Introduction: Poinsettia Pin

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Poinsettias are classic for the holiday season!  Celebrate in style with this cute pin made with a Silhouette!

I saw this poinsettia pin posted the other day and thought it would be fun to make a plastic and vinyl version using the Silhouette Cameo! It is a fun little accessory to wear during the holidays! It is easy to make and can be pretty cheap too!

Step 1: Supplies

You have some choices on your materials, but basically you will need...

  • Plastic (I got a sheet of Polypropylene at Tap Plastics in San Fran) or Transparencies - or you can just use the plastic from a product case (like those things you just can't get open to get to your scissors)
  • Silhouette Cutter
  • Vinyl Stickers - (2 colors) you can use your color of choice, I used silver and gold because I had them and SHINY
  • Exacto Knife and Cutting Board
  • Pins
  • Brads - I had a variety to choose from, just make sure they have thin "stems"

Step 2: Cutting

Let's cut these guys out!
I first scored my plastic with the Silhouette Cameo. For one pin you need: 2 of the large ones, 1 medium and 1 small.

I'm not providing the file since the design is for sale in the Silhouette Design Store (it is 3D Poinsettia Flower by Lori Whitlock, I saw it is on sale for 50 cents right now!). I resized all of them with the largest being about 2.5 inches from top tip to the bottom of the bottom two leaves. Make sure you resize them all together including their center circles.

I did use the Silhouette to score my plastic, but it was too thick (or I just couldn't figure it out) to cut all the way. I then cut out the scored pieces with an exacto.

I cut them out the best I could and then trimmed the edges a bit. You don't have to trim too much now if you don't want to, cause I trimmed later once the stickers were on.

Step 3: Stickers!

I cut out vinyl stickers from the Premium silver and gold vinyl. Make sure they are the same size as your plastic pieces. For each pin, cut out one large of one color and one small, medium, and large of the other color you are using.

I matched them up on the pieces the best I could and then used an exacto to trim/saw off the excess that hung off too much. Don't compromise the shape! Meaning, don't shave it down so one of the tips is missing or anything.

Step 4: Center / Putting the Pieces Together

Now the easiest way to get all these petals together is some sort of brad. I had various ones on hand already. Use what you like, but keep in mind that you want the "stem" of the brad to be as thin as possible so it can fit down the center of all the petals.

Some of the brads I had had nice thin "stems" but they all had letters on them. (I got them at a garage sale years ago and had not used them yet, so I didn't care about covering them out). Using the sticker vinyl, I cut out circles that are .45 by .45 to cover up the images.

Time to put it together! Lay the brad with the "stem" up. Put on your smallest piece, right side down. Keep going until you have three of one color and top it with one of the other color. Fold down the "stems" and there you go!

Step 5: Put a Pin on It!

Time for pins! These were from a garage sale or the East Bay Depot, I'm not sure which. So the sticky back wasn't very good. It peeled off easily so I just took it off and glued it to the back of my poinsettia. It didn't want to sit flat, partially because the front with the brad top threw it off, but luckily I could get two paperclips to hold down each edge of the pin nicely.

Let it dry!

Step 6: So Fashionable

Look at your cool pin!

The ones with the star centers are the transparency ones and the other two are the plastic.
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