DIY: Make Cool Found Object Pins

Updated: Jul 19, 2018



A friend gave me a bunch of old keys. They were a mix of luggage, house and car keys. I decided to create found object pins, using the keys as a base. It was a lot of fun to create these pins using whatever I fancied, from Monopoly playing pieces to Euros and Cuban coins. The best part of making found object pins is the process -- you never know what you're going to end up with.


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What you need:

Coins

Keys (luggage, car, house, etc.)

Jewelry

Game pieces (ie. Monopoly play pieces)

Beads

Charms

Buttons

Lace

Old watch faces

  • Creativity

There’s no right or wrong when in comes to creating found object pins. The first step is choosing a base upon which to build your masterpiece.



You don't have to use a key, just make sure it's big enough to glue a pin back to. Pins can be big or small. It really depends on your taste.


Once you decide what you’re going to use for your base, start building your pin. I usually glue on one or two pieces at a time, allowing those to dry before adding more.


This is NOT the type of project I recommend building in one sitting. And it isn’t a project you should rush. It’s better to add a couple of pieces, allow them to dry, and figure out what to add next. Enjoy the journey of the build.


When you have completed your pin, you’re ready to add a pin back. You can find these at any craft store in the jewelry aisle.




TIP: I spread my found objects on the table and like to work on several pieces at a time. I might glue two items to one piece, another item to another piece, etc. Since you have to wait for the pieces to dry, working on multiple pieces at once is efficient.






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