See how to make a pin cushion from an upcycled planter with this thrift craft project!
I’ve been lurking in the knick knack aisles at the thrift shop lately, trying to think of creative ways to use up the little trinkets that no one seems to want. I decided to keep an eye out for pincushion potential and here is my first project to share, didn’t it turn out cute! Keep reading for how to make a pin cushion from an upcycled planter – this tutorial would work for any planter or object with a hole (I have a holiday wax warmer on my shelf to try next!).
Here is the before! Just a cheapie little bear planter, with cheesy painting and dirt still inside. I washed and dried it before spray painting it of course!
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I had trouble choosing a print to use but when in doubt, mushrooms are the best! I got a few comments on social media that they’d pass on the pom-pom trim which is fine because it’s totally optional.
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How to make a pin cushion from an upcycled planter
- Scrap of felt
- Stainless steel wool or scrubbie
- Hand sewing needle & thread
- Poly-fil (mine is from an old pillow I cut open to reuse!)
- Hot glue gun
- Woven cotton scrap – this is the mushroom print I’m using!
- Mini pom pom trim
- Spray paint
Step 1- Spray paint your planter, let dry. Find something to trace that is circular and about 1.5x bigger than the planter opening. Trace the circle on the wrong side of your pincushion fabric spray and then cut another wool felt circle to match (or smaller).
Step 2- Hand sew a running stitch around the circle you just traced. Gently cinch it up and stuff – first a layer of wool felt, then the steel, and then polyfill to fill out the edges. Pull the stitching taut softly and make sure the gathers are all even the entire way around.
Step 3- Stuff some poly-fil or glass beads into the bottom of the planter for weight. Then shove the pincushion down into the opening and hot glue around the edges. Hot glue pom-pom trim around the edges if desired!
You’re done! Isn’t this a cute project!