Friday, September 1, 2017

DIY: Backpack Flair

It's back to school time! We have a ton of products in the store for making your own pins, keychains, and more, to start the school year off with some fun, expressive flair. Check out these cool and easy keychains we made, and continue reading to learn how to make your own.

We also thought we would dedicate this post to some of the awesome pins, patches, and backpack flair that we have at the store. We love to support local artists and small businesses, and many of them are making their own pins and patches for purchase!

Click the jump below to see the details on these DIY keychains, and to see some of our pins we have in the store.

Note, supplies vary by location. If you have a certain product in mind, be sure to call the store ahead of time to check on stock.

Supplies:
* Martha Stewart Craft Paint
* Wooden beads
* Paint brush
* Screw eyes
* Hemp twine
* Plastic animals or other small plastic figurine
* Eye bolt snaps
* Leather fringe (optional!)
* Scissors

All supplies available at collage!

Steps:
1. First paint your wooden beads. Allow them to dry.
2. Attach your screw eye to your plastic figure by pressing firmly and steadily, then twisting.
3. Thread your hemp twine through the screw eye on the plastic figurine, to the halfway point on the twine. Take both ends, and thread the two ends through your beads, and together thread the two ends through the eye bolt snap at the top. Knot the hemp twin around the eye bolt snap. If you have a tail of twine, you can thread it down through the beads so you don't see it.



These keychains are also delightful if you just use the wooden beads! This is a great project for kids, teens, and adults alike. 

If you're looking for some accessories that are ready-made, scroll down to see some awesome images of pins and patches that we carry in the store! 

Check out our large pins and patches collection at our Alberta store!
Some lapel pins by Yellow Owl Workshop. Image courtesy of Yellow Owl Workshop. 
Cute alien flair, including a space gun pin, lots of extraterrestrial patches, and more. 


We also have a large selection of buttons to peruse! 

These fun and fluffy keychains come in a variety of colors. 


Enamel pins by the Portland artist collaborative, Rambling Hands. 
Amazing kawaii food keychains, plus Sailor Moon, Pokemon, and various animal bell keychains.
Adorable mini sticker patches in a variety of styles.
We have a LOT of miniatures, which you can easily glue onto a pin backing or jewelry bail, and create your own accessories.
We love Prince. Check out our Prince goodies at the store. 
Another view of some of our keychains in stock.