For the perfect Fall Craft… Make Pumpkin Pins from Glass Gems! They are so cute and easy to make. Start by painting the back of our Large Clear Glass Gems with Orange Nail Polish. Next, attach Green Grosgrain Ribbon and a Pin Back. Paint dots or a face on the front of the gem. These pumpkin pins are great inexpensive gifts. Fun fall craft for all ages. Best of all you get to paint without having to clean any brushes!
- Large Clear Glass Gems
- 3/8″ Green Grosgrain Ribbon
- Black Sharpie
- 1″ Silver Pin Backs
- Assorted Nail Polish
Directions for Making Pumpkin Pins:
1) Clean both sides of Large Clear Glass Gems. Place the dome part of the gem on a flat work surface or table (with the flat part of the gem facing up).
2) Next, paint the entire back of the Glass Gem with Orange Nail Polish. Apply a heavy coat for good coverage. Allow to dry completely. If applied heavily, one coat of polish should be plenty. Once orange polish is dry you can flip the gem over and paint the dots, a face, or whatever creative design you would like on the front of the gem.
3) When orange nail polish is dry (usually in less than an hour), flip gem over and paint the front of the gem. To add a face on the front of the pumpkin, first use a black Sharpie Marker to draw the eyes, nose, and mouth. This way you can make the face exactly the way you want it. If you mess up or want to change anything you can “erase” the sharpie easily from the glass gem.
4) Once you have the face drawn the way you want, trace over the Sharpie Marker with Black Nail Polish. This will give the pumpkin a raised or 3D looking face. Let polish dry before attaching ribbon and pin back.
5) To add Black and White Spots on the front of the pumpkin pin, start by adding the black dots. Dots can easily be with the nail polish brush by simply dipping the brush (not wiping the sides on the bottle) and touching the brush to the top of the gem.
6) Since we wanted the white spots to be smaller than the brush could make, we opened up a regular size paperclip, dropped a small amount of white polish on an index card, and used the paperclip to make the smaller dots! Let nail polish dry before attaching ribbon and pin back.
7) While the front of the pumpkins dry, cut 3/8″ Green Grosgrain Ribbon into 1 1/2″ pieces. Cut the top of each piece at an angle for the pumpkin stem.
8) Once the polish on the front is dry, flip gem back over and attach the Ribbon and 1″ Silver Pin Back using E6000. Apply E6000 to the back of the gem in a straight line (about 3/4″) and press ribbon piece down onto gem. Then, apply E6000 to the pin back and press across the ribbon near the top of the gem.
9) Here is what the gems should look like on the back with the ribbon and pin back attached.
10) To prevent the top of the ribbon from unraveling over time, we used a little clear polish across the top.
11) Allow E6000 time to dry. The great thing about E6000 is that even after it is completely dry, it remains a flexible adhesive! So if you feel a little give to the pin back on the gem, this is normal and a good thing (the pin back won’t pop off the back because the adhesive has a give to it). Now it is time to enjoy the finished product! These are so cute for Fall and make great gifts!!!
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