Monday, October 17, 2011

Handmade Stick Pins and a Giveaway!

Hi there! I am participating in a swap on Split Coast Stampers for handmade stick pins. I love to use stick pins on my card, but it's hard to find pretty ones, so I was really excited to find this swap. This was the first time I made my own. I made five sets to swap, and then I made a bunch of others just to have on hand. They were so easy and fun to make.

I got these pins at Michael's. They are corsage pins. Hobby Lobby has corsage pins also, but theirs have more of an oblong pearl on top, and I liked the round pearl on the pins at Michael's. I shopped both craft stores for beads that were 50% off. Oh, and I also picked up some of the clear earring backs from Michael's (Hobby Lobby didn't have these), to put at the end to keep someone from getting poked.

My favorite beads were some I swiped from my Mama. :) It's okay...she said I could have them. Ha! It was a box of multi-colored pearls that she got at Walmart for around $9. They made the prettiest stick pins! They are the ones I used in the teapot pins below, but they made beautiful pins just by themselves. They come in different colors and sizes.

To make these pins, I just arranged my beads on the pins. Then, I added the earring cap. This kept my beads from falling off the pin. I actually did a whole bunch and then went back later and used my adhesive to attach the beads to the pins. I used Glossy Accents to attach the beads to the pins. I slid the beads down, used Glossy Accents in between each bead, and then slid the beads back up. Then I pushed up my earring back to hold it in place while it dried. I let them dry overnight just to be on the safe side, but I really don't know how long it actually takes to dry. You could use Super Glue to adhere the beads, and I did try this, but I liked the Glossy Accents better. If some of my adhesive seeped out a bit, it dried perfectly clear, whereas if the Super Glue seeped out, it dried white on the bead.

Again, I can't say enough how much fun these were. I made so many different styles and color combinations. I can't wait to make more, and I think you'll be seeing a lot of them on my cards!

Here are four of the five sets I made to swap. I even made a Christmas one! Oh, and check out those teapots! Aren't those precious? I got the teapot bead caps on ebay. Just search "teapot bead cap" and several different ones will come up. They're very inexpensive.

Because I had so many extras, I want to do a little giveaway here on my blog!

All you have to do to enter to win is leave a comment here on this post. I'll pick two lucky commenters on October 24.

I'll be giving away a set of stick pins and a 6x6 BasicGrey paper pad to each winner! :)

Thanks for stopping by! :)


  1. wow these are lovely pins..beautiful..thanks for the chance to win...fingers crossed


  2. Candace these are just gorgeous!!!! Very creative and inspiring. :)
    - April W

  3. Candace, you always amaze me with the things you do!! Not only making someones day brighter with your cards and crafts but the lives you touch at PJHS!!! You and your creations are beautiful!! J. Chatelain

  4. Adorable Candace! I have not tried to make my own before - do you just find the pins at Hobby Lobby? Thanks for the chance to win! :)

  5. So beautiful! I'm gonna have to try to make my own now. Thank you so much for the chance to win these beautiful pins. Blessings.

  6. Wow. They are amazing. I've seen the ones you can buy in the shops but these are so much nicer. Wow. I'd like to try and make my own now too. Absolutely beautiful.

  7. Candace your pins are gorgeous, I'm so glad I popped over to see them again cause I left a message last night from my phone and it hasn't shown up! You are so creative, and have definitely inspired me!!

  8. Those are absolutely gorgeous! Thank you so much for the chance!
    daniellehigginbottom at hotmail dot com

  9. I love those pins, absolutely wonderful!!

  10. how pretty! beautiful stick pins and I love the paper! thanks for a chance to win!

  11. How amazingly creative you are to make your own embellie pins !

  12. Hi Candace, you did a great job on the pins, but then you always do beautiful work. You must have inherited that gene from your Mima! Love ya


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