Friday, September 5, 2014

How to make Stick Pins for your cards (beginners guide)

There is a challenge coming up i will be doing with stick pins..and i thought i need to see if i can make some of these.  So first stop... Youtube.  I checked out several videos and I think i came up with some good ideas all rolled into one tutorial for beginners. 

First off... Supplies:

Styrofoam..preferably one that will be able to set and not tip over (i used what i had and I  had a Styrofoam i've cut it in half...although my foam tape roll worked as a great base so it didn't roll away) This is used to hold your pin as it dries. (others recommended plastic earring backs, but i would have to buy those, so i went with Styrofoam)

Ranger's Glossy/Matte Accents (or something just like it) (some use E6000, but i opted out because of the smell and i think it takes a bit longer to dry)

Random small beads..not seed beads, but not beads with big holes..beads that have holes just a bit bigger than a straight pin.  Iridescent always work well because they match with most other metal beads etc.  (Your choices will change as you start making more stick pins)

Metal bead charms..or not..i like the character.

Other options: miniature charms, jewerly, feathers (will need clips for these), miniature letter block beads.

Basic jewelry supplies, small jump rings, bead caps to fit the beads you are using, hat pins, bead pins..or wire.  In this tutorial i am using decorative bead pins and one head pin. Needle nose pliers, or whatever you use for jump rings, rounded nose pliers, close snip wire cutters.

So let's get started:
I usually "test" all of my beading by layering it on the pin, once i find i like it, i put it back on and put a dot of Glossy accents on the last bead before the bead cap.  Once i put the bead cap on i poke it into the Styrofoam to dry.  That's pretty much it.

Here is the process in photos for you:
"character beads"

laying out my bead selection

This one is blurred, but i think you can see what i did.

Supplies for a simple Feather stick pin
Securing the feather to a jewelry finding

Purple feather version (i made two)

Adding jump ring to jewelry finding

Boo Stick pin supplies
I am adding a dangling word

using miniature jewelry

Finished Boo stick pin

using a charm
Thanks for looking, hope it inspired you to make a stick pin for your cards.  I will be using these soon!


  1. These are beautiful! I don't have any jewelry making supplies but I might eventually try these! Thank you for the awesome tutorial!

  2. These are gorgeous. Love them, especially the little dangly things you put on them. Very pretty!

  3. Bonnie they are gorgeous and so simple but very effective, and look easy to make. Thank you for putting up your tutorial for all of us. Hugs Andrea B

  4. Your tutorial is wonderful Bonnie! I love those feather ones! I will have to try those! Hugs Julie xox

  5. So fab, Bonnie! TFS! :^)
    Hugs, Penny

  6. Your tutorial is supercute, thanks for sharing, will give it a try in the future, lots of hugs, Marion

  7. Beautiful inspiration Bonnie. I go thru spells when I am walking thru Michaels or JoAnns & the bead section catches my eye. There are so many bright, shiny wonderful selections to choose from. You can make a lot of different stickpins out of just a few strands of beads. I forget yo use them but they do make a great little addition to any card or tag. Thanks for taking the time to give us this quick little tutorial & can't wait yo see how you use them on your creations. I love the BOO one.


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