Hello there!
  • From hosting a shrimp boil, celebrating holidays, making homemade scratch art paper, sewing gifts and throwing parties to cooking delicious food, you will find it all here at Skip To My Lou. The site is full of free patterns, downloads and I hope plenty of inspiration. Please hang out with me awhile and check it out!
read more >

Magnetic Pin Holder

Posted by  ·  May 11, 2011  ·  Last Updated: May 11, 2011

My magnetic pin holder was quite an ugly blue plastic thing. Now with the help of a lovely antique ceramic dish my magnetic pin holder is beautiful.


Just a few minutes and a few supplies is all you need!

DIY Magnetic Pin Dish Supplies

ceramic dish or plate with an indented area on the bottom where a magnet can fit

1 or 2 heavy duty magnets (no taller than the ridge on the bottom of the dish)

magnetic pins

hot glue

How to make a magnetic pin holder

Hot glue the magnets to the bottom of the dish with a tiny amount of glue. I used hot glue so if I changed my mind I could easily peel off the magnets later.

Add the pins and you have a magnetic pin holder. What a great way to make those handpainted family treasures useful. I think these would also make wonderful gifts!

magnetic pin holder

Leave a Comment


  1. john
    Friday, November 7th, 2014
    Endless hours of travel and gas money looking for the look I wanted was now accomplished with this idea Thanks.
  2. PKae
    Monday, November 25th, 2013
    I can't believe I didn't think of this! I put magnets on the bottom of everything! (well, not everything after all). LOL!! Kudos for an easy method to make and use-my favorite kind! ;-)
  3. Heather
    Sunday, April 28th, 2013
    This is awesome. Thanks!
  4. Tuesday, November 13th, 2012
    This is a great idea....I can't wait to make one, I am sick and tired of losing pins all the time. Will make a great gift too! :)Thank you
  5. Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012
    This is an Incredible Idea! I love these old dishes, but what do you do with them?....Here's the answer - Thanks!
  6. Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012
    LOVE LOVE LOVE this pin holder! Especially because the ones that they sell in the stores are just so boring! great idea! :) You should totally enter this project in Craftbaby's 'Upcycle Challenge'! http://www.craftbaby.com/contests/3/upcycle-it-sweeps
  7. Tuesday, November 15th, 2011
    hello!,I like your writing very much! percentage we communicate extra approximately your post on AOL? I require a specialist in this space to unravel my problem. Maybe that is you! Taking a look ahead to peer you.
  8. Monday, July 25th, 2011
    *Smackin' my forehead* Why didn't I think of this?? Great idea! Thanks for sharing!!
  9. pat shaffer
    Thursday, July 7th, 2011
    I'm going to make my husband a magnetic bowl to catch all those screws & nails that go flying when he's working on a project. Great Father's Day gift. Maybe one for my boss for his paperclips like the other lady suggested. Great ideas and so inexpensive but personal. Maybe a bowl related to their favorite football team or State like say ALABAMA! Roll Tide! LOL
  10. Sue
    Friday, May 27th, 2011
    I made this today and it turned out great. I used an antique bone dish with beautiful fall flowers on it. It is for my sister's birthday. Thanks so much for this great idea.
  11. Tuesday, May 24th, 2011
    i am going to make one of these this week! and i have just the dish to make it with. thanks so much for such a great idea :)
  12. Topaz
    Tuesday, May 24th, 2011
    Love it, so simple and elegant. Thank you for sharing.
  13. Wednesday, May 18th, 2011
    This is truly one of those (SLAPPING FORHEAD) "Duh, why didn't I think of that" moments, but I didn't and you did. Great idea.
  14. Wednesday, May 18th, 2011
    Great idea! I have picked up several little dishes at the thrifts because they are so pretty, but I can only use so many soap dishes. :) Magnetic pin holder on the other hand? I can use a few of them!

    Thanks for sharing!
  15. Angie
    Tuesday, May 17th, 2011
    What a cool idea! I can see making these for teachers to use with their paper clips instead of those ugly plastic magnetic paper clip holders.
  16. Tuesday, May 17th, 2011
    I have a gazillion kitchen magnets at home, free giveaways from banks, etc. I could use those for an even thriftier approach to this great idea!
  17. Rhonda
    Tuesday, May 17th, 2011
    Off to the thrift store to find a pretty dish!
  18. Tuesday, May 17th, 2011
    fantastic idea! I'm not loving pincushions (tho they are really cute) either, I've got a couple of dishes that this would be perfect for!
  19. Tuesday, May 17th, 2011
    I love it! Now to scour the Salvation Army for a dish!
  20. Tuesday, May 17th, 2011
    Brilliant! Did you just take the magnet out of your existing pin catcher?
  21. Tuesday, May 17th, 2011
    what a super easy idea and awesome!!!!!!! Thanks for sharing!
  22. Tuesday, May 17th, 2011
    most brilliant ideas, like this one, are so simple. Love this! I am going to whip one up for my sister who loves to sew.
  23. Tuesday, May 17th, 2011
    That is genius!
  24. Saturday, May 14th, 2011
    What a terrific idea.
    I can't believe I am just now stumbling upon your site. I have much catching up to do.
  25. Thursday, May 12th, 2011
    Wow! So simple yet genius at the same time. Love this!
  26. Thursday, May 12th, 2011
    AWESOME idea!!
  27. Pat
    Thursday, May 12th, 2011
    What a great idea. I have several pretty little saucers/bowls. Can't wait to try this. Thanks so much!!!
  28. Thursday, May 12th, 2011
    This is so clever - what a great idea!
  29. Thursday, May 12th, 2011
    What a clever idea! Go to the top of the class.
  30. Jeanny
    Thursday, May 12th, 2011
    Dank je wel voor het delen van je geweldig idee !
    Groetjes uit Nederland
  31. Wednesday, May 11th, 2011
    I like this - nice & simple and totally practical while still being super pretty. Did a little post about it on my blog. BTW, thanks for visiting my blog, it's how I found yours;)
  32. Viveca
    Wednesday, May 11th, 2011
    I love this! Guess this weekend I will be hitting local thrift stores looking for dishes to make these for my crafty friends.
  33. Wednesday, May 11th, 2011
    something like this has been on my mind for a long time, thanks so much - particularly because my sewing maching is on my dining room table!!
  34. Wednesday, May 11th, 2011
    Great idea! Thanks!
  35. Jenny
    Wednesday, May 11th, 2011
  36. Wednesday, May 11th, 2011
    AMAZING idea! Thanks so much!
  37. SheilaG
    Wednesday, May 11th, 2011
    This is the best idea I've heard/read in a long time!!! Gotta try this- thank you so much- I'm excited about this one! :)
  38. Wednesday, May 11th, 2011
    This in ingenious! Thanks for sharing it!!
  39. Cheryl
    Wednesday, May 11th, 2011
    What a great idea! I never would have thought of this. I'm off to find the right dish for this crafty gem!
  40. Kristin
    Wednesday, May 11th, 2011
    Such a great idea! Going to have to try this! Booking for now!
  41. Wednesday, May 11th, 2011
    Lovely !! I love it. I am a shabby chic lover and have lots of pretty small dishes with roses....I will be on my way to HD to get some magnets...
    This would also work on your desk for paper-clips.
  42. Brenda Moore
    Wednesday, May 11th, 2011
    What a great common sense solution! I used to have common-sense; not sure where I left it though...
    Great idea.
  43. Wednesday, May 11th, 2011
  44. Wednesday, May 11th, 2011
    So cute I love it!
  45. Wednesday, May 11th, 2011
    wow - genius! I don't have a magnetic pin holder, but I have some cute dishes and magnets so I will make one this afternoon. thanks for sharing! :-)
  46. Wednesday, May 11th, 2011
    A FABULOUS idea...and one I desperately need!! Thank you so so much for the inspiration!
  47. Wednesday, May 11th, 2011
    visiting from the Sunset Lane.
    This is a genius idea! never thought about that.
  48. Wednesday, May 11th, 2011
    Wow... it's genius! You could wrap that up and sell it to the craft stores girl!

  49. Wednesday, May 11th, 2011
    What a GREAT idea! Thank you!
  50. Wednesday, May 11th, 2011
    I love this!! Thank you for sharing.
  51. Wednesday, May 11th, 2011
    What An Awesome Idea !!!