This project has to be one of the fastest handmade gifts you can make. These are great for goody bags, craft fairs, and plan ahead holiday gift exchanges and stocking stuffers.
You can whip these out in minutes! You just need to plan ahead by picking up these supplies:
E 6000 glue
*Click on it to see the glue you need. You can also find this glue at Michael's and Hobby Lobby. You absolutely need it for any hair accessories or jewelry projects. Hot glue will not cut it on metal and plastic. You will use this glue a lot if you want to make other jewelry items with cabechons and buttons.
Bobby pins with a round pad
*again you can purchase a pack of these at craft stores. Make sure they have the round pad at the end. I purchased mine on Etsy from poppylovesparis because I was drawn to the red, pink, black and white colors but I saw pack or silver and other metals at Michael's.
Cabochons, buttons, gems, and charms
*This is where the fun comes in. What is your theme? You can buy bags of plastic rose or carnation cabochons on Etsy (great for Baby shower gifts), buttons or scrapbook embellishments from Michael's, Hobby Lobby, Archivers, or Joanns. I found a tattoo inspired charms with swallows, "Love hearts"and skulls. I had the gems from my scrapbooking stash. If you want to make up several sets of these consider buying the bobby pins and button charms in bulk. I have bought plastic roses, skulls, and carnations for from shantisupplies, poppylovesparis, and snapcrafty on Etsy. Gemstone sticker sheets are cheap and plentiful so I don't see a need to buy those in bulk.
A piece of heavier cardboard (I ripped off a flap of a box)
Wire cutters (if you are using plastic buttons with shanks)
Let's get Started
Pick out your charms and bobby pins.
If you are using a plastic button with a shank you need a pair of wire clippers to snip off the shanks. Just hold the cutters flush with the button and snap off.
If you are using an embellishment for scrapbooking that has a sticker on the back remove the sticker by scraping it off with your nail or an xacto knife.
Place a paper towel under your project in case of glue drips.
Attach your bobby pins to the cardboard and make sure to space them out enough for gluing on the charms. You need a piece of cardboard that is corrugated so it raises the bobby pins off of the surface.
Use one drop of glue on each pad head and attach the charms. Center them nicely on the pad. Wait a couple minutes and check them again for being centered and hey you are done with making the bobby pins. Phew that was hard! :)
Make up some cards to attach the bobby pins to for gift giving.
You need a nice piece of card stock to attach your bobby pins to. A simple way to do this is to use a two sided piece. I used Michael's Crafts zebra animal printed card stock, and a piece of Anna Griffin scrapbooking paper. It is a great value at 3.99 a pack (on sale for $3 or 3 for $10 frequently).
Trim the pice of card stock paper 3.5" x 4.5"
Fold up one side about 1/3 of the way.
Use a tape runner or double sided tape on side of the flap sides you just folded to make a pocket.
Attach your pins and you are set!
If you are selling them at a craft fair you could attach them to your business card.
The Rebel Crafter