[This project is from Instacraft by Alison Caporimo.]
This week’s project was going to be a collaboration with my brother, but shit took way longer to dry than planned, so maybe later.
Meanwhile, I forgot about figuring out another project and recorded and edited my first solo podcast.
So here’s something really simple.
What you need to make these things:
- nail polish
- tape or glue
- waxed paper or kitchen parchment
First I made something to keep the pins in once painted: I cut three small pieces of cardboard and stuck them together with packing tape.
That’s the fastest way to do this, but packing tape is quite expensive–so you may want to just glue the squares together instead. Make sure the glue is dry before you move on to the next step.
The book tells you to hold the end of your thumbtack in one hand and paint it with the other. But if you do that, there’s no way to stick it upright in something once it’s painted.
So you have to put the polished thumbtack down on your waxed paper or kitchen parchment like this:
Also at the slightest breeze, that fucking tack is going polish-side up.
My solution was to stick the pins into the prepared cardboard BEFORE painting them, but only partway.
This way, there’s no chance of them sticking to the cardboard when the polish dries.
Paint each thumbtack with nail polish, let dry.
You can get away with just one coat of polish because tacks are so small, but if you want to you can add dots or stripes or whatever.
I’m pretty fucking sure you can buy colored thumbtacks at the dollar store, so..
time: about an hour and a half, longer if you glue the cardboard together
cost: $8.48 US (not counting glue or tape, scissors)
injuries: surprisingly, none