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« on: December 29, 2009 08:39:38 AM »

Hey everyone!
I recently found a bunch of my old button pins from the past! I wanted to display them rather than just keep them in a ziplock bag. Any ideas on how I could do this? I was thinking of a cork board but I want them to lay flat.

Something like this:

Thanks for the help!
« Reply #1 on: December 29, 2009 08:55:10 AM »

i would suggest removing the pin part, and then the world is your oyster.  you mentioned laying them flat, but you could always buy little round magnets and glue them to the back for cool deco for your fridge. 

i've never tried this, but i wonder if you could "tile" them, using modge podge as a sort of "grout"....so basically lay them side-by-side in rows to form a square.  you would have to put them in something that could either peel away or would form a boundary for the glue.  then pour modge podge in between and allow to harden.  now, i've never tried this, so i don't know how long it would take to dry...it just came to mind as i was typing....

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« Reply #2 on: January 10, 2010 01:43:54 PM »

Oooo!  I'm with Christie on removing the pinbacks.  They could be decoration around a mirror- kind of like these bottle caps. 

These seem like they could be fun as bathroom art.  Like on a large skinny frame, I'm thinking of the Walmart cheapo hanging mirrors, either glued directly to the mirror, or on a piece of fabric instered into the mirror, which seems a little trickier... 

Or you could make a trays or a table and put them in resin, a la this button table http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=244455.0.

And my last idea is that it would be fun to have something three dimensional, like a lamp shade or a series of boxes covered in pins.  If you used the craft store cardboard boxes you might be able to paint the boxes and then poke the pins in.  Otherwise, bring on the hot glue!
« Reply #3 on: January 17, 2011 04:37:29 PM »

If you want to still be able to use them, you could try a cork board covered in fabric, maybe with another layer of mesh fabric on top to put the pins through. Or you could attach ribbons to the board and put pins through the ribbons.
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« Reply #4 on: January 17, 2011 05:52:52 PM »

I have a small quilt hanging on my wall that I put some buttons/pins on. It works great, the quilt batting gives it enough body to hold the pins in place nicely. Depending on how many pins you have, a quilted placemat or potholder could work.

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« Reply #5 on: January 17, 2011 06:59:51 PM »

I had a large (2' x 3') piece of finished fabric - not sure what it was designed for - I pinned them all on that. Every couple of years you'll want to take it down & remove buttons to remove dust/etc...

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« Reply #6 on: January 17, 2011 07:09:31 PM »

If they're of any monetary value that you don't want to lose, I'd recommend that you not remove the pin back.

If the cork is thick enough, you could insert the pin into the cork until it sits flat against the cork.  If you meant flat as horizontal, I'd put them in a cork boarded frame with a piece of glass over them.

I display some on a file cabinet at work.  I wrapped a piece of tape around the closed pin with an exposed sticky side that then got stuck to the cabinet.  They hang flat against the cabinet.

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« Reply #7 on: January 21, 2011 09:53:54 AM »

You could always string them and make a mobile or 'curtain' with them. They would spin around but you would be able to see them and it would look pretty spiffy.

« Reply #8 on: January 21, 2011 02:09:59 PM »

I tacked fabric to the back of an old wicker frame that once held a mirror. I pin my collection on there. My nicer "fancy" broaches, I have pinned on strips of wide ribbon, and tacked them onto my bulletin board at the edges of it. Dusting isn't that difficult, because they are pinned and I can just hit them with the feather duster.

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« Reply #9 on: February 03, 2011 10:46:00 PM »

I have a denim jacket that is going to be hung on the front of my wardrobe, and all my pins and brooches will be pinned to it. I can grab and wear one whenever I please, and it'll look nifty, too!
I could wear the jacket like that, but only if all the pins were very secure-won't risk it otherwise.

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« Reply #10 on: February 04, 2011 12:14:24 PM »

I did not read every else response to this, but if you do end up removing the pins... I think it would be cute to put them in picture frames, and hang on the wall.  Using different sized frames, and painting them fun colors to compliment each other. 

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« Reply #11 on: March 10, 2012 06:59:41 PM »

I made a table for NY craft room of buttons my mom collected for yrs using resin if you buy it from the automotive department I here it is suppose to be cheaper. I love my table and everyone in family wants it. Good luckSmiley
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