How to make a lapel pin

Updated July 20, 2017

Wearing lapel pins is an excellent way to display your love of your favourite cause, school, sports team, or that special someone. While you can purchase lapel pins in a variety of styles, you can make your own custom lapel pins to cover a broader variety of subjects. When you make lapel pins, you are limited only by your creativity and imagination. Turn miniature photos, magnets, ribbons, and any other small item into a lapel pin. Use new pin backs (found at crafts stores) or recycle old lapel pin backs to make your own personalised lapel pins.

Heat up your hot glue gun. You will need to use only one glue stick to make your own lapel pin.

Use the tweezers to hold the pin back. (Using tweezers will keep your fingers from getting burnt by the hot glue.)

Drop a few beads of hot glue directly onto the flat surface of the pin back.

Immediately place the pin back on the underside of your preferred item. Allow the hot glue to cool and harden completely before pinning the lapel pin to garments.


Hot glue can burn your skin. Be very careful when handling hot glue guns and hot glue sticks.

Things You'll Need

  • Pin back
  • Tweezers
  • Hot glue gun
  • Hot glue stick
  • Preferred item (such as a photo or ribbon)
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About the Author

Monica J. Miller has been a freelance writer since 2005 and is published in "A Time to Love Magazine." Miller has more than 20 years of experience crafting. She writes on a variety of subjects, including parenting, family and relationships, business partnerships, Christianity, gift giving ideas and health issues.