Patches & Pins Oh My – biker arts and crafts project – shadowbox

A bunch of pins and patches

Not all motorcyclists like to wear patches and pins on their jacket – gasp! What do you do with all these neat HOG patches and poker run pins if you don’t want to permanently adhere them to your favorite leather jacket? I understand Steve Johnson’s point when he says that bikers should wear what they normally wear. I don’t normally wear patches and pins. I don’t normally wear vests either. I had the poker run pins on my denim jacket for a while. I thought they looked a little funny so I recently took them out. With the pins in my denim jacket it looked like something Jeanie Bueller would wear.

Jennifer Grey

Here’s a thought: lets put these patches and pins in a cool shadow box! Go to AC Moore or any other craft supply store and buy a shadow box. Buy a piece of colored foam core to mount the patches and pins to. I got a red piece. You will need some glue and a pair of pliers that have a built in wire snipper.

Pliers with wire cutter

1. Cut the foam core so it fits into the frame.

2. Glue the patches on the foam core.

Glued patches on red foam core

3. Clip a little bit of the prongs off of the pins so they don’t go all the way through the foam core.

cut those prongs just a little bit

4. Stick the pins into the foam core with a little glue on the back of them.

Hog pins mounted with a little glue

5. Put a weight on the patches and wait for the glue to dry

6. Clean the glass for the shadow box

7. Attach any hanging hardware to the shadow box frame if needed

8. Assemble!

9. Hang it on the wall!

Finished Shadow Box

Still plenty of room to add pins and patches to for a few more seasons.