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{Photographs by Sally J Shim}

A few months ago I was cleaning out my make up drawer and thinking about how I've never finished a bottle of nail polish. Granted I didn't start wearing nail polish on a regular basis until this year but I still couldn't help but think that I could use my nail polish in another way. Around the same time I was thinking it would be fun to make colorful push pins for the linen pin boards in my studio. I contemplated painting metal push pins and then it dawned on me-- why not use nail polish? This is a super quick and easy project and the possibilities are endless. I've already painted metal brads (I'll share what I used them for next week) and nail heads. And in case you want to make yourself a set of pretty nail polish push pins, here's a quick tutorial.

N A I L  P O L I S H  P U S H  P I N S


1. Metal push pins

2. Nail polish

3. Optional: Top coat

4. Pin board, cork or roll of tape 


1. Press push pins in to pin board or cork. If you don't have either you can peel back a layer of tape and adhere the push pins to the roll by pressing the tape over the push pins to secure them in place.

2. Apply two or three coats of nail polish on the heads of the push pins. Let the nail polish dry between coats.

3. Optional: Apply a layer of top coat to the push pins. (I like to do this because I love the glossiness.)

4. Enjoy your pretty nail polish push pins!

I painted both flat and rounded push pins as well as used a glitter top coat on some of them.

You can even use a paint pen and write numbers or letters on the push pin heads.

I used my pretty nail polish push pins to hang up little note cards with names of restaurants I need to visit "one last time" before we move to Korea next month. (And yes, during the time I should have been cleaning and organizing I was painting push pins and designing note cards...procrastination at its best!)

Reader Comments (12)

You are so clever! I love these!

11.21.2011 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda Jane

I just love your simple and original ideas!!

11.21.2011 | Unregistered CommenterLia

I love this idea! I am totally going to try this! :)

11.21.2011 | Unregistered Commenteralexia

So brilliant and simple :) Thanks for sharing.

love this diy, great idea! p.s. you really ought to add st. honoré to your delicious list. ;)

11.21.2011 | Unregistered Commentercarina

I love this idea, especially with the subtle shift in color polishes I have (10 bottles all close to wine color)...they could be beautiful and useful!

11.22.2011 | Unregistered Commentermaggie

AMANDA JANE // Aww..thanks!! You are mighty clever, too!

LIA // Thank you, Lia!

ALEXIA // I hope you do! They are so easy and fun to make! :)

REBECCA // You're welcome!

CARINA // Thanks! I don't even have to put St. H. on the list since I go there every week! :)

MAGGIE // Ooh...you should definitely start polishing some push pins!

11.22.2011 | Unregistered CommenterSALLYJSHIM

Great idea! Just had the same thought that I never finish bottles of polish. Will definitely be making these!

11.23.2011 | Unregistered CommenterLauren O'Neill

Cutest idea! I tried coloring mine with sharpie markers and I wasn't super impressed with how they turned out. I'll try nail polish next time!

11.23.2011 | Unregistered CommenterGrace

LAUREN // Have fun!!

GRACE // Nail polish works great!! Hope you try it out!

11.25.2011 | Unregistered CommenterSALLYJSHIM

Love love love this idea! I'm hoping to try it soon! =)

11.29.2011 | Unregistered CommenterNnenna

Love this!!! such a smart idea :)

02.2.2012 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa

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