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Giant Friendship Pins DIY

Remember friendship pins? My Tretorns were overflowing with them (did I just age myself there?). These giant friendship pins are a great craft party or sleepover activity, or you could give them out as favors. You could even skip the melting of the beads part, and just use the perla beads as they are. I like the melted version because they’re closer to the original 80’s version. Just be sure not to stick yourself with the pokey part of the pin!




Materials needed: oversize kilt pins, perla beads, toaster oven (not shown), parchment paper, cardstock flat cards, a printer (or stamps or markers), washi tape.

Step 1: Begin by choosing your bead colors.
Step 2: Line a baking pan with parchment paper. Carefully line up your beads so they are standing up.
Step 3: Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Heat beads for 2 to 3 minutes. Watch them carefully! The goal is to melt them a little, but not so much that the hole is too small to fit on the pin. Let cool for a few minutes.
Step 4: Slide beads onto pin, and close pin.
Step 5: Print, or write, a message on the cards. I printed 3 cards at a time by taping the cards to a plain piece of paper and feeding it into the printer.
Step 6: Attach pins to cards using washi tape.




Photography by Tim Gibson

  1. Bella B

    September 10, 2015

    These are just awesome!

    xoxoBella |

  2. Erika

    September 10, 2015

    these are really cute, will definitely be making as I have spare beads everywhere! xx

    Erika | Just That DIY

  3. Honey's Quilling

    September 10, 2015

    Those are fun! What a great idea to semi melt the beads first. I can see myself spilling the beads on the way into the oven though lol

  4. Paige

    September 10, 2015

    These are so fun and cute! They would look darling pinned on little girls backpacks!


  5. Bobbie

    September 11, 2015

    Nearly flipped seeing this. I love that you “aged” yourself. Makes this post more relatable because I know you are just as nostalgic about collecting these pins as I was back when they were tiny and covering up my capezios!

  6. gina

    September 11, 2015

    OMG what memories!! I always send my girlfriends cheesy valentines day cards – I am saving this for that – they will die!!!! Love it – thanks!

  7. Sarah @ Tomfo

    September 11, 2015

    Did you know I just love all the clever ideas you guys create? Just awesome guys.

    I think I need to make a few of these and send them to my friends to remind them of me, I just moved away from the city, so they’d be the best gift to receive in the post. Thanks for sharing.

  8. Jennifer

    September 13, 2015

    Love this idea! What a great gift idea!
    Thank you!

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