How to Make DIY Thumb Tack Art

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I love DIY projects using gold thumb tack. Today I created some fun painted canvas artwork using only a few items:

+ Mini square canvases

+ Brass thumb tacks

+ Acrylic paint and brush

+ Ruler

+ Pencil

I started off painting the small canvases with cherry acrylic paint colors.

Once they dried I took my ruler and pencil and drew some lines to trace.

I covered all of my lines on one canvas.

Then I butted up the four canvases and thought it would be fun to continue the lines through all of them.

I traced all pencil lines with the tacks until I covered them all.

I didn’t really care for the way the navy one turned out, so I omitted it. It changed up my the layout and the line design carry through, but I didn’t mind that one bit.

Next time I do this project I’ll be a little more precise, and will also try a different pattern. I’m thinking of trying something similar to an ombre pattern.

All of my friends better beware—they might be receiving some gifts soon! 🙂

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  • William William on Jan 18, 2022

    This would be a good project for the kids. Colored thumb tacks or even push pins would be cute in a kids room.

  • Peg Peg on Mar 01, 2022

    Do you back the canvases once the tacks are in? My concern would be loosening and falling out.

    Very Nice

    • Audrey Kuether Audrey Kuether on Mar 01, 2022

      Thank you, Peg. :) I did not add a backer, but it would have been a good idea to do so. The pins are still in place after about 7 years, but the back is definitely very pokey, so I have to be careful handling it. A backer would fix that issue.