Vintage Button Drawing Pins DIY Part 2

Vintage Buttons

We featured the first part of this DIY earlier this morning – here is the second installment from In The Weeds...

I hung the glossy-white-burlap-covered-goodness on the wall, and after gazing at it for a moment or two I  thought to myself,

‘Self, you can’t just put a tear sheet up on that cute thing with just any ol’ thumbtack!  That would be heresy and defeat the purpose of prettifying that corkboard!’

My eyes settled on a long-ignored tub sitting on my stuffed to the gills and cluttered bookshelf [note to self: purge and organize said bookshelf] and the lightbulb went off: button thumbtacks!

You see, a few years ago I was really into making rings out of vintage buttons I would find at thrift shops and antique stores [or gifted from super thoughtful friends like The Girl].  I wore them all the time and frequently gave them to friends for birthdays and whatnot.  That craftiness, like many other noble quests of mine, fell by the wayside long ago…  BUT, lucky for this project, I still had a slew of cool buttons stashed on the bookshelves, ready to add some blinga-blinga to the new corkboard.

Step 1:  Gather supplies

Luckily I had all the supplies I needed right at my fingertips

[1] Cool buttons [preferably plastic – affixing metal to metal is not easy]
[2] Flat-headed thumbtacks.
[3] Wire Cutter or Pliers [it cuts off the ‘loop’ on the back of  some buttons]
[4] Superglue.

Vintage Buttons

Step 2:  Prep for gluing

First, I picked out the buttons I wanted to use for this project, and then proceeded to cut the shank off of those buttons that had it.  Now they’re ready for gluing.

The flat-backed thumbtacks I happened to have on-hand had coloured plastic covers on them.  So, I used the button shank cutter to bend back the edges of the plastic and remove the covers so they were totally brass-coloured.

Vintage Buttons

Step 3:  Glue away!

Turning the buttons pretty side down, I squeezed out a blob of superglue onto the backs of the buttons and placed the thumbtacks smack in the center.  Make sure you let them dry all the way!!! Don’t get impatient!  I would probably allow 4-5 hours until you try to stick them on your corkboard.

Vintage Buttons

Step 4:  Use and enjoy

Stick those button thumbtacks up on your corkboard and you’re set!  No unsightly circus-coloured thumbtacks to be seen!

Vintage Buttons

Vintage Buttons

Author: Rohini Wahi

Rohini is a London based freelance journalist and trend forecaster for the design industries. She has worked for Elle Decoration, Living Etc, Houzz and Design Sponge amongst others.

She loves a period drama and keeps a tidy home. Launched in 2007 The Beat That My Heart Skipped focuses on home inspirations, design trends, lifestyle and food – coupled with an insight into Rohini’s work and home life – from key picks at trade shows to styled weekend soirees. To contact Rohini for queries, work for hire or just to say hi drop her a line at

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