One thing I’ve been really getting into lately are flair pins, I think they add a nice touch to your hats, jackets and/or vests. Plus they are super trendy right now so why not make some of our own. For this project, I’m going to be using a crafting material that I used to use all the time as a child, Shrinky Dink. As well as other items that I have around the house.
I made a handful of pins with various designs. I also messed around with one batch being made with acrylic paint and one using permanent markers. Some of the designs I went for were various foods, monsters, animals, and holiday themed items. Plus throw on a denim vest and a choker so you have the perfect 90’s vibe.
- Shrinky Dink Paper
- Permanent Markers or Acrylic Paint
- Push Pins
- Hot Glue or Super Glue
- … an oven, because you know you need something to shrink the designs with.
- Print out or draw your designs onto the Shrinky Dink paper. Color in the designs with permanent markers, and then cut the shapes out using scissors.
- Watch your design shrink to half the size in a 350-degree (Fahrenheit) oven. Should take around three minutes. The design will curl up then flatten back out. Make sure it flatten outs before taking out your pin.
- Glue push pins onto the back of the design and pair with a pin back. I used hot glue for this.
Three of the designs I did were actually too small for the push pins. And next time I do this project, as I want a lot more pins I’m going to make these a lot bigger when I’m drawing. What is your favorite flair pin/design?
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