Jan 192014
 January 19, 2014  CRAFTS  Add comments

Valentine Ampersand Thumbtack Art-6

I was looking for a twist on just the usual hearts this year for Valentine’s Day, so I picked another symbol for love, the ampersand. I especially love this project because once Valentine’s Day is over, it can live in our office all year round. I recruited my sweet friend Sara to help me with the thumbtacks. It really doesn’t look like it, but I used over 700 tacks! Over a glass of wine (or a couple, who’s counting), this made for a very fun and therapeutic project (minus the sore thumbs.)

Printer – I’m not good at free-handing, so I printed a template and traced around the edges
12 x 12 canvas
Thumbtacks (You may think you have enough, but trust me you don’t, get about 3x the amount you think you need.)


I used Powerpoint to make a 12 x 12 template and printed the template so it spanned between two 8.5 x 11 pages. I then taped them together and cut around all of the edges.

I taped the template to the canvas and lightly traced around all of the edges.

Valentine Ampersand Thumbtack Art-1

Valentine Ampersand Thumbtack Art-3

This is where the fun began! We started by outlining most of the shape with the tacks and then filling in each area. The only areas that gave us any trouble were right near the edges of the canvas. You will likely need to hammer the tacks into the wood around the edges.

Valentine Ampersand Thumbtack Art-1

Although we used so many thumbtacks, the whole project took under two hours. I really love the way this turned out, and the sore thumbs were totally worth it!

Valentine Ampersand Thumbtack Art-5

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Valentine Ampersand Thumbtack Art-1-2

Happy early Valentine’s Day! I’m dying to see all of your pretty projects!

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  1. Hi! I love this idea! I am not the best at powerpoint. How did you end up making the 12×12 template to print it so it came out larger? Any help would be appreciated since I’m busting at the seams to make this awesome project!

  2. I love this project and went out and got all the supplies, but I have tried to figure out how to print this in power point and can’t can you please provide some guidance on getting a 12 x 12 and 2 page print?

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  4. Hi, what size thumbstacks did you use? Thank you

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  6. I absolutely ♥this! Such a simple idea, yet big impact! Thanks for sharing.

  7. How did you create the template in powerpoint?

  8. Love this project! Very elegant!! :)

  9. Love this! What font did you use? None of the ones I’m finding are as nice as yours

  10. I LOVE this idea…you are so creative. Where did you get the stencil? What font is that? I would like to use the same font that you did.

    Thank you.

  11. This is adorable! Just shows you can have fun and beautiful looking Valentine’s Day decor without having to spend a lot of money. Thank you for linking up to the Be.You.Tiful Link Party. I’m featuring you this week on my blog!

  12. I love this! Perfect for Valentine’s day without being too cutesy! I would love it if you would share it at our link party! http://www.mycraftilyeverafter.com/2014/02/04/awesome-things-tuesday-12/
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  13. I LOVE this!! So easy and classy looking! Thanks for sharing :)

  14. Can’t tell you how much I love this. Already pinned to my group board.

  15. I LOVE this!!! I think I will “steal” this for my mantel. Thank you for sharing!
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  16. I LOVE this! I am stealing this for my mantel! So classy looking! Thanks for sharing!

  17. I love this so much. I found your blog through a link party and I’m in love with your style! My friends and I started a lifestyle link party, and think you would be the perfect match for it, here’s the link: http://bit.ly/1fqE898

  18. That is just totally awesome. Glad I just bought a pack of 300 at the dollar tree! Pinning. :)

  19. So beautiful! I think I might have to make one… or two, but with the letter of my kids name… hopefully it turns out half as good as this!

  20. Oh my gosh, this is too cool! I just love how it looks, what a creative idea! Pinning, and thanks so much for sharing this at Creativity Unleashed!
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  21. WOW, totally adding this to my to-do list. it looks amazing! Thanks so much for linking up at Creativity Unleashed! Featuring you tomorrow and hope to see you back in the morning for another great party!

  22. I wanted to let you know that I’m featuring this amazing project today in a collection of Valentine’s Day decorating ideas on my blog!
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  23. Featuring YOU today! Thank you for linking to {wow me} wednesday!

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  24. This is amazing.. I will be featuring this tomorrow. Thanks for linking up!

  25. I absolutely adore this! Very classy and sweet! Perfect Valentines day decor without being TOO much!
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  26. That’s a lot of thumbtacks! Turned out super cute though! :) Stopping by from the SITS linkup.
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  27. This is so pretty! I love your idea! I went out and got my thumbtacks. :) INSPIRED!
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  28. That is lovely!! so feminine too. beautiful. Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop .Sorry I am slow to comment. I look forward to seeing what you share this week. Big Hugs

  29. Congrats! You are featured on Vintage Zest! Feel free to grab a button and link up to Do Tell Tuesday this week too. :) http://www.vintagezest.com/2014/01/do-tell-tuesday-8-with-features-co-host.html

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  30. Hey lady! I’m co-hosting To Do Tuesday tomorrow (tonight … it’s live now), and wanted to let you know you’re one of my features :)



  31. I’m thinking that your ‘thumbs’ must have really been feeling it…pushing soooo many pins!! But….soooo very worth it!! Love your ampersand to the moon and back!!!

    Thanks for linking it up to Project Inspire{d}! Hope to see you again, tonight!!
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  32. Such a creative idea, Angela, and gorgeous result! Just wanted you to know you were featured at Give Me the Goods this week.

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  33. Such a great project! Facebook is notorious for not notifying page owners when I feature them, so I thought I would stop by myself and let you know :) https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10153775794460217&set=a.353593675216.349539.323548680216&type=1&stream_ref=10

  34. I really love how simple and elegant this is! Pinning it now!
    Plus it would be a very frugal project! I would LOVE it if you’d link this up to my Frugal Crafty Home Blog Hop tonight at 8PM Central time. Our readers love to see easy projects like this! Thanks!

  35. Hi, Just one quick question. You used canvas for the base. How do you secured the the tumbtucks to stay on the canvas? Are they not falling out?
    Lovely creation, I want to do that myself.

    • Hi Edina,
      I didn’t have any issue with the thumbtacks falling out of the canvas. I used a thin canvas (not deep) and spaced the tacks so that the layers didn’t pile up too much on top of each other. I think that’s the key. That said, if you run into issues with the tacks falling out, I’ve seen other people say tacky glue works well to secure them. I would love to see your project when you’re done!

  36. This is brilliant! Would love for you to link up at:

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  37. That looks great! I can’t believe it’s over 700 tacks! It has me thinking about all the projects you could do with tacks…
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  38. I love this, Angela! Thanks so much for sharing it at Project Inspire{d}. I wanted to let you know that you will be my feature pick this Monday night at 8 p.m. I hope you can join the party again!

    Have a wonderful weekend.
    Hugs ~ Mary Beth

  39. This is GORGEOUS….I can’t stop looking at it! I love the pop of red with the gold in the background. Just wonderful! I’d love for you to come link up at Skip The Housework Saturday, live now!


  40. This is amazing and beautiful. So simple that I can’t wait to try it with the supplies I already have at home… perfect for a snowed in weekend!

    • Hi Kristy,
      Thanks so much for the sweet comment! I wish we would get snowed in! (It’s been in the teens and 20’s in Atlanta without an ounce of snow this winter!) So glad you stopped by! Still can’t get over how much I love your chevron stairs. I’m gonna need some of those!

  41. I LOVE this! I am so trying it!

  42. SO pretty and clever… I am featuring it tomorrow. Thank you so much for linking up with The Party Bunch!

  43. This looks great.What a nice ide to use thumbtacks.

  44. Angela, this is so cute. I love it.

  45. Turned out great! I love it. Will definitely try this for my next DIY project.

  46. Hi Angela! I love this ampersand and wondered if I could feature it on my blog this week? Thank you! -Lisa
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    • Hi Lisa,
      I would love to have you feature my ampersand! Thanks so much for reaching out! I’m following you now on FB and the other social media spots. I LOVE your Honey Bee Pallet Art too by the way! Gorgeous! I would also LOVE to have you link it up at Thursday STYLE! I co-host every week and the link goes live at 8 EST. Thanks again!!

  47. I love the idea of the ampersand for Valentine’s Day! Yours is just beautiful!

  48. I don’t know what it is but I love ampersands. I adore this project! I really enjoyed this inspirational post. I would love it if you would share this post at our WIW linky party? Hope to see you there!


  49. Gorgeous! This looks totally high end. I’ll definitely have to try this. :D

    • Thanks so much for your sweet comment! I love your blog! Just stopped over to check it out. I’m going to need to try your Bourbon Brown Sugar Marshmallows! Those look dangerous :) Following you on FB now!

  50. This is simple and genuis at the same time! Thanks for sharing :) What a great idea! Found you over at the Makers Linky Party.
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  51. Angela,

    I ADORE absolutely EVERYTHING about this! I have been wanting to do some kind of DIY Ampersand for a while, but really wasn’t sure what direction I wanted to in…well, I think I’ve found it! :)

    Thank you for sharing!

  52. Love this – so pretty and not too valentine-y! And can I just say that I LOVE your blog – like everything – all the projects, your photos are gorgeous, your blog design is beautiful (I’m trying to fix my design right now) – it is just gorgeous! Ok, I’ll quit now before you think I’m your stalker! Pinned this!
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  53. LOVE LOVE LOVE!! I actually love all your ideas!! You are so creative!

  54. How fun! I love the thumbtacks and the different symbol. And I like how you mixed it with more traditional Valentines day stuff as well. Thanks for linking up to Do Tell Tuesday!
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  55. Angela, this is gorgeous! I would love it if you linked this project up to The Makers, http://upcycledtreasures.com/2014/01/the-makers-link-party-1

    Have a great week!

  56. Hi Angela … I just love this!! I’m actually IN love with this project. I spent last night thinking of things I could make out of thumbtacks! Thanks for sharing!!
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  57. This turned out beyond amazing! Great idea and your layout for the picture is awesome. Love! Sharing!

  58. I love this! What cute valentine day decor! I just came across your blog and it’s so inspiring. You have so many great projects, thanks for sharing!

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  59. Wow this turned out amazing, I think it might even be my favorite project you have done!The whole scene looks great!
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  60. Such a cute idea – love it… Thinking I may have to try this myself… Cathy

  61. How lovely, I love this idea!!! What a great way to use thumbtacks!!!

  62. Oh my…what a cute idea you had here…LOVE IT!!


  63. This is amazing! Pinned!

  64. I love how this turned out! I would have never thought to use pins on a canvas, but it really looks great!

  65. This is so pretty and creative. Really nice job! :)

  66. So cute!This turned out great.

  67. Love this project! I am not a fan of cutsey kind of Valentine’s decorations, but there is nothing cutsey about this! Perfect!

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  68. Oh my goodness! I love this!

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