Friday, August 31, 2012

Recycled brown bag Indian corn pin

It’s no secret that I love to use recycled materials in craft projects.  Brown bags are one of my favorites.  Make this indian corn pin for yourself or use it for a wonderful teacher gift.  And the best part is that you create the dimensional base from a simple brown bag.

You will need:

E sized seed beads, yellow, red, white and brown

Brown bag

Tacky craft glue

Needle and thread

Small amount of tan crepe paper

9 inches of ribbon in choice of color

Pin back

Small amount of poly-fill

1.     Draw an oval shape on some lightweight cardboard to make a pattern.  (Approximately 2” x 2 ¾”) Trace and cut two of these oval shapes from brown bag. 

2.     Spread some glue all around the edges leaving the top unglued and press together.  Use a clothespin to hold together until the glue sets.  Let dry.  When it is dry use a pencil to open the inside and fill with poly-fill.  Add a bit of glue to the top area to close and press together.  Hold with the clothespin till set.

3.     Thread a needle and some thread and knot the end large enough to hold the seed beads. (It helps to lay your beads on a piece of felt to prevent rolling)  Begin adding seed beads alternating the colors, predominately yellow.  Measure across the brown bag base and when it fits, add a line of glue and attach the string of beads.  Clip ends. 

4.     Continue adding bead strings across working your way down until you reach the bottom.  Let the glue dry. 

5.     Cut a 5” x 5” piece of crepe paper.  Cut some triangular slits in one side of the crepe paper. Gather the top edge (the edge with the slits)  1 ½”down from the top and tie with a piece of thread.  Place the corn inside the crepe paper with the 1 ½” portion at the top.  Gather around the side and glue the excess to the back.  Let dry.

6.     When all the glue has dried cut a 9” piece of ribbon and tie in a bow at the top.  Attach a pin to the back\ with some tacky glue.



  1. Πολυ καλο μπραβο!!!!

  2. There is a lot of detail in this! Excellent!

  3. So cute... I love fall jewelry!

  4. Great idea!!! I'm going to try this with Kindergarteners so I will use just beads and glue them on the paper.

  5. This really made me giggle for some reason. so cute!! :)

  6. This is really cute! I am going to have to try it!

  7. How cute! Love it! Thank you for sharing at our
    Pinteresting Party!

  8. Thank you so much for linking up your wonderful recycled brown bag indian corn pin in our weekly Crafty Showcase. Your item was our #1 most clicked crafty link! We are featuring you today in our Feature Friday post. We will also feature you on our Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest post today.

    Thanks for being in our Feature Friday Bowdabra Pinterest Board! Don't forget to pin your craft ideas :)

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    Susie @Bowdabra


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