Splattered Cube Pushpins DIY // Learn how to make these pretty minimalist cube-shaped pushpins and elevate your office & your mood in no time! Below!
Do you have a bulletin board in your office and what exactly do you display on it? Daily reminders, errands, to do lists, photos…? I’ll bet this splattered cube pushpins diy will make a wonderful addition to the board and well, just a tad more appealing to look at.
If you’ve been visiting this blog a lot, especially in this past month, you’d be familiar with the fact that I’ve recently added polymer clay to my DIY obsessions list. And I’m constantly trying to find and/or come up with new stuff to make with it. So far I’ve kinda been making things with the clay that required a little more time + effort (like this gold leaf trinket dish here). Or that cute flowery thing that was on my Instagram stories and which, in case you missed it, you can find here, and that’s gonna be hopefully on the blog soon. So, I wanted to make something that definitely was a lot easier, but still something that I can absolutely use a lot. So, the idea of cube pushpins DIY was born!
These are incredibly simple to make, but add so many cute & stylish vibes to any board! Head on below to see what you need and how to make these babies!
Splattered Cube Pushpins DIY.
1. Roll the clay so that’s about 2 cm (0.79 inches) thick.
2. If you have a tiny cube mold (2 cm), you’re halfway there dude! Cut several cubes with the mold, and put them aside.
If you’re like me and you don’t have cube molds, welcome to the improv club pal! I saw this video that showed me how to make my own custom cutters or “mold” by using cheap tea light holders, it’s really easy. Just don’t forget to measure it before cutting it.
So, once you’ve made your cube-shaped cutter, cut the cubes. You can also do this with clay cutting tools, where you’ll have to first kinda draw the cube on top of the rolled out clay, and then once you like your shape, use the same tool to cut the cube.
Cut the excess and move on to step No. 3.
3. Find the center of the cube and push the pushpin in. Your cube might get a little smushed, but don’t worry. Polymer clay is really easy to mold, so just gently even out the cube with your fingers. Make holes to fit the pushpins in all of your cubes, remove the pushpins from them and step 4!
By using a bamboo stick, make the hole a little bit larger than the pushpins, cause once you bake the cubes, the clay might “shrink” a little. This way you’ll make sure that the pushpins definitely fit afterwards.
4. Follow the instructions from the clay you’re using for baking your cubes. According to the instructions of the clay I used – pre-heated the oven to 130 C degrees, and then baked the cubes for no more than 5 minutes. Keep an eye on them while they’re in the oven, to make sure that they don’t get kinda burned in some areas.
5. Sand the cubes with a sandpaper to even them out. Then glue the pushpins in the holes you made with a glue gun.
6. Add several coats of acrylic paint (with like half an hour time in between coats) if needed.
7. Use your paintbrush to splatter the black paint (or any color) on top of this. Just make sure to secure the area around to avoid paint on the floor, desk, furniture or whatever…
8. After the cube pushpins and the colors you’ve added are dry, add 1 coat of Mod Podge Matte (or any finish you have) so that the colors last longer. And pin!
Note that since you’re improvising and s*it, thе cubes may not be perfectly-shaped & geometrically precize, and they won’t all look exactly the same. And let this be a little lesson to you that looking for perfection in all things it’s just unrealistic, and it will prevent you to enjoy s*it, so don’t do that, k?