May 5, 2011

Embellished Thumbtacks - A Tutorial

Thumbtacks are useful.
But embellished flower thumbtacks are fun and useful.
What's even better is that this would be a super easy, (last minute) Mother's Day gift.

{Here's what you need}
Some sort of polyester or silky satin material,
scissors, glue gun, hot glue sticks, thumbtacks, pearl beads, candle
*optional: cardboard, mod podge, sponge brush, scrapbook paper

{I know a lot of you may already know how to make these kind of flowers,
but if not, here are some basic directions.}

Step One :: Cut out 6 uneven circles about 1.5 inches in diameter
cut 6 {medium} uneven circles slightly smaller than the first
cut 6 {small} circles slightly smaller than the second one

Step Two :: Hold each circle close to the candle flame.
The edges of the material will crinkle up.
But these circles are small so watch your fingers and be careful!!!

{All three circle sizes ready to go, with crinkled edges.}

Step Three :: Hot glue all three layers of circles together with a small dob of hot glue between each layer.
{Not Pictured} Hot glue a pearl bead in the center of the layered flower.

Step Four :: Hot glue the flower to a thumbtack.
{...please pardon my very dry hands.}

Pretty Finished Product.

Optional Step :: Cut out two rectangle pieces of cardboard,
hot glue them together,
 then use mod podge to adhere a piece of scrapbook paper
on top of the cardboard layers.

Optional Step Two :: after the mod podge on the scrapbook paper has dried,
stick all six thumbtacks into the cardboard.

 I love how these embellished thumbtacks pop on this cork board!

Happy Mother's Day to all you women out there!
Whether you have children or not, we are all nurturers to someone.
Have a great weekend!

Linked to: The Shabby Nest, Tatertots and Jello


Julia said...

That is the cutest idea ever! I am going to put this on my to-do list...thanks for the tutorial:).


aggieam01 said...

Very, very cute! I love this <3

Jane @ Jane's Junk and Treasures said...

OK those are the cutest things EVER!!!

Marina said...

These are super cute!! I can't wait to try this! Stopping by from

Sweet Floweret said...

So cute and so functional ;)

I just started a linky party this past Tuesday. It was a great success with over 50 link ups! I would love it if you would participate next week! It's called $10 Tuesdays and it's for things that cost less than $10 and take 20-30 mins (ish) to complete. I love inexpensive and quick projects and I'm guessing others will too ;) Thanks so much for considering.
PS. I'm GIVING away 50 button pony tailers this month! Come visit and claim yours ;)

Anonymous said...

Hi Robin~
Just came upon your blog and was reading over it. I think it is a great blog just simple things and down to earth. I'm glad you are going to keep it up as I've enjoyed reading all.

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