A stroll down memory lane today with projects from books gone by..........
SEQUIN CANDLES MADE FROM BALL POINT PINS AND LARGE 1/2" SEQUINS
There's just something about a T-pin, push pin, ball point pin or thumbtack that just makes me want to create. I dig ball point pins because of the the colors and they just make sewing more fun. I like thumbtacks because they're shiny and you can get 250 for 99c AND they come in gold and silver. Mostly I like them because they are perfect in their design. These projects are to inspire and all come from my book Dollar Store Decor. This was one of the first books I wrote and as I've grown as a designer I've used these techniques as starting points for many other projects. I hope they spark your creativity.
CABINET DOORS IN MY NEW YORK CITY APARTMENT. Since I couldn't leave the white cabinets alone and I didn't have a lot of cash, I painted all the cabinets this dark green and went to town with the thumbtacks. I got the brass handles at the 99c store, too by the way. It was a project which cost in total about 12 dollars. The neighbors weren't too happy with me since I do my best work at night.
THUMBTACK TABLE: This table was left over from a shoot from Cosmo Girl! Magazine when I was an editor there so I used the silver thumbtacks to spruce it up a bit. I would be much more adventurous now though. I might even paint a pattern on it and then surround it with the tacks? Who knows? I'm curious to know what you would do?
THUMBTACK HEADBOARD: This project couldn't be any easier. You can either embellish an existing headboard with a design of your choosing OR you could cover a piece of plywood with batting and fabric and then go nuts with the thumbtacks. Either way, they add a little sparkle to a room, don't you think?
Why not try really clustering them together in a shape? I think that could be really fun! Just make sure to use some needle nose pliers to hold them in place first. This way you won't get a sore thumb.