Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Funky Clothespin Magnets

I love to browse "high-end" gifty-type stores and see what I can duplicate for way less than they're charging.  A few months ago while browsing such a shop with friends I saw these adorable magnet clips being sold for a ridiculous price and thought, "I can do that!".

First I gathered pretty papers (This is a GREAT way to use up small pieces of scrapbooking paper!) which would help me determine what color I was going to spray paint the clips.  I decided black was pretty safe to use with anything although I did use silver on some clips that had silver accents in the paper.  I put the clips in a cardboard box and sprayed several times, rotating, turning, etc. until all surfaces were covered.

I cut the papers slightly longer than the length of the clothespin so I could wrap the ends inside of the clip and applied with Mod Podge.  Once dry I coated each with a few layers of Mod Podge to seal and give a nice, finished look.  Finally, I added gems, pearls or other accents and a magnet to the back.  (Hint:  Get the teeny, tiny, super strong mini magnets for a very reasonable price on Ebay.  Much better than the thick, black ones you'll find in most craft stores.)

Since I was giving these as gifts, I created little cards using the same papers and clipped 5 clothespin magnets to each card.  Great to have little gifts like this on hand to give as hostess gifts when invited to a friend's house for dinner, etc.!


  1. What a great idea! Thanks for linking up!!

  2. i agree, great idea to have a few on hand when you need a cute gift for someone!

  3. These are "wonderfully made"! I especially like the black and white ones. I love crafts that help clean up my scrap paper pile! Thank you for sharing! Found you on Thrifty Decorating.
    p.s. Following you now too!

  4. Those are really cute. Love the idea. I am your latest follower. I would love for you to come and check out my blog and follow me back at Thanks so much.

  5. Too Funny!! We must be on the same wavy length because I did a tutorial on these too!! Check it out:


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