Alright. Listen up. I know that we just had Labor Day. And I know that we’re going into Fall (hooray!). And I know that the pineapple was, like, the “it” fruit of the summer. But I’m not ready to give that up. I won’t give that up. I’m translating that trend and bringing it with me in a “back-to-school” sense. These concrete pineapple pushpins are just the ticket to a brighter and more cheery inspiration board, desk, or workspace. And I’m obsessed with pointy office things. Evidence: here and here.
- cement mix (I used cement-all)
- pineapple ice tray
- liquid leaf in classic gold
- small paint brush
And it goes like this:
Mix up your cement. Add a tad more water than the instructions suggest so that the mix is a little runny. When I say, “tad”, I mean, “smidge”. You just need a spoonful to change the consistency. I’m not the first to use these pineapple trays for concrete. You can find some adorable concrete magnets over on Homey Oh My! I purchased these trays a while ago with the original intention to make magnets with these fruit trays, but this tutorial is way too cute! Great minds think alike!
So let’s make pushpins instead, mmmkay? You can tell I’ve used these trays for lots of different projects – including some fun crayons coming your way soon! 🙂
Once mixed, pour the concrete into the ice tray and tap the ice tray gently on the counter several times. No air bubbles, friends! Before the concrete has a chance to get any harder, gently place a pushpin in the center of each pineapple. Place a wet paper towel over the ice tray to help the concrete cure for an hour.
Now that it’s dry, gently pop those suckers out of the ice tray and get ready to gild!
Holding onto the pushpin, paint a thin layer of the liquid gold on the surface of the pineapple. Hold onto the needle so that you can paint the back of the pineapple, too.
Let the liquid gold dry. And then just sit and worship the golden pineapple for the rest of your days.
Back to school is the greatest, isn’t it?
Photography: all photos by The Proper Pinwheel