Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Faux nailhead trim letter.


I'll admit it, I LOVE nailhead trim. I think it's gorgeous. Right now we don't have any pieces in our house that can benefit from nailhead trim. I'm pretty sure our bedroom will be saturated with sparkly nailhead adornments!

Of course, that stuff is pricey. Last year I saw tons of faux nailhead trim using dollar store thumbtacks. Genius! I just had to try it.

I found the A in Target's dollar section for, you guessed it, a dollar! It's the initial of our last name. Well, Todd's last name. I haven't bothered to change my name yet and even when I do, I'm hyphenating. Not that you cared to hear that story. Let's move on!

So you'll need an accessory to make pretty. I used this cardboard letter. You could use any sort of item made from wood or paper/cardboard. You'll need paint and a paintbrush (I used craft acrylic even though fabric paint is pictured. Whoops!). You'll also need thumbtacks. Dollar Tree carries silver and brass/gold. I ended up using brass gold because I LOVE brass at the moment. The glue is optional. I'll explain later.

First you will paint your pretty. If you use the Target letters, I'd suggest sanding them down a bit before painting or use a primer. I had some dings.

After the paint dries (I did my giant pile of dishes between coats) you'll lay out your pattern. You don't have to do a simple outline. You could fill the entire letter in, stripes, zigzag... whatever you want!

After you made sure they fit, get to pushing! If you have to make a hole bigger, you'll need the glue to make sure it doesn't fall out. I found that just pushing them through was enough. After all the pushing, you'll have an adorable little letter!


I love that I finally crafted something for myself. It was a blast! You don't have to just use wood/cardboard. Using metal snips, you could cut the pin off the thumbtack and then glue the tops to your item. You'll want to use the appropriate glue. This project cost me 3 dollars. One dollar for the letter and 2 dollars for the two boxes of thumbtacks. I have a plan for the silver tacks so don't feel bad for them!




Tatertots and Jello weekend wrap up party

Beneath My Heart August linky party


This project was featured on Beneath My Heart's Best Of August!

8 comments:

Bethany Lee said...

Very chic! Love it! :)

Sherry said...

That turned out really cool! Might have to try the faux nailheads myself just as soon as I think of something that they'll look good on. Had to stop by because my daughter is "Nessa" and she's definitely a procrastinator...started to wonder if she'd started a blog. Lol.

Kristen said...

LOVE it

Our Pinteresting Family said...

What a great idea! I love everything with nailhead trim too. Aren't those Dollar store tacks so useful. I love them and definitely a great deal. Megan

Miss Kitty said...

Hi Nessa! What a great post...I love it! Hey, I am a procrastinator too but I did go on and join as a follower of your blog so I wouln't forget to do it later. I saw your post over at "Beneath My Heart" August blog party.

http://sarahsaturdiy.blogspot.com/ said...

Great idea - so simple, yet elegant! I am a follower of your blog and would love if you could pop over to my new blog http://sarahsaturdiy.blogspot.com/ and share the blog love!

Traci@ Beneath My Heart said...

Adorable!
Thanks for linking it up to my party last month!
I will be sharing it in my next post.
xoxo
Traci

Cait Geddes said...

I love this project. I'm going to try it and make bookends for my new office. Thanks for the idea!

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