I was playing around with thumb tacks today. Since I’ve recently made a couple of new memo boards (tutorial coming soon) I wanted to make the thumb tacks match them rather than the plain white ones available in the stores. Since the theme to the new sewing/craft room is in white, lilac & purple, I wanted the thumb tacks to blend in. And naturally, they had to have some sparkle. These could be used in a home office or kitchen as well.
When I was shopping for Thumb Tacks, this is what I found… white, plain white.
I wanted purple, but there wasn’t anything even close. Because I am a firm believer in changing something to suit my needs, paint came to mind. Simple, inexpensive Acrylic paints. I chose a pearl paint & a glitter paint.
I had a piece of Styrofoam from some new furniture we bought for the sewing/craft room. This would be perfect for putting the tacks into for drying. I also didn’t want to get my fingers covered with paint, or get finger prints on them, so I used needle nosed pliers to move them from the paint to the Styrofoam.
I dipped the tacks into a puddle of paint, making sure the head of the tack was completely covered. Using the pliers, I flipped the tack over & inserted it into the foam to dry.
Repeating the same process, I dipped at least a dozen of them.
Then I got to thinking about what else I could use to ‘jazz’ them up. Glitter? Naturally. Hmmm… Nail Polish! I’ve got tons of that and they come in such pretty colors! I put the plain thumb tacks into the foam & painted them right out of the bottle. I had to give them several coats to completely cover them, and so the the glitter really showed up.
So pretty. But I found out the hard way, nail polish ‘eats’ Styrofoam! (oops) Make sure you have a protective surface under the foam before trying Nail Polish.
I guess the hardest part of this project was waiting for the paint & nail polish to dry.
Here are the finished thumb tacks:
Now to store them. I’d found these little containers in the jewelry making section. There were 30 mini bottles that have screw on tops. They’re made for storing beads. But I thought they’d be perfect for storing thumb tacks & brads.
I now have a safe place to keep all of my new thumb tacks, ready to use when I want them.
And there are still empty bottles for more colors. I’m thinking some more colors for the holidays? Maybe for decorating candles? Ornaments? I’m just getting started.