Thursday, February 16, 2012

Clothespin Magnets


Now the kids are all creating their own lovely artwork, I've found I need larger magnets.
My button magnets weren't cutting it.

So I pulled out the clothespins, some paper and a roll of magnet and went to work.
Now I have a way of clipping up the artwork and anything else that goes with the colors in my kitchen!  Ha!
Maybe not a statement, but they're cute enough for kiddos!


Ready to make something easy (and fun!)?  And maybe they'd be cute as a little gift?  Who knows, but here we go!

You'll need magnets (a roll or just the circle ones), mod podge, scrapbook paper, scissors, hot glue gun and, of course, clothespins.


First of all, trace your clothespins onto the scrapbook paper.


Cut it out.


I find that clothespins sometimes want to fall apart after some use (maybe their made cheap nowadays).  So to hopefully prevent that, I added hot glue at the back and front of where they clip on.
See that little indent?  Yeah, there.


Try to get the glue only in the crevice.


Once dry, add a layer of mod podge all along the edge.


Lay the paper onto it and smooth out.


Then add a thin layer over top and let dry.


Once dry add another coat of mod podge.  I stopped there, but feel free to do 3 coats if you like.


Now you can cut a strip of magnet for the back.


The roll of magnet is adhesive, but I didn't think it would hold up.
So I hot glued that sucker on.


Press it on firmly until dry.


Then, to clean it up a bit, I trimmed off some of the magnet piece so it was a little more flush with the clothespin.


And they are done.


Try them out.



Hang the kids pictures, any announcements or reminders and you're good to go.
 

Plus, my kids like the novelty of opening the pin to clip on their picture.


Aren't they cute!?  Now go make your own!!


Have fun!

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Design is... All in the Detail said... Best Blogger Tips

Bravo! I have a few of these on my frig. Silver clothes pins I bought. Never thought of making my own, duh! Brilliant. Thanks for sharing and have a terrific Thursday.

Mallory said... Best Blogger Tips

I've been meaning to make some of these for a while now. I have clothes pins and way too much scrap paper so I don't really have an excuse not to. I love your tip on hot gluing in the crevice where the pins stay together!

I'm the post after yours from A Glimpse Inside's link party! Love for you to come check out my cake at purplestpecalin.blogspot.com!

Take care!

Hani@Craftionary said... Best Blogger Tips

awesome idea.. Love it!

Maria said... Best Blogger Tips

I've wanted to make some of these too! Yours turned out very cute!

Jill @Two Yellow Birds Decor said... Best Blogger Tips

oh these are so cute!!! I love them!! I am totally making some of these! Thanks for sharing at Thursday's Temptation.
Jill

Mama Jodi said... Best Blogger Tips

Love this idea. I've pinned it and plan to do it with my kids. Of course, I'd link back to you.

Christine said... Best Blogger Tips

I made some at Christmas time.. but they didn't turn out as beautiful as yours!!

Hope you'll share this at The DIY Dreamer :)

Ellie said... Best Blogger Tips

So cute! What a great idea for kids. I've made some before but need to get stronger magnets. Thanks for sharing!

Mrs. Rachel said... Best Blogger Tips

Super cute! My little one isn't quite to the artwork stage, but its right around the corner. When she gets there I will be making some of these! Thanks for sharing.

Jessica Kielman said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh my goodness! How adorable are these! I think I actually have all of the supplies to make them too! I am hosting my first link party today, and would love for you to link this up along with anything else you like!

http://www.mom4realky.blogspot.com/2012/02/4-real-friday-link-party-1.html

Jessica @ Mom 4 Real

Balancing said... Best Blogger Tips

these turned out great! I am sure the kiddos love to see all of their art proudly displayed!

Erin said... Best Blogger Tips

I had to pin this! My inlaws hid a bunch of clothespins all over our house one day, so I have quite a few of them now that are just calling for a project like this. :-)

Serendipity and Spice said... Best Blogger Tips

These are so cute! Great for hanging the kids' artwork!
-Melissa
PS- I've started a Blog Hop to replace GFC- would love for you to stop by and join in.

The mum of all trades said... Best Blogger Tips

This is a great idea. I would love if you would share it at my blog party this weekend. Hope you can join in!

Amy said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh my gosh, thank you SO much for this idea! I've been having the same problem with the fridge artwork lately...this is such a fun solution! I think I have everything in the house I need to make a few of these this afternoon while LC is sleeping! Thank you thank you! Would you consider sharing here?

http://oneartmama.blogspot.com/2012/02/shine-on-fridays-15-and-some-fabulous.html

craftykat said... Best Blogger Tips

Love this idea! I found your link at Show and Tell Saturday's link up party :)

Deana said... Best Blogger Tips

Thanks for linking up @CountryMommaCooks…What a cute Idea.....Have a wonderful Sunday:)

katy said... Best Blogger Tips

Love these! Really love the kids Valentines.

Jen said... Best Blogger Tips

Very cool idea! Love them:)

Carrie said... Best Blogger Tips

What a great idea. We definitely need some of these. Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday! Have a wonderful week!

Susan @ Oh My! Creative said... Best Blogger Tips

Featured this on my web site - thanks for posting it!

Susan
www.ohmy-creative.com

Lauryn Clemmer said... Best Blogger Tips

super cute!
a little boy in my preschool class made me one of these once.
i totally wanted to make one.
now looking at yours i REALLY want to make some!
thanks for sharing!
{love} lauryn @ lovenotesbylauryn.blogspot.com
stop by if you are interested!

4you-withlove said... Best Blogger Tips

WOW I never thought to make refrigerator magnets like this!! This is awesome. Thanks so much for sharing.

Also, how strong is the magnet, how much can it hold on the refrigertor? Just say a 4X6 picture or how much weight?

Marilyn
4you-withlove.blogspot.com

Abbie said... Best Blogger Tips

These are so great! Love the patterns/colors you chose!

(Also, I couldn't help but notice your adorable polka dot hot glue gun. Did it come that way, or did you modify it?)

Thanks for sharing at Feature Friday FREE-FOR-ALL!

P.S. I'm featuring your awesome clothespins on our facebook page today! : )

~Abbie

Katie Goldsworthy said... Best Blogger Tips

Those are awesome!!!

I also want a polka dot hot glue gun!

--Katie
@ Creatively Living

Sonya@Beyond the Screen Door said... Best Blogger Tips

Great idea! Two in one magnets!

Sarah said... Best Blogger Tips

Love these! I am working on something similar for my blog this week - Clothespin hangline to go on our fridge. Check it out on Thursday at www.dottedlinecrafts.blogspot.com

Sarah @
www.dottedlinecrafts.blogspot.com

Natasha Mairs said... Best Blogger Tips

So Cute

Natasha xx

www.serenityyou.blogspot.com

Janette@Janette's Sage said... Best Blogger Tips

cute, cute, cute...I had just bought some clothes pins, so now I know what to do...stopping by from party link

Laurel @ Ducks in a Row said... Best Blogger Tips

Thanks for all the details - they are super cute!

Alicia Yamashita said... Best Blogger Tips

I love clothespins, this is an amazing idea as I am always looking for cheap magnet clips for the fridge!

Troublet said... Best Blogger Tips

I made a dozen of these for each of my children's teachers this year as well as for my own classroom. Speaking as a teacher, these are fantastic end of the year gifts. Thank you for sharing!

Danielle said... Best Blogger Tips

These are too cute! I love all the paper you used. I am going to features these this evening on B&D

Thanks so much for linking up and sharing on Blissful & Domestic.

http://blissfulanddomestic.blogspot.com/

Brian, Michelle, Teagan and Isla said... Best Blogger Tips

This is too cool! I always have so many art projects from the kids and not enough ways to hang them. I love the way these add pops of color too!

Would love it if you'd post these on my linky party today...along with the potty training printable and any others you want to include! We have a ton of moms who are potty training 2-3 year olds right now!

Loving your blog!

http://teaganstravels.blogspot.com/2012/02/destination-inspiration-linky-party-3.html

Michelle

Jacque Knowlton said... Best Blogger Tips

Adorable I will be making these soon! Great job :o)

Jacque- theDIYvillage.com

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@Design is... All in the Detail thanks for stopping in!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@Mallory Thanks, Mallory!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@Hani@Craftionary thank you!!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@Maria Thanks, Maria!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@Jill @Two Yellow Birds Decorthanks! Have fun!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@Mama Jodi Right on!! Have fun!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@Christine Thank you! I'm sure yours were just as lovely!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@Ellie Thanks, Ellie!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@Mrs. Rachel Thank you!!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@Jessica Kielman Thanks for the invite!!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@Balancing thanks! The kids love them, too!!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@Erin That's great! Have fun!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@Serendipity and Spice thanks so much!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@The mum of all trades thanks!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@Amy Thanks so much, Amy!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@craftykat thank you!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@Deana Thanks for dropping by!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@katy thank you!!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@Jen thanks, Jen!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@Carrie Thank you, Carrie!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@Susan @ Oh My! Creative thanks again for the feature!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@Lauryn Clemmer they're so much fun to make, too! Hope you get to make some!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@4you-withlove thanks, Marilyn! The clips hold quite a bit!! I think I had 6 sheets of construction paper that held up fine, which I was surprised!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@Abbie thanks, Abbie! Nope, the glue gun was bought like that! Found it at Michael's!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@Katie Goldsworthy thanks, Katie!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@Sonya@Beyond the Screen Door yes, exactly! thanks!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@Sarah what a cute idea! thanks, Sarah!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@Natasha Mairs thank you!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@Janette@Janette's Sage thanks so much!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@Laurel @ Ducks in a Row thanks for stopping by!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@Alicia Yamashita yes! so cheap! thanks Alicia!!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@Troublet what a fun idea for a teachers gift! Must remember that! thank you!!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@Danielle thanks so much, Danielle!!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@Brian, Michelle, Teagan and Isla thanks, Michelle! I'm all linked up!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@Jacque Knowlton thank you so much!!

Earning My Cape said... Best Blogger Tips

OK, this is so awesome!!!! I love it!

I'm a new follower of your blog (I found you from Tutus & Tea Party's link party!)

Please feel free to check out my new blog at http://earning-my-cape.blogspot.com/

Tiffany said... Best Blogger Tips

I love the fancy clothespins, and I love magnets, but would have never though to combine the two! This is something I'll definitely have to consider putting on my list of things I want to do. :)

Jessica Kielman said... Best Blogger Tips

Kate and I made a couple, and our fridge looks adorable! Thank you so much for linking up to my very 1st link party! 4 Real Friday #2 is live, and I would love for you to link up something new!

http://www.mom4realky.blogspot.com/2012/02/4-real-friday-link-party-2.html

Jessica @ Mom 4 Real

Jill said... Best Blogger Tips

Lovely simple idea - but very useful! I like it!


Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
Hope you have a fabulous week!
Jill @ Creating my way to Success
http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

Becolorful said... Best Blogger Tips

You had me at roll of magnet. They make such a thing? I am all over that. Cute project and thanks for the link up to BeColorful.
pam

Amanda @ Ninth Street Notions said... Best Blogger Tips

These are very cute! Thanks for linking up to I Made It! Monday. Can't wait to see what you share this week.

Jess said... Best Blogger Tips

This is a FANTASTIC project! I have a whole bag of these clothespins that I can do this with - my son would love it! Thank you so much for sharing.

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@Earning My Cape Thank you!! It's great to have you!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@Tiffany Yay! That's great! Thanks.

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@Jessica Kielman Thanks again! So happy that it inspired you to make some, too!!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@JillThanks so much!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@Becolorful Thanks!!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@Amanda @ Ninth Street Notions Thank you!!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@Jess That's great!! Have fun!

TwentySomethingStella said... Best Blogger Tips

thank you for sharing this fun project - we had a blast creating these!

http://www.twentysomethingstella.com/2012/07/clothespin-magnets.html