I am all for using things other than for their intended purpose. I like to think of it as being resourcefulness, creative and flexible but maybe it’s just because it feels a bit rebellious, and that feels kind of fun. I am also all for doing things cheaply, and most of the time the proper way of doing things is way too expensive! So today I have a fun, quick and cheap way of making coloured pushpins.
Most fancy pins cost a mint and who can justify a 12 pack of pins for $10? Not me! So instead I have gotten some cheap nail polish and covered the top of my plain pins with some bright and fun colours.
Cheap is the key word here, I probably wouldn’t suggest using your mum or sister’s OPI nail polish, keep it to clearance or cheap nail polish like BYS. It is up to you though, if you are happy to use what is around the house, by all means do, because I will let you in on a bit of a secret, I do that! I have some OPI liquid sands nail polish that works a treat on this, but I also have some great glittery BYS nail polish that works just as well.
For this tutorial I am using Australis polish, so not dirt-cheap but the colours were just wonderful! It is also a lot cheaper than buying enamel/oil based paint and you can use the nail polish for your nails anytime. Nail polish is great for this as it gives a smooth glossy finish and comes with a brush that works perfectly for applying it to the pins.
What you will need:
- Nail polish of your choice
- A piece of thick cardboard or balsa wood
So first of all, push the pins into the balsa wood or cardboard. Try to keep them straight so that when applying the polish the coating stays evenly on the pin. Also don’t push them all they way into it so that the top is touching the surface of the board, so that if polish drips off it won’t stick the pin to the board.
Take the nail polish and spread it generously over the top of the pins, this gives a nice thick and smooth coat and covers all the imperfections of the pins. Because there is a slight ridge on the edge of thumbtacks, the polish doesn’t go over the edge, it just makes a thicker coating.
So now is the waiting game. Since the coating is thick it is best to leave for at least 12 hours just to make sure its dry, but the wait is completely worth it and they come out so smooth and so much more pretty than a plain push pin!
Join the fun and have a go at this, it is super quick and easy. Choose the colours to match your workspace or have fun with it and add some glitter into the mix, but seriously jazz up your pinup boards and make being organized a little bit more exciting!