Since last year, lapel pins have suddenly become pretty pervasive as not only it exploded into fashion world but also among entrepreneurs. You probably notice that a lot of well known designers have incorporated this lapel pins on the clothes especially on denim, leather jackets, and backpacks. I’m actually very excited when this trend comes back in such a strong manner as these tiny metal pins will instantly inject a sense of personality to any of your outfit. However, it might be a bit pricey for such a tiny pin. Thus, after some researches, I’ve founded some useful tips to make make your very own lapel pins at home. Not only it’s way cheaper than the one you got from market but also gives you the opportunity to design your own! So make sure you keep on reading as this guide has everything you need!
Things You Need to Make Lapel Pin
White Plastic Shrink Film
- Black Permanent Marker
- Fine Grit Sand Paper
- Acrylic Craft Paint
- Round Brush
- Gloss Decoupage or Clear Gloss Acrylic Sealer
- Tie Tacks or Pin Backs
- Hot Glue Gun
First and foremost, take a piece of sand paper and gently smoothen the shrink film and wipe off any dust. By roughing up the surface, it helps the paint to adhere to the plastic.
Then, it is time for you to express your creativity by designing your own lapel pins. Below are some designs you can take reference of. You can either draw it freehanded or use sketchbook tool and print it out. After you have your desire design, place a piece of shrink film on top of the images, and trace the outlines of each shape with the permanent marker.
Once you’ve completed tracing all the outlines, it is time to paint the designs using acrylic paint. Remember to thin out the acrylic paint with water in order to ensure it has a nice smooth finish. This is because if you get too much pigment on the plastic, it will clump up and create a texture on top of plastic after it shrinks. P.S it is alright if the paint goes over the black outline as when you’re done painting, you can always go back over the black lines with your permanent marker if needed.