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Tutorial: Paper and Thumbtack Wall Art

Tutorial: Paper and Thumbtack Wall Art | Red-Handled Scissors

A couple of weeks ago, I saw a photo of wall art made with doilies and thumbtacks on Apartment Therapy. I loved the look, and was excited by the idea of making home designs with so few supplies. As in the original post, I decided to give thumbtack art a try in my own living room.

Before:
Tutorial: Paper and Thumbtack Wall Art | Red-Handled Scissors

After:
Tutorial: Paper and Thumbtack Wall Art | Red-Handled Scissors

Supplies:
4″ paper doiliesTutorial: Paper and Thumbtack Wall Art | Red-Handled Scissors (or cut tissue paper)

ThumbtacksTutorial: Paper and Thumbtack Wall Art | Red-Handled Scissors in one color

Tack hammerTutorial: Paper and Thumbtack Wall Art | Red-Handled Scissors

•Fabric piece to protect tacks

Directions:
Cut the doilies into various sizes, leaving some whole. Stick a tack in the center of a doily, choose your location, and hammer or press the tack into the wall. If using a hammer, protect the tack and doily by placing a fabric piece over the tack before hammering. There aren’t any rules for placement, but I found that using different sizes and overlapping layers resulted in a nice texture in the finished piece.

Be careful to choose each tack location with care, lest your wall start looking like it lost a fight with a very strong, very confused mosquito!

Tutorial: Paper and Thumbtack Wall Art | Red-Handled Scissors

I’m definitely pleased with how my thumbtack art turned out. It was fun to make, took only an hour or two, and added some much needed texture to the wall. Thanks for the idea, Apartment Therapy!

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