Pin Trading! You may have heard of it before but what really is it? Well it is a very fun way to get small souvenirs, interact with cast members, and an all around fun family activity. Now for the specifics: Disney sells collectible pins in thousands of different shapes, sizes and themes. You can purchase any official Disney pin (in stores or online) and keep them or trade them. Trading them is easy and simple, go up to any Disney Cast Member wearing a pin lanyard or pin belt and ask them to trade. Cast Members will trade any pin they have with you, as long as yours is an official Disney Pin. Once you get home, display your pins on a cool board so everyone can see your collection! Learn how to make a board below.
Griffin Guide Tips:
- Buy a set of pins cheaply on Amazon or eBay. This helps you get a lot of pins cheaply and lets you start trading for pins you actually want!
- To tell if your pin is official, check the back, it should say Disney.
How to Make a Disney Pin Board:
- Mirrors/Picture Frames
- Corrugated Cardboard
- Hot Glue Gun
- Spray Paint
Step One: Finding the Frame
Easily the most important step is picking out the perfect frame! This is going to be the shape of your pin board and is vital to the project. When we made them we went to local thrift stores and found some great old picture frames for $5 each. They didn’t look the best on the surface, but they had a great shape! If you really would like to buy a frame that’s completely ready to go and painted the way you like, then feel free! However this means you won’t get to customize it the way you like.
Step 2: Sprucing up your Frame
If you’re like us and got older frames, you’ll need to decorate the frames! We chose to make one green frame, one white frame, and one gold frame! To do this, take the glass and backing off of the frame. Lay the frame on a piece of cardboard and spray with spray paint, use 2-3 coats depending on the color. Once the color is nice and even on all sides, let dry until the paint is no longer tacky.
Step 3: Cut the Cardboard
Once your frame is dry, lay it on your corrugated cardboard. Trace the cardboard on the back of the frame with chalk (so that it fits into the backing part). Then, take your scissors and cut out the traced shape. *Tip: Try to cut it as snugly as possible, making sure that it won’t fall out of the frame
Step 4: Glue the Cardboard into the Frame
Take the cut out cardboard and put a line of glue around the edge. Then, put it into the back part of the frame. Leave the backing of the frame off so that you can poke the pins through!
Step 5: Add Pins!
Take your board and add all the pins that your heart desires. Some people like to sort them into groups and some like to just randomly put them up. Poke the pins through, making sure that you attach the mickey head back of the pins to the other side of the corrugated cardboard.
Step 6: Enjoy your Pin Board!
Once everything is ready, hang up or place your frame decoratively in your home. Enjoy!