The Pin Junkie: Beaded Pin Bracelet

Beaded Pin Bracelet

Beaded Pin Bracelet
Beaded Pin Bracelet

If you grew up in the 80's you might remember friendship pins.  Kids would put beads on safety pins and then trade the beaded pins with friends.  It was a totally cool fashion statement to wear them on your acid wash denim jacket or pin them on your shoes.  This beaded pin bracelet reminds me of those friendship pins.  The pins are beaded the same way, but they're threaded onto stretch cord to make a bracelet.  I'm sure kids today would have fun making these, but would you wear something like this as an adult?  I never wear bracelets because I have very narrow wrists and most bracelets are too big, but the nice thing about this project is you can make the bracelet to whatever size you need to fit your wrist!

Materials:
one inch safety pins (about 40)
beads
clear stretch cord

Open each safety pin, slide the beads on and close.

Repeat until you have about 40 beaded pins.  
You can use more or less pins depending on the size of your wrist.

Then thread a piece of  clear stretch cord through the bottom of all the pins and tie a knot to secure it.  (I also alternated a bead in between each pin.)  Thread another piece of stretch cord through the top of the pins and tie another knot.  Cut off any excess cord and you're done!

I made two different bracelets.  
I used smaller seed beads for the second bracelet which gives it a different look.
Beaded Pin Bracelet

Have fun playing with different kinds of beads 
to get different looks for each bracelet. 

Beaded Pin Bracelet

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Inspired by multiple pins for beaded pin bracelets here, here, and here.

46 comments:

  1. This was a great walk down memory lane! We made these at camp as a kid! Thanks again for linking up for life created tuesdays!

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    1. I had no idea these pin bracelets have been around for awhile!

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  2. I am always looking for projects my teen granddaughter can do. She loves jewelry and this looks like one she would love. Thank you for such simple steps. Love it... Cathy

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    1. You're welcome Cathy. I hope you and your granddaughter have fun making these bracelets together!

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  3. Very pretty and a wonderful tutorial. I invite you to stop by for a visit. Have a great day.

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  4. I completely remember friendship bracelets! Or even pins that had beads but went on your shoe laces. Love your colour choices here. Visiting from 'MadeinaDay' link up. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thanks Barb! I picked blue because it's my favorite color.

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  5. Oh wow, I remember making these years ago, thanks for the reminder! Lovely!

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  6. What a great idea! I think kids woudl LOVE making these! Thank you so much for sharing!!!
    I love it... :)

    hugs x, Crystelle
    Crystelle Boutique

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  7. As a teacher I do not remember just how many pin trading parties I interrupted during class. I wish I had all the confiscated ones to make a bracelet. So cute!

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  8. These are really cute and look so easy even I could do it:) Thanks for linking up to the Bloggers Brags Pinterest Party. I have pinned your post to the Bloggers Brags Pinterest Board.

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  9. so cute! I used to make pin bracelets with my daughter when she was a teen. Now this fun post makes me want to make them with our granddaughters too. Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop . Big Hugs

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    1. I agree! This would be a fun project to do with kids.

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  10. This is a great craft for my tween daughter and her friends to make. Thanks for the easy to follow instructions!

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  11. This pattern is an oldie but a goodie. Pin bracelets always turn out so cute. It always make me wonder why I have never gotten around to making one. Time to stop procrastinating and make myself a cute pin bracelet!

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  12. I use to wear these and they are so easy to make. Thanks for sharing it on the blog hop today!

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  13. These look so cute, and fun! I've pinned them for later reference! :)

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  14. Great Tutorial! Thanks for sharing!

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  15. Great Tutorial!!
    I am co hosting Fluster's Creative Muster Link Party and I want to thank you for linking up!!

    Hugs,
    Debbie

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  16. These are so cute! I have made flag ones for July, but this everyday one is so fun! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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  17. I remember those from the 80's and they are still in style, I have a watch made with the same type of band! Pinned! Thanks for linking up this week!! :)

    Marti

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  18. Blast from the past with a cute upgrade. :)

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  19. Great project! I was just at Charming Charlie's yesterday and these were pricey for as easy of a project they are. Awesome post! Thanks for sharing at the Happiness Is Homemade Link Party! Awesome post! I have pinned it to the Happiness Is Homemade Party Board. I can't wait to see what you link up next week!
    Cathy
    APeekIntoMyParadise.com

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  20. Thanks for linking up to the Bloggers Brags Pinterest Party. I have pinned your post to the Bloggers Brags Pinterest Board.

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  21. I'm pretty sure my 9 year old niece would love these! She's into making all kinds of things lately. Going to pin this one!

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  22. I love the idea of adding a pin in between the safety pins! I made some of these, but my cord kept breaking, so I eventually strung the safety pins on a ribbon (also on the blog). What cord did you use???
    Thanks for linking up to Twirl & Take a Bow last week!!! :)

    - Brooke -

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    1. I used .8mm clear (transparent) stretch cord. We'll see if it holds up to lots of use and daily wear. I like your idea of using a ribbon. That sounds like it would be really pretty!

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  23. I can't believe this is made with safety pins! I pinned this to my DIY projects board so I can try later! Thanks so much for sharing such a fun, creative project with us at Countdown in Style! Don't forget to stop by Friday to see if you are featured! :)

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  24. What a fun way to make a bracelet! Jewelry making always seems so hard to me, but this seems doable!

    Thanks SO Much for linking up to Hit Me With Your Best Shot! Hope to see you again soon!

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    1. I know what you mean Shelly! I have several jewelry ideas pinned on Pinterest, but have not been brave enough to try them. I like easy projects too!

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  25. Thanks so much for sharing with Wednesday's Adorned From Above Link Party.
    Debi and Charly @ Adorned From Above

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  26. I love this! So simple and I love blue! Thanks for stopping by Tell Me About It Tuesday.

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  27. I had one of these in high school, a long, long time ago. Thanks for the tutorial. I hopped over from Glued to my crafts linky. I'm pinning this.

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  28. What a fun idea, I love how it turned out! Just stopping by to pin this, and to let you know I featured it on my blog today!

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  29. No, I've never seen these, but this is too cute! I can't wait to do something like this when my daughter is older. Thanks for sharing and linking up with Countdown in Style! Don't forget to come back on Friday to see if you were featured!

    ~~April~~
    100lbCountdown.com

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    1. These bracelets are new to me too, but many people have commented that they remember making these bracelets when they were kids.

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  30. Fabulous and Fashionable!!!! : ) Love it! Hugs!

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  31. I remember making something similar when I was a little girl...Brought back memories! You seriously have the best jewelry making tutorials! Thanks for sharing at Hit Me With Your Best Shot!

    ~Ariean http://onekriegerchick.com/

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  32. So stylish, I have one like this and it has a watch on it too! Just a thought for your next project. Thanks for sharing on Worthwhile Wednesdays. Hope to see you again tomorrow at the link party!
    Thanks again,
    Allie @ http://thecraftiestallie.blogspot.com/

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    1. I love the idea of adding a watch to it! Great idea - I'll have to try that!

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  33. What fun. Thanks for sharing. (Came over from The Answer is Chocolate)

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