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Thursday, March 29, 2012

LAPEL PINS

I love lapel pins!  Whenever I wear a suit, I wear a lapel pin.   I have several enamel; gold/silver that go with just about anything.   I wanted something with more color and splash.  Maybe I have a case of spring fever, since the daffodil, crocus and hyacinth are in bloom, and the tulips won't be far behind.   

With that in mind, here are my spring inspired lapel pins.    The sky is the limit with these since they are made with scrapbook paper and as you know there are aisles of these papers at your local craft store.  Here are just a few ideas, along with the instructions and supplies that you will need..........



The first thing you need to do is find some papers that melt your butter.......



............ to that, add some gold rings (jewelry aisle), pins and brush on gloss. Anything else is up to your creativity and imagination!  If you look closely you will see that I add some lace to the edge of one and some silk flowers to another. 







To start, cut your paper approximately 2" x 8"....again, this will be your preference in terms of the size you prefer.  Once the paper is cut then accordion fold it in approximately 1/4" increments.
After you've folded the paper, pinch together one end to form the fan shape and hot glue between the folds.  If you want to add the gold loop to the bottom; spread the loop apart.  Then with a large needle (I mean a big honker....like an upholstery needle) make a hole on each side and secure the loop into the holes.

As an alternative to the loop, I chose to glue a very small buttons to each side (see below) 
After you have finished that step; brush on the gloss ... it dries quickly and has a very high gloss, which is what I wanted.   Finally, add a pin to the back of the fan and any embellishments; tassels, flowers, lace...you could also add some beads...or glitter..


Now that's what I call accessorizing!



1 comment:

  1. I love making DIY crafts! Right now I am working on some handmade Pins for a baby shower. I really like what you did here I might have to do something similar.

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