How would you like to add a custom and inexpensive piece of art to your home? Better yet, how about you customize it with your favorite monogram or saying? Sounds great, right?
Well, I recently stumbled on this Thumb Tack Wall Art (or Push Pin Wall Art) project while visiting a Link Party. I was intrigued by the look so I did a little research on Pinterest and found lots of ideas.
I have to admit that I am in love!
Now, I hope that you won’t try to tell me that you are not a crafty person or that you could never get this look. This project is so quick and easy; it’s fail proof. Really, you could do it with your children or grandchildren.
I love the idea that you can customize it to any home and décor. I chose one of my favorite symbols; the ampersand.
So, head out to the art supply store for a few inexpensive supplies and get started.
A canvas blank of your choice
Thumbtacks (the metal kind)
And optional: an item to trace
Step 1: Get your supplies together and lay them out on a flat working surface
Step 2: Trace your item in the location you desire on the canvas. I used an ampersand and I centered it on the canvas. You can also write out a word (such as “hello”). It’s great to use a pencil so you can erase and redraw any adjustments you want to make.
Step 3: Start inserting thumb tacks. I started at the outside boarder and traced the outside first.
Step 4: Fill in the rest of the middle parts of your image.
Step 5: Continue filling in; work from the outside lines in and from the top of the image downward. The tacks will lay on top of each other. I created a pattern of rows from the outside in.
Step 6: Erase any pencil lines that are showing.
Some Tips: The thumbtacks want to fall out so be careful in placement. You can reposition them if needed but try to avoid it if possible. Erase any pencil marks that are showing. I might also try some rubber cement under the thumb tacks next time to help them stay in place.
I am really happy with the way that this custom piece turned out. I think this will be a great addition to the gallery wall that I’m collecting pieces for. More on that later.
Annette Funicello once said, “Life doesn’t have to be perfect to be wonderful.”
The same can be said of your artwork projects. They don’t have to be perfect to be wonderful. The important thing is to have a piece that is perfectly custom for your home. I know that if you try this art project, you will not be disappointed.