While I was browsing on Pinterest one day, I came across a pin for something I’d never seen before. They were Disney’s free buttons,* but they’d been transformed into a pirate, a bride and groom, an awareness ribbon, and even a turkey leg. The link took me to the facebook page for Big Red’s Pin-Heads, where there were tons more pictures of these things called Pin-Heads. I fell in love with them! Regretting that I hadn’t discovered these a little bit sooner (before my last vacation), I sent Big Red a message to find out more about them. She kindly got back to me and, today, we have a guest post from her about her awesome products and how we can get them.
Hi, I’m Big Red and I make Pin-Heads.
What are Pin-Heads? They’re handmade, custom characters to decorate Disney’s free Celebration buttons & they’re a ton of fun to wear. I first came up with the idea when my husband, Mr. Red, and I were planning our honeymoon trip to WDW. He absolutely refused to buy or wear the Bride & Groom Ears or custom, matching shirts. I spent the week before the trip wracking my brain for something that would *stand out:* “Everyone has the buttons; that’s not interesting.” “I don’t understand why he won’t wear the ears.” “Buttons.” “Ears.”… “BUTTON EARS!” I ran to the craft store and found the perfect material: sturdy, flexible craft foam. Several hours and a few botched tries later and I had some passable mouse ears perfectly proportioned to a spare birthday button from a previous visit. Next, I sacrificed the bath loofah from my shower to make a veil. By the time I was done, my hands were more super glue than skin, but I was happy.
We couldn’t believe how often guests and cast members stopped us–not just to congratulate us, but to ask about our “little characters.” After that first day in the Parks, even Mr. Red was pretty hooked on the idea. He even came up with a name. “They’re attachments for the buttons, so…. Buttachments!” I wasn’t thrilled, but I knew I would keep making new characters for each of our next visits. A few months later, a girl in line at Epcot actually gave me the idea for the name: “Oh, you have little Pin Faces!” Pretty soon, family and friends were asking for their own characters, then friends of friends and other guests in the Parks. So, I created my fan page to help others follow along with all the new characters I’d made.
More Information about Big Red’s Pin-Heads
Where can I order? Big Red takes orders directly through her facebook fan page. How much are they? $5-$25, based on the complexity of the design + Shipping, based on order size How are they made? They’re all hand cut and individually assembled – mostly foam, some ink, paint, glitter, mesh, wire, or other embellishments, as needed. Do they come assembled? They come as fully assembled as possible, with directions to self-attach to the free buttons. Or, for a small charge, Big Red can include buttons for tricky designs or for less-crafty folks. Does Big Red do custom orders? She has done a lot of custom work in the past, but she is currently expecting a baby, so, she may be cutting back to her most popular designs for a few months. How early should I order? Ideally, Pin-Heads from existing designs should be ordered 3-5 weeks before they are needed. When would I get my Pin-Head? Typically, Pin-Heads ships USPS 10 days before the deadline that you provide. What characters are available? Follow this link to see a list of completed characters (as well as ones that have been sketched or that Big Red hopes to make sometime). Remember, to contact her to see if the design that you want is available during this busy time in her life. Other questions? Click here for Big Red’s FAQs, as well as her pricing guide. To estimate prices of a particular design, compare the price with the level of difficulty listed on the character list.
More Pin-Head Photos
I want to give a big thank you to Big Red for her awesome creativity and for this post. For more of Big Red’s designs and sketches, be sure to like her facebook fan page.
* A Note from Disney Momma about FREE Celebration Buttons:
If you aren’t familiar with them, Free Celebration buttons are available at Guest Services, Vacation Planning Booths, and other locations. Generally, there are buttons for the following occasions:
- 1st Visit
- Happy Birthday
- Just Graduated
- Family Reunion
- Happily Ever After (for just married, engagement, or anniversary)
- I’m Celebrating