How to Make a Pin Holder or Pin Display with Cotton String

How to Make a Pin Holder or Pin Display with Cotton String

I’ve made a lot of jewelry organization projects in my time, but this is the only one specifically for vintage brooches. It’s a play off an idea I saw at an antiques store that used cotton string (straight from the hardware store) as a pin display or pin holder. And I knew right away I wanted to recreate my own version!

The first thing I did was run to Ace Hardware for a couple of balls of cotton string – quite literally, the most basic twine or string they had. I liked the dainty-ness of these and the wild pattern of the wound string.

Creating a Pin display for brooch jewelry or brooches and pins with cotton string from the hardware store by Sadie Seasongoods /

But I didn’t just want to use the cotton string- my pin display or pin holder needed something else. After a lot of various thrifting adventure, I found this wooden spindle. I honestly don’t know what it originally was – maybe a knife holder? – but it seemed ideal for my project. So I snatched it up and got to work. This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.

Wooden spindle or wood spindle from the thrift store to be upcycled with cotton string into pin display by Sadie Seasongoods /

Creating a Pin Holder / Pin Display for Vintage Brooches

Of course, I had to paint the wooden spindle – Paint seals out its previous life, right? I didn’t put much effort into the paint job – it didn’t need to be perfect and I was just using leftover latex paint from our dining room makeover. Just enough to give it a refresh, you know?

Painting wooden spindle that will hold cotton string as a pin holder or pin display for vintage brooches by Sadie Seasongoods /

As I had hoped, the balls of cotton twine fit perfectly over the wooden spindle, so my pin holder or pin display upcycling idea was *probably* going to work out just fine.

Cotton string to be upcycled into pin holder for brooches and pins or brooch jewelry by Sadie Seasongoods /

To make everything a little more stable, I hot glued the balls of cotton string 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.

Making a pin holder or pin display with cotton string that will hold brooches and pins or brooch jewelry by Sadie Seasongoods /

Pin Holder for Vintage Brooches from Cotton String

And that was it! I simply slid the fused balls of string onto the wooden spindle and my pin holder / pin display was complete. The string fit on the spindle snugly enough that I didn’t feel compelled to glue them in place. Now I just needed to add my brooches and pins!

Upcycling a wooden spindle and cotton string into a pin display or pin holder for vintage brooches or brooch jewelry by Sadie Seasongoods /

My vintage brooches really jazz it up, don’t they? And who knew cotton string from the hardware store would be such a wonderful craft supply for a future pin display or pin holder?

How to make a pin holder for brooches and pins or brooch jewelry with cotton string and a wooden spindle by Sadie Seasongoods /

My new pin holder works perfectly on my dresser, along with all of my other DIY jewelry displays. You remember my old friends- the bracelet holder from a mug tree and my necklace holder with wooden spools, right?

Jewelry organization projects upcycled by Sadie Seasongoods including bracelet holder and necklace holder /

Now you see just how much I love vintage and upcycled fashion jewelry, including vintage brooches. Truth be told, I’ll take vintage rhinestones over real gem stones any day of the week!

Craft on!


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  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!
    Thanks for coming and linking up at The Weekend Social. Please be sure to come back next week starting Thursdays at 9PM EST The Midnight Baker! I hope to see you there!

  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!

  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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