Canadian Poppy Lapel Pin Back




Introduction: Canadian Poppy Lapel Pin Back

This is how to add a lapel pin back to a Canadian remembrance day poppy pin.

The Canadian poppy pin has a straight stick pin.
These instructions explain how to replace the stick pin with a more secure lapel pin.

This serves two purposes: 
     Your poppy pin is much less likely to fall off and be lost.
     You won't poke yourself with the pin.

Step 1: Materials

1) Canadian poppy pin.
2) Jewelry pin(s).
3) White glue.
4) Wax paper.
5) Toothpick (optional)

You can buy jewelry pins at craft stores. I got a package of ten for under $5.

Step 2: Prepare Work Area

Take apart the poppy pin. Safely discard the original straight pin.

Place the black poppy centre part face down (felt side down) on a piece of wax paper.

The wax paper will prevent the glue from bonding to your work surface.

Step 3: Step 3: Add Glue to Jewelry Tack Pin

Hold the jewelry tack pin and put a small drop of white glue on the tack pin top.

You need very little glue as it only needs to hold the poppy centre to the pin.
Use a toothpick to apply the glue in a controlled manner if it is difficult to regulate the amount of glue directly from your glue bottle.

If you get too much glue on the tack pin, wipe it off with a tissue and try again. 

Alternately you can apply the glue to the back of the poppy centre, but it is harder to clean up if you blob too much glue on it.

Step 4: Attach Jewelry Tack Pin to Poppy Back

Gently apply the tack pin to the centre of the black poppy centre back.

Lift up the jewelry tack pin with the black poppy centre sticking to it and check that the front does not have glue seeping out.
Just a tiny white dot of glue visible in centre pin hole is good.

Place the assembled pin face down on the wax paper again and wait 1 hour for it to dry. The white glue will dry clear.

It is fine if a little bit of the white glue seeps out around the tack pin on the back as long as it does not go over the edge of the poppy centre.

If there is a lot of glue seeping out on the front you can try cleaning it up but you may have to start over with a new poppy centre as it is hard to clean glue from the felt on the front. As the white glue will dry clear it may still look ok, but it may be a bit shiny where the glue is. 

Step 5: Reassemble Poppy Pin

Once the glue has dried, reassemble the poppy with your new pin.

Please donate to poppy campaign each year even if you reuse the poppy pin you made.

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    4 years ago

    "Please donate to poppy campaign each year even if you reuse the poppy pin you made."
    probably best to buy a new poppy and just reuse the centre part. The Royal Canadian Legion thinks its disrespectful to reuse the poppy so this gets around that I think.


    9 years ago on Introduction

    In the UK, they also sell small poppy badges already on pins like this, perfect for your suit lapel. This is a quick phone-snap of mine: