Wednesday, July 14, 2010

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?? :) 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!

52 comments:

Sherri said...

What a great idea Amy!

SewSara said...

that's brillianT~ i love it! thanks for sharing :)

madebymum said...

what a good idea my pin dish is always spilling.

Suzan said...

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

Jackie said...

Fabulous idea and pretty too!

Leslie said...

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

Jennifer said...

This is so smart! Thanks for sharing!

Jennifer :)

Christine said...

Such a great idea, thanks!

pinksuedeshoe said...

Love that little dish, so so cute! Have you tried the little tomato'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'm off to find the perfect dish!

Kara said...

I am stunned at the brilliance of this idea. Why the heck didn't I think of that. Love it!

Shelley said...

Very "smart" tip Ms. Smart! :)

Vicki @ DottyJane said...

I'm making one of these! Great idea:)

Tammy Vasser said...

Awesome idea! Thanks for sharing. I'm going to try it!

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

oh my gosh, that is so cute!

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful idea. I'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.

Florence said...

What a wonderful idea. My magnetic pincushion is so useful that I've put up with the fact that it's an uglybug until now...it's days are numbered though...I am now on the trail of some strong magnets.

Thank you for the fantastic and incredibly Marthaish tutorial,

Florence x

Florence said...

It's, its....arg, sorry too awful not to correct it...or at least recomment on! x

Kathy Wilcox said...

Love this idea...Thank you so much for sharing!!
Love your "tomaot" dish...I am going to my thrift store tomorrow to see what I can find :)

Jaci said...

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

ktquilts said...

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!!

Ditto the summer tomatoes!

Blessings,

KT

PennyPie said...

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

casserole said...

Genius!! I love my magnetic "wand" for my pins, but it's less than attractive. I think I'll be on the lookout for a cute little dish now.

I linked to your tutorial over at Craft Gossip Sewing:
http://sewing.craftgossip.com/tutorial-magnetic-dish-pin-holder/2010/07/29/

--Anne

Erika said...

Thanks for the great idea, it's beautiful!

Sarah @ Mum In Bloom said...

Visiting from Nettacow. That dish is so gorgeous I could scream! What a neat idea you came up with :)

Lenetta @ Nettacow said...

Love this, and I think I'll put it on my handmade Christmas gift list to give to my MIL who is a quilter! I linked to this on my weekly roundup - thanks for sharing!

Carolyn said...

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.

Lynette @ My Craft Discovery said...

love the idea.

Carol in E TN said...

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!

Flannery Buchanan said...

I love this idea! I can'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:)!

Flannery @ threesisterz.blogspot.com

V and Co. said...

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

Kristen said...

What a great idea! I'm definitely going to make one. Thanks.
Kristen

Danielle Bartran said...

I love this! How simple too! I can't wait to make one for myself and maybe my mother in law too!

Diana's Doings said...

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

joelle=le ptit colibri said...

great idea !!
I'll try it as soon I'll find magnets
thanks for sharing !

Melissa_Loves_Broccoli said...

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!

Gidget said...

This is just a great idea!
Gonna make one for myself...

Amy said...

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

fritter said...

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

Susie Quilter said...

Duh, why didn't I think of that?
But, I have a metal bowl that I got at an auto supply store instead. I'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 "Stiffy Stuff" and "Line" the metal bowl with the still wet fabric and it would still work but look nicer. Off to give it a try. This is only because I don't have a cute bowl to use but I do have this metal bowl. I will be watching for a nice bowl.
Susan

Jackie said...

That is an awesome idea, thanks for sharing.

91f2c6fe-580b-11e2-a2f9-000bcdcb471e said...

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

WLWK4FD aka The Faux Fae said...

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!

faye conley said...













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!

La Pecora Nera said...

Great idea! Thank you from Italy, Emanuela

Maggie said...

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

Foxflower said...

I've done this but using only one magnet, which didn't work well. I used the self adhesive extra strong magnets. I guess I'll get some more magnets and add them where I can.

Virginia Severson said...

Love it!

kay said...

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

Nita said...

OMG, I have two dishes that would suit this idea perfectly! An antique blue glass dish and an antique painted china dish. I've been hanging on to them because they are so pretty, but otherwise I don't have a use for them. Now I do! Thanks!

Sharon said...

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

gaylynn said...

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

Libelula Manualidades said...

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