Lately I have been playing around with making pin cushions. I really liked the way my latest upcycled pin cushion turned out. I wanted to show you how I turned an old tin jewelry box into a beautiful pin cushion. I found this old looking tin jewelry box at a local thrift shop and paid only $2.00 for it. I hope you like how it turned out.
Supplies you will need for this Project:
1 old tin Jewelry box
Adirondack Alcohol Inks and Mixatives- Pearl
Clear Deep Impressions Embossing Powder
Hot glue/Hot glue gun
Color Box Pigment Ink
Tim Holtz Ink Stamper
100% pure polyester Fiber fill
Embellishments- Ribbon, lace, ribbon roses etc.
Start by taking off the lid, as you will not be using it. I just bent mine backwards, and it came off clean.
My jewelry box happened to be a music box too, so I removed the music element from the jewelry box. I undid a couple screws, and it came right out.
Start with picking out the Adirondack Alcohol Ink colors that match the material that will make up the cushion. I used one color and at the end I highlighted with a mixative pearl, as you will see later on in the tutorial.
Rub the ink onto the Jewelry box all the way around until it looks good to you. I recommend wearing protective gloves to keep the ink from getting onto your skin. At this point I don’t quite like the color of the green, so in the next step I apply a lemongrass green Ink. I used a Colorbox Pigment Ink.
The Ink will be wet and does not dry very well, so I applied a clear deep impressions embossing powder to set it. I was pleased that if gave it a great glossy shine and the look of enamel.
Now using your Tim Holtz stamper, with a clean felt pad, apply some Mixative- pearl. I used it to highlight the pattern on the jewelry box.
Depending on the size of your Jewelry box, you will want to determine how big your circle should be. You want to make sure that it is big enough after you have cinched it up with the polyfiber fill and that it will fit perfectly over the the top of the jewelry box.
you will need a good amount of polyester fiber to fill the circle. Start by pulling on your thread just a bit to have the circle take some form to it. Then take small amounts and keep filling it until it is formed and pretty tight. But be careful not to pull to hard that it will break the fishing line.
insert the pins into the ribbon rose and attach with hot glue.
I hope that this has given you some inspiration to go out and up-cycle a pin cushion of your own.
would love to hear from you and if you would like to share with me your up-cycled projects – just send me a message.
Thanks for now