Craft: make a prac­ti­cal wall ac­ces­sory and pin­cush­ion stor­age jar

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Old spring­form bak­ing tins (var­i­ous sizes)

1 sheet of coarse sand­pa­per

Paint sealer (I used Re­sene wa­ter­borne smooth sur­face sealer) 1 can spray paint (for use on metal) Stiff card­board

1 sheet of cork board


Gen­eral pur­pose spray ad­he­sive Ma­te­rial and rib­bon of your choice (not too heavy)

Sewing ma­chine


Ma­son jar with lid

Stiff card­board

Pieces of scrap fab­ric

Cush­ion stuff­ing

Nee­dle and thread

Hot glue gun



1 Re­move the cake tin bases and set aside. Give the out­side of each tin’s ring a good sand to re­move any rust or silky Te­flon sur­face. Brush away the sand­ing dust, then paint with one coat of sealer. Let it dry for at least 4 hours be­fore coat­ing with spray paint, then set aside again to dry com­pletely. Note: Make sure your tins are in the closed po­si­tion, so they can slide open and shut eas­ily and don’t be­come clogged with paint. 2 Trace around the base of each cake tin onto a piece of card­board (for the pocket holder) or cork board (for the pin­board). Cut out. Spray card or cork board with glue and ad­here to the bot­tom of the cake base. This cre­ates a smooth sur­face. 3 Cut out two cir­cles of fab­ric for each pocket-holder tin and one cir­cle of fab­ric for the pin­board tin – each cir­cle needs to be ap­prox­i­mately 5cm larger than the cake tin base. To make the pocket, cut a quar­ter off the top of one fab­ric cir­cle, fold the straight edge over and sew in place to neaten the edge. With the right sides fac­ing up, place pocket on the other fab­ric cir­cle and sew to­gether around the outer edge. To di­vide the pocket into com­part­ments, sew a straight line down from the straight edge to the outer edge of the fab­ric. Thin rib­bon can be sewn on at this stage to high­light your com­part­ments. Or you could dec­o­rate the pocket with rib­bon strips – ei­ther sew them on be­fore join­ing the pocket to the base, or glue them on af­ter­wards. Im­por­tant: If too much rib­bon is added, the fab­ric will in­crease in thick­ness, mak­ing it too hard to keep the tin closed at the fi­nal stage. If the tin does spring open, sim­ply drill a hole and use a self­tap­ping screw to hold the clasp in place. 4 Spray the re­verse side of your fin­ished fab­ric de­sign with spray ad­he­sive and stick it down onto the card or cork­board­cov­ered tin base. While sticky, fold over the ex­cess fab­ric by pinch­ing and pleat­ing it tightly over the edges and ad­her­ing it to the back of the tin base. (Don’t worry if this looks a lit­tle messy as you won’t see the back and the painted tin ring will cover the edges).

5 Place base into your dry painted tin ring and close shut. Voila!

6 Hang fin­ished tins in a ran­dom pat­tern to add in­ter­est to your wall. They make a great, prac­ti­cal ac­ces­sory for a bor­ing of­fice space.


1 Trace around the lid of your Ma­son jar and cut out a card­board cir­cle about 5mm smaller than your lid. Trace and cut a piece of fab­ric, mak­ing it about 3cm larger than the lid.

2 Scrunch up a lit­tle cush­ion stuff­ing and place onto your card­board shape. Layer your fab­ric on top, flip over and sew around the outer edge of the fab­ric with a sim­ple run­ning stitch. As you pull the thread tight it will gather around the card­board shape, cre­at­ing the dome you need. Tie off the loose thread so it all tucks up on the un­der­side of the dome. Use a hot glue gun to stick dome onto the lid of your Ma­son jar.

3 To hide im­per­fec­tions, hot-glue a strip of rib­bon around the base of the dome. 4 For the smaller stor­age jar, shown above, sim­ply hot-glue a fab­ric cir­cle onto the card­board cir­cle, mak­ing the fab­ric 1cm larger so you can fold the edges over the card­board, then hot-glue onto the Ma­son jar lid. Glue a strip of rib­bon around the lid to dec­o­rate.

Mar­sha Smith gives old bak­ing tins a new pur­pose and cre­ates dec­o­ra­tive stor­age jars for the sewing room or of­fice.


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