I used to make these pins from safety pins all the time as a kid. I remember vividly making this American Flag Safety Pin.
Here are the steps and the materials to make this fun craft:
6 Safety Pins, Size 4
1 Safety Pin, Coiless 2-1/4″
Red, White & Blue Pony Beads
Each row is a size 4 pin with pony beads strung on it. Open pins and string beads following the picture above provided. Start at the top with column 1 and work down. You will have 6 beaded pins.
Open up a coiless pin. You’ll need to open the pin out to a wide angle to get the beads around the loop. Beginning with the beaded pin on the far right, thread base loop of the beaded pin onto the coiless pin, push around loop to the other side of the pin. String on a white pony bead then the 2nd pin from the right followed by an “1″ number bead. Continue until you have threaded on 6 pins and 5 letter beads, following pattern above from right to left. Close coiless pin.