Welcome to SWAPS4Free
Where you can make SWAPS yourself, using my tips, tricks, printables, patterns, and detailed instructions.
SWAPS are great! SWAPS are fun, creative, and can even be unique!
They can also be a challenge, especially if you aren't the craftiest
of the bunch. There are ideas everywhere, the cutest pictures on
Pinterest, so much so that it can be hard to settle for one. There
are also nice, convenient premade kits available online, but they're
expensive. You're paying for that convenience when, in reality, you
don't need to. The markup on what are usually essentially just a few
simple and common supplies is ridiculous and unless you're buying
completed SWAPS, they're not that much of a time saver either. You
can do it yourself. It's far easier than you think and I'm going to
No, really, trust me! Even you, the 'I glue my fingers together more often than the actual craft' people. Even you, the 'I can't draw a straight line to save my life' people. Even you who think you're completely craft illiterate. Everyone can learn and the lessons truly aren't that difficult.
Here, you will find easy to follow, step by step instructions, (with pictures) for fun and adorable SWAPS, both the classics and the more original and unique. You will learn the tips and tricks I've picked up over the years, including the few cheap and easy items that will make your crafting life easier, the basics and the essentials. You will find downloadable/printable files for patterns, labels, tags, poems, and more. Even those fancy little cookie boxes and license plates that look impossible! I'll help you find the cheapest supplies possible, including things you probably throw away on a regular basis. Wouldn't it be great to know what to start collecting as both scout leaders and scout parents, so that you don't have to scramble to get your hands on something that should be free? You'll find an ever growing list of recyclable items great for SWAPS. You will also (eventually) find links to videos on YouTube, for the more visual learners.
Whether it's something as simple as a bedroll or something as complex as a quiver of arrows or a fully decorated vest, I'll break it down for you. I'll sort by theme so you can find just the perfect thing for your scout or your event. Have a favorite that you'd love to make yourself but don't know how? Let me know and I'll reverse engineer it for you!
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