How to Create Your Own Lapel Pins & Buttons

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How to Create Your Own Lapel Pins & Buttons
Lapel pins and buttons can be made from almost anything. (tas de bijoux de fantaisie. image by Blue Moon from

Lapel pins can be to worn to signify group affiliations, used as symbols of achievement, or just to to embellish an outfit. They are fastened to an item of clothing, usually the collar, with a pin or clasp that is invisible when worn. Lapel buttons, pins, and brooches can be made for significantly cheaper than you can buy them. Whether you would like to create lapel pins for your club, team, workplace, friends, or yourself, you will find that they are quick and simple to make with nearly endless options for creativity.

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Things you need

  • Pin backs
  • Craft adhesive
  • Cardboard or newspaper
  • Craft supplies
  • Wire cutters

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    Buy pin backs on the Internet or from a jewellery supply store. They can usually be found in the findings section with other jewellery hardware. Round and bar shaped pin backs are affordable and available in a variety of different sizes and finishes.

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    Purchase an adhesive appropriate for the materials you will be using to create your pins. Hot glue guns are a common tool for crafting that you may already have at home. Hot glue forms a strong bond between most materials including metal, glass, plastic, paper, wood, and fabric. Industrial strength jewellery and craft adhesives like E6000 are more expensive, take longer to dry, and must be used in a well-ventilated area, but they adhere extremely well to almost any surface.

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    Set up a work area on a clean, flat table or countertop. Protect surfaces from stray drops of glue with a layer of cardboard or newspaper. Collect and arrange any necessary craft supplies such as scissors, buttons, beads, wire, wire cutters, felt, fabric, paper, fake flowers, coins, photographs, or paint and small brushes.

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    Create your unique lapel pins by gluing various craft supplies to the pin backs. Use beads, clay, wire, or fabric to create shapes like snowmen, leaves, hearts, or animals. Remove the stems from silk flowers with wire cutters before gluing them to pin backs to create an affordable version of lapel pins sold at retail stores.

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    Store your finished pins away from mischievous pets or children while the adhesives dry completely. Give them away as gifts or prizes and wear your creations proudly on your jacket collar or lapel. Buttons and pins aren't only for lapels, so feel free to attach them to purses, hats, or scarves to add a bit of colour and visual interest to any outfit.

Tips and warnings

  • Be careful not to burn yourself when using a hot glue gun, and use industrial strength adhesives in well- ventilated areas only.

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