Monday, January 30, 2012
DIY Bottle-Cap Photo Thumbtacks and Magnets
I saw these easy to make bottle-cap thumbtacks on Martha Stewart's website. You can watch a video of her version here. I thought they were so cute and decided to whip some up using my leftover crafting supplies from my last photo magnet project. Note: this is a simplified version, on Martha's site they used resin to fill the caps which is a nice touch but I was fine to do without it.
Anyway, all you need are some bottle-caps, a 1 inch circular hole punch, Modge Podge, thumbtacks or magnets, and a strong adhering glue (like Goop). Using Photoshop Elements, I printed out a contact sheet of photos that were approximately 1.5" x 1.5". I then punched out circles using my hole punch (the 1 inch size is a perfect fit). Using the Modge Podge, I glued the photos into the caps and after they dried, I added another thin coat on the photo to seal it.
I then glued the tacks onto the backs (you could also use disc magnets) and waited a few hours for it to completely dry before pushing them into my bulletin board.
The project took me under an hour to assemble and cost the equivalent of a 6 pack of beer. :) Looks pretty good, eh?