Diy Magnetic Pin Plate

by Destri on March 12, 2012

Diy Magnetic Pin Plate
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This is one of my most favorite projects ever, a magnetic pin plate.  They are so simple and fun to make. Because they have so many uses, they have become my go-to gift for just about any occasion.  I made a plate for my son’s teacher last year to hold paper clips and such, one for a friend to hold bobby pins in the bathroom, and of course it makes the best gift for anyone that sews as a pin plate.  Are you ready for the easiest diy ever?  Catch me after the jump!

Diy Magnetic Plate

Supplies Pin Plate


  • 4 little disc magnets, or one big one – don’t try to use the self adhesive ones, they are not strong enough
  • E-6000 glue
  • pretty little dish


First, make sure the bottom of the plate is clean.  Then dab a little of the glue where the magnet(s) will go.

Firmly place the magnets over the glue. If you have multiple magnets, they will try to pull together, so I just hold them in place for a minute.  Let it dry for about an hour.

Pins on Magnetic Pin PLate

Then throw some pins, paperclips, or whatever else on the plate. Easy right? In this photo I am holding the pin plate up vertically, and the pins stay put.

They make the perfect addition to any gift, as most people can use them.  Just pick up some pretty vintage plates from your local thrift store, keep some glue and magnets on hand and you will always have a little gift to give at a moments notice.

Happy Monday friends! I hope everyone has a great start to their week.  It finally quit raining here, so we’re packing up for a day at the park – I even have a new book to take along :)


Linked to the fabulous Skip To My Lou

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{ 35 comments… read them below or add one }

Alesha March 12, 2012 at 10:42 am

Awesome idea! Booby pins?! lol


Destri March 12, 2012 at 12:20 pm

OH dear. You have no idea how many times I have typed that on our Hair tutorials, but thankfully caught! I am temped to leave to make sure everyone is paying attention “What? They make booby pins now? How have I missed this?!”
Thanks Alesha!


Shasta March 12, 2012 at 10:56 am

Ummm….booby pins??? You’re so funny Des. How come I’ve never gotten one of these beauties???


Destri March 12, 2012 at 12:15 pm



Destri March 12, 2012 at 12:26 pm

Oh, and I can totally get on that :)


Angela March 12, 2012 at 11:35 am

Love this – just found my year end teacher gift! And it’s amazing how a little typo can give us all a little laugh in an otherwise hectic day – thanks for making me laugh today! ;)


Destri March 12, 2012 at 12:24 pm

You’re welcome :)
And yes! Hank’s teacher was much more excited about it than I thought she would be. Like it or not, every teacher from here on out is gonna get one!


Missy March 12, 2012 at 12:15 pm

I laughed when I read booby pins too! I really liked the magnetic pin cathchers but never wanted one because they were boring, but this is a great idea!


Destri March 12, 2012 at 12:21 pm

Thanks Missy :) just trying to lighten everyone’s Monday :)


vanessa @ silly eagle books March 14, 2012 at 10:29 am

pretty and clever! I love this as a teacher gift idea!


Pat in TX March 14, 2012 at 5:01 pm

I added little circles of very thin cork to the bottoms of the magnets – more protection for my antique sewing machine cabinet. Thank for the idea!


Destri March 14, 2012 at 5:33 pm

Oh that is very smart, so glad you shared it. Thanks Pat!


Janyclaire March 15, 2012 at 5:45 am

Cute! And so simple. Sometimes the simplest ideas are the best ideas. I’ll be making this! :)


Tanya March 15, 2012 at 6:23 am

Great idea, so easy and so practical. Thank you for sharing!


Lauren March 15, 2012 at 7:58 am

No way! This is genious! Love this ide. Totally making one {even though I have a million pins and don’t sew}. Lol.

I’d LOVE for you to link up and share:


Jamie March 15, 2012 at 11:21 am

What a great idea. I’m constantly losing pins… I just might have to try this!


Amy @ Heritage Homemaker March 15, 2012 at 11:55 am

What a fantastic idea!!! Thanks for sharing!


Cate Holst March 15, 2012 at 12:57 pm

What a great idea. I desperately need to make a plate like this. Thank you


Vonnevo March 15, 2012 at 10:20 pm

Your photo tutorial is excellent and I appreciate the time you have spent on sharing this with others .
Thank you so much !!!!


Caitlin @ Hardly Housewives March 16, 2012 at 11:04 am

This is a great idea! I need one for myself!


Donna March 16, 2012 at 7:29 pm

I did try this, but my pins will not stick. I glued the magnets on the bottom of my saucer, but there was no magnetic hold!! What did I do wrong?


Destri April 25, 2012 at 7:26 am

Sorry Donna, I am just finding this comment. Did you use the thick magnets? I can’t think of why it’s not working, maybe the plate is too thick? I’m sorry, I have done this over and over and never had a problem. I’ll talk to my engineer husband, maybe he has a solution :)


Lisa March 17, 2012 at 3:36 am

Such a clever idea! And your little dish a so pretty.
Definitely going to make one to keep my hair clips in, I’m always losing them


createwithmom March 17, 2012 at 10:15 am

simple and useful lovely idea


Kim March 17, 2012 at 11:19 am

I love this.


Angela March 18, 2012 at 12:27 pm

Thank you for sharing that wonderful idea!!!!!


Jen March 19, 2012 at 9:40 am

I looooove this! Such a great idea!


Laurel@Ducks in a Row March 19, 2012 at 12:54 pm

It really makes a pretty pin cushion – LOVE it!


Vanessa March 19, 2012 at 6:07 pm

Totally love this. Great idea. Question-I am always worried about having strong magnets near my sewing machine, due to the computer in the machine. Any thoughts? Thanks for sharing:)


Peggy April 30, 2012 at 7:04 am

Love this idea! I’m not a big seamstress but I would definitely use it in the bath for my hair pins AND at my desk for paper clips. And since I already have a bad habit of collecting odd china, this is perfect. Thanks for the inspiration.


Loraine May 30, 2012 at 6:36 pm

Love this pretty pin plate. I did a little “upstyle” to my desk and used this idea for my paper clip dish. Take a look at my blog and see my post called Your Desk Wants a Makeover. I linked back to you, I hope that is okay.


Destri May 31, 2012 at 11:29 am

oh it looks great! I love how you covered the lamp – genius! Thanks so much for sharing Loraine!


Carol Norwood November 26, 2012 at 7:43 pm

I have made many of these little magnetic dishes and they are always appreciated by the recipient. The best thing is they can be used by anyone and they cost next to nothing. I even have one here at home with paper clips in it!


Destri November 27, 2012 at 12:06 am

They really are the best little present! One of the first things I thought of when my son started school was I had the best little gift idea. I know, I need to get some more hobbies ;).
Tanks for sharing Carol!


Ellen February 7, 2014 at 11:45 am

super idea! Easy and quick!


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