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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DIY Woven Storage Box Makeover

Have you ever not needed any thing per say but still visited a thrift store weekly just to see the things you scoop up and eventually flip?  I dream of  going to the thrift store as a scavenger hunt adventure, at least once a week. So on my thrift store trip last week, I picked up this unique woven storage box. When on these scavenger hunt adventures, I look for items that are unique and like nothing that can be found in retail stores. This woven storage box definitely fit that category and it was not going to be left behind. I bought it for $3.99 and it was a sage green color. I was intrigued by it because it was unique, impeccably made and looked handmade. (I’m sure it was It has to be handmade!)


So this last weekend I decided it was time to have some fun with my thrifted woven storage box. I had some gold spray paint on hand and that was the only item I used. I just sprayed on a few coats and let it dry. Hooray to the outdoors and great weather!

In transition. While i waited for the coats of paint to dry, I magically turned some pine cones to gold, with my spray paint of course.

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Since the gold pine cones turned out beautifully, I couldn’t help to….well….paint another one red.

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The finished product. Love Love Love it!!!

It now has a home on the console table in my living room, next to a blue and yellow vase. I will eventually think of what to store in it, but it look good enough just being pleasing to the eye for now.

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Side view. I also bought that large multi color vase at my local thrift store. Once I laid my eyes on it, I knew exactly where it would look awesome in my home. I will eventually jazz it up someday but I like it just the way it is for now.



I’m very pleased with the my green-turned-gold storage box and looking forward to returning to the thrift store for my next find and flip. The pillows are from my Modern Sweet Home Pillow Cover Collection and they can be found for sale here.

Happy Crafting,

Abi

Budget-Friendly DIY Storage Ideas – Line your Drawers and Shelves.

One of the things I like about Home Decor DIY is the fact that the ideas and possibilities of making beautiful things are endless. Basically, your ideas are yours and they are priceless!! You get to do things the way you thought it up and make changes to your idea as you go. I also love ideas that will not break the bank! Who’s with me on that? 🙂

All this DIY loving talk brings me to Self Adhesive Shelf Liner, aka, Contact Paper. I love using this budget-friendly item because they are versatile and available in many modern prints and colors.They are made with vinyl and are very resilient.

Here are some reasons I like using contact paper:

  • They can be custom cut to fit your project surface because of the lined backing paper (this also helps you to cut straight lines to reduce wastage)
  • Easy to peel and stick
  • Stain and water resistant
  • Wipes clean- just wipe with soapy water cloth
  • Leaves no gooey residue after you remove from a surface
  • Very useful to protect your surfaces in style

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Here is a list of the ways I have used contact paper in my home and some ideas you might benefit from:

  • Line drawers, shelves, tables and cabinets
  • Cut into small stripes to decorate clothes pin
  • Cover unused diaper and shoe boxes to use for storage
  • Cover small windows in the basement
  • Upcycle old flower vases, without the mess of painting
  • Cover text books and binders
  • Line and decorate memo boards
  • Decorate clip boards and picture frames
  • Cut out pieces for labels for my kitchen canisters
  • Use cut out to decorate an accent wall
  • They can also be used as wallpaper (I have not tried this yet)

I hope these ideas have inspired you to get moving and add some color and prints to your living space using contact paper. Please feel free to share how you have used contact paper in your home.

Happy DIYing!!!

Abi