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DIY Halloween Push Pins

Updated on September 18, 2014
DIY Halloween Push Pin Crafts
DIY Halloween Push Pin Crafts | Source

6 Spooky DIY Halloween Push Pin Craft Tutorials

When it comes to decorating a home, office or classroom for Halloween, it's all the little details that count! When October 1st arrives, I love to go all out and decorate the inside of our house, do fun Halloween crafts with the kids and make silly and ghoulish treats to eat. When decorating, it is so easy to get carried away with the hundreds of decorations available, but it's important to remember the little details too!

So, I made a couple of dozen DIY Halloween push pins to decorate and haunt my family's bulletin boards from small trinkets and toys, old newspapers, stickers, Halloween confetti, glitter and googly eyes.

Follow along as I show you how I made six different decorative push pins for Halloween. These crafts are suitable for people of all ages and are especially fun for the little ones.


6 DIY Halloween Push Pin Crafts
6 DIY Halloween Push Pin Crafts | Source

Turn Ordinary Thumb Tacks Into Fun & Spooky Push Pins For Decorating Bulletin Boards At Halloween

To make these push pin crafts, you will need a handful of thumb tacks. You can use the metal or galvanized colored ones. Both work well. I like to use the colored tacks, especially when making silly googly eye push pins!

You will need one thumbtack per decorative push pin you plan on making. They are very addicting to make, so make sure you have quite a few on hand.

If you are doing this craft with kids, I would use white glue, otherwise, I prefer to use a glue gun because it is super speedy and the finished push pins are ready for pinning up right away. If you choose to use white glue, the push pins will need to sit untouched for 24 hours to allow them to harden completely.

1. Halloween Trinket Push Pins

Spider Push Pins

How To Make Creepy Spider Push Pins
How To Make Creepy Spider Push Pins | Source

Rummage through your kids toys and bins of Halloween decorations for little trinkets to use to make decorative push pins for a classroom or child's bulletin board. Or you go to your dollar store and pick up a bag of plastic bugs and spiders for only a buck or two. Plastic Halloween party favors and cupcake topper rings work great too! I used some spider rings, Halloween hair ties, plastic toy spiders and mini rubber skeletons for mine.

Supplies You Will Need

* Small plastic toy spiders, bugs and other creepy crawlies

* Plastic skull or spider rings

* Hair accessories

* Thumb tacks

* Glue gun

I recommend using a glue gun for this project because I am not sure how well white glue would adhere to the plastic toys.

Halloween Trinket Push Pin DIY Instructions - Click on the images for a larger view and follow along with the instructions below...

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Trim the trinkets, toys, cupcake toppers or whatever other little treasures you find to use, so they lay flat.
Trim the trinkets, toys, cupcake toppers or whatever other little treasures you find to use, so they lay flat.
Trim the trinkets, toys, cupcake toppers or whatever other little treasures you find to use, so they lay flat.
100pc Spider Rings Party Favor
100pc Spider Rings Party Favor

Spider and skull rings are the perfect size for making creepy push pins and they are super cheap too!

 

Instructions

1. Trim the toys and trinkets if necessary so they will lay flush against the bulletin board. I trimmed the plastic rings using a pair of sharp scissors from the spider rings and cut the cute Halloween embellishments of the hair ties. You may have to use a more heavy duty tool to snip thicker pieces of plastic.

2. Using a super hot glue gun, drop a small amount of hot glue onto the back of one of the toys.

3. Immediately place a thumb tack in the center of the glue and gently press down for a few seconds until it is hardened. Make these one or two at a time because the glue dries very quickly.

2. Bats, Spiders & Pumpkins Confetti Push Pins

Halloween Confetti Push Pins

Spider Confetti Push Pins
Spider Confetti Push Pins | Source

These confetti push pins are ridiculously simple to make and they are perfect for adding tiny spooky details to an office or kitchen bulletin board. They require only two steps - just add glue to the mini confetti pieces and stick on a thumb tack! You can find assorted Halloween confetti in craft and dollar stores seasonally and online from Amazon year-round.

Supplies You Will Need

* Assorted Halloween confetti

* Glue gun or white glue

* Thumb tacks

The spiders were orange in my mix, so I used a black Sharpie pen to color them!

Bats, Spiders & Pumpkins DIY Instructions - Click on the picture for a bigger view and follow along with the super easy two-step instructions below...

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Creative Converting Bats Pumpkin Confetti 073525173542
Creative Converting Bats Pumpkin Confetti 073525173542

This is like the Halloween confetti I have, except mine also has spiders. You can find different mixes with skulls, ghosts, cats, witches and other ghouly decorations.

 

1. Drop a small dollop of hot glue or white school glue onto the back of a piece of confetti.

2. Place a thumb tack in the center of the glue. If using white glue, allow them to dry for 24 hours before pinning them to your bulletin board.

3. Googly Eye Push Pins

Googly Eye Push Pins

Googly Eyes Push Pins
Googly Eyes Push Pins | Source

These are my favorite of the Halloween push pins I have made. They are a cute and not-so-spooky push pin craft perfect for little kids who don't enjoy the scary and creepy things that go bump in the night on the eve of Halloween. They are also great for adding subtle Halloween details in an office where garish and over-the-top decorations are not allowed.

Supplies You Will Need

* Googly eyes

* White school glue

* Thumb tacks

I like to use colored thumb tacks because it leaves a colorful border around the edge of the googly eyes.

Googly Eyes Push Pins DIY Tutorial - Click on the images for a closer look and follow along with my simple instructions below...

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Creative Hands by Fibre-Craft – 5-30mm Black Glue-On Googly Eyes – Teaches Creativity – Multipurpose – 120 Pack
Creative Hands by Fibre-Craft – 5-30mm Black Glue-On Googly Eyes – Teaches Creativity – Multipurpose – 120 Pack

Googly eyes come in all sizes. Choose the size that best matches the head of the thumb tack. You could also place two tiny googly eyes side-by-side on a thumb tack for mini monster push pins.

 

1. Stick the thumb tacks into a piece of craft styrofoam. This keeps the tacks upright and prevents the glue and googly eyes from sliding off.

2. Squeeze a drop of white glue onto the head of each thumb tack.

3. Gently place the googly eyes on top of the glue and allow to dry for 24 hours.

4. Creepy Eyes Push Pins

Creepy Eyes Push Pins

How To Make Creepy Eyes Push Pins
How To Make Creepy Eyes Push Pins | Source

These are a terrific way to add a little creep factor to your bulletin boards. Cut out the eyes of people in old magazines (sounds a little twisted, I know, but I promise it's not) and glue them to the undersides of pretty glass gems. The eyes are bulgy through the glass and they look really cool peering back at you from across the room.

Supplies You Will Need

* Old magazines

* Decorative glass gems

* Mod Podge

* Glue gun or white glue

* Thumb tacks

If you don't have old magazines lying around, look through your junk mail for adverts and catalogs featuring people.

Creepy Eyes Push Pin Tutorial - Click on the pictures for a larger view and follow the instructions below...

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1. Find a couple of pictures in a magazine of a pair of eyes that are just a tiny bit smaller than the glass gems.

2. Center the gems on the eyes and trace a circle around the them or use a stencil or other small object.

3. Cut out the circles.

4. Apply a thin coat of Mod Podge to the bottom the glass gems.

5. Place them on top of the pieces of cut out eyes and allow to dry for 2 hours.

6. Apply a second coat of Mod Podge on top of the dried paper and allow to dry for another two hours.

7. Cut the excess paper from around the gems with scissors or a craft knife.

8. Add a dollop of glue to the back of the paper and gently place a thumb tack on top.

9. Allow to dry for another 24 hours if you are using white glue.

5. Halloween Glitter Push Pins

How To Make Glitter Push Pins
How To Make Glitter Push Pins | Source

DIY Halloween Glitter Push Pins

Supplies You Will Need

* Decorative glass gems

* Glitter

* Thumb tacks

* Mod Podge

* Glue gun or white glue

I used orange, green and purple glitter on my glitter push pins. I think they are the best combination of Halloween colors!

DIY Glitter Push Pins Tutorial - Click on the pictures for a closer peek and follow along with my instructions below...

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Martha Stewart Crafts Glitter Set, Rich Essentials
Martha Stewart Crafts Glitter Set, Rich Essentials

Everything deserves a little sparkle and shine and I love adding lots and lots of glitter to my crafting projects. I sprinkle the leftover glitter in my house plants in hopes of attracting a fairy or two!

 

1. Brush a thin layer of Mod Podge to the bottom a the glass gems.

2. Sprinkle glitter on them while they are still wet.

3. Allow to dry for about 2 hours and apply a second coat of Mod Podge to the the top of the glitter to seal it in.

4. Allow to dry for another coupe of hours.

5. When they are dry, add a small drop of glue to the bottom of the gems and place a thumb tack on top.

6. Allow to dry completely for 24 hours if you are using white school glue.

6. Cute Halloween Push Pins

DIY Halloween Gemstone Push Pins Using Stickers And Patterned Paper
DIY Halloween Gemstone Push Pins Using Stickers And Patterned Paper | Source
Supplies For Making Halloween Gemstone Push Pins
Supplies For Making Halloween Gemstone Push Pins | Source

Supplies You Will Need:

  • Halloween stickers or decorative scrapbook papers
  • Glass gems
  • Thumb tacks
  • White glue
  • Glue gun


How To Make Halloween Push Pins From Glass Gemstones, Stickers And Decorative Paper

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The Small Designs On Teacher's Workbook Stickers Work Great For This Craft!

Creative Teaching Press Halloween Hot Spots Stickers (7170)
Creative Teaching Press Halloween Hot Spots Stickers (7170)

Sheets of stickers meant for teachers work great because they are usually pretty small and have lots of cute and not-too-scary designs on them.

 

Instructions:

  1. You will need some Halloween stickers or patterned paper, with images and details that are small enough to fit underneath the glass gems.
  2. Place a gemstone over the area of sticker or paper that you would like to appear on the push pin. Trace around the gemstone.
  3. Cut out the circles you traced. These are kind of piddly to cut out, so if you are doing this craft with small children, it might be best to do this step ahead of time.
  4. Place a small dollop of glue about the size of a dime onto a piece of scrap paper.
  5. Brush on a thin layer of white glue onto the bottom of a glass gemstone using a paint brush.
  6. Place one of the pre-cut circles with the image facing towards the glue and press onto the underside of the gem.
  7. Brush on a second layer of white glue onto the top of the image to completely seal the image to the gem.
  8. Allow to dry for a couple of hours.
  9. Place a tiny drop of glue or to the bottom of each gem. Place a thumb tack into the center of the glue. You can use white glue or a hot glue gun for this step. Adults will need to do this step if you opt to use a glue gun for faster drying time.
  10. If you are using white glue, allow to dry for 24 hours or at least overnight before using.

© 2013 Corrinna Johnson

What Are Some Of The Tiny Details You Like To Focus On When Decorating For Halloween?

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      Erin Mellor 3 years ago from Europe

      These are great and look easy enough for even me to make.

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      Dorian Bodnariuc 3 years ago from Ottawa, Ontario Canada

      These are awesome pushpins. I'll definitely try them.

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      ghoststorylover 3 years ago

      These look fun to make! I love the cute ghost pin and the spiders! :)

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      RANADEEP 3 years ago

      These are fantastic corrie,I live it very much,very nice article,thx for sharing and congrats for your purplestar!!

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      Dianna206 3 years ago

      These look so fun and easy! How cute!

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      SamanthaHaupt 3 years ago

      Great idea, I'll be making some of these for sure!

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      parker-king 2 years ago

      Great trick idea , Thanks for sharing .

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      Lori Green 2 years ago from Las Vegas

      OMG too cute! Giving you a backlink from my Halloween blog.

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      Corrinna Johnson 2 years ago from BC, Canada

      Thanks @Craftypicks. Love the post! Thank you so much for the lovely shout out. I appreciate it very much!

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