|A miniature Prince Edward Island beach in a jar...|
The first idea that came to mind was this one. The last time I visited Prince Edward Island, I brought back a small baggie filled with some of their famous red sand. The sand, along with a sea shell, is now contained in this little glass jar. It's like having my own miniature souvenir PEI beach.
For some time, I didn't know what I wanted to do with the second jar.
Then I looked at my pile of pins inside their plastic box and had a light bulb moment.
|My pins have a new home...|
The jar was just the right size to keep my pins handy, with pointy side down. And if I stuck a magnet at the bottom, they would be sure to stay put.
So what follows here is one of the easiest — and fastest — ever DIYs to put small jars to use in the sewing room.
All you need is the jar, a button magnet (or two), some glue, and you're good to go. You've likely seen variations of this project using old plates and saucers, but I prefer to have my pins standing up, to minimize being pricked by them.
|Start with a small jar...|
I don't recall the precise names of the face cream products; they were from the SkinActive line. They all use the same jars, just wrapped in different coloured cellophane.
|... and a button magnet...|
This pack of magnets came from Dollar Tree, where (in Canada, anyway) everything's $1.25. I used two of them inside my jar. Since this was a package of twelve, it wasn't like I couldn't afford to use an extra one.
[By the way, be careful handling magnets if you wear an old-fashioned wristwatch. Deciding not to keep them in their original package, I stacked the remaining magnets on top of one another to store inside a pill bottle and the whole stack — ten of them — briefly came in contact with my watch. It stopped running immediately. Thankfully my watches are more or less disposable.]
|Glue a magnet to the inside bottom of the jar...|
You can hot glue the magnet to the bottom of the jar or use some liquid glue (a generic dollar store "crazy glue") like I did.
|Place your pins pointy side down for easy access...|
Drop in some pins and you're done... likely in less than one minute!
The double magnets work great. Here is my jar turned upside down with everything holding firm.
|Hanging on while upside down...|
Then I decided to see how many pins this could hold.
|That's a lot of pins!|
I don't know how many pins are in the average box like this (and I have some of those original pins stored elsewhere, too) but this little jar is holding a lot of them.
|Both reused and useful...|
But then sometimes it's not a plus to have it stuffed to the gills if you want to be able to grab a pin quickly.
However many pins you prefer to have on hand, this is a nifty addition to any sewing table. Plus, for me, it always feels good to be able to reuse something.
By the way, you can probably think of other ways that these little jars can be reused in a sewing or crafting room, with the lid. Use them to store buttons, keep safety pins, organize beads, sort snap fasteners, etc.
And now I feel accomplished enough to leave this week's post short and sweet! ;-)