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05 July 2010

Magnetic Pin Holders

I found these cute miniature teacups at Goodwill a few weeks ago for $0.50 each and thought they'd make cute holders for straight-pins.

Here's how they looked when I brought them home:

I used spray-paint I already had on hand to give them a fresh look.

It took 3 light coats to completely cover the flowers.

For this project, cups with larger indents on the bottom work best. These two were the perfect size to accommodate the magnets.

I used plain old super glue to adhere the magnets to the bottom of the cups. I bought extra-strong magnets in order to be sure they'd 'grab' the pins inside the cup.

See how the pins 'stick' inside of the magnetic cup? I love this alternative to a traditional pin-cushion.

I decided to keep the more decorative cup plain, and I painted cherries on the simpler cup with acrylic paint. I intend to spray a coat of polyurethane on the cups to seal the paint and to prevent the insides of the cups from scratching, but I don't have any on hand right now.
I'm sure you could use any smaller cup or container with an indented bottom for this project. I'd love to see your ideas if you make your own!

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  1. This is too cool, I have another item on my goodwill list!

  2. That's really amazing! I've never seen anything like it. Now I'll have to look for a cute cup so I can make one. I'm always dropping my pins (despite having at least 5 pin cushions) so this looks like an easy way to keep track of them.

  3. Great idea! I love this - just may have to try it for myself! Thanks for sharing!
    {Visiting from Tatertots and Jello}

  4. ha! sooo clever. and i LOVE the color choice of spray paint.

  5. Amazing ! Got to try this one loved ypur blog !
    I'll be back keep those cool tutorials coming.

  6. I don't sew - but that is really really REALLY crafty!!! Great idea! Perfect for gifts!

    Mom.Undecided. -

  7. Love these! What an awesome idea!