Monday, October 28, 2013

Pretty Pins - Girl Scout gifts

Something all Girl Scouts celebrate is the birthday of Juliette Gordon-Low, founder of the Girl Socuts. It falls on October 31 and is usually celebrated with a birthday party, ice cream social or a fun event of some sort.

Our troop celebrated the day before at our troop meeting. I wanted to make a special little gift for the girls and looking at painting of J-Low, realized it would make a pretty piece of jewelry.

So I looked through the craft stash and took out some goodies:
Bottle caps
beads & small sequins
white tulle
safety pins
Juliette Gordon-Low

First things first, rub the back of the bottle caps with some sandpaper to scuff it up. Trust me on this, it's help with gluing later! So, I printed the pic above, sizing it to fit inside the bottle caps and glued them in with some glitter glue and let it dry.
Because we're talking about little girls (and one pre-teen) here, I knew that "sparkle" would have to be a part of this gift. Yes, shiny is best isn't it? So I  filled the cap with some glitter, iridescent sequins and a shiny bead or two.
I put some glitter glue around the edge of the bottle cap and laid a square of tulle on top of it (just trimmed it when the glue was dry). You can also use glitter nail polish, it's shiny, it dries quickly and hardens when it does.
Finally, I made circles from the felt, cutting slits so that the clasp and the spring were exposed and the staff was glued behind the felt, against the back of the bottle cap (which you pre-scraped to help the glue adhere).

Each girl got a fun, sparkly pin featuring Juliette! My advice, use the larger, choppy glitter so it doesn't fall out through the tulle!

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