50 enamel pins to inspire your next project

0 enamel pins to inspire your next project

In the pin world, the design possibilities are endless. If you’re obsessed you’re your pin plan, then chances are, someone else will be too. Whatever category or target market you’re hoping to approach, these ideas will get the wheels turning. From nature-themed pins to social activism and cult classics, here are 50 creative enamel pins that are sure to inspire you to design more.

 

The Natural World

01.Red Octopus Enamel Pin by Oh Plesiosaur

Red Octopus Enamel Pin
This intelligent, magnificent sea creature can slip through drains and stick right onto your lapel. We love the vibrant blood-orange of this bold octopus pin—it’s a daring choice of color.

02. Eucalyptus Branch pin by Hemleva

Eucalyptus Branch pin by Hemleva
Plant lovers will recognize this branch in an instant. Its simple shades of emerald and mint make this gold-plated pin an elegant, minimalist accessory.

 03. Green House Pin by Haveaniceday

Green House Pin by Haveaniceday
This pin combines nature with the constructed world. Simple lines make this floral factory come to life. Organic farm-lovers will fall hard for this sweet pin.

 04. Anatomy Bloom by The C Project

Anatomy Bloom by The C Project
With this curvy pin, we’re reminded of the connection between our bodies and the natural world. This pin shouts, breathe in! Take in the nature around you, and get inspired to design.

05. Honey Bee Lapel Pin by Erin Greenough

Honey Bee Lapel Pin by Erin Greenough
The lines on this hard-working honeybee pin highlight the complexities of nature. Something as simple and sweet as a little bee carries detail and dynamic in small, elegant wings.

 

Support a cause

06. Love is love by Ectogasm

Love is love by Ectogasm
This pin supports LGBTQ rights, promotes equality, and sends a powerful message with simple colors and text.

07. Femme Fists Pin by For All Womankind

Femme Fists Pin by For All Womankind
The bright pop of red nail polish shouts “pay attention” while the raised fists demand unity and equality. This is one tiny pin that you can’t ignore.

08. Cinnamon Rolls Not Gender Roles by Zealo Apparel

Cinnamon Rolls Not Gender Roles by Zealo Apparel
Simple text and illustration work together here, with a fun little play on words. Sweet tooths and feminists alike would love this pin.

09. Stay Woke by Pin Lord

Stay Woke by Pin Lord
A minimalist, text-based design packs a powerful message in only two words. This Stay Woke pin’s black and white simplicity encourages social awareness and equality. It’s an effective yet small way to shout, “Pay attention!”

10. Don’t Stay Quiet by Riot Cakes

Don’t Stay Quiet by Riot Cakes
Activism pins are best sold in sets. Target a specific cause and give the activists options. This one by Riot Cakes is a wonderful example of text-image balance. As seen here with one design, you can alter colors and shades to make a complete set. The individual pins work together to communicate a message.

 

Art Lovers

11. Watercolor Palette by NattyMichellePaperie

Watercolor Palette by NattyMichellePaperie
This geometric, well-organized pin stretches the limits of color. With varying shades of the rainbow, this modern, striking pin is perfect for painters, creatives, and pin designers alike. The think lines and vibrant circles can appeal to a wide audience art world workers and dreamers.

12. Frida Pin by BRK House

Frida Pin by BRK House
We love how this pin honors the legend Frida Kahlo herself, with details all the way down to the flower petals in her hair. This powerful, instantly recognizable portrait shows that no idea is too big for one small pin.

13. Book pins by Pin Club

Book pins by Pin Club
Bookworms can connect with these pins, highlighting famous works of literature, both classic and modern. We love the gold page details that make these reads look 3-D. This is the perfect example of narrowing a target market and connecting with niche audience.

14. Film Roll by Lenses and Locals

Film Roll by Lenses and Locals
Aspiring filmmakers and art school students can appreciate this industry-specific pin. The bold, happiness-inducing yellow contrasts against the sleek black of the canister.  This is the perfect example of contrasting colors that work together: black, white, gold, and yellow.

15. Rose Gold Pencil Pretzel by Megan McNulty Shop

Rose Gold Pencil Pretzel by Megan McNulty Shop
This clever pin combines artistry with food. We love the sophisticated rose gold tone. It will catch the light whenever its artsy owner wears it. A simple pencil theme can apply to a range of creative audiences, from drawers to writers and graphic designers.

 

Crazy-Cool Lines

16. Origami Crane Pin by Sophie C’est La Vie

Origami Crane Pin by Sophie C’est La Vie
These careful lines make a rock-solid pin appear as delicate as a paper crane. This is the prime example of how a flat pin can take on a 3-D form.

17. Wave Pin by Shop Jeen

Wave Pin by Shop Jeen
Curvy, crazy lines add depth and detail to this wave pin that evokes a Hokusai painting. Inspiration for a single pin can come from high art. Detail can be your friend.

18. Terrarium Pin By Finest Imaginary

Terrarium Pin By Finest Imaginary
Silver geometric lines form this pentagon-shaped terrarium. Then, curved lines from within bring cacti and dessert plants to life. And it’s all ingeniously contained in one little pin.

19. Pink Crystal Cluster by Punky Pins

Pink Crystal Cluster by Punky Pins
Varying shades of purples and pinks make this dynamic crystal design eye-catching. When your lines are shapes are under control, then go crazy with your color selection. Get creative with overall shape and color.

20. Blue and Purple Geometric Triangle by Rag N Bone Studio

Blue and Purple Geometric Triangle by Rag N Bone Studio
Angles and metallic lines can give your pin a 3-D value. Sometimes it’s best not to over-think your pin plan. This triangle pin might appear complicated at first, but it really only relies on three colors and a single shape.

 

Nostalgia

21. Game Over by Jupiter Milk

Game Over by Jupiter Milk
This imaginary “Game Girl” design is cheeky and cute. It evokes ’90s game consoles that will get Nintendo music stuck in your head.

22. Mystery Machine by The Tangerine Fox

Mystery Machine by The Tangerine Fox
Flashback to childhood television favorites and groovy, retro styles with this tribute to the iconic Scooby Doo series. Think about your childhood favorites, and get sketching.

23. Virtual Pet pin by Fairy Cakes

Virtual Pet pin by Fairy Cakes
Old toys are perhaps the best way to hint at nostalgia. People who grew up in the 1990s might remember this toy fad: the virtual pet. The simple game didn’t stay popular for long. But gamers and 90s kids alike will have a particular appreciation for this pin. It’s a great example of targeting a very specific market.

24. Viewfinder Pin by Red Ribbon Shop

Viewfinder Pin by Red Ribbon Shop
We love this viewfinder pin because it’s generation-specific. With its simple color scheme, it evokes a feeling easier times, before technology ruled the kid world. The design is minimal yet angled, which gives the pin dimension.

25. Jelly Shoe by Tees and Tank You Shop

Jelly Shoe by Tees and Tank You Shop
The use of glitter in this design is eye-catching. And as with any fashion trend, jelly shoes have come back into style. Capture the feeling of a decade with a single accessory like this dazzling pin.

 

Simple Text

26. Don’t Over Think It by Get to Work Book

Don’t Over Think It by Get to Work Book
The classic black and white color combination allows font and style to take center stage. We love the mix of cursive and print in this clever pin with a kind message. Take it easy! Sometimes simplicity is the best way to communicate a design idea.

27. Star Wars Pin by Pin Lord

Star Wars Pin by Pin Lord
A funny Star Wars quote is all you need to make the right person laugh. This simple black and white design is clean, minimal, and effective. And the black contour will help the pin pop against any colored clothing.

28. Dismantle Oppression by Riot Cakes

Dismantle Oppression by Riot Cakes
No statement is too big for a single pin. Use color, font, and size wisely when creating a text-heavy pin. This example from Riot Cakes refuses to be ignored.

29. Oui by Etta Vee Studio

Oui by Etta Vee Studio
Don’t limit yourself to language when it comes to incorporating text in your design. In this pin from Etta Vee Studio, we get a single word accompanied by a heart and a few lines. Two colors, a metallic backing, and one word. Simple and communicative. Say oui to your next design idea.

30. Because I Said So by Carolyn Draws

Because I Said So by Carolyn Draws
Speech bubbles are your friends. Incorporate funky organic shapes and capitalized or lower-case letters for a unique pin. With only four words, this pin expresses cheeky attitude. Give your customer something clever to say and have fun with your words.

 

Foodie Favorites

31. Boba Tea Pin by P&C Poolside

Boba Tea Pin by P&C Poolside
Fans of this refreshing, milky treat will grab this tea pin before their eyes can say no. The soft pink and tangerine pastels compliment the glossy black bubbles at the bottom of the glass. The classic shape and straw give this pin a classic contour. It’s easily noticeable from a distance.

32. Coffee Press by Lucky Horse Press

Coffee Press by Lucky Horse Press
Caffeine addicts will love this detailed coffee press pin. The metallic shine gives it an elegant edge. And this one-of-a-kind French press pin is perfect for a wide audience: coffee lovers.

33. Killer Dish by PopDraw

Killer Dish by PopDraw
Adventurous eaters will buy out this pin in an instant. This is the prime example of a unique, one-of-a-kind pin. You won’t find a similar design elsewhere. When designing pins, the sky really is the limit.

34. You’re My Soymate Pin by Queenies Cards

You’re My Soymate Pin by Queenies Cards
Play with your food—and your words—by combining illustration with text. This happy-go-lucky design is sweet and savoury. Sushi fans won’t be able to get enough.

35. S’mores Pin by Fairgoods

S’mores Pin by Fairgoods
Didn’t think an enamel pin could make your mouth water? Think again. Grab customers’ attention with a chocolately, tasty design. We love how this pin evokes campfires and playfulness.

 

Culture Icons

36. Wayne and Garth by Fairgoods

Wayne and Garth by Fairgoods
Sometimes the best pins are the ones who can evoke an inside joke. Longtime Saturday Night Live fans will catch the reference from these Wayne and Garth accessories—especially when you wear them together. We love the specificity of this well-paired idea.

37. Frank n Furter pin by Sourp37uss

Frank n Furter pin by Sourp37uss
Connect with die-hard fans of Rocky Horror Picture Show with this cult favorite. This instantly recognizable Frank-n-Furter pin makes a statement. It includes contrasting black and white and an attention-grabbing silver shimmer.

38. Hocus Pocus Sanderson Sisters by Tees and Tank You Shop

Hocus Pocus Sanderson Sisters by Tees and Tank You Shop
The classic Halloween film, Hocus Pocus, reaches across generations. With pins like these, it’s best to market them around one time of year or season. In this case, customers will swallow these up around each Halloween. With character pins, you can try to capture the character’s characteristics while leaving the face blank to simplify your design.

39. Harry Potter Pin by Asteroid Artist

Harry Potter Pin by Asteroid Artist
Harry Potter is more than a literary icon; the famous book series holds dear to an entire generation’s childhood. Connect with individual interest groups with a stylized, well-designed pin like this one.

40. Ghibli Pin Set by Pop Coucha

Ghibli Pin Set by Pop Coucha
Anime fans are widespread. If you’re a fan of the art form, then illustrate your favorite characters for other fans to snatch up. With wide-reaching cult interests like anime, you can design entire sets that will put a smile on your customers’ faces.

 

Worldwide Travel

41. Let’s Be Adventurers by The Penny Paper Co.

Let’s Be Adventurers by The Penny Paper Co.
When you include text in your design, it’s often best to keep the background simple. We love the soft cream color and simple, organic lines of the mountains in this pin. The free-spirited message is perfectly mimicked in the whimsical design.

42. Traveler Pins by Lenses and Locals

Traveler Pins by Lenses and Locals
When you design your pins in sets or collections, customers will be more tempted to buy more than one. These sophisticated travel-themed pins go hand-in-hand. Get some travel inspo, keep the design simple, and you’ll attract a wide audience of globetrotters.

43. Pacific Northwest by acbDesign

Pacific Northwest by acbDesign
Travel-themed pins can evoke a general space in the mountains, or a specific region, like the Pacific Northwest in this particular design. Target a niche geographic audience with location-specific details.

44. Airstream Enamel Pin by Tees and Tank You Shop

Airstream Enamel Pin by Tees and Tank You Shop
Vehicles can be the best symbols of travel. This charming mobile home is cute and noticeable. It’s a great example of a metallic pin. The color is minimal so that the raised bit in silver can catch the light.

45. Yes Travel by Occasional Grownup

Yes Travel by Occasional Grownup
For an innovative approach, you can even design two pins in one. This dynamic duo communicates a message through simple symbols: a heart and the earth. By pairing two ideas in one, these partner pins can be worn together or separately—it’s totally up to the customer.

 

Imaginary Clubs

46. Introvert Pin by Diglot Etc.

Introvert Pin by Diglot Etc.
Pins are often used to denote membership in formal clubs or organizations. But you can invent your own club! Introverts can relate to this sarcastic text. Produce a pin in multiple colors to give your customer base more options.

47. Mix Tape Club by Fairy Cakes

Mix Tape Club by Fairy Cakes
Connect with a nostalgic or specific-focused group with a niche “club” pin. This pin appeals to music lovers and ‘90s nostalgia at the same time.

48. Black Pug Pin by The Black Pug Press

Black Pug Pin by The Black Pug Press
Animal lovers can easily represent a large customer base. We love that this cute pin targets fans of a specific breed.

49. Rosé Club Member by A Sensible Habit

Rosé Club Member by A Sensible Habit
Get fancy with a booze-inspired pin. Many cocktail enthusiasts have a favorite sip. And if you focus on one common taste or interest, you’ll see just how wide-reaching a passion for something like a glass of rosé can be.

50. Eat More Pizza Pin by Stationary Bicycles

Eat More Pizza Pin by Stationary Bicycles
A “club” purpose can be as narrow or general as you’d like. Of course, a “pizza club” might sounds ridiculous at first. But any die-hard pizza fans will reach for this saucy pin. It’s the perfect example of a design that doesn’t take itself too seriously. Creating pins should be fun. Give it your best shot!

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