JCPenney Holiday Pin Reconstruction

So you finished your holiday shopping, picked up some JCPenney holiday pins, entered the codes, did/didn’t win a prize… and now you’re stuck with a random collection of pins?  Some of the pins are very cute, but some are just… less so.  Don’t let the ugly ones go to waste!  They can actually easily be redone with an image or slogan of your choice!

My friend’s birthday is coming up soon, so I decided to remake the pins for her.  She is quite a panda fan, so I ran with that and ended up creating the four pins shown below.

JCP pins

If any one else would like to try this out as well, here’s a rough explanation of my process:

  1. Peel off the JCP code and “China” stickers.
  2. Carefully (don’t stab yourself!) use an x-acto knife to pry apart the front of the button from the back.  (Note: the pins easily deform, so avoid prying too hard or stabbing them)
  3. Design your own pin!  The pins are roughly 1 inch in diameter, not including the area that wraps around the edge and under the back.  You can use the old pin paper cover as a reference to measure from.
  4. After your design is cut to the right size, smear a little Mod Podge onto the top of the pin, just enough to hold your design aligned in the right spot.
  5. Press the pin into your palm while in a cupped shape to curve the new button cover around the pin’s edge while keeping the front smooth.
  6. Fold the extra paper over the pin’s lip into the backside, enough so all of it’s edges will be cleanly covered by the back piece.
  7. Aligning the design and the back piece, press the back piece firmly back into the top piece.  It should stay in place by itself.
  8. If you want the pin the be shiny or water proof, you can coat the pin with Mod Podge or any other sealant.  (I tried 4-5 thin coats of Mod Podge, then about 3 coats of clear nail polish.)
  9. Let dry, then Voila!

You now have free customized pins!

(Disclaimer: The steps above are only what I tried out.  I have no button making experience and this was my first time using Mod Podge. This was more of a trial and error experiment.  But I hope this helps or inspires anyone else who wants to give this a try!  It was pretty easy and the results were fairly nice.  If I were to try this again though, I might want to try out using a thin clear plastic, like plastic wrap or sandwich baggies, to cover the pins instead of using glue and nail polish.)

    • Valerie
    • December 27th, 2012

    Very cute!

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