Decorative Straight Pins Tutorial

decorative straight pins by DIY Dish

Hello Ucreate Readers!

Do you love everything DIY? We do, too! And today we’re thrilled to be able to share a fun and easy little tutorial with you in celebration of launching our brand-new web show, The DIY Dish!

Pin cushions are all the rage right now! There are so many unique ways to embellish and share your creativity! Pin cushions are also a great collector item or gift to give.

In episode 1 of the DIY Dish, we shared how to make the official DIY Dish Double-Layer Pin Cushion. While that was a lot of fun, we knew that adding unique straight pins would be a real novelty and so in Episode 2, we taught how to make decorative straight pins with none other than “Shrinky Dink” plastic!

In today’s tutorial though, we’re going to share with you another very simple, yet chic way to decorate those straight pins. And that is with polymer clay! Truly the possibilities are endless when using this medium…

Ready to begin? Here’s what you’ll need…

straight pins

oven-baked polymer clay in a variety of colors

That was easy, right?

1. Tear off a small piece of colored polymer clay.

2. Gently roll the clay into any shape you would like. We chose a simple, round ball. Set aside.

3. Take a 2nd color of clay and tear off a very small amount of clay.

4. Gently roll the clay between your fingers to form a very small ball. Repeat this process several times as these small balls will be added to the larger piece to become “polka-dots.”

5. Adhere the polka dots to the main piece of clay by pressing the pieces of clay with slight pressure.

6. Poke the straight pin through the center of the clay pinhead.

7. Repeat this process until you have the desired amount of decorative straight pins in front of you.

8. Place on a cookie sheet in oven and bake according to the instructions on the polymer clay package. Remove from oven and allow to cool.

And that’s it!

Let your creativity soar with this project! And we’d love to see YOUR pictures and see what YOU do!

Thank you Kari for giving us this opportunity to share with your wonderfully creative audience! We hope you’ve had fun with this tutorial and we’d love for you to come by our site and say “Hi!”

decorative straight pins by DIY Dish

-Kris and Kim

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  1. says

    Very cute idea! Way more fun that regular sewing pins!

    I have a couple of suggestions that will ensure the clay is strong. First of all, try and use a strong clay like Premo or Fimo. Sculpey III may be too brittle if you’re going to use these pins often.

    Second, condition your clay well before using. This means mix it well by kneading and rolling it in your hands. This re-distributes the plasticizers and binders in the clay and makes it stronger.

    Last make sure to bake for long enough to cure the clay well. Most people tend to under bake their pieces.

    Your pins are adorable and would make an excellent gift!

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