Thursday, February 16, 2012

Yankee Candle Lid Pin Cushion

I LOVE Yankee Candles but they are so expensive that I don't often take them home.  At Target they were having a $10 sale on the medium sized jars in my favorite scent, Jasmine.  I took it as a sign and bought two.

I took them home and immediately lit one.  I added the lid to my glass recyclables and that was
it. . . until I saw this:

These are my pins.  Yes, they are all in the bottom of a tumbler.  This is how I store them.  You reach in, get poked, and pinch a few to put on the table next to your fabric.  This system has worked well for me since I can't seem to keep those tomato pin cushions around.  They inevitably end up substituting for hacky sacks or baseballs to be hit with ruler bats.  There has to be a better system and this is what I came up with:

It's a pin cushion made out of a Yankee Candle Jar Lid!  It's fast, easy and FREE because you probably have everything you need!

Here's what you need:

Yankee Candle Jar Lid
Little bit of fabric
Coordinating Ribbon
Glue Gun

Start by peeling off the plastic rim around the lid.  Just insert a butter knife in between the plastic rim and the glass and wiggle carefully.  It will pop off.

Stuff the inside with some cotton. . . .

. . . and cut your fabric into a circle.  I just traced around the largest part of the candle and cut it out there.

With a hot glue gun, start gluing the circle of fabric to the lip of the lid.

Glue it all the way around.  Glue a ribbon around the outside to hide the edges of the fabric. . . .

. . . clip and you are done.  Put all your pins in it!

I love it because it's heavy enough that it won't roll off the table with a little bump of the elbow and no one will steal it to play games with.  It's a fun thing to do with the candle jar lids that I usually end up tossing in the recycle.

If I do it again:

I would add a bit more cotton so it puffed up a tiny bit more.  I will probably make a few of these as gifts so I will make sure to do it next time!


  1. I love this tutorial! I just made one using a smaller lid than a Yankee candle. I hate throwing things away, and I love miniatures! So nice with a little batting, little scraps of fabric and lace, some pearls and stray beads. It looks like something you'd pay a pretty penny for now, and even though I don't sew, I know plenty of people whi do, so another present to cross off my list! Thank you!

  2. Hi, great idea...I was looking for suggestions on things to do with candle lids. I'd suggest using steel wool to stuff it, as that will also help sharpen your pins and needles. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Take this one step further and clean out the jar once the candle is finished and fill it with notions, add pin cushion lid and voila a home made repurposed gift