When I was a kid pins were super popular, I still have a few of my favorites. Later in life I loved visiting Disneyland and discovering the tradition of pin trading. Now Disney pins are my jam (!!) and I’ve introduced my kids to them too. We haven’t had a chance to get to Disney for quite some time, and we’ve missed the trading experience. So, when I spotted a bulk pin assortment for celebrating July 4th or Memorial Day, I thought it would be fun to do some patriotic pin trading with family and friends! The kids loved it! Here is how you can set up the perfect pin trading stand and create custom lanyards for the kids to wear & collect their pins on.
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How to Create a Patriotic Pin Trading Station
First, I used a wooden USA sign as a template and traced it onto a Cork Panel. Then I cut the panel out.
Then I painted the cork USA a bright popping blue.
Next, I cut out the words “Pin Trading” in white vinyl using my Cricut and applied them to the painted cork. Alternatively, use a chalk pen to write the words directly onto the cork.
Then I added a selection of pins to the cork to show the kids the pins that were available for them to trade with.
Next, I painted smaller wooden USA shapes a bright red to create name tags for the lanyards.
Then I added a wooden star bead using a glue dot.
Next, I personalized them by adding each childs name using vinyl (a chalk marker will also work) and made a small hole at the top of each shape using my Cricut weeder (any sharp / pointed tool will work). Then I put hooked the shape onto the lanyard.
Next, I painted another small USA shape blue, added a star bead and the word “pins” to the shape to create a label.
I added the label to a box of the pins that the kids could choose from. We gave them each 10 random pins to start them off as they arrived and then let them trade to get their favorite set.
Finally, I hung the sign from a piece of gridwall and used hooks to hang up the lanyards for the kids to take as they arrived.
Time to trade! Once the kids had their first 10 pins they were ready to start trading!
So fun to see the kids get in some pin trading practice! Now I’ve got to do this for upcoming holidays and celebrations so they can expand their collections!
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