contributed by Leanne Guenther
- 10 small silver or gold colored safety pins (size #0)
- 1 larger silver or gold colored safety pins (size #2)
- red, white and blue seed beads
- metal nail file or flat screwdriver
- Optional: needle nosed pliers
- take one of the small safety pins and thread on the beads from column one of the pattern below (5 blue, 1 white, 1 red, 1 white, 1 red).
- repeat with the second, third, fourth and fifth safety pins.
- with the sixth thru tenth safety pins, start with red and alternate 9 beads red/white.
- Optional: Pinch the opening of the safety pins with the needle nose pliers so they won't pop open.
- Use a nail file or flat screwdriver to stretch open the loop of the large safety pin
- This is the toughest part of the craft -- once you've done these crafts a couple of times, it gets easier.
- Step back and think about this for a second -- this step makes a lot more sense if you keep in mind that you need the pin part of the large safety pin free to pin onto your hat or shirt -- you have to get the small safety pins onto the other side of the large safety pin.
- Slide the ends (little circles) of the small safety pins onto the large safety pin -- keep sliding all the way around the loop so it's on the other side (non pin side) of the large safety pin.
- Squeeze the loop back closed with pliers.
- Here are some additional suggestions from viewers:
"I just took the circle end of the pin with the beads on it and twisted around circle end of the main pin. After the first 1 or 2 it is easier than messing with pliers and you don't have to worry about them staying closed. Also, using different styles and sizes of beads gives the flag a 3D effect. Using the same large pins for everything is a different yet nice project."
"I bought the size 3 safety pins and used E beads. 3 blue, 1 white, 1 red, 1 white, 1 red worked well, 5 rows of that, then 5 rows of alternating red white (starting with red). I also found that a staple opener opened the spring part of the pin very well."