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.

Lets Begin..


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

Styrofoam ball

Color Box Pigment Ink

Mono-filament/Fishing line


Heat Gun

Tim Holtz Ink Stamper

100% pure polyester Fiber fill

Circle Template

Embellishments- Ribbon, lace, ribbon roses etc.


Cotton Material




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.

Using your Tim Holtz Ink Stamper, apply the alcohol ink of your choice.  A small amount goes along ways when applying to tin.


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.


I lightly stamp around the jewelry box to get the color and look that is pleasing to me, making sure that the darker green from the Alcohol ink is still showing through.

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.


using a heat embossing tool, heat and set the embossing powder.

See how cool this looks.  The ink is now set and it looks great.    Be very careful when applying heat to the tin, it gets very hot!

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.


Thread your needle with Monofilament/fishing line.  Don’t double it.  Tie a knot at the end and be sure to keep a long tail after the knot


run a straight stitch around the edges of your circle, about an inch from the top.  Make sure not to knot the end.  You should only have one knot at that is at the beginning of your stitches.

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.


Once you feel you have enough polyester fiber fill, tie off your fishing line.


Cut your Styrofoam ball down to fit into your Jewelry box and Hot glue it the bottom.

Fit your cushion onto the top of your jewelry box, and slowly work your way around the top hot gluing the cushion into place.

attach matching trim, lace or ribbon around the jewelry box

I added some ribbon roses to straight pins for an added look.  They are super easy to make

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

Crafty Terri


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