This is a simple project that can be done in one evening if you find yourself with an hour or two of free time and a pinch of creativity. The supplies for this project are easy to find and cheap and most can probably be found around your house.
Lets have some fun and add a conversation piece to your craft room!
Step 1: Supplies
-Hot glue gun
-Pliers with wire cutter
-Paint and paint brush
Most of the things I found around the house. Coat hangers are amazing for many projects, its always good to have some around the house and any given time. I used aluminum by cutting apart a soda can, another easy way to get metal for projects. I used a bit of a t-shirt that had been thrown in the rag bin, you only need a little bit so you shouldn't need to buy an entire thing of material.
The pins, corks, and jar were all found at Michaels for a pretty cheap price, although most places should have similar items.
Step 2: Getting Supplies Prepped
You can keep the lid on the jar or maybe your jar doesn't have a lid at all....I decided I didn't want it on there so I systematically disassembled it. Now I have bits for new projects! The jar top looks like it would look great with something steam punk....
After cutting apart the soda can and cleaning it up I drew out an idea of the shapes I was going to cut.
-One disk for the base of the pincushion
-The spikey one will be the leaves that fall down from the top
-The leaves at the base of the plant (I made the leaves a bit small, I would make them bigger if I did it again)
-A strip of grass to put around the base of the jar
I spray painted the foil gold and then dry brushed some green paint to try and get a patina effect. Sadly I ended up adding a bit too much green, but it still looks nice.
Step 3: Assembling the Pincushion
First I wrapped it like a burrito and glued it into place. Then I folded in the remaining corners to make a square and again, glued them into place. Finally, I tucked all the remaining points in and glued it down, to make a nice little puff ball.
I added little dots of color with a sharpie in order to give it some color and texture. Its completely optional.
Step 4: Assembly!
-I put a bend in the top of the wire hanger to give it more surface area with the pin cushion
-I simply wiggled the hanger down into the cork
-I hammered a hole in the middle of the leaves with a nail
First I looped the leaves down to the bottom of the stem and glued into place. Then I glued down the top leaves followed by the cushion. All that is left to do...PIN IT!
Step 5: Pin It and Fill It!
You can fill up the jar with a mini kit of sewing supplies so you can sew on the go while looking fashionable as you do it. Sadly my mini kit is a little sad at the moment as I seemed to have misplaced my sewing supplies. I'm sure yours will be much more useful.
Makes a great gift!