“Found Objects” Brooch Holder

“Found Objects” Brooch Holder

I have to admit, this project is a play on an idea I saw on Pinterest. The original idea involved an antique oil can, with a large industrial spindle slid onto the long spout. Then, rolls of jute were pushed onto the spindle- and ta-da, a pin holder!

I loved the idea, but I was a little concerned about placing an old oil can on my dresser. Sure, I have a handful of them- but they’ve stayed untouched because I’m not overly excited about finding a way to clean them…and possibly drain them, as needed.

But I did need something to hold my brooches, so I decided to improvise.

Enter this thing- one of the many random things I snatch up at thrift stores, without a clear idea in my mind. I have no idea- ZERO- of what its original purpose was. It’s really not all that tall- about 10” total- and the little slits in the wood confound me.

But...what is it?

But…what is it?

But, it was hanging out in my craft room, mocking me with its secret identity. So I decided to turn it into a magical brooch display!

Of course, I had to paint it- Paint seals out its previous life, right? I didn’t put much effort into the paint job- like I always say, anything I paint looks naturally distressed because I’m just a terrible painter!

A fresh start!

A fresh start!

I already had balls of cotton twine from the hardware store, and they fit perfectly over the “spindle” portion of my strange thrifted thingamabob.

Ace Hardware comes through with the twine!

Ace Hardware comes through with the twine!

To make everything a little more stable, I hot glued the two twine balls together, pushing on them as they dried. I also added a little hot glue to the exposed ends on each ball of twine to keep them from unraveling.

Plumpy stumpy.

Plumpy stumpy.

Perfect, no more bobble-head effect! Then, I slid the fused duo onto the spindle-y part.

A perfect fit!

A perfect fit!

And then I added my pins and brooches! Doesn’t it look fantastic?



It works perfectly on my dresser, along with all of my other DIY jewelry displays. You remember my old friends- the Caffeinated Cuff Rack, and my cute little Plate Stand, and my Spools for Jewels Rack?

All of my pretties out on display...

All of my pretties out on display…

Now you see just how much I love vintage and upcycled fashion jewelry! Folks like Pink Dogwoods Jewelry, Bel Monili, RMK Collection, and inherited baubles from Grandma keep me looking sparkly.

Craft on!




  1. Super simple & super smart! Love it! Glad to find you today at Project Inspire{d} Link Party #99

  2. wow you have a lot of mighty purty jewelry young lady! 🙂 Love your spindley thingy brooch holder! Hope you have a Happy New Year!

  3. This would be a beautiful decor piece on a shelf or as a table centerpiece. Love it!

  4. This is so cute Sarah, love the spool necklace holder too! Super clever!

  5. This is such a lovely storage solution. I wonder what the holder held originally?

  6. This is so pretty! I’m busily creating a new boho themed bedroom for myself and this would fit in so perfectly. Now… to find something I can use in place of that weird, wooden, holder, thingymabob that no one knows what it once was!!

    Thanks for the inspiration! I’m pinning!


  7. Love your ideas!
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  8. What a darling idea. I am new to your blog but will definitely be back!


  9. Thanks for sharing your diy at the party your one of the features this week. Happy New Year! Pinned

  10. I love these. Your brooch holder is such a neat idea. And I love your necklace holder with the spools, so cute. Pinning these to my display board! Thanks for sharing!

  11. What a great idea!

  12. I love this idea and I love your jewelry. Partying with you on Totally Terrific Tuesdays! Pinned!

  13. What a nifty idea! I love it! Thanks for sharing it at Totally Terrific Tuesday!

  14. Who wouldn’t want to accessorize every day getting to stand in front of this amazing display.

  15. Visiting from sho9w and tell. You have the most amazing collection of jewelery. Love the stand you made

  16. Those are some really cute broaches!

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  17. I recently did the same thing with a few spools and vintage brooches but mine are in a small curio with other vintage Boudouir items..
    I love how you stacked them on the painted wood piece!! Very pretty!!


  18. just wondering if your “thing” found brooch holder is a part of a spinning wheel? we have a spinning wheel my husband made years ago and this just sorta kinda reminds me of a part of it?
    some niffy ideas you have, lady! 😉
    love looking at all your creations!

    • sarahwpb@yahoo.com says:

      Ahhh, maybe that’s it??! It was just a random “bit” at a thrift store so I was never sure! Thank you so much, I really appreciate that. 😀

  19. Ermegoodness! Fantastic ideas! I’m trying to wade through all my stuff (vintage and just plain junk)and this has given me inspiration in how to display my bestest pieces! Thank you so much, you’re a genius!


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