12 Days of Christmas, Tutorials

On the 5th Day of Christmas – Holiday Pin Tutorial

Handmade gifts!  Oh, what fun it is!

Holiday greetings from The Earring Whisperer, Loralee!

Along with earring making… pin makin’ is also my favorite thing to do!

Here are a few I’ve just made for the holidays! Some were orphans, or singles, and some I’ve separated from a pair (always a hard decision…lol!)

From left to right, here are the artists: 1.) Lampwork peppermint drop, by Amanda Craigmyle.  2.) Beaded-bead, by Songbead; Ceramic elf shoe, by KiyoiDesgin. 3.) Ceramic barn, by Jubilee . 4.) Glittery Moon, by Gaea.  5.) Christmas tree, by KiyoiDesign.  6.) Ornament, by Gaea.  7.) Kitty charm by Azalea of Green Girl Studio.


A closer look  O_O







You can find a wide variety of pins in all sizes and finishes on Etsy or a craft shop.

…and I know there is already an “everything dish” of charms and beads on your worktable!



Let’s make a pin!

One of my absolute favorite bead-makers is Foxpaws.  I have chosen to take one of my precious earrings pairs and separate them!  I found these little vintage bells and thought, how sweet they would be along side one.



*Note: In the second row of photos, you can see I stopped winding the wire and added a jump-ring.  You can stop and restart adding wire at any point.  Never worry about running out of wire while winding – it’s easily added.  Also, if you’re not comfortable working with long lengths of wire, feel free to cut it.

Supply List:

  • 2″ pin from Etsy.com
  • You’ll need approx 24″ of 26g or 24g wire.
  • 1 open jump-ring.  Size of the ring will depend on your charm hole distance and opening size.
  • 1 deer charm by Foxpaws
  • 4 brass bells from  charmsgalore.etsy


  • Chain nose pliers
  • Flush cutters

Hope you’ve found a little gift inspiration here today! I would like to make a special note on one of my favorite charms, made by Azalea, of Green Girl Studios. For the last couple of years I’ve picked up a few of her charms at her Mom’s Booth at Bead & Button. To me, this pin symbolizes the sweetness of Christmas.



Merry, Merry!

Loralee xo

Loralee Kolton  – artful in beads

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8 Comment

  1. Erin
    December 15, 2017 at 11:39 pm

    Such sweetness all around! I alwa6s make a point of buying Azalea’s charms. Just came across the one I bought thus year…a cow! I love the dark grunginess of the pins and the wealth of unique art beads you own. Super fun project! Enjoy the day! Erin

  2. Divya
    December 16, 2017 at 8:59 am

    The pins are beautiful, particularly the finished one in the tutorial

  3. Ann Schroeder
    December 16, 2017 at 9:55 am

    I LOVE these pins!! Each one is so sweet and lovely. OMG, I didn’t see Azalea’s charms at B&B because I definitely would have gotten some. It is so wonderful! But thanks for the heads up; I will look for them next year and hope there are some there. You know all the best makers! Meanwhile, I see a pin in my future. Thank you so much for the tutorial!

    1. Loralee Kolton
      December 16, 2017 at 10:50 am

      Hi, Ann! Thank you so much xo . When you go to the booth they are usually in a small dish to the far left. Or just ask 😀 . Hopefully she’ll be making more! Hint* Hint* Azalea 😀

  4. Inviciti Jewelry
    December 18, 2017 at 11:23 am

    Love them all! fantastic work, my friend!

  5. Lynda Carson
    December 18, 2017 at 8:06 pm

    What a unique and adorable way to highlight some very special beads…sure to be treasured as gifts!

  6. m
    December 21, 2017 at 7:32 am

    Everyone can wear a pin– I loved wearing one in NH on my winter coat or sweater. Fun to attach one to a gift. Have to find a place for one in FL!!

    1. Loralee Kolton
      January 8, 2018 at 11:25 am

      Looks like Florida got some snow this winter so now you have a place for a pin…lol

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