Hello crafty friends! We have the lovely Bridget Casey on the blog today to inspire you with her gorgeous DIY framed enamel pins project! She will share how she showcases her cute enamel pins collection from Altenew! Let's hear it from Bridget.
Get to know Bridget
Greetings from Maine, everyone, I’m Bridget Casey. I am a widow to my wonderful husband, Sean, mom to my inspiring son, Ryan, and also to two furry little kids – Oreo and Emery. I have been crafting for 25+ years since I began a scrapbook for my son – which is still not finished!
I started my Altenew Educator Journey at the beginning of 2020. I completed my certificate in November of 2020, and it has been an amazing whirlwind. I frequently teach workshops promoting Altenew products and host virtual workshops and Facebook/YouTube live sessions with Altenew. I am beyond honored to be a repeat guest designer for various blog/Instagram hops.
DIY Framed Enamel Pins by Bridget
Hello everyone! The last time we were together, we created a mixed media project that didn’t get our hands dirty and today is of a similar mind!
I really wanted to create a beautiful frame to showcase my beautiful Altenew enamel pins. So I began by purchasing a shadow box frame from a big box craft store. My frame is 6 x 3.5 inches.
Another item I wanted to include was the gorgeous fabric from Altenew. I chose my absolute favorite pattern, Dreaming in Watercolor, and cut this to about 8 x 5 inches. Included in the frame was a small piece that was adhered to the frame, which included batting with a rough piece of fabric covering it and hard backing. I used the new Ultra Stick double-sided adhesive to attach my fabric to this batting piece. I laid the fabric out onto the mat and then laid the batting panel over the top. As I folded the pieces over the back, I removed the adhesive backing and attached the fabric as I went. This could also be accomplished by using fabric glue or a glue gun.
Once this piece was complete, I moved on to the enamel pins. The sharp part of the enamel pin was too long for my batting piece. I decided to trim the enamel pin length, so they fit better into the frame. I used a set of wire cutters to trim the pin back down to a length that I was happy with. There is very little measuring in the Casey household!
Another step I took may seem a bit silly. However, I did attach foam tape around the back of the enamel pin. This provided additional support to the pin and helped it to stick to the fabric more effectively. Then came the most difficult part of the process — choosing where my enamel pins went in my frame!
I had fun moving these around in the different colors of the dreaming in watercolor fabric. Once I finally was happy with an arrangement, I put the hard back batting piece into the frame, and voila! I have a beautifully framed piece that displays all of my Altenew enamel pins.
You can watch the video of how this project came together by clicking the banner below:
Thank you so much, Bridget, for sharing your wonderful project with us! We loved how you incorporated the Altenew fabric along with the pins! The piece is such a fun addition to your craft room!