What Do You Do With All Those Trading Pins When You Get Home?

Did you know that March is National Craft Month? How did I not know this before? I love crafts, DIY projects, upcycling…basically anything artsy-craftsy.

So, when I was thinking of what to do with the pins that we have collected, it just seemed natural that I would make something. And you will not believe what I used to put it all together.

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Would you believe me if I told you that this was made from a broken clock, an old skirt, and some cork?

I know what you’re thinking. “A skirt? You used a skirt?” Why yes I did!

The clock had been broken for a little while, but I loved the size. Same with the skirt. The zipper broke, but I loved the fabric. I wasn’t sure what I was saving these for. I’m not a clockmaker, nor am I a seamstress. But I was sure that these would be good for something, even if I wasn’t sure what they would be good for at the time. I guess I have a little bit of a hoarder in me after all.

I was able to pull the back off really easily. It was just like taking the back off of a photo frame. Easy peasy.

I had bought some rolled up cork at Hobby Lobby, using my 40% off coupon, of course. Now I’m kind of kicking myself for not checking Amazon first because it ends up being cheaper, even my coupon. The one on Amazon also has adhesive backing. Mine does not. GRRR…

After removing the clock hands, all I had to do what cut the cork and fabric and then staple it to the particle board backing of the clock. Once that was done, I arranged everything the way I wanted it and reattached it to the frame. It was super easy!

 

The whole project was amazingly cheap since all I had to buy was the roll of cork. So, my all-in cost was only about $6.50. Even though I ended up paying more for the cork, I still think that it was a quick and easy project.

My boys have their own set of pins with their lanyard in their room. Since they like to rearrange and pick pins that they would like to trade the next time we go to Disney, we chose the shadow boxes that open in the front. It is going to make it so much easier to just grab the lanyard and whatever pins they want to trade and pack them up.

I bought these at Hobby Lobby, as well. I noticed that they seem to have these on sale pretty frequently in-store, so I picked them up when they were 50% off.

The boys have asked me to put cut their names out on my Cricut to put in their shadow boxes. Oops…sorry boys. I promise I will get to it.

How do you like to display your Trading Pins? I would love to see them.

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