Onto Tool Time...seems like I'm stuck on magnets lately. Last week's TTT was the magnetic business cards and this week you can turn anything into a magnetic pin or needle holder and I mean anything!
This package of 8 round magnets was $3.00 at a craft store.
These are 3/4 of an inch wide by about 1/4 of an inch thick, but they come in many different sizes.
Just take a look around your house for anything that will hold pins and then hot glue the magnets to the bottom and presto...a magnetic pin holder. You will have to decide how many magnets to glue on depending on the size of the item and the thickness of it. I used 1-3 magnets for the following examples. Glue them on and then test how well it holds all the pins. Add more magnets if needed. Here are a few examples...
How about a sea shell from that favorite beach vacation.
This was a Martha Stewart soap dish on clearance for $1.00. The girls use a pump soap dispenser in their bathroom, so this was never used.
This is an antique glass butter dish.
A little crystal heart.
A small porcelain dish.
A tea bag holder. I have a few of these that I don't use, because I keep my tea bag in my tea cup...nice and strong that way!
This is a little dish from my Christmas dish set. Great to change out your pin holder for the season.
This is a pillar candle holder for the fall...also on clearance last year.
Look for unusual things too. This is a ceramic Christmas ornament, but flat like a dish, so it works great.
Do you have a sentimental tea cup saucer that you may have broken the tea cup. You can also find saucers in yard sales or thrift stores. They are always cheaper when they've lost the cup.
This is a tiny wooden bowl. Magnets work great through wood too.
How about a cardboard jewelry box.
A tiny metal tray.
Last, but certainly not least, a little ceramic heart tray...perfect for your Valentine.
The possibilities for magnetic pin holders are endless. Don't forget recycling too. Peanut butter jar covers, plastic containers, frozen food trays or metal tins. Anything can work...just take a look around.
These pin holders will also make great gifts for sewing friends for Christmas or a special day. You can personalize the pin holder with that person's favorite thing. If she loves tea, how about a basket filled with the ceramic tea bag holder idea, a package of pins, a cup and saucer, some tea bags and a jar of honey. Tea-rific! (sorry...couldn't resist)
Have a wonderful Tuesday,