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Magnetic Pin Dish Tutorial

I recently found this little tomato bowl that called my name. (Maybe because I love fresh summer tomatoes with a passion.  The store-bought kind you get in the winter, make me gag. My husband thinks I’m crazy, but I know I’m not.) 
I thought this would make a really sweet little pin-dish. I found this bowl at a Pearl River Mart – a chinese supply shop that carried lots of cute rice bowls this size.
To keep those pins from sliding around and dumping out easily, I decided to magnetize the bowl.  I found these neodymium magnetic buttons in the craft aisle at Walmart.  They’re extra strong so that they’ll attract through the porcelain.  They’re also really thin so that they’ll lie comfortably under the dish. (Do you like this really professional, Martha-looking picture?? ๐Ÿ™‚ I was too excited to try my project before I stopped to take fancy photos.)
I attached the magnets with more E6000. Because they were small, I used two magnets to strengthen the magnetic pull.  I know these neodymium magnets come in bigger sizes, I was just too excited to try my idea so I grabbed the ones available at Walmart.
And voila – my happy little magnetic pin dish – so much more aesthetically pleasing than the royal blue plastic one I was using. This would be equally adorable with a great piece of thrift-store china. Let me know if you try it at home!

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55 Comments

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    Sherri
    July 14, 2010 at 10:44 pm

    What a great idea Amy!

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    SewSara
    July 14, 2010 at 10:47 pm

    that's brillianT~ i love it! thanks for sharing ๐Ÿ™‚

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    madebymum
    July 15, 2010 at 1:38 am

    what a good idea my pin dish is always spilling.

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    Suzan
    July 15, 2010 at 3:30 am

    Great idea! I can't wait to go find some of those magnets!!

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    Jackie
    July 15, 2010 at 4:45 am

    Fabulous idea and pretty too!

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    Leslie
    July 15, 2010 at 9:49 am

    this is an awesome idea…i would never have known that you could use the magnet through the porcelain

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    Jennifer
    July 15, 2010 at 11:12 am

    This is so smart! Thanks for sharing!<br /><br />Jennifer ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Christine
    July 15, 2010 at 11:16 am

    Such a great idea, thanks!

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    pinksuedeshoe
    July 15, 2010 at 3:51 pm

    Love that little dish, so so cute! Have you tried the little tomato&#39;s at Costco? They are like 2 inches across and come in a package of (a lot) like 20? They are surprisingly ripe and delicious. Like amazingly so. Even in February. This is going on my project list. I&#39;m off to find the perfect dish!

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    Kara
    July 15, 2010 at 5:26 pm

    I am stunned at the brilliance of this idea. Why the heck didn&#39;t I think of that. Love it!

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    Shelley
    July 15, 2010 at 7:57 pm

    Very &quot;smart&quot; tip Ms. Smart! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Vicki @ DottyJane
    July 16, 2010 at 6:36 am

    I&#39;m making one of these! Great idea:)

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    Tammy Vasser
    July 16, 2010 at 9:06 am

    Awesome idea! Thanks for sharing. I&#39;m going to try it!

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    Nanette Merrill and daughters
    July 23, 2010 at 12:32 pm

    oh my gosh, that is so cute!

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    Anonymous
    July 26, 2010 at 6:21 am

    What a wonderful idea. I&#39;ve been using thrift store finds for years but for the regular kind of pincushion made with a needlepunched ball of wool. You idea allows all the wonderful colors and shapes in the china to shine through. Thanks for sharing. I think my next trip to the store will include magnet shopping.

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    Florence
    July 26, 2010 at 1:30 pm

    What a wonderful idea. My magnetic pincushion is so useful that I&#39;ve put up with the fact that it&#39;s an uglybug until now…it&#39;s days are numbered though…I am now on the trail of some strong magnets. <br /><br />Thank you for the fantastic and incredibly Marthaish tutorial, <br /><br />Florence x

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    Florence
    July 26, 2010 at 1:32 pm

    It&#39;s, its….arg, sorry too awful not to correct it…or at least recomment on! x

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    Kathy Wilcox
    July 26, 2010 at 2:23 pm

    Love this idea…Thank you so much for sharing!!<br />Love your &quot;tomaot&quot; dish…I am going to my thrift store tomorrow to see what I can find ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Jaci
    July 26, 2010 at 3:14 pm

    I see an attractive replacement for my paper clip holder on my classroom desk! Thanks for the idea.

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    ktquilts
    July 27, 2010 at 5:54 pm

    Nothing like seeing this link on tip nut and clicking on it only to come to a blog THAT I ALREADY FOLLOW!!!!!! How did I miss this the first time? Great pin dish!!<br /><br />Ditto the summer tomatoes!<br /><br />Blessings,<br /><br />KT

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    PennyPie
    July 29, 2010 at 3:16 pm

    Great IDEA!!! Thrift store shopping for me!!!

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    casserole
    July 29, 2010 at 4:35 pm

    Genius!! I love my magnetic &quot;wand&quot; for my pins, but it&#39;s less than attractive. I think I&#39;ll be on the lookout for a cute little dish now.<br /><br />I linked to your tutorial over at Craft Gossip Sewing:<br />http://sewing.craftgossip.com/tutorial-magnetic-dish-pin-holder/2010/07/29/<br /><br />–Anne

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    Erika
    July 30, 2010 at 11:36 am

    Thanks for the great idea, it&#39;s beautiful!

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    Sarah @ Mum In Bloom
    August 11, 2010 at 6:50 am

    Visiting from Nettacow. That dish is so gorgeous I could scream! What a neat idea you came up with ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Lenetta @ Nettacow
    August 11, 2010 at 9:36 am

    Love this, and I think I&#39;ll put it on my handmade Christmas gift list to give to my MIL who is a quilter! I linked to this on my <a href="http://nettacow.blogspot.com/2010/08/link-roundup-pandoras-box-edition.html&quot; rel="nofollow">weekly roundup</a> – thanks for sharing!

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    Carolyn
    September 19, 2010 at 2:16 pm

    Love your ideas! this pin dish is perfect! You can even glue a piece of felt fabric to the back. It would make the perfect gift.

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    Lynette @ My Craft Discovery
    November 28, 2010 at 7:17 pm

    love the idea.

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    Carol in E TN
    December 3, 2010 at 10:05 pm

    Actually, I made one of these for a quilt friend who came for a visit. She was so happy with it since it was a pretty dish from Romania!

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    Flannery Buchanan
    December 20, 2010 at 8:10 pm

    I love this idea! I can&#39;t wait to try it. My husband is always getting on me to pick up all of my pins that seem to float around the house:)!<br /><br />Flannery @ threesisterz.blogspot.com

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    V and Co.
    December 21, 2010 at 10:17 pm

    oh my freak! so going to do these!!!!!!!!!

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    Kristen
    December 29, 2010 at 4:52 pm

    What a great idea! I&#39;m definitely going to make one. Thanks.<br />Kristen

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    Danielle Bartran
    January 7, 2011 at 2:21 pm

    I love this! How simple too! I can&#39;t wait to make one for myself and maybe my mother in law too!

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    Diana's Doings
    March 2, 2011 at 10:56 pm

    Hi, <br />That is a great idea!! I will have to find the perfect bowl and try it, Thanks<br />Diana

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    joelle=le ptit colibri
    June 5, 2011 at 3:03 am

    great idea !!<br />I&#39;ll try it as soon I&#39;ll find magnets<br />thanks for sharing !

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    Melissa_Loves_Broccoli
    June 24, 2011 at 12:39 pm

    clever! I like this because I seem to never stick them in the cushions as I sew and end up with a pile next to my machine!

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    Gidget
    September 27, 2011 at 3:37 pm

    This is just a great idea!<br />Gonna make one for myself…

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    Amy
    October 11, 2011 at 7:11 pm

    Thanks! Helped the children make these and they turned out great! I just posted pictures on the blog.

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    fritter
    March 31, 2012 at 3:41 pm

    Thank you! What a great idea for my guild buddies Christmas gift!

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    Susie Quilter
    June 23, 2012 at 9:37 am

    Duh, why didn&#39;t I think of that? <br />But, I have a metal bowl that I got at an auto supply store instead. I&#39;m thinking that it is really ugly but very functional so… after looking at your picture I was thinking I could use some fabric and some starch or &quot;Stiffy Stuff&quot; and &quot;Line&quot; the metal bowl with the still wet fabric and it would still work but look nicer. Off to

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    Jackie
    December 5, 2012 at 1:30 pm

    That is an awesome idea, thanks for sharing.

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    91f2c6fe-580b-11e2-a2f9-000bcdcb471e
    January 6, 2013 at 8:16 am

    Thank you so much for sharing this. I live in Alabama and a dear friend in West Virginia sent this to me!

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    WLWK4FD aka The Faux Fae
    January 8, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    Thank you so much for this idea! I made a couple and blogged about them and directed people to this post on your blog. I would love to know what you think!

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    faye conley
    January 27, 2013 at 8:53 pm

    <br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />I already have the perfect dish. I had this same idea a while back when I found this dish. But my magnets did not work, so I will tey again using your kind. Thanks for the help!

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    La Pecora Nera
    January 28, 2013 at 6:03 am

    Great idea! Thank you from Italy, Emanuela

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    Maggie
    January 29, 2013 at 2:03 pm

    That is an adorable dish! I will have to keep my eye out for something cute that will work. Thanks for the tip!

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    Foxflower
    February 9, 2013 at 4:22 pm

    I&#39;ve done this but using only one magnet, which didn&#39;t work well. I used the self adhesive extra strong magnets. I guess I&#39;ll get some more magnets and add them where I can.

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    Virginia Severson
    February 21, 2013 at 1:40 pm

    Love it!

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    kay
    February 21, 2013 at 1:41 pm

    I have long been using a small dish hand-painted by my great-great-grandmother. But adding magnets to the bottom is brilliant!

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    Nita
    March 8, 2013 at 11:52 am

    OMG, I have two dishes that would suit this idea perfectly! An antique blue glass dish and an antique painted china dish. I&#39;ve been hanging on to them because they are so pretty, but otherwise I don&#39;t have a use for them. Now I do! Thanks!

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    Sharon
    May 25, 2013 at 8:55 am

    I am going to try this and i do have a little dish already just need the magnets…thanks for sharing…

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    gaylynn
    December 15, 2013 at 12:37 am

    Love, love, love it! I&#39;ll have to look for a special little dish. Thanks so much for the idea.

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    Libelula Manualidades
    January 23, 2014 at 10:54 pm

    Wow i re like it. Beautiful !!! i go now to buy some magnetics

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    Karen K from Buffalo
    March 20, 2015 at 9:37 am

    Love this & so much prettier & easier to just toss the pins into the dish. Great idea!

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    Pauline
    November 11, 2015 at 11:34 am

    I love this idea – thanks for sharing – and your photos are fab.
    Pauline

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    Susan
    November 22, 2015 at 6:52 am

    Thank you for sharing this wonderful idea. I have also used duct tape to attach my magnets so I can re use the little dish or switch it out when I find a new one at a thrift shop . I have also used glass spray paint to paint a cute dish a fun color from a thrift I store really enjoy your posts. Keep them coming

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