How to Make Wood Slice Thumbtacks

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How to Make Wood Slice Thumbtacks

It’s no secret I’m a fan of wood slices for projects. I love incorporating nature into my home and if I can use some branches or logs that would otherwise be disregarded, I’m all for it! So today I am sharing how to make wood slice thumbtacks.

Forget those boring thumbtacks, use wood slices and paint the edges for a modern rustic look! Wood Slice Thumbtacks! MountainModernLife.com

How to Make Wood Slice Thumbtacks

It’s funny how fast time goes by because this project has been on my to-do list ever since I made our wood slice save the date magnets, so um yeah it’s been a while.

Last month when my sister-in-law sent me some wood slice thumbtacks I was reminded about the idea and decided it was time I actually did it. The thumbtacks she sent me were ordered from an Etsy shop and were super cute, but they actually had nails through the center and when putting them up on my cork board the nails came through the wrong end and stabbed my thumb, on multiple occasions. Not fun.

So not only are these wood slice thumbtacks easy to make, but you don’t have to worry about poking yourself when sticking them on your cork board 🙂

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Materials Needed:

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Wood Slices

Sandpaper

Paint + Small Paintbrush {You could even use sharpies or paint markers!}

Thumbtacks

Glue Gun/Glue Sticks

Clear Sealer {optional}

I had everything I needed on hand so this project cost me $0, woo-hoo!

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Eric sliced up a whole bunch of wood slices for me a few months ago {leftover from my birch branch jewelry box} when I was planning on making some wood slice and driftwood art. It wasn’t going exactly the way I wanted so I put it on the back burner, and just put everything in this glass apothecary jar on our mantle, and it’s been sitting there ever since. Mixed in with the newer wood slices were some leftover from our wedding magnets and also from my DIY Christmas Ornaments.

Forget those boring thumbtacks, use wood slices and paint the edges for a modern rustic look! Wood Slice Thumbtacks! MountainModernLife.com

For this project I took all of the smaller wood slices out of the jar and then painted the edges with some fun and vibrant colors. I had planned on painting some geometric designs on the front of the wood slices for the art, but liked keeping the fronts natural and just painting the edges for this project, because the fabric on my cork board is pretty busy. I was actually inspired to paint the edges after coming across this photo of wood slice magnets from Inside Out Magazine {at $4 a pop}. By the way, I LOVE this magazine!

Forget those boring thumbtacks, use wood slices and paint the edges for a modern rustic look! Wood Slice Thumbtacks! MountainModernLife.com

Most of my wood slices had previously been sanded down, but I went ahead and went over them very quickly with some fine grit sandpaper.

Side note: If you don’t have a saw and are unable to create your own wood slices, you could always buy a pack of them at a craft store like Michael’s or JoAnn’s.

Forget those boring thumbtacks, use wood slices and paint the edges for a modern rustic look! Wood Slice Thumbtacks! MountainModernLife.com

For the edges, I just painted on some random oops paint, custom mixed paint and acrylic paint. However, you to make this even easier you could use paint markers or sharpies! I think I will have to use my gold leaf pen on a few more of these 🙂

Forget those boring thumbtacks, use wood slices and paint the edges for a modern rustic look! Wood Slice Thumbtacks! MountainModernLife.com

I had tested out using polyacrylic sealer on one of the slices but preferred the natural, light color so I actually wound up not sealing them. The paint on the side may chip, but I’m not too concerned about it.

Forget those boring thumbtacks, use wood slices and paint the edges for a modern rustic look! Wood Slice Thumbtacks! MountainModernLife.com

After the paint was dry I used my glue gun to attach the thumbtacks to the back. So easy! I only used one glue stick too, which is practically unheard of for me, haha.

Forget those boring thumbtacks, use wood slices and paint the edges for a modern rustic look! Wood Slice Thumbtacks! MountainModernLife.com

Forget those boring thumbtacks, use wood slices and paint the edges for a modern rustic look! Wood Slice Thumbtacks! MountainModernLife.com

And here they are on my DIY fabric covered cork board! Oh I just realized I never shared that with you, huh? Woops that post will be coming soon!

Forget those boring thumbtacks, use wood slices and paint the edges for a modern rustic look! Wood Slice Thumbtacks! MountainModernLife.com

That’s it! It’s amazing when you think of all the possibilities for custom thumbtacks. Have you made your own thumbtacks before? If so I’d love to hear about it in the comments 🙂

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28 Comments
  • I love this idea!!! I also love bringing nature indoors!! Thanks for sharing!
    Pinned!

    May 22, 2014 at 4:39 pm
  • Ah! So loving these. And the colors are perfect!

    May 22, 2014 at 4:52 pm
  • These are adorable!! I love the pop of color too!

    May 22, 2014 at 7:35 pm
  • HOW FREAKING CUTE. I love the way you only painted the edges! Cute colors too.

    May 22, 2014 at 8:26 pm
  • These are so fun! I have been wanting to make a cork board and wood slice thumbtacks would fit in perfectly with my style.

    May 22, 2014 at 10:31 pm
  • Cute idea! I love the pops of colour around the edges

    May 23, 2014 at 4:02 pm
  • Such a cute idea. I think some wood disc refrigerator magnets would be lovely as well.

    May 24, 2014 at 12:15 am
  • These are awesome Katie! They caught my eye at the Link It or Lump It Party. Love the pretty colors you painted on the sides. I’m so doing something similar to this for my office bulletin board – thanks for the inspiration!

    May 27, 2014 at 2:55 pm
  • I am instantly obsessed with these! They scream what I love in style and decor. Thank you so much for sharing! I pinned this. I also saw a cute tutorial that glued pom poms to thumb tacks. They were pretty cute, too.

    May 30, 2014 at 12:54 am
  • I love your Wood Slice Thumbtacks! Stop by House on the Way tomorrow to see them featured at the Twirl & Take a Bow Party. Hope you can join tomorrow’s party too.
    Leslie

    June 2, 2014 at 5:21 pm
  • Katie these are so darn cute! It makes me want to go slice up a bunch of wood right now. Adding this to my long to do list now. Thank you so much for sharing at Redouxinteriors!

    June 4, 2014 at 9:50 pm
  • Oh, these are just TOO cute! Thanks so much for linking up to our first “Enchanting Inspiration” link up party! We hope to see you next Wed. with more of your amazing-ness! 😉

    June 5, 2014 at 9:10 pm
  • These are super cute! What a fantastic idea – & I love the colors!

    June 6, 2014 at 11:31 am
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    What kind of saw do you use to cut your slices? I’ve never done anything like this but you’ve inspired me and I have some wood that needs to be put to use!

    November 24, 2016 at 7:59 pm

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