Make these simple and inspirational Metal Stamped Push Pins.
I’m a visual person. Are you like that too? I need daily reminders of things I’m striving to be better at, small little things throughout the house help me. Have you ever had a word for the year that helps you focus and set goals? My word for 2016 was Brave, my word for 2014 was Enjoy, and my word for 2015 was Hope. These are things I’m still working on everyday so I decided to make metal stamped push pins for the cork board over my desk so I can see them daily. The D&L is a reminder that I need to always be working on the most important relationship I have.
I’m also always trying to use up my craft stash. I like being able to create without having to run to the store to purchase new things. I started with these heart charms, I believe they were in the scrapbook section. The push pins are so simple to make and only take a few steps. Take off the jump ring, then use wire cutters to cut the loop off the top of the heart.
I bought the metal stamp set at Harbor Freight a few years ago. I believe the set was around $7. I think there are more detailed sets available now, but you don’t need to spend much money for a basic set.
You need to stamp on a hard surface, like cement, but I didn’t want to scratch the hearts so I placed them on a paper plate. I think you can also purchase stamping surfaces at craft store, but again you don’t need too. When I’m stamping a word I start with the middle letter and work my way out to make sure the word is centered. These hearts aren’t very thick so I hit the stamp with the hammer 2-3 times. You will need to vary how many times you strike the stamp depending on the hardness of the metal. If you have a piece of metal you can practice on that would be the best.
Once the hearts are stamped you can write over the letters with a black sharpie. Wipe off the excess with a wet wipe. The marker will go into the grooves of the letters and make them stand out. I love them! I also love the scalloped edges of the hearts. Make sure to check that the letter is going the right direction and not backwards before you stamp.
Use E6000 to glue the tacks to the back of the hearts. E6000 is my go-to glue. You could also glue them to magnets if you have a magnetic board to use them on. Let them dry completely before using, which could be about 4-6 hours. I prefer to let them dry overnight.
I added the stamped push pins to the fabric covered cork board above my desk. Have you tried metal stamps? What would you stamp first?
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