Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Magnetic Pin Dish

Do you or someone you know love to sew? This would be a great, easy present to make!

I know that's what I thought when I first saw this awesome magnetic pin dish at Sawdust and Paper Scraps(be sure to check out hers, too!). Of course I waited until 3 days before Christmas to make it, but anyway... (I blame it on the fact that I have no Michaels in Montreal to get supplies, only when I go home to Ottawa, and that I would not have any space to spray paint inside at my apartment anyway)

Supplies, where I got them, and how much they cost:

~ glass rose decorated plate- dollar store, 1$ (pictured ^^)
~ glass candle holder- dollar store, 1$ (pictured^^)
~ strong magnets- Michaels, 4 for 5$ (I used 3)
~ Spray paint- Michaels, 5$ (with 50% off coupon!) I got Krylon Ocean Breeze, which I've seen a lot of people using lately.
~ Epoxy glue, or E6000 (which I do not have, but original maker used that), on hand

Total: 12$ (less if you have some materials on hand)
Look on grand-ma's face when she opened it: PRICELESS

That's the beauty of making something hand-made for the grand-parents, and you don't need to be a kid for it to be effective!

Alright, so here's how I did it, it varied from the original tutorial quite a lot.

First, since I had a plate with a nice flowery design on the bottom which I wanted to conserve, I turned it upside down and only spray painted the bottom. I only did this once (dried overnight) before moving on to the next step. Also, I did not use a glass primer. Krylon Indoor/Outdoor says it's good for glass (this was my first experience with Krylon!). And I figured that I'm not gonna be painting the inside of the plate where scratching by the pins could occur, it would be good. I dunno if I did the right thing... but I didn't want to buy glass primer on top of that. Does anyone have experience spray painting Krylon on glass without primer? Will my gift hold up?

I used a handy-dandy box to contain the spray painting, even though it didn't go too far and it was in my dad's super messy garage. Oh and don't mind the horrible picture please, it was to illustrate this point. My dad did not want to wait for me to take a ton of pictures in the hope that I would get at least 1 right, haha! (he was helping me, though I didn't really need help, but it was good father-daughter bonding time :) Yes, I get the crafty gene from my dad! )

For the magnets. They were the strongest I could find , but I felt like one did not have a good magnetic radius, so I put 3. Glued with epoxy. Make sure they will fit inside the candle holder!

EDIT: I saw someone comment about not putting it too close to the computer/electronics on one of the pins from this post. I don't think it's THAT strong of a magnet, but I understand that you would want to take precautions. I would think that unless you put it directly on top of the computer and monitor, then you should be ok. I mean, how close does the pin have to be to get pulled by the magnets in the dish anyway... I'd say a couple inches... For more info about computers and magnets, I'm referring you to this article.

Why is there masking tape holding them, you ask? Well, if you'll remember from elementary school (I think?!), magnets have 2 poles, north and south poles. North pole is attracted to south pole, but north poles repel each other. Well, they being so close to each other, if they were on the opposite side from one an other (like one's north pole facing glass, and the other's south pole facing glass), they would just stick together. So we put them all with their north pole facing the glass, but that meant they would repel each other! So there we were having glued them, but they would not stay in the center!! So we put a bit of masking tape until the glue was set. We were careful to not put the masking tape over the glue, and all was good, no peeling.

We let that be for maybe an hour before gluing the candle holder (which was not painted yet). Sorry, forgot to take more in progress pictures :S Let that be for a couple of hours and then spray painted once over the whole thing, with it upside down, before going to bed and letting it dry for the night. Then spray painted 2 more coats in the morning and late afternoon the next day (it was the 24th, I had to wrap it up!). That's it!

Finished product:

The only thing that irks me, that I can't fix, is that since I only put one coat on the plate before gluing everything, there is a spot in the middle that has less paint than the sides and it shows. At least I don't think my grand-ma really noticed, but it does bug me some.

If I were to make one again with the same technique, I would either spray paint just the plate a couple of times before gluing the magnets, or protect most of the plate while painting the candle holder once it's all glued together. I suppose you could paint both pieces separately also, but then the glue might show.

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  1. What a cute dish! I love that you made it magnetic. I like the color you choose too. I haven't spray painted anything glass, so I wish I could help you out there. I think your photos look great!

  2. Hello, dropping by from Crafty, Scrappy, Happy link party. This is such a cute project! I think it turned out great!

  3. This is so amazingly gorgeous and functional. I am definitely going to try this for myself and for gifts. Thank you for the tutorial. I found you on TT&J.

    Jackie, www.tealandlime.com

  4. a magnetic dish is perfect for pins. there are so many times I'm searching on hands and knees for those pins that seem to bounce out of my pincushion. :)

  5. How clever.....I'd like to invite you to share this @ CountryMommaCooks Link & Greet Party
    going on now-Sunday night……Have a wonderful weekend!

  6. Woah, that's genius! And GORgeous! Love the color and the dishes...wow! Would you consider sharing it here? Pretty please??


  7. Great idea! I'd love to have something like this if I had my sewing machine permanently set up...but until I get that craft room I've been wishing for, I guess I'll have to settle for something a little more compact. I'd be absolutely delighted if you'd come and share this (and any other posts you'd like to show off) at the Head to Head Showdown link party. It's going on right now at www.icantstopcrafting.blogspot.com I hope to see you there! ~Jen

  8. Very cute idea. I don't sew much but know a few people who do that would love something like this.

    I'm pinning this idea.

    Stopping over from TT&J

  9. Very cute! Such a great idea.

    newest follower :)

  10. Love this! And a great gift idea. (found you on The Girl Creative)

  11. What a great idea. Beautiful dish too. I may just need to make me one of these. :)

  12. What a neat idea! I hate pin cushions...I always just use a glass bowl for mine. Do you find those are strong enough magnets? I think you could even put a base coat of magnetic paint on the plate too.

  13. i saw your link on craft-o-matic and had to stop by - such a great idea!

  14. Love this! I saw another version too, and I keep thinking this would be great for bobby pins too. Thanks for sharing!

  15. This idea and your blog are so cute! I would LOVE for you to link this up to my link party!

    - Kathryn

  16. VERY clever! I just finished my first sewing project {with my new machine} and decided that my next project would have to be something to hold my pins! This is a fantastic idea! Who knew dollar store glassware could look so fab spraypainted! PLEASE come share at my link party: http://www.dwellonjoy.com/2012/01/dwell-on-fridays-two.html.

    And if you'd like to add to your main list of link parties, the button is on the site! Hope to see your post there :)

  17. I LOVE the color :)
    You should join me for Handmade 52! http://www.raisingoranges.blogspot.com --Katie

  18. Cute idea...and I love your color choice...as for the little area that bothers you, everything HAND MADE has some imperfection - that's just to remind us that it was handmade by someone special!!

  19. What a Fantastic idea... I need a WHOLE lot of these... The way I use up pins around here... Not to mention Half of them I can't find.. YIKES!!!

  20. This is adorable!!!!!! Great job :)


  21. I'm pinning this! I'd love for you to link it up to my party. Just for linking up you could win $20 of vintage jewelry from Parisienne Girl. http://trophyw.blogspot.com/2012/01/will-craft-forfree-jewelry.html

  22. oh my word, this is so creative and amazing. i love that color so much. your blog is beautiful. i'm featuring you tonight on Once Upon a Weekend. thanks for linking!!! ps- newest follower!

  23. This is brilliant!! What a fab idea! And I love the paint color you chose!

    I would love for you to link up at my weekly Friday link party if you are interested.


  24. This turned out so pretty!!! I love it - I tried something similar but I guess my magnets were pretty weak because it didn't work. Thanks for sharing at Terrific Tuesdays.

  25. Another great idea! I need to try this!

    PS Following :)

  26. This is such a great idea!

    ~Mrs. Delightful

  27. what a cool idea! I would love you to add this and any other posts you want to show off to my What We Wore and Made party over at http://raegunwear.blogspot.com/search/label/WWWMW

  28. This is SO cute!! I love the pattern on the plate. I have had mixed results with spray painting on glass with no primer - one was great and the other bubbled (same paint and they were done at the same time!) Thanks so much for linking up to The Creative Spark. I'll be feturing this on Sunday! Have a great weekend.

  29. If I ever get my sewing room (still waiting for one grown child to move out!) I'd love to make one of these!

  30. I'm totally in love with this!! Great color and such a neat idea!

    I'm your newest follower! And, this has been so totally pinned :)

  31. Featuring you this morning over on my blog! Thank you so much for sharing at {wow me} wednesday!

    Ginger @ gingersnapcrafts.com


  32. Love this! We just posted our 2nd Kitchen Fun and Crafty Friday Link Party and would love for you to share this! http://kitchenfunwithmy3sons.blogspot.com/2012/02/kitchen-fun-and-crafty-friday-link_16.html

  33. This looks so great for an awesome price!

  34. That is an awesome idea!!!! Love it.

  35. I get this would be great with a cup and saucer and not painting necessary!!

  36. This is such a creative idea. I would love for you to stop by and Link up at my Link Party via: www.ourdelightfulhome.blogspot.com

    PS: I am your newest Linky Follower!

    Mrs. Delightful

  37. Very cute although glass concerns me a bit :)

  38. What a GREAT idea!! So clever! Thanks so much for linking up!

  39. Just to let you know I featured your wonderful project on homework today. Feel free to drop by and grab a button. Enjoy the weekend! http://carolynshomework.blogspot.com/2012/03/inspiration-board-link-party-spotlight_16.html

  40. loved it. pinned it!

  41. Hi Gen, I'm new to your blog, but I've seen your magnetic dish floating around the internet! Very clever of you. Really did turn out great. Will have to make one for myself.

    I'm your newest Linky Follower.

  42. Yours is adorable. I found some small cute condiment bowls at Old Time Pottery for $0.59--even cheaper than the Dollar store and no painting required. They come in several solid colors. Also, there were sets of six bowls in ever cuter designs for $3.99--they were solid colors with raised dots or stripes.

  43. What a gorgeous project. Another option could be to purchase a fancy cup and saucer set from a second hand shop and use those.


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