Wednesday, 19 February 2014

DIY Colourful Drawing Pins

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Although not exactly a traditional craft supply I often find nail polish comes in handy for DIY projects as its a great alternative to expensive paints designed for use on metal. I usually use this tip for jewellery making however today's idea is one that will help brighten up your office!

Whilst preparing to create some pretty corkboards (tutorial post hopefully coming up soon) it occured to me that there was another way to make them more interesting... by decorating the pins! As it turns out I'm not the only one who thought this would be a good idea - just take a look over on Pinterest and you'll be able to find a few other examples.

These cute and colourful drawing pins are a great addition to any memo or noticeboard and help to make organisation prettier and more appealing. This project is quick, easy and cheap to recreate, especially since you may already have all of the supplies lying around at home. To create your own you'll need some drawing pins, nail polishes, a sponge and either a clear nail polish or a craft glaze.

The best way I've found to paint the pins is to first push them into something like a sponge which will keep them upright and steady whilst you apply the colour. In this case I used a variety of my favourite shades alongside a nail dotting tool to create some different patterns. Finish up with a layer of clear nail polish or a craft glaze such as Mod Podge Dimensional Magic to protect the design against general wear.

If you're not a nail polish collector like myself you can always use acrylic paints instead!

As always I'd love to hear from you if you try out this or any other project from my DIY Archives - use the hashtag #eelisediys to share your photos with me!
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