Decorated Magnetic Clothespins

After our previous post on clothespins, it’s obvious the wooden clips have a multitude of uses. We added our creation to the mix using leftover scrapbook paper, acrylic paint, and magnets. What’s great is the versitility of our Decorated Magnetic Clothespins. You can use them to hang photos, cards, and reminders on the refrigerator. Or hang them ’empty’ on the refrigerator until you need to clip something closed (a bag of chips, perhaps?). They can help you organize kids’ homework or spice up your holiday decorations.

What will you use your Decorated Magnetic Clothespins for? Let’s Get Creative!
 Supplies:

  • wooden clothespins
  • leftover scrapbook paper
  • acrylic paint and brush
  • magnet strips
  • strong glue
  • Xacto knife

Select scrapbook paper pieces and coordinating paint colors. Paper needs to be large enough to fit across the length of the clothespin.

Paint the entire clothespin using desired acrylic paint. Let dry.


After paint is try, squeeze a thin line of glue-all vertically along the flat length of the clothespin. Adhere to back side of scrapbook paper, preferable along the edge to minimize cutting. Let dry.

Use your Xacto knife to cut the paper along the edge of the clothespin. Take caution around the pin’s spring.

Secure the magnet on the reverse side of the clothespin from the scrapbook paper. Let dry.

We used our pins to hang notes and cards on a magnetic surface. How will you use yours? Let us know in the comments below!

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Bottle Cap Magnets

Raid your craft supply bin! This tiny craft uses a little bit of this and that. Feel free to substitute certain supplies for others, depending on what you have in your stash. Let’s get creative!

To make bottle cap magnets, you will need:Bottle Cap Magnet

  • bottle caps
  • acrylic paint (if you want to cover the bottle cap)
  • stickers (stickers with a 3-D bevel work best)
  • foam sheet
  • magnets (strip or sheet)
  • super glue
  • scissors

Lay the bottle cap on the foam sheet, top-down. Trace around the underside of the cap with a pencil.

Bottle Cap Magnet

Cut out the circle from the foam.

Bottle Cap Magnet

Test the size of the circle – it should fit inside the bottle cap. Trim to fit, if necessary.

Bottle Cap Magnet

Use superglue to secure the foam circle inside the bottle cap.

Bottle Cap Magnet

Press with your thumb to secure.

Bottle Cap Magnet

Choose a sticker to fit inside the bottle cap and place it in the center.

Bottle Cap Magnet

Flip the bottle cap over, so the top is facing up. Cut a small square of magnet to fit on top of the bottle cap.

Bottle Cap Magnet

Fasten the magnet with a small dot of super glue. (If the dot of glue is too big, it will ooze out the edges – not pretty.)

bottle cap magnet

After the glue dries, test your bottle cap magnet on a magnetic surface. Repeat all steps to create a collection of bottle cap magnets.

Bottle Cap Magnets

What do you have in your junk drawer? Let us know in the comments below and we’ll post a craft about it.

DIY: Magnetic Photo Frame

Magnetic Photo Frame

Let’s get creative!

I found a stack of photos while cleaning a desk drawer this week. As I filtered through and reminisced, I realized the photos should be displayed proudly, not stashed away in a drawer. Sadly, the desk in my office has no room for any personal memorabilia. But I wanted to find a way to showcase these images. Rummaging through my craft bins, I stumbled upon a handful of magnets. How perfect for an office! After searching a bit longer I had enough materials to make a magnetic photo frame. [Directions below] Decorate it as you please. The magnetic photo frame is the perfect craft and favor for a birthday party or a holiday gift.

Materials:

  • 5.5″ x 8.5″ foam sheets (located in the kids craft section)
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Markers/Colored Pens/Glitter Glue/Stickers (anything to decorate your frame)
  • Magnets and glue

1. Select a 5.5” x 8.5 “ foam square. From the outside edge in, measure and mark a one-inch border.

2. Poke a hold in the center of the foam with scissors. Cut out the center rectangle, leaving only the marked border in tact.

3. Decorate the front of the frame with markers, pens and stickers, as you desire.

4. Flip over the frame and secure magnets to the back of the border with glue-all.

5. After glue dries, attach the magnetic frame to your refrigerator, or another magnetic surface, to showcase your favorite photos.

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