A few years ago I attended a Leader event that had a theme of a Garden Party. I racked my brain all summer trying to come up with a SWAP. When I opened my “junk” drawer, I found my answer – seed packets! See I buy seeds with every intention of planting them, but I never do. So I had these great packets of seeds, but they had never been planted! Here’s what I did to create my Seed Packet SWAP.
Skill Level: Daisy – Ambassadors
Supplies: Seed packets, laminating film or contact paper, safety pins, and ID label.
Step 1: I took my seed packets, one at a time and scanned them with my printer/scanner. I scanned them as a jpg file. Scan each packet individually to have multiple seed packets for traders to choose from (the leaders loved this, they got to pick out their favorite flower or favorite color!)
Step 2: Open a blank Word document. “Insert” your picture into your Word document. At this point, you will be able to “size” your seed packet to make it as small as you need it. Fill the document with all the seed packet files that you scanned. You will only need one page. You may be able to get up to 20 of your seed packets per page.
Step 3: Print out as many pages as you will need. (If you want to make 100 SWAP’s print 5 pages.) I put my ID label sticker on the back of each seed packet before I laminated.
Step 4: After you have placed your ID label on the seed packets, laminate or cover with contact paper to give your SWAP some stability.
Step 5: Cut out your SWAP and add your safety-pin! Your Seed Packet SWAP is complete!
Yours in Scouting,