How to make your own push pins

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How to make your own push pins
Dress up plain pushpins. (pink and blue push pins image by Allen Penton from

Make your own pushpins to match your home or office decor. Your bulletin board can add a touch of design to a room with some decorative pushpins. Using glass flat-back craft marbles and either fabric or scrapbook paper lets you make pushpins in all kinds of designs, like plaid, floral, animal or solid colours.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Fabric
  • Scrapbook paper
  • Glass flat-back craft marbles
  • Pen
  • Scissors
  • Craft glue, such as E-6000
  • Toothpick
  • Pushpins with a flat head

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  1. 1

    Set the fabric or scrapbook paper on a flat surface with the design side facing up. Set a clear flat-back glass marble on top of the design in a spot that will look good as a pushpin. The marble will slightly magnify the paper or fabric underneath. Trace around the marble with a pen. Cut out the design.

    How to make your own push pins
    Use decorative scrapbook paper for pushpins. (Embelished background (seamless repeat tile) image by Sophia Winters from
  2. 2

    Spread a small amount of strong craft glue on the top side of the fabric or paper. Spread the glue around with a toothpick until the entire surface is covered.

  3. 3

    Glue the design to the marble. Carefully set the glued side of the fabric or paper to the flat portion of the craft marble. Rub the bottom side of the paper or fabric starting from the centre to smooth it on the marble and to release any air bubbles. Set aside to dry with the glued side up.

  4. 4

    Repeat this process to make additional pushpin tops. Let the fabric or paper dry completely before continuing.

  5. 5

    Glue the pushpin to the decorated marble. Add a small amount of glue to the flat head of a pushpin. Set the head on the back of the flat craft marble so the glue touches the back side of the fabric or paper. Allow the glue to dry completely with the pin sticking up in the air before using the pushpins.

    How to make your own push pins
    Be sure the push pin head is flat. (gold push pin image by Adkok from

Tips and warnings

  • Match pushpin design to potholders, towels and curtains for a kitchen bulletin board.
  • Keep sharp pins away from small children.

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