Monday, October 12, 2009

Boutique Glass Push Pin/Magnet Tutorial


"Creativity can solve almost any problem. The creative act, the defeat of habit by originality overcomes everything." ~George Lois

While I think Mr. Lois might be overstating a little, there is something to be said for the soothing balm of creativity. I have heard some psychiatrists refer to it as "creative therapy" because it frees the mind from whatever has it so encumbered to think about color, design, or something more pleasant. At least, that's how it works for me.

In that vein, I have a sweet little Boutique Glass Push Pin tutorial for you. It is not novel by any means, but it takes no skill, has inexpensive and easily accessible materials, and makes a nice last minute gift.


For the supplies, you will need:
glass beads {found at most dollar stores}
flat push pins/tacks
glue {glue gun, super glue or E600 all work well}
pretty paper, fabric, magazine scraps or printed words
scissors
galvanized tins {optional}
black or silver paint {optional}

1. Start by thinking about what sort of look you want for your collection: french theme, bright modern colors, words, or a combination of all of the above. Gather scrapbook paper or pretty fabric or print some of your favorite words. {I used Arial size 11 font.} Then cut out your designs in circles to fit the glass beads. When selecting your paper or fabric, make sure to do a test run that the glue you are using doesn't make the ink bleed or discolor.
2.) Place a dab of glue on the glass bead and apply the paper or fabric so it is centered on the bead.
Then place another dab of glue and apply your tack. {See images below} If you prefer, you can use magnets. However, the glass beads are heavy, so I would recommend
super strong neodymium magnets.


3.) You can use the tacks just as they are; however, if you look at the first image above, it looks a little unfinished to me. If you would like them to look a little more polished, wait until they are dry and paint the back with black or silver paint.

4.) To give them as a gift set, you can package them in inexpensive metal tins. Put the tins in a pretty cello bag filled with decorative tissue. Voila--practical, easy, inexpensive little gift! I would make several sets at once, and then keep extras on hand if you ever a last minute gift.


Additional ideas for making a push pin set:
*Personalize the tacks or magnets with the recipient's name or with images of his/her favorite things.
*Purchase larger tins and make a dozen with a theme, like months or days of the week.
*Give them with a cork board you made yourself. To make a cork board, buy an inexpensive and interesting picture frame of virtually any size. Remove the glass and discard carefully. Line the back of the frame with adhesive backed cork shelf liner and that's it! I think a thick black vintage-looking frame would look great with French-themed tacks.

And, you knew this was coming, right....

Since I haven't done a $2 Giveaway in awhile, I am giving away the set of tacks in the tin pictured above with a small 6" x 9" cork mounting tile. You have to be quick because they go fast! Happy Monday, my friends!

***Push Pin Sets are SOLD OUT***

33 comments:

Alisha said...

These are so cute.. bummer I missed it :)

Jessica Haley said...

Make some! They're really easy and fun :)

Alisha said...

They are really adorable. Thank you for posting this tutorial, I think I will try to make some for my memo board at work :)

Jessica Haley said...

Alisha, I made these because I needed pretty push pins for my studio. I have a huge 4 ft long cork board where I tack inspiring quotes, photos, and sketches of new designs. I framed some pictures and dolled up Gloria {that's what Robert calls my dress form.} It's looking so great! I think I'll be posting pictures by the end of the week. Yea!

Kasey said...

i love those jessica!
xo

Alisha said...

I have been looking for pretty push pins for a long time so I am very excited to try these. I would love to see some photos of your studio! Your creativity inspires me :)

Amy said...

Lish, lets make some together! It would be fun!

Alisha said...

Lets do it! That would be so much fun :)

Jenni said...

These are really cute! I have made them with Kyan before, only with the magnets (we bought a kit at Micheal's, I think).

Think that this will be great presents for Christmas!

Jenni said...

ps - sent an email to you jessica, not sure if you just have been super busy or didn't get it...

did those sippy cup labels ship yet? the ones that were in the $2 giveaway with lola's name? wasn't sure if they want to the wrong address and they are sitting at my old house?! just didn't want to miss them!

hope all is well! can't wait for more tutorials!

chrissie said...

hi i tried to get the $2 giveaway...there is still a buy it now button...???

Jewllori by Lori said...

cute cute cute :)

LaDawn D said...

You just never cease to amaze! Of course these are wonderful, and I am very excited to have the tutorial (with super simple steps) to follow. I ADORE giving homemade/heartfelt gifts and this is perfect even for those that you don't know all that well. Thank you for taking the time to do photos and everything. I can't wait to start making these, and for the first time in a long time my head is whirling with ideas...you have inspired creativity in me, and trust me lately that is a hard thing to come by. The brain has been a tad overloaded with work, kids, and planning and organizing a few family trips; time for some ME time with a few push pins:)

Mande said...

WOW! Love these. Thanks so much for posting such a detailed tutorial. :)

seg said...

Super cute!! Thanks for posting the tutorial, too.
And Homemade gifts are the very best, imo. :)

Jessica Haley said...

Thanks, everyone, for the posted feedback. Sorry, Chrissie, yes, they sold out. Some people joked "I never see the paypal link," so I leave it up for a few hours for proof ;)

I have another one I'll be doing soon that's even better and not as common, but it takes a little more supplies. I'm decorating the studio, so I'm putting all my decor ideas to good use :)

Just curious if any moms have suggestions for kid lunches besides PB&J. My kids hate lunchables, so I feel like PB&J is all Aidan ever eats!

{covet} said...

I love this idea for the push pins, I think I will go out today & buy some supplies and make these.

Oh for lunches, my son swears by Nutella & PB sandwiches. It's a nice change from PB & J, plus who doesn't like chocolate?

LaDawn D said...

Jess, I have the same problem with lunches for MaTaya! I have found that just changing it up a little bit has worked well for BOTH of us:) Try using a flour tortilla and make a PB&J wrap or cut it into pizza style slices. We also do some sandwich meat, but she hates cheese and any other toppings on it; so then I pack a side of carrots or celery or grapes etc. Also, to get her to actually EAT her meat sandwich I usually cut it out with a cookie cutter (gets the crusts off) and for some reason eating a penguin shaped sandwich seems to make it taste better.

Amy said...

If it makes you feel any better, both my brother and I had PB&J every day of our elementary school tenure and we both turned out just fine :)

My mom did throw in a hard boiled egg every now and then which I LOVED- just liked "Bread and Jam For Frances".

My kiddos aren't in school yet so can't offer any immediate experience, sorry. :)

Jenni said...

Kyan is one of the pickiest eaters (or so I thought) out there! He would only eat PB sandwiches, no jelly. When he started Preschool, turns out one student in his class is severely allergic, so they have a "nut free house". Out went the PB sandwiches, panic set in for me - what was I going to get this kid to eat?

I emailed the teacher for ideas...

She told me to heat up noodles in the morning, wrap the container in aluminum foil and they will still be "warm" for him to eat at lunch, he loved so we did this with mac and cheese too! He also loves cheeseburgers so we did the same with those, and he took little ketchup and mustard packets with him to school!

The shocker for me was when I looked at the calender for hot lunch, all the things that he loves served...well, HOT! Now he thinks he is being punished when he has to eat cold lunch!

Jessica Haley said...

Jenni, the noodle idea is great. Aidan loves pasta and mac&cheese so much! He'll love that. Btw, if those Lola shoes don't fit you can send them back for a credit. I'm so glad I am so behind on sending your sippy cup labels b/c I did NOT get your emails--they were in my spam box. The shipping label was to your old address, so I am so glad you said something in a comment!

Jessica Haley said...

Oh, I forgot, a customer sent me a convo that her kids will eat ham sandwhiches if they are cut in shaped with a cookie cutter. Aidan loves spiderman, but it's really hard to find Spiderman cookie cutters. However,I was able to find round Spiderman sand molds at the dollar store. He loves it when his sandwhich comes with a spider embossed on the top. Sorta gross to me, but you know kids...

Amy said...

Jenni, what size are the Lolas? I love those shoes!

Jenni said...

Do you need my new address again? If so, let me know and I will convo you with it! I know you are so busy, so whenever you get to sending them, we understand!

As far as the Lola shoes - your shoes are so hard to come by these days, and I can't snag a pair like I used to be able to, especially with working - and my girlfriend's daughter needs a pair for her first birthday...so, Lola shoes she gets! Those have been my favorite yet, we were so bummed when they didn't fit! Lola's new obsession is her Ugg boots! She doesn't want to take them off!

Mrs.LifeAccounts said...

What pretty pins! I'll have to try making when I get my new craft room! I can't wait to see pictures of your studio, I bet it looks amazing and will be such a great source of inspiration and peace.

As for lunches, pasta is a big one in our family, the kids like to make a mixture that has a drizzle of olive oil, sesamee oil, braggs liquid aminos (sold at health food stores-it's a health salt substitue) and minced onions. They'll often make 3-4lbs of it and snack on it throughout the day. They are also a big fan of soups, tomato is probably they're favorite, particularly if they get to drink it with a straw. Of course, you have to have a grilled cheese to go along with it. Italian grilled cheese are really popular with the kids too, they pick out 3-4 spices to go on their grilled cheese and then add lettuce after the cheese is all melted. They consider it a gourmet panini. Fried eggs sandwhichs are popular for them, BLCs or BLOCs(bacon lettuce cheese or bacon lettuce onion cheese) are considered a delicacy, and some of them also really like pita bread and hummus with or without salad added in. Tortillas with refried beans and cheese are another popular additon (sometimes they'll add rice too). We have a natural peanut butter that the kids eat but they'll mix it up and do peanut butter and honey, peanut butter and jelly, we also use almond butter so they'll sub that in for the peanut butter... Lastly, they also love leftovers so we try to cook larger quantities at dinner time so that there is plenty for the next day's lunch.

Mrs.LifeAccounts said...

I can't believe I almost forgot this one but english muffin pizzas-the kids get to make them, they take like 3 or 4 minutes and they LOVE them. Even the one kid who doesn't like sauce...

Meredith said...

Thanks so much for this, what a GREAT gift idea for Christmas. Just what I needed this year to give something with less of a cost.

laura b said...

I am definitely making these for Christmas as well! So, so cute. Thanks for the step by step instruction and helpful photos to match.

On lunch, I bought my boys fun Spiderman and Star Wars Thermos' ($15 @ Target). I do the mac & cheese too w/ cut up hot dogs and they love it! Any sandwich that can be made w/ bread can be wrapped and cut into pinwheels for a little change or put on a mini-bagel. Bat cookie cutters are out in the stores right now as well. I know you said Aidan liked Spiderman, so I was thinking he might be a fan of Batman also.

Thanks again for you endless inspirations and beauty!

Tory said...

I can log on, Jess! Just wanted to let you know--and these darling creative ideas are just what the doctor ordered!! Love them! Thank you for all that you do to constantly inspire and touch the lives of the women who adore you. You are absolutely sent by God--speaking enthusiastically for myself--and I cannot imagine life before knowing and loving you!

hungeryjack said...

Nice post - pictures of magnets ..Keep Posting


Ron
pictures of magnets

Felicia said...

Hiya! Thanks for the post; I'm wondering where you got the flat push pins in your post? I've been looking all over for them and can't find flat pins, only regular rounded ones.

susan said...

we promise to supply reasonable cheap price with good quality, the more important is crystal beads that we want to set up a long time working relation with our customers, not one time.

Dr. Gauri Kekre said...

Pretty, pretty, pretty!

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