Have you ever noticed that sometimes the most practical things in your house that you use almost daily and probably don’t even think about often can actually be some of the best tools when it comes to crafting, creativity, and DIY? Those are some of our very favourite things to make because it’s like discovering a whole new purpose to a simple tool that you thought you knew everything about already! What’s our latest obsession like this, you ask? The answer is safety pins!
Check out these 12 awesome (and surprisingly simple) safety pin DIY projects that will keep you busy and entertained for hours on end. Just try not to prick the ends of your own fingers while you’re at it!
1. DIY safety pin bangle
Creating a cute safety pin bangle like this one from Redflycreations is an awesome way to spend your afternoon because it actually feels almost as though you’re doing two separate crafts at once. First you’ll choose seed beads and string them along the arm of each pin and then you’ll actually pin them in place to construct the bangle itself!
2. Safety pin bib necklace
Do you love the idea of making yourself some stylish safety pin jewelry but you’ve never really been one for bracelets or bangles? Then check out this more delicate looking bib necklace instead! We love the way My White Idea DIY pinned their safety pins to thin jewelry chain to create a pretty piece.
3. Nail polished safety pins
If you ask us, making something awesome out of safety pins really is as simple as linking more than one pin together so some of them hang down from a base pin. We’ve loved wearing these little contraptions as brooches on denim jackets and the like since we were young. Style Inked, however, suggests taking that easy self décor to the next level by painting the pins with nail polish before you put them together! We love the combination of bright colours as they dangle when you move.
4. Multi-sized safety pin and chain necklace
Are you a big fan of the dangling pin idea we talked about above but you’d rather make something that’s a little more of a statement piece rather than just putting together a simple brooch? Then check out how Wobi Sobi created this eye catching necklace using the same concept but with varied pin sizes! Grab some jewelry chain, one very large pin for the centre of the necklace, and a bunch of smaller pins to hang from it.
5. Safety pin and sequin necklace
Did you know that beads aren’t the only thing you can string along your safety pins when you’re making jewelry? Sequins work very well too, and they even add a little more sparkle and shine to your project! We’re huge fans of this simple two-tiered pin and chain bracelet from Highondiy. You might glue the sequins to the pins so they lay flat or string the pin arm through the sequin holes.
6. Woven safety pin ring
Jewelry chain isn’t the only thing you can combine safety pins with in order to make yourself adorable accessories! Chains and pins tend to have a very metallic look that’s a little edgier, but you can soften things up by doing a bit of weaving instead. We love My White Idea DIY‘s suggestion for weaving thread, coloured string, or whatever you like the look of between the arms of several safety pins, almost like you’re doing embroidery or needlework.
7. Boho chic safety pin jacket pins
Have you been sitting here this whole time with your mind racing, full of ideas for other things you could loop or string onto a safety pin to create a really cool aesthetic? Then you and Whimsy Love are totally on the same wavelength! We simply adore the way they’ve used all kinds of little trinkets and materials to dress up some simple pins in order to make a series of gorgeous vintage inspired brooches.
8. Beaded safety pin earrings
Did you know that safety pins can be very easily transformed into a stunning set of earrings in just a few super simple steps? We don’t really recommend actually putting the pins themselves through your ear piercings, as the metal they’re made from isn’t the most skin friendly, but Guide Patterns is here to show you how easy it is to attach a couple earring hooks into the loops of your pins! Then add whatever colours and styles of beads however you please.
9. Bead, safety pin, and ribbon bracelet
Are you so intrigued by the concept of weaving between safety pins that you’ve actually been scrolling this list hoping to find a project that lets that technique stand out a little more? Then this ribbon and pin bracelet might be exactly what you need to see! Trinkets in Bloom shows you how the weaving is done (and even how to add a couple beads for extra style).
10. Patterned bead safety pin bib necklace
Do you love the idea of beading your safety pins in a bib necklace style so the colours of the beads stand out wonderfully but you’d rather not just work with one colour or create a randomize mashup of shades? Then consider following in Mood Maybe‘s lead instead by working with two colours of very small seed beads and creating a visual geometric pattern instead!
11. Pearls and angled pins choker
So at we’ve shown you mostly safety pin bracelets that actually use the pins themselves as part of the process of constructing the actual bracelet, but what if you actually just like the way the pins look and would rather feature them as an embellishment? Then you must take a look at this awesomely edgy yet classy angled pin and pearl bracelet from Honestlywtf. The pins have been attached at random angles to embellish the look rather than create it from scratch.
12. Safety pin cut out top
Cut out shapes aren’t the only way you can use safety pins in t-shirts for some amped up, edgy style! This feature on Virginiepeny suggests actually cutting the bottom half of a t-shirt right off and- get this- pinning it back on with safety pins! This lets a little bit of a popping cut out liven up the otherwise plan shirt in a way that makes us want to go digging for our scissors and try it ourselves.
Have you made other safety pin DIY projects that you’re very proud of but that you don’t see on our list? Tell us all about how you did them in the comments section or link us to pictures of your work!