0.diygoldnuggetpushpins_intro2I am the only one drooling over completely-coordinated office accessories?  I have most certainly fallen into the rabbit-hole of inspiration with Pinterest’s never-ending supply of inspirational office environments…and my own home office re-do that has been months in the making.  I finally settled on a palette of white with pops of gold and cobalt blue for my office makeover, and to follow my own rules of things being easy on the eye and in a coordinating color palette I decided the pushpins for my inspiration corkboard desperately needed a facelift.  I know, it’s total obsessing over the details.  But it’s these details that can turn something run-of-the-mill into a statement.  AND they make a great gift for a special someone.  Here’s how to make your own:

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white air-dry clay  /  Mod Podge (I’m using the Gloss version)  /  gold glitter  /  gold metallic spray paint

Tools: cutting blade  /  paintbrush  /  foil, newspapers, or styrofoam piece  /  plastic tray or lid for the glitter

How To:

diygoldnuggetpushpins_step11. Wad up a small piece of clay into a ball and cover up your pushpin head.  diygoldnuggetpushpins_step2Make sure there’s enough on top of the pushpin as well; you will be cutting this down later, and cover the bottom all the way to the pin completely.

diygoldnuggetpushpins_step32. Allow to dry per the clay instructions for air-drying.

diygoldnuggetpushpins_step43. Use a straight blade to cut the clay into straight edges.  diygoldnuggetpushpins_step5I went for a random geometric pattern, cutting at different angles until no round parts remained.  (I cut a little too close to the top of the pushpins on some, and you could see the plastic poking through!)

diygoldnuggetpushpins_step64. Spray with a metallic gold paint to get a base color.  (Ideally, if you could find gold air-dry clay, this step would be unnecessary…but such a thing is quite elusive.)  You could even just leave your pushpins metallic gold if you wanted, and skip the glitter step.  But if you’d like to add sparkle…

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5. Brush Mod Podge onto the clay, and roll the clay in gold glitter until completely covered; allow to dry.

diygoldnuggetpushpins_step87. Once dry, coat with a final coating of Mod Podge to seal the glitter (since as pushpins they’ll be handled a lot).

z.diygoldnuggetpushpins_done3You’re done!

z.diygoldnuggetpushpins_done2Decorate your inspiration board with these faux gems, or gift them to a lovely lady in your life!  You could do any color (Pastels would be GORGEOUS!  Matte gray super-minimalist and modern!) and any finish (like glitter, shiny, matte etc).z.diygoldnuggetpushpins_done1

What I did for St. Patrick’s Day.  Lil Tot followed the trail of gold nuggets to a Leprechaun’s forgotten chocolate coin!

z.diygoldnuggetpushpins_done4Have fun prettying up your office, and Happy DIY’ing!

xo
Carly

Resources for the DIY Glittery Gold Nugget Pushpins

Pushpins – I had lying around. But the ones that have a plastic top (and aren’t flat) are easiest to use for this project.  I think these (since they’re clear) would be an excellent choice.

Mod Podge – available at Michael’s, Jo-Anns, or  here.

Air-Dry Modeling Clay – I bought at Michael’s.  You could also use Crayola-brand (just more pricey).

Gold Glitter – I used Tulip-brand; available at Jo-Ann’s or Michael’s Craft stores.

Gold Metallic Spray Paint – I used Design Master Brilliant Gold 71, which provided a matte metallic gold finish.  They’ve changed the design of the can since I bought it, but you can get it at Jo-Ann’s.