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Flower Thumb Tacks

15 June 2012
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I’ve been working lately on making my office-cubicle-space a little bit happier. I already shared the paper sorter I made from cereal boxes. Today, I’m sharing some thumb tacks I prettied up with some resin flowers.

Blue Resin Flower Thumb Tacks

I got a silicone mold a while back from etsy to make these super cute dahlia/chrysanthemum cabochons. When I got the mold, I used it to make some earrings out of clay. This time, I used resin to make the flower cabochons. I used three different resin dyes – an opaque white, transparent blue, and transparent green – to make a range of slightly different colored push pins.

Resin Supplies for flower cabochons

Since my mold only has three flower spaces and they take at least 12 hours to harden, I could only make three pins at a time.  That made this project take several days, but it wasn’t much time each day. To make each set of flowers, I mixed the resin according to directions on the box (follow them exactly even if they seem tedious!) using a food scale to ensure even quantities of resin and hardener. For each batch, I mixed up about 10 oz. of resin which was more than enough. I then added a few drops of dye, and poured the resin into the mold. I did lots of shaking/taping the mold (carefully to avoid spilling!) to release any bubbles formed in the fairly intricate mold. You can tell that some of the earlier ones I made have several bubbles on the petals – lots of tapping the mold helps get rid of these. You can also find perfect already made ones on etsy – just search for ‘resin flower cabochons’ under supplies.

Resin Chrysanthemum Cabochons

Then just set it aside to dry overnight, and popped them out it the morning.

Flower Thumb Tack Supplies

Once I had my flowers, I just superglued them onto plain silver pushpins. Easy-peasy!

Blue Resin Flower Thumb Tacks

And here there are holding up some of my favorite pictures in my office! They sure brighten up my day at work :)

DIY Thumb Tack Photo Wall

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33 Comments leave one →
  1. 13 April 2014 9:37 PM

    I’m feeling like I’ve been creatively deficient after reading your blog. You have inspired me! :)

  2. 12 July 2012 1:41 PM

    Absolutely adorable!!!! TFS

  3. 9 July 2012 5:49 PM

    so cool! I really want to try these sometime!

  4. 3 July 2012 10:24 AM

    These are so cool – love that you molded them yourself! You’ve been featured at this week’s Craftastic party – stop by and grab a Featured On button. Thanks for linking to Craftastic Monday at Sew Can Do:)

  5. Shirley permalink
    30 June 2012 2:32 PM

    I love the blue theme, feels like the ocean is near. I did something similar, except I went to our Thrift Store and used earings and buttons instead. They have some really different things there that you could use to glue to the top of the pins.

  6. 29 June 2012 6:12 PM

    Featuring your post @ tonights Link and greet party @ CountryMommaCooks : )

  7. 28 June 2012 12:34 AM

    great idea!!

  8. 27 June 2012 9:47 PM

    These are so sweet! I love the different colour variations.

    Visiting from Thrifty Decorating!

  9. 27 June 2012 4:39 PM

    So cute :)

  10. 27 June 2012 3:31 PM

    Those are adorable!!! Thanks for linking up to “Strut Your Stuff Saturday!” We hope to see you again! -The Sisters

  11. 25 June 2012 3:52 PM

    These are so cute and I love that you made your own! I have a batch I bought from Mindy’s Minute Market but haven’t used them yet =)

  12. 25 June 2012 12:56 PM

    Thank you for sharing!

  13. 25 June 2012 8:29 AM

    Found you from C.R.A.F.T. What a clever idea!

  14. 25 June 2012 2:02 AM

    Hello, my name is Jennifer and I just wanted to let you know that I mentioned this post on my blog. Please let me know if there is anything you wish for me to remove.

    Cheers
    http://eatcraftsow.blogspot.com.au/

  15. 25 June 2012 1:12 AM

    What a cute way to dress up boring old thumb tacks. :)

  16. 23 June 2012 9:44 PM

    These are so pretty!! I will be adding this to my huge list of projects! Thanks for sharing :)

  17. 23 June 2012 11:36 AM

    These are so cute.

  18. 23 June 2012 10:43 AM

    These are so neat! What a clever idea!! I’m a new follower from naptime Delights!

    Sarah
    “http://www.naptimedelights.blogspot.com}

  19. 23 June 2012 6:17 AM

    Cute!

  20. 22 June 2012 11:05 PM

    So cute! Great idea!

  21. 22 June 2012 8:28 PM

    These sure are pretty and would be such a sweet thing to make for someone. What a great color they are too. Who wouldn’t like some of these?! I found your post at Too Much Time.
    Hope you’ll stop over and visit at Quirky Vistas sometime!
    Liz

  22. 18 June 2012 1:10 PM

    those are gorgeous. love them!

  23. 18 June 2012 11:43 AM

    These are so pretty! Hope you don’t mind if I feature them on my blog today. :) Thanks for sharing this great project!

  24. 16 June 2012 4:45 AM

    Oh boy! I want to make these. They are just lovely!

  25. 15 June 2012 10:07 PM

    Beautiful!!! Thx for sharing!

  26. 15 June 2012 9:59 PM

    These are great! Thank you for sharing.

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