Let’s create some awesome simple hand stamped jewelry pieces.
Making jewelry is a great way to access creativity and promote individuality. The Girl Scouts Jeweler badge is for Juniors but making jewelry is for all of the ages and stages of development. Working with metal and jewelry supplies is such a great project for kids. I love this one so much because it reinforces the Girl Scout Law in such a fantastic way. My girls started with embroidery floss making friendship bracelets as Brownies. This hand stamped jewelry for Girl Scouts was created with ImpressArt stamps and stamping blanks. Lets do some Girl Scout Jewelry Making!
Materials and Supplies Needed
There are TONS of fun stamps that you can choose from. Our troop voted and selected Newsprint. I love their choice. If you don’t have any of the supplies or tools, here is a great starter set.
There are stamps with letters, numbers and doodles too. Different letters comes in different sizes. They are not inexpensive so be sure to think this all through before purchasing.
Step by Step Directions for Girl Scout Jewelry Making Hand Stamped Pieces
Whether you are making a charm or a bracelet, the steps are pretty much the same. I would say the most important thing is to take your time and be patient. Hand stamping takes a little practice. If you mess up, use that piece to practice before starting on a new blank.
Choose your blank. I am going to show you the steps to make a bracelet. Put the bracelet blank on the stamping block. If desired, tape it down. Some people like to use tape to create a line on the bracelet to line the letters up. My girls were all okay with the letters being a little wonky.
Put a little dab of black paint on the bracelet and rub it into the grooves of the letters with a paper towel, removing all excess paint from surface. This is to make the letters stand out. If you skip this step, over time the letters will darken on their own from wear.
Use the bracelet tool to bend the bracelet blank, one side at a time. This will create a cuff bracelet sporting your special message or saying.
Wear the bracelet or give it to someone you love as a special gift.
Different Types of Jewelry Pieces
Some of the girls wanted to make charms and others bracelets. I love that they all got a chance to choose what they loved most. How adorable is this charm with the letters for Girl Scouts Colorado?
Doubling up charms on one necklace is a lot of fun too. The girl who made this “I Will Do My Best” is an absolute doll. This is the start to the Girl Scout law. I couldn’t love this more.
Girl Scout Law
The Girl Scout Law (along with the Promise) is the foundation. I created a printable (that you can download FREE HERE) to share the law. The girls memorize it and we, as leaders, reinforce it’s message and purpose.
More Girl Scout Craft Ideas
Girl Scout Jewelry Making is just the beginning. Crafting is so important. This blog is filled with awesome crafts for girls of all ages, whether active in Girl Scouts or not. Here are a bunch of fun ideas for you if you are looking for scouting crafts.
Seven Reasons Kids Should Be Crafting
There are unlimited numbers of reasons that kids should be crafting. Based on research and opinions of experts, I am excited to share seven of my favorite reasons to get messy and make all the things with your kiddos.
Practice Fine Motor Skills
Many craft projects require the use of fine motor skills to cut, tie knots, paint, color and even apply glue. Crafting provides a great opportunity to work on fine motor skills while creating works of art.
Build Self Esteem
Through the process of creating a craft project, a child works through a series of steps to make a masterpiece. The success of completing steps and having something wonderful to show for it has proven to build self esteem.
Many craft projects that are done by kids in classrooms or groups collectively create a larger work of art. For example. When a group of kids create individual pumpkin crafts – once put together they have a patch. This creates community and inclusion. Girl Scout Jewelry Making is great for making gifts for people in the community.
Build Social Skills
While actively crafting, often times the fears and worries of talking with others subsides and children (of all ages) find themselves to be more social with those around them,
Craft projects should allow children the opportunity to put their own style or mark into their work. There need to be choices available to successfully promote individuality. Some of these choices include picking colors, crayons vs colored pencils, cutting vs tearing paper and outlining.
Encourages Self Expression
Often times children will express their feelings and thoughts through simple drawing and works of art. Encouraging kids to draw in their journals and add their own elements to projects sometimes offers a release of feelings.
Cheers to Girl Scout Jewelry Making!