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Rubber stamp swapping pins are inexpensive

Use rubber stamps to make swapping pins.
Use rubber stamps to make swapping pins.
Paula Hrbacek

When Girl Scouts go to an event, they bring SWAPS (Something Wearable Appropriately Pinned Somewhere) to trade with other troops. These rubber stamp SWAPS can be used to meet requirements for drawing, popular art, or printing.

Materials needed:

  • Old file folders or other stiff paper or thin cardboard
  • Pinking shears or decorative scissors
  • White glue
  • Rubber stamps and ink
  • Colored pencils
  • Safety pins
  • Paper punch

Cut stiff paper into shapes; triangles, squares or circles, with pinking shears or decorative scissors. Make one shape slightly smaller than the other so that when they are stacked on top of each other, the larger shape makes a frame around the smaller shape.

Use a rubber stamp to print a picture on the smaller shape. Use colored pencils to shade the picture.

Punch two holes in the larger shape, about half an inch apart. Open a safety pin, and push the head up through one hole and down through the other, so that the paper holds the shank of the pin in place. Glue the picture to the larger shape so that it covers the shank of the pin, and allows the pin to be opened on the back.

Instead of rubber stamps, you can also print small pictures using your computer's clip art program, or you can use stickers such as envelope seals, or stamps from the National Wildlife Federation.

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