Faux Vintage Millinery Pin Tutorial…

May 7, 2009

I love any­thing vin­tage espe­cially vin­tage millinery pins. I always won­der how the pre­vi­ous owner wore theirs… did they adorn their hat, a lapel, accent a scarf or sweater etc… so with Mother’s Day just around the cor­ner I thought it might be fun to make one just for Mom. You could present this pin to her by attach­ing it onto a card, plac­ing it into a spe­cial altered box or by attach­ing it to the cen­ter of a bow to include with another gift. Either way I know she will love it espe­cially since you made it just for her. I hope you enjoy this sim­ple tuto­r­ial of a time gone by and oh so trea­sured millinery pin.

Faux Vintage Millinery Pin

Sup­plies Needed:
Sizzix Die Flower, Build A Lilac (sign up for the Sizzix newslet­ter, they have great sales every Tues­day)
Old Book Page
3 — Small Beads
24 Gauge Wire or Florist Wire
Florist Tape
Prima 4 Sea­sons Vel­vet Leaves (Char­treuse)
Pale Yel­low Seam Bind­ing or Rib­bon
Pin Back

Tools Needed:
Wire Cut­ters
Hot Glue Gun
Fabri — Tac


  • Using a Sizzix Die Flower, Build a Lilac and a page from an old book page cut out three large and three small flow­ers. Stack on small flower on top of one large flower. Repeat this two more times.

Stacked Flower Petals

  • Using wire cut­ters cut three pieces of wire to desired stem length, place bead onto one end and twist wire to secure bead. Repeat this step with the remain­ing two wires and beads.

Secured Bead for Flower Center

  • Place the wire through the cen­ter of each flower. Using scis­sors cut three pieces of florist tape the length of your wires. Start­ing at the base of your flower begin wrap­ping the wire until the entire wire has been wrapped with florist tape. Do this with the remain­ing two stems. Slightly crum­ple the petals to add a bit more dimension.

Thread Bead through Flower

Wrap wire stem using Florist Tape

  • Arrange your flow­ers, cut a piece of florist tape approx­i­mately 2 inches and wrap around the por­tion of the stems where all three come together. Using a small amount of Fabri-Tac adhere one Prima Vel­vet Leaf onto each of the flower stems. This is a fast grab­bing glue so it will not take long to dry. Once the Fabri-Tac is dry using Pale Yel­low Seam­ing Bind­ing or Rib­bon tie a bow around the stems.

Secure Flowers with Florist Tape and Bow

  • Using a Hot Glue Gun adhere a pin back to the back of your millinery cor­sage. If you like you can add Plat­inum Stick­les or Sil­ver Glass Glit­ter to the edges of your flower petals. I chose to keep this one sim­ple but might have to make another one with some added bling.

Hot Glue Gun a Pin to the back

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  • Donna

    Oh Lisa, these are just beau­ti­ful! Love them!

  • Lin­da­So­nia

    Yippee, the flower fun con­tin­ues. This lat­est is lovely. LindaSonia

  • leonie

    Oh this is so sweet Lisa, such a sim­ple idea that looks great. Thank you for show­ing us how to make it!

  • Gail

    Thank you, Lisa, for tak­ing the time to share all three flower tuto­ri­als. I can’t wait to assem­ble the sup­plies and make all of them!!

  • Juliet A

    I will be mak­ing cor­sages this after­noon for my daugh­ter for prom tonight — I might have to make a few of these while I have all my flo­ral sup­plies out. Great tutorial!

  • Linda Hahn

    Lisa, I’ve always wanted to know how to make flow­ers using wire and florist tape. I’ve always been scared, but you make it look so easy. Thanks-I’m def­i­nitely try­ing this project soon.

  • http://www.papertales.typepad.com/ Michelle M White

    These are amaz­ing! Thanks for shar­ing all your flower mak­ing secrets.

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    These are so cool! Linked to the project at http://mydiyweddingday.com/

  • Val

    Olá.. Amei este tuto­r­ial. Obrigada.

    Hi…I loved this tuto­r­ial. Thank you. (Brazil)

  • http://blog.loveliette.com jen

    wow, i love this!! i might have to do this for my wed­ding. thanks for post­ing this. :)

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    I really liked your web­site. Check out mine, it is pretty neat too.