DIY Memo Board Pins & Office Update

My office is coming along perfectly….it is looking so much better than I imagined, which is such a relief because that doesn’t happen as much as it should! Even though I said I wasn’t painting I have actually painted one wall and inside the cupboard which was a beige/cream colour….now it is a lovely shade of white. My desk is built….and while I don’t want to give anything away I have to say it is a thing of beauty. The weather has delayed some projects….a cyclone was off the coast of Queensland and while we are perfectly safe we have had torrential rain which has delayed some projects. I am working on some of these this week so I will be bringing you some more details soon. But until then I have been working on lots of little things for the room, including my Typography Art Block and I have another little DIY project to share with you today.

How to make pretty push pins | Colour Saturated Life

We all need a memo board in our office, some place we can stick important notes, bills and pretty pictures of things we want but don’t really need (a girl has to dream, right!?). I always find the Push Pins (aka Thumb Tacks) at the office supply stores a bit boring and as I have taken it upon myself to make everything in this world beautiful……..why not take a simple push pin and make it special?

This is such a simple DIY, you need little time and little supplies! And to prove how simple it is I got my 8 year old daughter to make these!

Supply List:

  • Scrap-booking Embellishments
  • Thumb Tacks
  • Hot Glue
  • Hot Glue Gun

How to make pretty push pins | Colour Saturated Life

I bought two kinds of scrap-booking embellishments one set had stickers on the back that I simply removed and the others were brads so I had to use metal cutters to remove the brad parts. I loved both of these sets and it seemed such a waste not to have them out on display somewhere.

DIY Pretty Tacks | Colour Saturated Life

Firstly you need to place a blob (technical term) of hot glue on top of the pin.

DIY Memo Board Tacks | Colour Saturated Life

Then while the glue is still wet push your scrapbooking embellishment onto the glue.

DIY Memo Board Tacks | Colour Saturated Life

Pretty Pins | Colour Saturated Life

And………………’re done! It really is that simple and now you have pretty pins for your memo board!

Making your own pins for a memo board | Colour Saturated Life

Pretty Pins | Colour Saturated Life

 Tuorial one making pretty pins | Colour Saturated Life

Make your own tacks | Colour Saturated Life


Pretty Pins | Colour Saturated Life

Pretty Pins | Colour Saturated Life

DIY Decorative Pins | Colour Saturated Life

I love how these turned out! And if you are wondering about my corkboard, I made that also, from an Ikea frame (which you cannot buy anymore, sorry! But they do still sell the mirror with this exact frame) and some cork board I cut to size. It was a simple DIY that doesn’t need a tutorial!

How much do you love the saying!? My hubby says it describes me perfectly! If you want one yourself I have it as a FREE PRINTABLE for you! DOWNLOAD HERE.

**And for those people who may think I am a bad parent for allowing my child to use a hot glue gun……she was supervised and I assisted her…..and ultimately I am her parent I know her best and somehow despite me she is still alive! I don’t need parenting advice, thanks (just covering the bases!).



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  • Eliza - March 30, 2015 - 3:35 pm

    Another great DIY – I was looking at those exact embellishments just the other day and thinking how cute they are ๐Ÿ™‚

    And I think your daughter should so be able to use a glue gun ๐Ÿ™‚

    Thanks for submitting this article to the Sunday Brunch Magazine.

    All the best,

    Eliza & Bel xxReplyCancel

  • Kyla - March 5, 2015 - 7:30 am

    Clever! Clever! Clever! I would have never thought of this. They turned out just incredible momma!ReplyCancel

    • Gilly - March 8, 2015 - 9:00 pm

      Thanks KylaReplyCancel

  • Katie - March 4, 2015 - 6:29 am

    I LOVE how these turned out! I think I need more thumbtacks…ReplyCancel

  • Andie Conn - March 3, 2015 - 9:10 am

    These are precious! I love when little details are so cute.
    Visiting from and would love a visit back (:ReplyCancel

  • Haylie - March 1, 2015 - 1:26 pm

    So. 1) I found you through the House of Hipsters linky party (so fun… I linked up there, too) 2) Your blog is absolutely beautiful!!! 3) So are these DIY push pins… love!ReplyCancel

    • Gilly - March 1, 2015 - 2:42 pm

      Haha Haylie…..I removed your other comments so your secret is safe with me! Thanks for stoping by….I am off to check out your blog!ReplyCancel

  • Jenn @ My Fabuless Life - February 28, 2015 - 8:36 am

    LOVE those little flowers! And I need to print that ASAP! Totally me!!ReplyCancel

    • Gilly - March 1, 2015 - 8:10 am

      Haha! I think that quote resonates with a lot of people!ReplyCancel

  • Kate from - February 27, 2015 - 11:51 pm

    Lovely idea! thank youReplyCancel

  • Jeanette - February 26, 2015 - 12:14 pm

    Simply lovely! I almost bought some push pins this morning, but now I’m going to make my own!ReplyCancel

    • Gilly - March 1, 2015 - 8:13 am

      Happy I could inspire you JeanetteReplyCancel

  • chelsea jacobs - February 26, 2015 - 6:37 am

    I can’t believe I’ve never thought of this! Yours turned out to be so pretty!!ReplyCancel

    • Gilly - March 1, 2015 - 8:12 am

      Thanks ChelseaReplyCancel

  • Julie (Being Home) - February 25, 2015 - 3:41 pm

    These turned out lovely! What a great idea about using embellishments. ๐Ÿ™‚ By the way, anyone who thinks you are being a bad parent by letting an EIGHT year old use a glue gun, is silly. She is not a toddler. An eight year old should be capable of using a glue gun. You know your daughter best. ๐Ÿ™‚ReplyCancel

    • Gilly - March 1, 2015 - 8:14 am

      Thanks Julie! You just never know what people will say online!ReplyCancel

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