Monday, February 8, 2010

Decorative Pins

As you know, we are giving away that pretty violet pincushion with decorative beaded pins. And since we've shown you how to make the pincushion, we thought we'd show you how easy it is to make the pins yourself as well! And when we say easy, we mean embarrassingly easy! Actually, when we came up with the idea to make the pins, we hopped online to see if we could find a tutorial for ourselves to use. We found plenty of people selling them , but couldn't find any tutorials for making them. So this is what we came up with, although we're sure there are probably more sophisticated and craft-savvy ways to do it:

What you need:
  • straight sewing pins
  • beads
  • Crazy Glue (we found that one that came with a brush worked great and kept us from gluing the pins to our fingers - if you can't find this kind, just grab an old, small paint brush)

Thread your beads onto your pin, but don't move them all the way to the end. Using the brush, apply a small amount of glue to the pin head. Slide your first bead to the end, then apply a little more glue to the other end of that first bead. Slide the second bead into place. Finally, dab a small amount of glue to the end of that last bead. Hold your pin upside down for a minute or so, then stick it into a piece of sponge or foam to allow it to dry completely.

How easy is that? So easy, that we made a few more pins, and instead of giving away six pins to our lucky winner we've decided to give twelve! So if you haven't entered our giveaway already, be sure to do so by Sunday the 14th, and we'll announce the winner on Monday the 15th!
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