Handing out toys for Halloween allows the giver to save any left-over items for the next year. Halloween parties need favors and prizes. This Halloween pin is a simple jewelry project that can be used for hand-outs and prizes. It can also be an activity for a youth group making jewelry, making a gift, or making something from wire.
To make the pin, you will need
- Bumpy chenille stems in orange
- Green pipe cleaners
- black dimensional fabric paint
- safety pin
A bumpy chenille stem has fluff that is narrow on the end of the wire, gets wider, then narrower, creating four bumps on a stem. To help explain this project, let’s name the spots on the stem as joint 1 (narrow), bump 1 (wide), joint 2, bump 2, joint 3, bump 3, joint 4, bump 4, joint 5.
Bend the stem in half at joint 3. Twist joints 2 and 4 together. Bend bumps 2 and 3 into a circle. Bend bumps 1 and four back into the circle to fill in the middle. Twist the ends, joints 1 and 5, around joint 3 to hold the bumps in place. Bend all of the bumps until they make a nice pumpkin shape.
Wrap a green pipe cleaner around the shank of a safety pin, the side with the head on it, so that the pin is in the center of the pipe cleaner. Center the pin on the back, top side of the pumpkin. Twist each end around the orange stem where the joints are twisted together. Twist the two green ends into a stem.
Use dimensional fabric paint to draw a pumpkin face on the front of the pin. Let dry for 24 hours. If you don’t have this type of paint, substitute wiggle eyes and a piece of black yarn glued in place for the mouth.