Tips for Making Beaded Safety Pin Jewelry

Safety pin jewelry

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Safety pin jewelry doesn't sound super sophisticated, but even the high fashion world has embraced the trend. For years, safety pins have cycled in and out of style, which makes them an accessory staple. Fortunately, you don't have to spend hundreds of dollars on a couture version of the look, nor do you have to go bare-bones with safety pins like the punk rockers who sported them in the 1970s and '80s did. For just a few bucks, you can make your own beaded safety pin jewelry, be it a pair of earrings, a necklace or a bracelet.

It's an easy craft to make and even more fun to wear. With these instructions, you'll transform an ordinary safety pin into a fashion statement. It's as simple as slipping some seed beads onto the pins. They make great gifts for tweens and teens or for the adult who's perpetually young at heart.

Choose or Draw a Safety Pin Jewelry Pattern

There are many safety pin jewelry patterns available for free online. If you're feeling inspired, you can always try drawing your own using graph paper. Use the vertical lines to represent the smaller safety pins. Each square on the line represents one bead.

Gather the Materials

The supply list for safety pin jewelry is pretty simple. In addition to the pins and the beads, it is helpful to have needle-nose pliers and a small flat-head screwdriver.

You can find all of these items at a chain craft store like Michael's. Art supply stores also carry these goods.

How Many Safety Pins Do You Need?

The number of safety pins you'll need depends not only on the pattern you choose but also on the kind of jewelry you want to make. The typical safety pin jewelry project will require between 10 and 14 small pins. From there, you can open the pin, and slip the seed beads onto it. Once all beads are in place, close the safety pin.

You may want to use the needle-nose pliers to pinch the end of the safety pin so it will not pop open later. Repeat this step until all the safety pins are beaded.

Connecting the Small Pins to One Big Pin

Now you are ready to put all the beaded pins onto a larger safety pin. Open the large safety pin (the size you need will be stated in the pattern you choose). Use the flat-head screwdriver to slightly pry apart the coils at the end of the large pin.

Slip the loop of the first beaded safety pin onto the large one. Pull it down to the loop at the base of the large pin. Pull it around the loop and up through the backside of the pin. Repeat this for each beaded safety pin.

Once all your beaded safety pins are on your larger pin, use the pliers and squeeze the loop to close it. You can now affix your new safety pin jewelry to your shirt, hat, shoelaces and more.