Have you seen all those fabulous pins attached on cards and layouts? What about the challenges that require pins to be included? Are you wondering how to make them?
Today, I would like to share a few tips to help you get started.
First, you will need to purchase a variety of beads. I would start with a couple bags to see if you will like working with pins/beads. Then remember, more beads you have the more combinations you will be able to create. I always get mine from Hobby Lobby when they have them 50% off.
Our beads (my daughter and I share) are separated by color theme for the most part. It makes it easier to choose the colors to match the project.
Next, decide on a color pattern. With Valentine's Day approaching quickly, I will be working with silver, white and red.
I chose some beads and now will layer them on a stick pin. The pins can be purchased at any craft store or Walmart. Remember to put the bead you want on the top first and work your way down. Do not add beads to the end of your pin. You will need room to attach the pins to your project (I like to attach mine into the bow.).
After I create the pattern I place the stick pins in a holder, so they can be glued. I have this small ribbon spool that is the perfect size. I prefer not to use my good pin cushion because I do not want to get Mod Podge on it.
I use an old paint brush to apply the Mod Podge. My husband asked why I had such a horrible looking brush (I think he wanted to throw it away and get me a new one.) and I had to explain it is just for glue. Be sure to apply glue to the top of the stick pin and in-between each bead. I then push down firmly so the beads will adhere to one another.
Don't forget to wash your brush while the pins are drying. Be sure to save this "glue" brush to make more pins!
Almost dry after 20 minutes...I did use a lot of Mod Podge!
Now they are done!
After they are completely dried, I wiggle them free carefully and transfer them to my pin cushion until they are ready to be used.
The deadline is January 29th and the winner will be announced on Monday, January 30th.
Have fun making some of your own. The possibilities are endless with all the colors, shapes and sizes of beads that are available. Please come back and share what you made. I would love to see them.