It’s back to school season and I could not be more excited! Not because summer is coming to an end (I LOVE summer!), but because back to school means it’s time for school supply shopping! I love checking out all the fresh new binders, notebooks, and cute pencils for sale this time of year. It also means getting to make office DIY projects like these easy palm leaf push pins. A little bit of clay, glue, and a utility knife are all you need to make your own clay palm leaf DIY push pins!
Supplies needed to make your own DIY push pins:
- Polymer Clay in Shades of Blue, Green, Yellow, and Pink
- X-acto Knife or Utility Knife
- Clay Rolling Pin
- E-6000 Glue or Similar
- Flat Backed Push Pins
- Oven and Oven Safe Baking Sheet
Begin by rolling out your clay into 1/4″ thick sheets. Then use the X-acto knife to cut the clay into leaf shapes (I made both palm leaf and banana leaf shapes).
Once you have your leaf shapes cut, use the knife to cut into the clay to create many little leaf pieces on each side. For the banana leaf, score a line down the middle of the leaf and then imprint delicate lines at angles up each side. Once all your leaves are cut, it’s time to bake your clay.
Flip your baking sheet over to use the underside and lay all your pieces out on the sheet. Bake in a 275F oven for 20 minutes, then let cool.
Once cool, use the E6000 (in a well ventilated space) to attach the palm leaf shapes to the push pins. Let the glue set up overnight and then your DIY push pins are ready to hold up all those important memo’s, pictures, and pieces of artwork.
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Kara is the owner and designer of Kailo Chic. She loves all things bright, colorful, and patterned. Kara also loves interior design, DIY projects, designing new accessories, gardening, and cooking. A Kailo Chic Life features all of these passions.