Band Pin Display  | The Nerd Nest

I love collecting concert memorabilia. As a teenager, I sewed patches on a jacket and I had pins that covered my bag. After my favorite pins kept popping off of my bag, I shelved that idea and they’ve been stowed away ever since. I’m gearing up to do a gallery wall in my workspace, and I wanted these to be a part of it. It finally dawned on my that I don’t have to do anything complicated: they look great simply grouped together. So I adhered them to a piece of plywood. Not exactly groundbreaking, but I’m super happy with the results.

Here’s how the display went down:

Band Pin Display  | The Nerd Nest

Supplies:

  • uniformly sized band pins or flair (I used 16)
  • two rulers (I love quilting rulers)
  • wood or a frame (mine’s 8.5×11 plywood–if you use a frame, adhere the pins to the outside of the glass)
  • strong double sided adhesive like Scor-Tape

Band Pin Display  | The Nerd Nest

Band Pin Display  | The Nerd Nest

Roughly arrange your pins in a grid. I decided that using 16 pins–four columns and four rows–looked the most balanced for the 8.5×11 size. For the most visually pleasing design, I spread out the colors of the pins, ensuring that pins with the same background colors weren’t adjacent.

Band Pin Display  | The Nerd Nest

I used quilting rulers to center the pins. I love these rulers, because they’re transparent and have a grid, so you can be sure you’re keeping everything perfectly straight. To find out how much space should be on each side of the pin block (or anything you want to center), use the formula (background minus pin block) divided by 2. Do this for the length and the width and you’re good to start adhering!

Band Pin Display  | The Nerd Nest

Start with the pin in the upper left corner. Add adhesive onto two sides of the back of the pin, around the edges. Using the rulers as a guide, begin to adhere the pins one at a time, going left to right and top to bottom.

Band Pin Display  | The Nerd Nest

I didn’t have enough band pins (most of them are long lost), so I filled in with a bit of Flair from Rukristin Papercrafts. I love that this adhesive is strong enough that the pins won’t just fall off, but they are easy enough to remove when I want to replace the “filler” pins with more band pins. I’m sure I’ll have more soon, as Ghostbot Records ships them with most of their albums.

Band Pin Display  | The Nerd Nest

I’m going to get to work making more art so I can put this in my workspace, but for now it looks pretty neat on my mantle.

What’s your favorite way to display memorabilia?

Band Pin Display  | The Nerd Nest

This year it’s my goal to complete 52 projects; an average of 1 a week. Projects can be art, crafts, home improvement, tech, gardening, or whatever else my brain ventures into. The point is to MAKE. This is project 6 of 52! Check out the other projects: 1 : Script Art, 2: Striped Scarf, 3: Pillow Covers, 4: Eliza’s Doctor Who Valentines, and 5: DIY Periodic Table Mirrors.