Cricut: Cricut Explore DIY Flair Pins

March 8, 2016

DIY Flair Pins

It’s no secret. I have a serious love affair going on with my Cricut Explore. I use it for everything and I’m on a mission to bring you into the fold. As a matter of fact, I’m selling off all my dies and stamps because I just don’t need them or use them any more. I can cut everything with the Explore and I can “stamp” whatever I want using the Print Then Cut feature. Today’s project is a combination of everything the Explore can do, coupled with the hottest new accessory in town – the almighty flair. You can buy flair or you can make it – I’m taking the DIY route and after today’s tutorial, I think you’ll join me.

DIY Flair Pins….here we come!

DIY Flair Pins

I’ve done all the heavy lifting for you in this project! You can access the entire cut file here in Cricut Design Space. Just cut the tan shapes from balsa wood and Print Then Cut the remaining images.

DIY Flair Pins Once you’ve cut all your images, begin by gluing together the balsa shapes. Each flair pin uses two identical balsa wood shapes to create a sturdy backing. 

DIY Flair Pins Next use craft glue to adhere the Print Then Cut image directly onto the balsawood shapes

DIY Flair Pins Repeat these steps with all of the images and you’re almost there…

DIY Flair Pins Use a hot glue gun to adhere the pin backs onto each piece of flair

DIY Flair Pins

Use a foam brush to gently and quickly brush a very think coat of decoupage. This will seal everything. Since you’re likely using an inkjet printer for this, too many brush strokes will cause the image colors to bleed.

DIY Flair Pins

DIY Flair Pins

DIY Flair Pins

DIY Flair Pins

DIY Flair Pins

DIY Flair Pins

DIY Flair Pins

Are you ready to join the flair movement by making your own DIY Flair Pins? Which shape would be your favorite one to wear?

Photography: Michelle Brener Photography

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14 thoughts on “Cricut Explore DIY Flair Pins”

  1. What a cute idea! The ice cream is calling to me at the moment… LOL
    I’m with you on using the Explore for all cutting. Every time I see a beautiful die I think – I’m sure there is something similar in Design Space… I have not cut balsa wood – maybe I need to try this…
    Thanks for the inspiration!

  2. Hi, I love these and I want to make them! I’ve been trying to find the balsa wood sheets and can’t find them anywhere! Could you please share with us where you purchased them! Thanks so much!

  3. What settings did you use to cut the balsa wood? and how thick was your wood? I’ve been trying to cut Balsa and have had no luck.

  4. LOVE! I have some items I have been trying to figure out how to make into flair pins and this tutorial came right on time!!! Thanks for sharing!!

  5. I knew I should be following you, every where! I love Flares. I got my Cricut Explore about 3 months ago. I’ve only made 2 projects. I love what you do, so I’m going to go back and read all of your posts!
    I just love your style!

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