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, 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!
I already had balls of cotton twine from the hardware store, and they fit perfectly over the “spindle” portion of my strange thrifted thingamabob.
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.
Perfect, no more bobble-head effect! Then, I slid the fused duo onto the spindle-y part.
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?