When my Junior troop wanted to work on their Jeweler badge, my gut reaction was how would we pay for it?
You can certainly paper craft and recycle your way through the badge requirements, but I’m a firm believer in letting your girls try new ideas and use tools new to them. Here’s how our troop saved money on our Junior Jeweler badge:
Ask for Help. You’d be surprised how many friends and colleagues have jewelry making tools and beads tucked in a closet. Many are willing to share their supplies – and their expertise – if you ask. One posting on our employee classifieds at work led us to boxes of beads to enjoy, and another led us to leftover necklaces that we upcycled for a fundraiser for girls in Haiti.
Shop for deals. Take advantage of those 40 and 50 percent off coupons at Joann’s or Michaels. Or check out Amazon Warehouse, which an avid jeweler told me allows her to afford beads, write and other jewelry supplies at a deep discount.
Are there inexpensive but successful jewelry making projects your troop has done? Share them in the comments below!