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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Hexagon Thumbtacks

{Hexagon shaped thumbtacks will dress up any bulletin board and make perfect easy gifts}

Hexagon humbtack tutorial | Crafting in the Rain

A few weeks ago I headed to Scrap, a not for profit donation and resale center for crafty type items. I went with Aleisha from Britches n Boots and Sarah from Repeat Crafter Me and we found quite the collection of items!  

Everything from paper, paint, frames, fabric scraps, pinecones, small containers, vintage music.  Just about anything you could imagine and then some.  (Like a bin full of empty round birth control pill dispensers??)

Anyway, one of the things I found was a bucket of tiles. As soon as I saw these little hexagon tiles I knew I wanted to make thumbtacks. You can find them in the tile section of a home improvement store. It was as easy as peeling a tile off from the mesh and gluing it to a tack with E6000. 

Let the glue dry for several hours, or overnight, and then they're ready to use.  

Make hexagon thumbtacks | Crafting in the Rain

While I love the simplicity of the white, I wanted to add color to some of them too.  Some got Gold Sharpie (because once you have one in your house, everything is a target :)

Decorated thumbtacks with gold Sharpie | Crafting in the Rain

And...then...(now hold onto your wavy-edged-scissors)...
I put vinyl on them!!

Super cool thumbtacks | Crafting in the Rain

So awesome, right?
I know you're going to ask about the pictures and designs on them, so here you go:

The bee and crown came from The Graphics Fairy
The patterned ones came from the really cool free dingbat font called Peoni
And for the initial, just use any font (I used Rockwell Extra Bold)

Each picture or letter was .75 inches at the largest point, and the patterns were cut at 1.25 inches square, to make sure there was plenty to cover the whole tile.

Cut the picture or pattern from the vinyl color you want and press it down onto the tile.  For the patterns, trim off the overhang.  

Glossy accents on thumbtacks | Crafting in the Rain

I went ahead and added a layer of Glossy Accents over these to make sure the edges wouldn't pull up in being used.

Hexagon thumbtacks | Crafting in the Rain

Do you like how they turned out?  I'm a little smitten, and I hope you'll make some too! 

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  1. What a great idea to use the tiles. :-)
    Maybe these could be made from Polymer clay too!

    Kind regards,
    Aysha @ www.thecreativemuslimah.blogspot.com

  2. Such an excellent idea! One of the things I miss most about living in Portland is visiting Scrap. That and Salt & Straw :)

  3. So, this is kind of genius! I love using cute thumbtacks for my bulletin board and command center. These are perfect! :D

  4. Oh my goodness I love your tacks! I had to come over and visit when I saw them at Party Palooza on Tatertots & Jello. Yay! So glad I did because that really is a whole lot of Awesome!
    Therese @ Fresh Idea Studio


  5. Great project !!

    I would love you to come and share @ Craft, Create & Inspire linky party !!!

    Look forward to seeing you there :)


    Claire x

  6. Wow, I love these! What an adorable idea and fun little stocking stuffer! I would be thrilled if you shared this over at my link party, Ginger Jamboree today!

  7. These turned out so cute. Can't believe you saw tiles and thought 'thumbtacks'!

  8. These are so cute!! Aren't you clever?? I love a hexie in any form
    LeeAnna Paylor

  9. You ARE brilliant! I'm pinning this now! Thanks for sharing and Merry Christmas!

  10. Beautiful. These really turned out awesome. I especially love the bee/ fly one :)

  11. BRILLIANT!! Love this idea. Thanks so much for sharing at the par-tay. HUGS!

  12. Wowie wow! These are so brilliant...can't wait to give this a shot!

  13. I am making some of these for sure, thanks for the share

  14. LOOOVE these! Maybe a silly question, but what is Glossy Accents?

    Also, if you would like to pin it to our party, I'm sure our other readers would love them! http://www.vintagezest.com/2013/12/do-tell-tuesday-2-with-features.html

  15. So, I've been seeing these all over for the past couple days, and I keep trying to come over and comment, but haven't actually made it for some reason. I LOVE these, Stephanie! I've got some leftover penny tiles from our bathroom floor that wouldn't be quite as cute as the hexagons, but I may give em a try anyway.

  16. Thank you for linking up at Craft, Create & Inspire linky party last weekend , your awesome project is featured this week, be sure to grab a featured button ..

    Hope to see you at this weeks party :)

    Happy Holidays

    claire xo

  17. Can you explain what you mean by 'vinyl'? Is this something you print on then cut out and apply? Can you post a link to the product (or just explain how to buy it?). I can see these put together and make a puzzle, or draw a zentangle over a group of tiles as a puzzle. Such a great idea!!! Thanks. Barbara

  18. Hi Steph! I saw these on road kill rescue and had to hop over. They are adorable! Pinning, thanks for sharing this great idea and tutorial!

  19. SO CUTE. Just one question: Did you use standard thumbtacks or are there longer barbed ones? Thanks.