No office, classroom, or studio is complete without a tub of tacks. The humble thumbtack was invented in 1904 as a drawing aid by a German clockmaker named Johann Kirsten. Kirsten simply flattened the top of a pushpin, which had been invented four years earlier as a tool for marking maps. Today we find thumbtacks everywhere, from bulletin boards to dorm room walls, and they serve a variety of uses in DIY projects and home fixes as well. Browse our selection of the best thumbtacks below.
1. Officemate OIC Thumbtacks
How many times have you pushed a thumbtack into a corkboard and recoiled in pain, having crunched your finger against the hard metal edge of a too-small tack head? Probably too many times. But take heart: reliable office brand Officemate has produced a line of thumbtacks that boast a 1/2-inch head as opposed to the traditional 3/8-inch head, which gives you a larger area to push against when inspiration strikes and you’ve just got to pin that piece of paper up, stat.
2. Moore Decorative Thumbtacks
Moore’s thumbtacks are American-made, giving you both high quality and the good feeling of supporting jobs and companies in the United States. These classic flat-top thumbtacks have colorful plastic heads; they come in a variety of sizes, but the standard is the 3/8-inch head and 5/16-inch pin. This particular set is perfect for avid organizers who like to color-code their projects.
3. Mr. Pen Thumbtacks
Stock up with Mr. Pen’s 500-pack of silver-colored thumbtacks. These tacks have a 3/8-inch head and a 5/16-inch needle point. Made of steel, they are rust and corrosion resistant and can be easily secured to and removed from a multitude of materials. Sold in a pack of 500, they’re great for large and small projects alike, which is why they’re popular in classroom and group situations.
4. Kokuyo Double Thumbtack
There are thumbtacks, and then there are thumbtacks. These gold-colored metal pins have just the right amount of flair to look stylish without looking gimmicky. It’s painless to push them into a corkboard, and their flat tops with ridged edges are attractive enough to be a design element in art projects themselves.
5. Kokuyo Plastic Thumbtack
These bright-blue plastic thumbtacks will add pop to your bulletin board. Why opt for the classic silver or gold when you can brighten up a wall with a little color? This pin has a raised profile and the same ridged edges as the other Kokuyo offering, but the top is slightly domed instead of flat.