• Tell Your Friends

This Friday, March 12th, is the official Girl Scout birthday, commemorating the day in 1912 when Juliette Gordon Low registered the organization’s first 18 girl members in Savannah, Georgia.

If you’re like me, you’ve been showing your appreciation by eating as many Thin Mints and Samoas as possible. However, if you’re looking for a more calorie-light way to honor the Girl Scouts, let’s take a look at their classic trefoil symbol and cookie design.


Most often found in Gothic architecture, a trefoil is a graphic composed of three overlapping rings; basically it looks like the top of a three-leaf clover. Historically, it symbolizes the Holy Trinity for Christians, which is why you’ll usually find the symbol on cathedrals and cemeteries across Europe.

trefoil-architecture-saint-hubert-chapelChapelle de St-Hubert in Amboise, France

Via Ontario Architecture

trefoil-cemetary-flicker-monceauPere Lachaise Cemetery in Paris

Via Monceau’s Flickr stream

Now, trefoils show up on everything from wallpaper to furniture.

ribbed_arch_bed_trefoilVia Gothic Furniture

arundale-wallpapers-trefoilVia Designers Guild

clover-and-spade-armchairsVia Spurlock Antiques


Decorating Guides

19 Responses

  1. Valerie says:

    Look closer and you will find this is not the classic trefoil design. This is the contemporary trefoil designed to be more modern in the late 70's early 80's. The traditional pin is the classic trefoil design with a pointed bottom this is the one designed by Juliette Gordon Low.

  2. Eyes Rolling says:

    How can anyone discuss the design of the Girl Scout logo without mentioning Saul Bass?

  3. Eyes Rolling says:

    Why did you delete my comment about the designer of the Girl Scout logo? Saul Bass is not relevant? This is a design blog, right?

  4. The other day, while I was at work, my cousin stole my apple ipad and tested to see if it can survive
    a thirty foot drop, just so she can be a youtube sensation. My apple ipad is now broken and she has 83 views.

    I know this is completely off topic but I had to share it with someone!

    Look into my page; led lcd tv (http://www.youtube.com)

  5. Spot on with this write-up, I truly believe this web site needs much more attention. I’ll probably be returning to read through more, thanks for the info!

    Feel free to visit my weblog: best kayak brands

  6. domain says:

    Hello, for all time i used to check webpage posts here in the early hours in the dawn, for the reason that i love to find out more and more.

  7. Wow. This is what my spouse and i was basically seeking within the web page. Cheers for the details.

  8. Really insightful and related objects. I agree with you on this theme.

  9. A has become the extremely domain We’ve previously visitied. the details are always handy.

See What We’re Pinning

  • Thanksgiving Centerpiece Ideas: Acorn Place Card Holder

  • Thanksgiving Centerpiece Ideas: A Giving Tree >>

  • Thanksgiving Centerpiece Ideas: Fall Harvest Centerpiece

  • Thanksgiving centerpiece ideas: DIY Cornucopia >>