Flower Thumb Tacks
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.
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.
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.
Then just set it aside to dry overnight, and popped them out it the morning.
Once I had my flowers, I just superglued them onto plain silver pushpins. Easy-peasy!
And here there are holding up some of my favorite pictures in my office! They sure brighten up my day at work :)