Safety Pin Stretch Watch – (still pending approval from owner – see below)


Does anyone have the basic intructions for making watches with beaded safety pins strung on stretchy string?


Note about the image above: I hunted around and found this picture on the below-mentioned forum post. I am still awaiting approval on posting the image but I couldn’t wait!

Look at it now, because there’s a chance the owner will say no and make me take it down)

Thank you to likalika who posted on the craftster forum, Aneesah, and Quality Kid’s on Yahoo Answers

The instructions below are taken from a craftster forum post

“Safety pin jewelry is the easiest jewelry in the world to make. To make a watch, there are a couple of different techniques you could use.

1. You can take sewing elastic the is the width of the bar of your watch. Remove the watchband obviously. Fold the end over the band bar and hand sew it.

2. Load safety pins with beads. Depending on the size of your wrist you may need 30 or 40.

3. After you have loaded the pins, be sure to crimp close the head of the pin so that it won’t accidently open.

4. Slide the full pins onto the elastic, alternating top and bottom.

5. When it is as long as you need, wrap the elastic over the watch bar on the other side and tack it.

6. If you can see the elastic on the watchbar and don’t like it, pin on a beaded pin.

The second way is to load the pins, crimp them closed, then take jeweler’s elastic and crimp it onto the watch bar. You will need two pieces…one will go through the top of the pin, one through the bottom.

Once the pins are loaded, thread the pins on the elastic alternating head and foot.

I teach jewelry making to 9 and 10 year old girls, and this is one of their favorite projects.


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by: lisa lehmann

Check with Craft Junkie at

She has some on her Etsy site. Tell her I sent you!
Lisa 🙂

Safety Pin Watches
by: Linda

I have been having no luck in finding info and the photos on the safety pin Watch band are not so good. I did find your info helpful.
Thank you.

by: Anonymous

This pic is awesome! Very detailed!!!!!

Thanks a million!!!!

by: Anonymous

What size safety pins do you suggest?

I am concerned about the silver pins, which are nickle coated, causing a metal skin allergy. I suppose we could paint the metal that would touch the skin with clear fingernail polish.

Good Idea
by: lady watches

Wow, I like the idea. It is so cool, more than the watches that you can see at

Safety Pin Watch Band
by: sandee

Love the elastic instead of the elastic cord. It is more durable.

I got a lot of compliments on my band.


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Christine Gierer

I'm Christine Gierer and I'm obsessed with making jewelry and teaching others how to do it too. I've been a creative person all my life, and I've done all kinds of things like art, sociology, and counseling. But nothing makes me happier than playing with beads, wires, and tools and sharing my tips and tricks with you. I have two awesome websites where you can find tons of tutorials, courses, and workshops on how to make jewelry and how to sell it online.

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