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How to Make Homemade Lapel Pins

A lapel pin is an object that is attached to the lapel of a jacket or worn above the breast on a shirt. They can symbolise a persons loyalty to a team, cause or subject matter such as animals, plants, national pride or religion. Lapel pins are attached to clothing using either a stick pin or a pin with a clasp. Homemade lapel pins are easy to make and very inexpensive. The versatility of homemade lapel pins is wide. The only limitation is the creativity of the individual making the pin.

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  1. Place the lapel pin object on a flat stable work surface so the back of the item is facing up. Position the item so that the side you want to be seen when you're wearing it is towards the table and the back is up. Items to use for lapel pins include small polished stones, small photographs or pictures, beads and old earrings.

  2. Turn on the glue gun and allow the glue to heat. Position a glue stick in the chamber.

  3. Position the lapel pin back, stick pin, clasp pin or small safety pin in the desired location. Most generally this is in the centre of a small object or 1/8- to 1/4-inch from the top edge on a photo or large object.

  4. Remove the lapel pin back, stick pin, clasp pin or small safety pin. Use tweezers to hold the clasp pin or small safety pin. Squeeze two to three drops of hot glue on the lapel pin object in the designated area. Immediately place the lapel pin back, stick pin, clasp pin or small safety pin on the hot glue drops. Adjust the pin back so it is in the proper position.

  5. Allow the glue to dry 15 minutes before attaching to any garment.

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Things You'll Need

  • Lapel pin object (photo, ribbon, stone, etc.)
  • Pin back (stick pin, clasp pin or small safety pin)
  • Tweezers
  • Hot glue gun
  • Hot glue sticks

About the Author

Kim Blakesley is a home remodeling business owner, former art/business teacher and school principal. She began her writing and photography career in 2008. Blakesley's education, fine arts, remodeling, green living, and arts and crafts articles have appeared on numerous websites, including DeWalt Tools, as well as in "Farm Journal" and "Pro Farmer."

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