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Aug 14, 2014
09:19 AM

Vintage Summer Pins Made from Old Belt Buckles

A perfect summer craft, this DIY project is centered around used plastic accessories, which are cheap finds at garage sales and thrift stores

Vintage Summer Pins Made from Old Belt Buckles

Do you and your family enjoy going to garage sales, estate sales and thrift stores? Summer is a perfect time for hitting up sales in your neighborhood and, if you're adventurous, hosting a sale of your very own. If you're hoping to build up your family's stash of craft supplies, these shops and backyard bargains are a great way to go about that. This week on Make It, we've got a simple, quick-to-make pin your children can create using a belt buckle – a 25-cent find at most garage sales.

Materials

  • Vintage or used belt buckle
  • Round stickers or decorating supplies
  • Kraft paper
  • Pin back
  • SuperTape
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • Pencil
  • Scissors

Instructions

1. I found these vintage, plastic belt buckles a while back and have had them in my stash ever since. They make a great foundation for pins; T-shirt slides work well, too, for a bigger pin.
2. To decorate the center of your pin, cut a kraft paper circle the size of the opening of the buckle. For this yellow piece, a Paper Source sticker was the perfect size. For a true DIY approach, have your child decorate the kraft paper circle however she'd like.
3. To secure the decorated center to the belt buckle, add a line of extra-sticky SuperTape to the center of the buckle. Press the kraft circle onto the tape.
4. Finish your pin by adding a pinback to the back of the belt buckle with hot glue. Once the glue has cooled, your child is ready to wear her new pin.

 

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