How To Make a Safety Pin Watch

Safety pin

Safety pin watches are hot right now, and are very simple to make yourself. You can use whatever colors you want on your safety pins to coordinate with your wardrobe. There are two simple methods to making the watch, using different forms of elastic. Both are detailed below.

What You'll Need

  • watch face (the kind with bars on each side where the band attaches)
  • 2 feet of heavy-duty 0.8mm jewelry stringing elastic, cut in half; or 8 inches of sewing elastic the width of the watch bars
  • 30 or 40 safety pins (the same length as the watch bars)
  • seed or E beads in desired colors
  • needle-nosed pliers
  • scissors
  • strong glue if you'll be using stringing elastic (like Super Glue®)
  • needle and thread if you'll be using sewing elastic

Directions
Arrange the beads in whatever colors and patterns you like on the safety pins and close them. Using the needle-nosed pliers, pinch the heads of each pin closed so they will not come undone again.

Using Stringing Elastic


If you are using stringing elastic for your safety pin watch band, tie one end of each piece to one of the watch bars. Place a small drop of glue on the knot to secure it, then trim off the short end. Thread one string through the head and the other through the foot of one safety pin with the beads facing in the same direction as the watch face.

Repeat with the next safety pin, turning it so that its head is next to the first pin's foot. Keep adding pins, alternating directions, until you have enough to go all the way around your wrist. Tie each string to the bar on the other side of the watch face, glue the knot, and trim off the short end.

Using Sewing Elastic

Thread one end of the elastic around the bar on one side of the watch face. Using the needle and thread, sew the end of the elastic to itself close to the bar. Thread a safety pin onto the elastic with the beads facing the same direction as the watch face. Thread another safety pin onto the watch band with its head next to the first pin's foot.

Keep adding pins, alternating directions, until you have enough to go all the way around your wrist. Thread the end of the elastic through the other watch bar and sew it to itself close to the bar, cutting off the excess elastic.

 

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