter really enjoyed making this!

 

In my next post, I will review the Swap kits Elizabeth sent me!
If you are curious, visit Mini Me Crafts Swaps pages!

How My Troop Made This Girl Scout Junior Vest Swap

My troop had never made a Girl Scout Swap before, and I decided it was high time that they did.  I needed a craft to fill in any extra time I might have during our 3.5 hour canned/boxed food drive community service project meeting held in my home.  As a teacher for twenty-five years, the first thing I learned is that idle hands make trouble!  Keeping my girls busy was key to our success.

I found this adorable Junior Vest Swap idea on the Girl Scouts of Nassau County website (it is no longer available on the site to link to).  It was perfect for my girls who are flying up to Juniors in May.  I contacted my childhood best friend who lives across the country to ask if her daughter’s troop leaders, who also have a third grade Brownie troop, would love to receive the Swaps.  They have ten girls and so do I.  They wanted them, and the wheels were set in motion!

How to Make a Girl Scout Vest Swap

The craft calls for green foam, but being resourceful I decided to use green felt that I already had in my Girl Scout craft bin.

Here is how I did it.

All photos taken by Hannah Gold.

I did an image search for a Junior Girl Scout vest and found this one.  I copied it and traced it onto the felt.  I was able to fit five of them on one sheet.  Of course, I made two extra-one for me to do in advance and one just in case one of my girls needed to redo one.

My nine year old daughter helped me cut out the felt vests.

While I used some cut out tabs out of another piece of felt in a different shade of green, my daughter made badges by using a hole puncher.  I made the Council and GSUSA strips out of foam shapes that I cut up.
I packaged each one individually so that each girl had her own kit.
It was a quick craft and the girls enjoyed making it for a sister troop.