4.26.2010

Vintage Bingo Markers into stylish thumb tacks- Tutorial


These look to me like something Pottery Barn would sell.  I found these vintage bingo markers at the antique mall I'm always showing you guys (wearing galoshes days).
I immediately knew exactly what I wanted to do with them.  So I grabbed some plain old thumb tacks and my strongest glue (which happened to be gorilla glue).
I used a wood chopstick to spread a thin layer of glue on the top of the tack and pressed onto each marker.  Note- if you choose to use gorilla glue as well, it does expand and grow a bit so make sure you use it sparingly.  Let dry and voila!
Now I realize that not everyone is going to come across these cute markers so I have two options for you.

1. Get a .5 inch dowel from your hardware store and some red paint or a red ink pad and some number stamps.   Cut your dowel into .5 inch to .75 inch pieces and stamp or paint your own numbers and border.

2. Head over to MJ&G on Etsy.  I listed these in sets of 6 but I only have 6 sets so hurry!
Enjoy!


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19 comments:

  1. I adore these! totally something PB would sell!

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  2. these are really cool! awesome idea

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  3. HOW ADORABLE!!! I love these!

    What a great idea and a great homemade gift idea as well. Could use checkers too! Thanks for the inspiration.

    -Blog Frog Follower

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  4. that is so cool, now I'll be scouring rummage sales for those! :)

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  5. Oh how fun! And I have a bunch of these from mixed media projects. Thanks for the great idea, I'll be linking.

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  6. I LOVE this project! I am thinking that my local flea market had those Bingo markers...I will have to do this for sure!
    Have a fabulous day!

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  7. Visitng from Skip to My lou...what a fun, easy project! I love the old bingo numbers...very retro!

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  8. Absolutely darling. I just bought the last set in your etsy store. (Sorry everybody else!) Love the new look of the blog, too. Go Taylor!

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  9. These are so simple, but have a big impact visually. Love them!

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  10. These are fabulous. I am so going to be on the lookout for old bingo numbers! Thanks for linking up to the DIY Club!

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  11. These are so cute. You know what else they could do besides just stamping is cut out a thick RED paper ring and the numbers in the same RED paper with a cricut and glue them on, so they were raised.

    I am signing up to follow you.
    I am going to see if I can het the picture changed.
    Cheri from ItsSoVeryCheri.com and the DIYClubinc.com

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  12. Your follower button isn't working so I will have to come back later but it is on my never ending to-do list.

    Cheri

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  13. Great project! I love that you used vintage items!!

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  14. Really new and fun project! Thanks for giving us tips on making our own markers because you're right about these bingo markers being hard to find. Isn't the Gorilla Glue awesome? Pam @ Sallygoodin

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  15. Love these! The vintage markers are super cool! What an adorable way to showcase them. Thanks for linking up to the DIY Club. Have a fabulous weekend! ~ Stephanie Lynn

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  16. brilliant! i think i could write the same thing for all of your posts...brilliant!!

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