Magnetic Pin Bowl

Originally posted 2014-10-17 08:00:16.

A Great Tool for Holding Straight Pins or Safety Pins

Have you seen those nifty magnetic pin bowls? They are so great for keeping those pins secure… I have knocked my pin box on the floor many, many times and it is no fun when you have to pick them up! The magnetic pin bowl really comes in handy, especially if you are a klutz like me. Let me tell you a little secret about the magnetic bowls labeled for pins and quilting – don’t buy them. Seriously!

Why would I speak so highly about them then say not to buy them? Because they are overpriced auto parts bowls. Uh huh, they are the exact same magnetic bowl that can be purchased at an auto parts store for a third of the price.

magnetic pin bowl

I have two of the magnetic bowls that my dad purchased for me at an auto parts store. There is nothing fancy about them except that they have a rubber base, a strong magnet, and the bowl is chrome. For less than the difference in cost, the bowls from the auto parts store can be customized to match the craft room decor!


magnetic pin bowl plain and ready to be painted

Start by taping off the rubber base with the painter’s tape.

magnetic pin bowl taping off the base

If you’d like, the bowl can be primed before painting. The primer helps the paint stick a whole lot better but is completely optional.

magnetic pin bowl spraying with primer

Use your favorite color of spray paint to paint the bowl, inside and out!

magnetic pin bowl spray painting

When the paint is dry, remove the tape from the base.

magnetic pin bowl with parts inside

magnetic pin bowl with pins inside

Voila! That is all… Now you have a really pretty magnetic pin bowl that didn’t cost an arm and a leg! Don’t you love it? I actually use the pink bowl to hold screws and other parts while woodworking, while the yellow bowl holds my pins for sewing! How would you use a magnetic pin bowl?

Leave a comment below – I’d love to hear from you!


DO NOT keep the bowl close to computerized sewing machines or use it to store metal sewing machine bobbins. DO NOT lay a cell phone on the magnetic pin bowl, leave the bowl near a computer, or lay CDs or DVDs on it. The magnet will adversely affect these items! You have been warned!

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