How to Make Beaded Pins

There is a different beaded pin for every mood and occasion.

How to Make Beaded Pins for Kids

Beaded pins are one of the best accessories for expressing different aspects of your personality. Whether you're feeling whimsical, serious, or in the mood for a little fun, there is surely a beaded pin that will fit the occasion.

Beaded pins are easy to make, but people will be amazed at how complicated they seem. This article will show you how to make some of your own.

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These beaded pins are great for sharing with your friends.

Bead Collage Pin

Bring out your creative side with this bead collage pin.

Confetti Kitty Pin

These cute kitties will keep you company all day long.

Friendship Pins

Making friends by making one of these beaded pins -- a great way to tell them how you feel.

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It will be Pin-demonium when you and your friends make these beaded pins. Have fun making and collecting these decorative pins.

What You'll Need:
  • Diaper pins with animal faces or large safety pins
  • Brightly colored nail polish (optional)
  • Newspaper
  • Clear nail polish
  • Small beads that fit the open shaft of the safety pin
  • Clear gel glue
  • Colored ribbons

Step 1: If you don't have diaper pins with animal faces, paint large safety pins a bright color of nail polish. Spread out newspaper when painting. (Make sure you have good ventilation.)

Step 2: Let the polish dry completely, then turn pins over and paint the other side. It will take three or four coats, depending on the thickness of the polish. Let the pins dry between each coat.

Step 3: Next, give the pins two coats of clear polish and let dry. Thread the beads onto the lower, open pin shafts. Make sure to leave enough room to close the safety pins.

Step 4: Now spread clear gel glue over the beads with your fingers, making sure some glue gets between all the beads. Let pins dry for a few hours. Add a second coat of glue and let dry again.

Step 5: Tie coordinating ribbon through the hole at the bottom of the pin.

Show off your creative side with the beaded pin on the next page.

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How to Make Beaded Pins

Leftover beads can become this stylish pin.

Bead Collage Pin

After working on all of the cool projects in this article, you can make a bead collage pin with the leftover beads. Here's a great project that will give you a chance to turn yesterday's leftovers into a new and exciting beaded pin.

What You'll Need:
  • 1 sheet of black craft foam
  • 1 pin back
  • Miscellaneous beads, buttons, and faux jewels
  • Seed beads in a variety of colors
  • Gold glitter with stars
  • Newspaper
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Tacky glue

Step 1: Cover your work surface with newspaper or an old tablecloth.

Step 2: Draw a heart shape on the craft foam; cut out the shape.

Step 3: Glue a pin back to the back of the heart shape. Let dry.

Step 4: Spread glue all over the top and side edges of the heart. Then create a Bead Collage by randomly placing buttons, large beads, and faux jewels into the glue. Sprinkle seed beads into any empty spaces, and press them into place. Finally, generously sprinkle glitter over the entire surface.

Step 5: Let dry thoroughly, then attach the pin to a hat, sweater, coat -- or wherever else you want to show off your creation.

Kittens are so adorable, and so are the beaded pins on the next page. Click next to check them out.For more fun activities and bead crafts, check out:

How to Make Beaded Pins

You'll be cute as a kitten when you wear this

Confetti Kitty Pin

It's cute, it's cuddly -- it's the confetti kitty pin. These felines will accompany you wherever you go.

What You'll Need:
  • 1 domed disk wood cutout, 1-1/2 inch diameter
  • 2 thin oval wood cutouts, 5/8x1-1/2 inches each
  • Oyster white acrylic paint
  • Liquid confetti
  • 3 pink faux pearls, 3mm each
  • 2 inches of medium-gauge, gold-tone wire
  • 2 green navette faux jewels, 7x15mm each
  • 1 blue heart faux jewel, 10mm
  • 1 violet, 1 light blue, and 2 clear round faux jewels, 4mm each
  • 6 inches of metallic gold embroidery floss
  • 1 pin back
  • Newspaper
  • Small round paintbrush
  • Cement glue
  • Wire cutters
  • Toothpick
  • Jewel glue
  • Scissors

Step 1: Cover your work surface with newspaper or an old tablecloth. Paint the wood cutouts with acrylic paint on all sides, one side at a time. For best results, apply two coats of paint. Let dry completely.

Step 2: To make the kitty's ears, use cement glue to attach the oval cutouts to the back of the disk cutout. Make sure about 1/2 inch of the oval cutouts sticks out from behind the top edge of the disk.

Step 3: Apply a thick coat of liquid confetti to the front of the kitty's face and ears. (The liquid confetti will stay tacky for several hours.)

Step 4: Put a small dab of cement glue just below the center of the face, and press the three faux pearls into a triangle "nose." Then cut the piece of gold-tone wire in half, and curl the ends of each half into a kitty smile. Tuck the wire pieces under the pearl nose, and press them into the tacky surface. Brush more liquid confetti over the area to secure the wire.

How to Make Beaded Pins

Make a whole pack of feline friends to accompany you all day.

Step 5: Use a toothpick to lightly spread small dabs of jewel glue onto the backs of the faux jewels, and set them in place. Use the photo above to help you arrange the jewels.

Step 6: Tie a knot about one inch from each end of the piece of metallic embroidery floss. Trim very close to one side of each knot, then flare the rest of the floss into a spray of "whiskers." Dab both knots with a bit of cement glue, and attach them on either side of the kitty's mouth, below the nose.

Step 7: Apply a heavy coat of cement glue to the pin back, wait five minutes, then press firmly against the center of the back of the disk. Hold for about two minutes, then set aside to dry.

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Slide the medium safety pin through the small pins.

Friendship Pins

Make new friends with these friendship pins. Make up a batch to give give to friends at the end of summer, or the end of the school year, and keep a few on hand to give to new friends that you make along the way.

What You'll Need (for each pin):
  • 4 small safety pins
  • small beads
  • 1 medium safety pin

Step 1: Thread beads onto the arms of four small safety pins, and close them. Create different bead patterns by changing the order in which you thread them.

Step 2: Slide the beaded pins onto the last safety pin, with the beaded pins hanging by the safety-pin head.

Step 3: Hand out your finished jewelry masterpieces, and show the world that real friends stick together!

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