It’s great to see wooden pins becoming popular as a more eco-friendly alternative to enamel pins. Usually they’re made from fast-growing sustainable wood sources and can be manufactured locally in much smaller quantities. Printed wooden pins are just as cute and colourful as enamel, and I’ve had one on my coat for a year that’s still looking good. If you’d like to start collecting, here’s some cute ones by independent artists.
Sugar Bunny Shop (US) have restocked their range of wooden pins and there’s so many sweet cottagecore style characters to choose from. Luden the Lavendeer is one of the biggest pins and there’s lots of cute bunnies too.
While browsing on Etsy, some happy pins by LOULOUcarotte (UK) jumped out at me. I love this illustration style and can always do with a little bit more sunshine in my life, but there’s also a flower, heart, apple and more.
minatunimo (EU) is another shop where I want just about everything as they’re inspired by Japan and have a lot of cute bunny and food themes. How do you choose between bunny sushi, onigiri and daruma?
I’m feeling quite desperate for Spring and PoussinEtPoupette (EU) have a very pretty new spring collection that’s full of sakura, bumblebees and lots of cats.
hannahdoodle (UK) has happy food and drinks for everyone with kawaii takes on tea, coffee and milkshakes, plus there’s eggs, donuts, ice cream and more.
ruthdraws (UK) can add a little magic to your day with a lucky black Magicat! There’s also a matching sticker sheet and to do list notepad, plus some cute ravens too.
Magicat would probably be good friends with the wizard frogs at UrsocsDen (UK). There’s 3 wooden pins to choose from with potions, toadstools and a crystal ball.
Moosh the mushroom is an original character by CherylsDoodlesCo (UK) who has a lot of adventures including visiting Japan and Hong Kong! This pin with heart garland would make a sweet gift.
If you’re a bird lover, kirstinstride (UK) has a lot of different birds to choose from. They’re all hand-painted, rather than printed, so each one is unique.
Sara’s Little Shop (US) has some very unexpected characters including crying dinosaurs, walking carrots and – my favourite – radish pups!
PS. If you’d like to design your own wooden pins, I can recommend Zap Creatives (UK) who have low minimums and lots of eco-friendly options.
Marceline is the co-founder and editor of Super Cute Kawaii and author of The Super Cute Book of Kawaii. She also designs cute character goods as Asking For Trouble. Having visited Japan five times, Marceline is enormously inspired by all things Japanese and especially loves bunnies, space and any kind of food object with a happy face.