Pins have always been special to me. I got my first Disney pin when I was 7 or 8, on our trip to Walt Disney World. It was an Ariel pin! After that, each destination I went to, each Hard Rock Cafe, or trip to Walt Disney World, I snagged a trading pin. My collection grew slowly, adding only one or two a year. My Mom also started adding to the collection, and soon we had an entire jean jacket FULL of pins. It weighs about 12 pounds now! Recently, I started trading pins in the Walt Disney World parks (in the last 6 years). I had some that I wasn’t that fond of, and knew of others I just had to have. Pin have been at the parks ever since I can remember, but it wasn’t until 1999 that Pin Trading was introduced in Florida, so I’m not that far behind! 🙂
But since my collection is overflowing my jewelry box and piling up in the corner, I need another solution! I really enjoy my pins, so looking at them as an art compilation was something I wanted, too. I settled on making a Disney trading pin display board so that I could wear them occasionally and take them all to the parks. First, I bought a cheap bulletin board from the craft store and used my favorite frog tape to tape off the frame.
I had some red acrylic craft paint in the basement, and while I KNOW I should have deglossed the frame without sanding, I got impatient and painted it right away. This is leaded to some chipping, so either degloss or sand your frame down a bit. Depending on the opacity of the paint, you’ll need a couple of coats.
I wanted a “Minnie” theme to my Disney trading pin display board, so I grabbed a white Sharpie paint pen on the way out of the store. I figured I could “draw” the dots right on the board and save a step of working with wet paint. However, I think the pens would have worked better on a clean surface, because the paint pen picked up the red paint and refused to dispense…. lesson learned. I would have had more success dipping a new pencil eraser in white paint and dotting the frame.
Either way, the frame looks a little shabby chic and very sweet. The coloring doesn’t impede the use of the board, of course, and if I want a change of pace, I can always degloss and paint to feature another character or maybe a few at a time. I hung the board in my closet and featured a sneak peek on my Instagram. To my surprise, I had a few trading requests right then! I had previously only traded pins in the parks, so this was a new experience.
Red started collecting pin earlier this year, and while he doesn’t have enough for a board, I did bring home a lanyard from the 2016 Princess Half for him. I gave him a few pins to trade from my collection and traded for a special one I knew he’d love. During our Disney playdate party this year, I wanted to capture my love for pin trading and taught all the kids how to do it. I gave them each a real trading pin and let them loose on one another. It was a lot of fun to share one of my passions, and now I can trade for more pins to fill up my board.