I’m a big fan of the pins and patches that have been growing in popularity lately. I love the idea of just putting a kitschy pin on your jacket or bag for some extra style and personality. I wanted to try a DIY take on the trend, and decided to turn some of my favorite sweet treats into some fun homemade pins.
These little homemade pins make perfect gifts for friends. You can make their favorite treat! And how cute are these for stocking stuffers? Perfect, right? Especially when you put them on the cute printable gift cards I designed for you all.
Let’s make some!
- White Plastic Shrink Film.
- Black Permanent Marker.
- Fine Grit Sand Paper.
- Acrylic Craft Paint.
- Darice Round Brush.
- Gloss Decoupage or Clear Gloss Acrylic Sealer.
- Darice Pin Backs.
- Darice Hot Glue Gun.
- Printable Sweet Treat Designs – Download Here.
- Printable Gift Tags – Download Here – (optional).
- Darice Colored Cardstock (optional).
Step 1. To begin making your homemade pins, lightly sand shrink film. Start by gently sanding the shrink film and wipe off any dust. Roughing up the surface helps the paint to adhere to the plastic.
Step 2. Trace and paint your design. I drew out some cute sweet treats for my homemade pins. You can download my designs HERE or you could use any clip art or image you like. I printed my sweets out on regular copy paper, placed the shrink film on top of the images, and traced the outlines of each shape with the permanent marker.
Once you have all the outlines traced, paint in the designs using acrylic paint that has been thinned out with water. It is important that the paint is pretty thin to get a nice smooth finished pin. If you get too much pigment on the plastic, it will kind of clump up and create a texture on top of the plastic after it shrinks.
Don’t worry about any paint that goes over the black outlines. When you are done painting, you can go back over the black lines with your permanent marker if needed.
Step 4. Shrink! Place your cut out shapes onto a parchment lined baking sheet and place in a 250˚ F oven. It will take about five minutes for your shapes to shrink completely. As they shrink they will curl up, but when they are completely shrunk they will be flat again.
Step 5. Add clear gloss top coat. After your treats have cooled completely, you can add a clear topcoat to make them nice and shiny. I used brush on gloss decoupage, but I think a spray on sealer might work even better.
And that’s it! Your new sweet flair is all ready to wear! If you are gifting these cute homemade pins, you may want to print off some of the gift cards I designed to go with them. Download the “flair for you” cards right HERE. Just print, cut, and punch holes for the pins to fasten through.
I think the donut pin is my favorite. What sweet treat homemade pins do you want to make? If you’re looking for more fun DIY ideas for your sweets loving friends, check out these cupcake themed DIY party favors that would make fun gifts as well!
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Alexis Middleton is a lifelong crafter/DIYer and blogger at Persia Lou. She started crafting at a young age. As a girl, she spent summers with her grandmother crocheting baby doll afghans, making coasters out of plastic canvas and yarn, and canning apricot jam. Today, Alexis spends a lot of time dreaming up and working on projects for her family’s home. She loves mixing traditional crafting techniques with a more modern aesthetic.