Decorative Tacks: An Easy Way To Dress Up a Bulletin Board

02 Jan


  • Plain plastic tacks (be sure that they have flat heads)
  • Liquid glue
  • Printer or construction paper
  • Rhinestones, stickers, small feathers, ink stamps, buttons, scraps of wrapping paper, foam shapes, etc. These are your “decorative pieces,” as referred to later on.

How To Do It

  1. Put a dab of glue on the back of your decorative piece (other than stickers or stamps; these are explained in the next step). Press the piece, glue-side down, on the head of the tack.
  2. For stickers and stamps: Apply the sticker or stamp to the printer or construction paper. Carefully cut around sticker/stamp, apply the dab of glue to the back, and press on to the tack.
  3. Once you’ve created as many decorative tacks as you wish, allow them to dry. Tip: take down your bulletin board, lay it flat on the floor, and stick the wet tacks in it. This will let the tacks dry without the decorative pieces slipping off.

Some decorated tacks in use on my bulletin board.

About This Craft

I have to partially credit this craft to American Girl magazine…A year or so ago, I read an article that gave instructions for making a “bulletin board” out of a metal bookie sheet and felt. It also mentioned decorating small magnets in a similar way as I talk about decorating tacks.

Anyway, these decorated tacks are a great way to personalize a message board at home or at school. Don’t just limit yourself to the “decorative pieces” mentioned; be creative! Almost anything small and glueable will work. I myself have one made out of a small pine cone, and another that has a tiny, decorative eraser.


Posted by on January 2, 2010 in DIY


Tags: , , , ,

5 responses to “Decorative Tacks: An Easy Way To Dress Up a Bulletin Board

  1. Dominique

    January 2, 2010 at 11:57 PM

    Hi Allegra!
    Happy New Year!
    Your birthday is coming up soon, wow, you’ll be a teenager! I can’t believe I am going to be 14 (not until summer though).
    That’s really exciting that you are going to England! I am sure you will enjoy the castles, I know I enjoy European castles…

  2. loladahl10

    January 31, 2010 at 5:10 PM

    I love how you write about everything. Definitely trying this (:

  3. haileyqhpersson

    April 27, 2010 at 4:09 PM

    A fruitful harvest for all

  4. twentytwelve

    May 13, 2010 at 9:35 PM

    check information on my personal blog : ww3 2012

  5. inimbcron

    May 26, 2010 at 11:42 AM

    Hi guys,

    My name is Daniel and I am from Stirling. I have the other day discovered this forum and I like it alot.
    I am a bit shy so I will not write much about me but maybe when I will get more confortable, you will get to know me better!
    My main hobbies are painting and watching movies. I also love outdoor activites but the temperature has been horrible for the last weeks or so here in Stirling.

    I was wondering if anyone else here is from the united Kingdom too?

    I am glad to have joined this forum!
    Have a nice day!

    PS: Sorry if this was posted in the wrong section. I could not find the right one!


Quoth the Reader...

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: