Enamel pins aren’t quite the craze they used to be but there’s still lots of cute ones being released. I’m especially enjoying all the interactive designs with moving parts so here’s some really fun and clever pins I’ve come across. Many of the listings include videos so click through to see them in action.
The most popular type of interactive design is definitely spinning pins and even the Pokemon Center is joining in with a beautiful series of Spinning Scenes pins (UK/US) with changing backgrounds. They even have Pikachu-shaped rubber backs! Looks like there’s a new one released each month so we’ve currently got 6 to choose from including Pikachu, Espeon and Umbreon.
Make sure you’re looking after yourself with this self care heart wheel pin by zizi&me (US). It has a big mix of activities for when you need something to do, whether that’s baking, dancing, reading or just napping.
If you hate making decisions, this Spinning Daisy pin by Occasionalish (US) will solve all your problems! You can either promise to stick with whatever decision comes up, or it will help you realise that you actually want to do the opposite. They have a lot of other interactive pins too.
Sliding pins work in a similar way and The Gray Muse (US) has a lot of fun designs for crafters including a die-cutting machine, sewing machine and scissors that all have moving parts like the real thing.
Hinged pins are much rarer but so cute, especially this little Travel & Explore suitcase by Danger In Design (PH). It would be such a sweet gift for anyone who loves to travel. They also have a hinged postbox.
Swinging pins are especially cute on a coat or bag and Sugar [Cubed]³ Studios (US) have this adorable Spring Bear. They also have some cute dangling pins and often have interactive designs in their Patreon pin club.
Magnetic pins are something I’ve started to notice recently and Kittynaut (US) has come up with one of the most fun ideas for that – dress up pins! There are 2 spooky cute designs so far that you can dress up in their Halloween costumes, and even mix and match the pieces if you get both.
It was really tough cutting this down to even 10 picks so definitely have a browse on Etsy using some of the search terms above if you love the idea of interactive pins.
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.