As promised I’m back to share a small upgrade to my beautiful greek key message board!  I searched high and low from buttons to beads for something that would dress up those plain ol’ thumb tacks.  I finally settled on a string of beads and some diamond stickers.  Check it out.

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As you can see from the picture, my thumbtacks weren’t exactly plain but the colors were all wrong for my board.  I bought 30 thumbtacks/1 pkg. for $1.  I could have bought a big package of multicolored tacks for $3 but I didn’t want to do any unnecessary hoarding of office supplies.

So why this string of beads?  Anyone out there a jewelry maker?  Holy cow you guys have lots of choices!  I’ve never spent any time in those aisles at Michaels but I might have to reconsider this as a new crafty venture.  Anyways, I chose this string because the metal finish was a little antique-y kind of like my nailhead trim.  I also loved the texture and varying colors of blue and purple in the stone.  But the most important characteristic of these beads is the recessed area on the back.

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I felt like this ledge would allow me to practically hide the fact that I was just glueing a thumbtack to the back of a bead.  You know?

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I used my Gorilla Glue to adhere my thumbtack to the bottom of the bead.  I left them to dry over night and they are solid as a rock now.

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Oohh I think they are sooo pretty!  I did use my diamond stickers but I’m not sure they will be keepers for my board.  I love the look but the diamond stickers don’t have the recessed back and my thumbtacks have just enough curvature to make it obvious there’s something behind that sparkle.

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Of course, this angle doesn’t show you what I mean but trust me it’s there.  But those diamonds are sure pretty!  I have to find a way to incorporate these babies into my house. 🙂

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