Here's a cute little Smiley pin made with seed beads and 12 safety pins. With a little attention to the placement of the beads this is an easy project. I looked online to credit someone because I got the idea over 12 years ago in a book but I couldn't find the original creator so I figured out the design on a piece of paper.
I've also included the history of the Smiley. Just skip to Step 1 if you don't care about history!
Kids can make this but with an adult's help because the pins are sharp and the beads are tiny and will scatter! I lost a few in the cracks of my porch!
I live in Worcester, Massachusetts USA. We are the second largest city in New England (don't tell Providence, RI I said that). Worcester has many claims to fame but one I am especially proud of is the Smiley. Yes, the big yellow icon that has been around forever(?). Nope! Just since 1963! Harvey Ball, born and raised in Worcester was an artist and he created the Smiley we all know from the 1960s and 1970s. He was hired by a Life Insurance Company to boost morale. In 10 minutes he created the iconic Smiley (which has one larger eye than the other). He was paid a whole $45! He never tried to trademark his Smiley even after thousands of pins were sold over the years.
In 1999 Mr Ball founded World Smile Corporation a non-profit which raises funds for children in need. The first Friday of every October is World Smile Day - "Do an act of kindness - help one person smile."
The next time you place a smiley in a text you will know where it all began...just 45 minutes west of Boston but the Smiley is famous worldwide!
Step 1: Items Needed
yellow seed beads
12 one inch (3 cm) safety pins
Step 2: Adding the Beads
Step 3: Add to the 12th Pin
Step 4: Put Smiley Together
Bend the 12th pin back into its original shape gently.