The easy way for you to make your own label pins
Recent years, lapel pins have suddenly become pretty pervasive as not only it exploded
into the 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 am 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 outfits. However, it might be a bit pricey for such a tiny pin.
Thus, after some researches, I have found some useful tips to make your very own lapel
pins at home. Not only it is way cheaper than the one you got from the 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!
White Plastic Shrink Film
First and foremost, take a piece of sandpaper 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 and print it
out. After you have your desired 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 have 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 texture on top of plastic after it shrinks. P.S it is alright if the paint goes
over the black outline as for when you’re done painting, you can always go back over the
black lines with your permanent marker if needed.
Once all the designs are nicely painted and outlined, it is time to cut them out. Make
sure you cut right along the black line so there will not be any white space on the outside.
After you have cut out all the designs, it is the most exciting part – shrinking! Place your
cut out shapes onto a parchment lined baking sheet and place it in a 250˚ F oven. It will
take approximately 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.
After your designs have completely cooled, add a clear topcoat to create that shiny
glossy finish. All you need is dip your brush into gloss decoupage and paint them.
When the top coat has dried, use a hot glue gun and attach tie tacks or pin backs. And
it is all done! Now you have these super cool lapel pins that nobody else have and it
costs you so little money!
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