Mini Frame Pin Cushion

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DIY Pin Cushion!!  Super easy, only $2 and all available at the dollar store

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Hi guys!  I’m so excited to share this tutorial for a Mini Frame Pin Cushion with you today.  I first saw it on Pinterest.  (shocker, I know.)  I followed the pin to the wonderful site of Dollar Store Crafts.  You can check out their original post here.  I changed it up to suit my needs.  Mainly, I didn’t use cork or cardboard like their instructions showed, I wanted to use steel wool, which keeps the pins sharp.  It is a pin cushion after all.

I do however LOVE the idea they mentioned of using a cork coaster from the dollar store behind the fabric and maybe using the frame for mini-instagrams, instead of pins.  I.LOVE.IT!  I will be doing that with my next one.  Because I LOVE instagram!  And I love miniature things.  So, a tiny, miniature cork board for my instagrams would be fabulous addition to my desk at work!  Or even in my daughter’s doll house!

But, since I needed a pin cushion for the old craft room, I knew I wanted to go with steel wool with this project.  Let’s get started.

DIY Pin Cushion!!  Super easy, only $2 and all available at the dollar store

What you need:  

  • steel wool.  Any dollar store.  $1
  • cute mini frame.  Any dollar store, or craft store’s dollar section.  $1 (you could always paint one if you can’t find a color you like)
  • small scrap of fabric.  On hand.
  • Hot glue and gun.  On hand (or dollar store. $1)

What you do:

  • Discard the clear plastic (or glass if you got a fancy frame.)
  • Take the cardboard or piece of paper from the inside of your frame and loosely wrap a piece of steel wool around it.  I used the paper as a guide so the steel wool would fit back into the frame.
  • I had to ‘knead’ the steel wool a bit to get it loose enough to wrap around the paper.  I’m sure knead is the wrong word for steel wool, but I pulled it and handled it for a few minutes.  Ya know?
  • Wrap the fabric around the steel wool and glue it up like a nice little package.
  • Put you little fabric wrapped steel wool package back into the frame and glue the back on.
  • Put your pins in and there you have it.  It can stand up like a frame or lay down flat on the table.  I love it.  And your pins won’t get dull.

DIY Pin Cushion!!  Super easy, only $2 and all available at the dollar store

If you like this craft.  Come on over to my blog A Bird and A Bean.  I have more where that came from!  :)

Erin is a middle school teacher and mother of two. She is passionate about kids and crafts, projects and parties, food and fun! She blogs about her adventures with all things DIY at A Bird and a Bean. She loves making every day creative and every holiday special. Check out her blog to see more fabulous ideas. You’ll be glad you did.

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