My husband and I were introduced to pin trading while working at Walt Disney World on the Disney College Program. I’ve experienced pin trading as a cast member and as a guest…either way it is a lot of fun! As much as I love all things Disney, we don’t bring back many souvenirs. The only must have for my hubby is trading pins. Before each trip I make sure we have plenty of pins to take with us for him to trade.
What I love most about it is that we collect pins based solely on their design…not rarity or value or anything like that. Attraction pins and special event pins tend to be some of our favorites. It is always fun because you never know what pin you’re going to find or what kind of interesting conversation you’ll strike up with a cast member. It’s one of those very special experiences that makes Disney what it is.
Over the years our collection has grown and grown. We’ve been placing the pins on this large cork board and adding the keepers after each trip. I wanted something to showcase them better so I made this display.
It took some searching but I found the perfect display case for this project at Michaels. The adjustable layers were exactly what I needed.
I don’t have pictures of the process, but it was pretty simple. The first layer that goes right up against the glass is the Mickey shaped cut out. I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut the Mickey shape out of chipboard. If you don’t have a Silhouette an exacto knife will do the trick since it is a fairly simple shape.
Before placing it in the case I used my Silhouette Cameo again to cut the banner and words out of adhesive vinyl and place it on the chipboard. “We will never be too old for Disney” seemed to be a fitting phrase since I actually gifted this to my hubby for his birthday.
I used a few of the inserts that came with the display case to create space between the chipboard and the pins. To make the piece that holds the pins I cut a piece of cork board down to fit in the frame. Then I covered it with black fabric using hot glue to adhere the fabric to the back of the cork piece. To arrange the pins I started by placing them in the center of the cork piece and working my way outward, only placing pins in the Mickey shape so they would stay visible. This is the last layer of the Disney trading pin display case so once that was in place it was ready to be closed.
I completely underestimated how many pins we have so it looks like I’ll need to make at least a couple more. This turned out exactly how I envisioned so it will be wonderful to see all of our pins displayed like this.
Looking at our pin collection brings back so many special memories. I can’t wait for our next trip so we can collect more! Do you trade pins when you visit Disney?
Kim@NewlyWoodward saysMarch 26, 2015 at 9:38 am
This is such a great idea! I have been trying to come up with something to display a collection of bike license plates from our travels and I think something similar may be just the ticket.
Analisa saysMarch 26, 2015 at 6:09 pm
Thanks Kim! What a unique collection you have! Can’t wait to see what you come up with.
beeskneesB saysJuly 23, 2015 at 4:02 pm
I love the look of this, it’s both fun and clean – great idea, thanks!
Analisa saysJuly 25, 2015 at 3:55 pm
Thanks so much!
Megan saysMay 11, 2016 at 5:56 pm
This is SO cute!! Where did you find the “file” to print via your silhouette?
Analisa saysMay 15, 2016 at 9:50 pm
Thanks Megan! I traced a simple mickey shape I found online and adjusted it until it looked just right to me.
Mary saysNovember 27, 2016 at 11:48 pm
What do you do with the pin backs?
Analisa saysDecember 7, 2016 at 11:51 pm
The cork board I used was pretty thick so the pins have stayed put even without the pin backs.
Joanna saysJuly 1, 2017 at 5:16 pm
Hello…I’m going to do this with the full
body of Mickey…16 x 20 inch shadow box…got my cork and frame at Michael’s Crafts…can’t find “chip board” in white and that size…poster board to make the silhouette isn’t stiff enough :(
Can you offer where I might purchase WHITE CHIPBOARD 16 x 20?
Analisa saysAugust 3, 2017 at 1:14 pm
That is such a great idea! I haven’t seen chipboard that size for sale before. Have you considered cutting the Mickey shape out of vinyl and attaching that to the front of the glass instead?
erin aiston saysJune 4, 2018 at 11:43 pm
This is such an awesome idea I have lots of Disney pins but because I’m scared of putting holes in my clothes and dresses they’re tucked away in a box. I’ll have to do a similar DIY to this
Susan saysAugust 22, 2018 at 4:08 pm
Would you consider making one to sell to me?