DIY Pushpin Wall Art in 5 Easy Steps!

Do you like unique home decor? Do you appreciate personalized gifts?

I hope you answered yes to those questions because you are in for a treat.

Today I’ll be sharing how I made my  push pin wall art. It was a very easy and inexpensive project to make. I must say I like the end result and it has held up well since I made it about a year ago.


I believe I bought the canvas as a set from A.C. Moore while it was on sale and the push pins from Dollar Tree. A pack of push pins was $1, just like everything sold in Dollar Tree. I believe I paid less than $10 for a pack of 8, 14″ x12″ set of canvases. Enough of how much I paid for the items….how was it made? ….



You will need:

  1. Canvas (your size of choice)
  2. Acrylic craft paint (any color – you should probably choose a dark to allow the gold to pop)
  3. Gold push pins  – several packs (this depends on how many letter your word is and how big your letters will be). I used about 6 packs for this project.
  4. Card board or flat foam board (1/4″ thickness)
  5. Tacky glue
  6. Pencil

Step 1: Paint your canvas (2 to 3 coats). Leave to dry between every coat.

Step 2: After final coat,  hand write the word of your choice with a pencil.

Step 3: Cut a piece of cardboard that will fit the back of your canvas (this acts as the support to secure the back of the canvas when you push the pins through and for your protection)

Step 4: Using tacky glue, attach the piece of cardboard or foam board to the back of your canvas. Let dry.

Step 5: Start pushing pins into your canvas to outline the letters of your word.  Then add more rows of push pins as you wish.

Put your spin on this project and spell out names, symbols or letters. The possibilities are endless!

Happy Crafting,

Abi

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How I Transformed a Storage Shelving Unit to a Nightstand.

Being a book lover means I have to have a book around me wherever I go. I usually carry a book in my bag with me when out and about or at work. I might not get a chance to read it but it’s comforting to know that I can just whip it out when I get a few minutes to myself, which rarely happens. This is why my nightstand is practically a book shelf! I scooped this baby up at my favorite thrift store, Savers, for $6.99. It was sturdy enough to be used as a nightstand even though it was made of particle wood boards in a light oak color. The coolest thing about it was that it was built on caster wheels for mobility.

On the weekend following the purchase, I set out to transform this new addition to my collection. I sanded it first and then stained it with a red oak stain by MINWAX. This project almost turned into an epic fail because I did not completely wipe off the stain every time I applied a coat. I left it to dry for over two weeks and I still ended up with a sticky nightstand/bookself. Wood staining amateur problems….. *shakes head*.

After spending sometime researching the issue, I found out I could apply another coat to loosen up the sticky surface and then wipe it again. Completely! This idea ended up being a life saver. Who knew? After 24 hours, I ended up with a nice clean semi red oak surface, which wasn’t a surprise to me being that I was staining particle wood and not real wood. What I did was more like painting the surface because the particle wood did not absorb the stain. Nevertheless, I was satisfied with the end product.

To dress it up and add some color, I used some adhesive shelf liner aka contact paper to line the top surface and bottom shelf. I had several prints in my stash but I chose a gray and white Chevron print to compliment the gray, blue, navy, turquoise color scheme of mi cuatro.




Also featured in these photos are my DIY fabric-covered lamp shade, DIY rope vase  and contact paper covered boxes.

Happy DIYing!