How to Make Cactus-Shaped Push Pins From Glue Sticks

Did you know hot glue sticks come in colors? And glitter? See how easy it is to use them with silicone molds to make custom thumbtacks.

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The wonders of hot glue never cease. Most people are familiar with traditional clear hot glue, but did you know it also comes in a variety of colors! Not only colors, glitter too! It can also be poured into silicone molds to make a variety of crafts. So many more uses than just gluing this to that.

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Jennifer Perkins

Spice up your bulletin board with these adorable custom cactus push pins made from you guessed it, hot glue.

Check out this episode of DIY This With Jennifer Perkins all about hot glue molding.

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Jennifer Perkins


  • green hot glue
  • cactus shaped silicone mold
  • push pins
  • pompoms
  • hot glue gun
  • scissors

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Jennifer Perkins

Fill the cavity of silicone molds with hot glue. While the glue is still hot, insert a push pin.

Allow the glue to cool and harden completely; keep an eye on the pin to make sure it does not move.

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Jennifer Perkins

The hot glue should be cool enough to remove within a minute or two. If there are rough edges from the molding process, use a pair of small sharp scissors to trim them.

Photo by: Jennifer Perkins

Jennifer Perkins

Use a dab of hot glue to add a tiny pompom or flower to the top of the push pin.

Photo by: Jennifer Perkins

Jennifer Perkins

Add your new pins to your cork board. Silicone molds come in as many shapes as hot glue does colors (glittered and glow-in-the-dark too). What shape push pins will you make?

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