Hi, everyone. I'm back today with a fun retro Halloween craft. Who remembers friendship pins? When I was a little girl, we decorated the laces of our tennis shoes with tiny, bead-covered safety pins. We were so cool! I'm putting a little spin on that idea with Halloween friendship pins.
Halloween Friendship Pins Craft
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These pins are a little different than the pins we created as kids. I've added charms and come up with a simple solution to keep the beads from falling off the pin every time you open it up to move, share or trade it. (That drove me crazy when I was younger. Every time I moved my pins, the beads fell off, and I had to remake them. Grrr! So frustrating.) I also made the pins extra large so that they fit on purses, backpacks, keychains, and zipper binders. You could even hang them on a chain and make a necklace.
These Halloween friendship pins are super easy to make. Check out the video below or continue reading for the simple instructions.
You will need:
- Safety pins -- mine are 1 ½" long.
- Multicolored seed beads (large, small, or both). Below are my favorite picks from Amazon.
- Small Halloween charms I found mine at Joann's for pretty cheap, but if you like to shop online, my favorite charms can be found at Oriental Trading. They're the cutest!
- Jewelry tool kit (only necessary if your charms do not have jump rings attached)
- Jump rings 4mm (only necessary if your charms do not have jump rings attached) There are expensive and cheap jump rings. You don't need to break the bank on these. The cheaper version is fine.
- Rubber earring backings -- Optional
- Gather your materials
- If necessary, add jump rings to your charms. Insert round nose pliers (I call them spreaders in the video) into the jump ring, and gently pull the pliers slightly apart to open the ring. Slide the charm onto the ring, and use needle nosed pliers to close the jump ring.
- Select your beads. Choose large or small seed beads and create a pattern of Halloween colors.
- Slide the beads onto the pin in the order of your pattern. When you are halfway across the distance of the pin shaft (when the pin is closed), add a charm. Add the remainder of the beads and close the pin.
- Optional -- In order to keep the beads from sliding off of the pin when the pin is open, try this: Using a side cutter (jewelry tool), razor blade or x-acto knife, cut a rubber earring backing in half. Slide one of the pieces onto the end of the pin before you close it. Presto! The beads will no longer slide off. (Do this step for your children.)
- Have fun creating unique designs. These are fun with and without charms. You can even mix bead sizes.
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