This craft tutorial is in honor of Veterans’ Day, the day we pause to remember and honor the men and women who have made great personal sacrifices to defend our freedom. In an effort to reflect on what it means to be free in America, I thought it was appropriate to make some beaded lapel pins and pendents with my kids.
Chances are good that you’ve seen variations of these flag pins over the years. I’ve seen them floating around, too, but had never taken the time to make one. To prep for today’s craft segment on WZZM Channel 13’s “Take Five” morning show. I beaded a few flags and it went pretty smoothly after I figured out how to get the stripes to line up. This project is a great beginner beading project for kids because it’s super easy and aids in the development of those fine motor skills. My daughters are 5 and 6 and they got into loading the beads onto the pins. (Surprisingly, I was the one who dropped the most beads on the floor during the process.)
Ok, here’s what you need to make a flag pin or pendent.
* Red, white and blue seed beads. (I bought a small package of each and had plenty to spare.)
* 18 size 2 silver saftey pins (1.5″ long)
* Cable necklace with a clasp that fits through the round coil at the end of the safety pin (This is for the necklace version only.)
* One 2 1/4″ coiless safety pin (This is for the pin version only.)
Step 1) Load 16 seed beads onto each of the smaller safety pins as described below.
On six safety pins: Place 6 blue beads, followed by 2 red, 2 white, 2 red, 2 white, and 2 red beads.
On remaining 12 pins: Place 3 red beads, then 3 white, then 2 red, 2 white, 2 red, 2 white, and 2 red beads.
Step 2) Once you have your pins filled with beads all you have to do is string them in order onto a necklace or large coiless safety pin to form a flag.
* Note, you can use a large safety pin with a coil. But then you’ll have to use a pliers to loosen the coil so you can wind the beaded pins to the front side of the large pin. Otherwise you will be unable to pin the flag to your lapel because the beaded pins will be in the way.
I made a second version of this flag where I stuck to a 1 red, 1 white striping pattern. So experiment to determine what you like best. And don’t stress over trying to make the flag proportional. Just have fun with it and wear your flag today in honor of all those who fought to protect it.