Friday, December 6, 2013

Clothespin Magnets

I have a super easy and inexpensive gift idea for you today! You may have seen these around, but in case you haven't and are struggling for simple gift ideas this year, I thought I'd help you out ;)

They really don't even require instructions, all you need is clothes pins, Mod Podge and a stick-on magnet roll. I got a big roll at Michael's for $2.99 and the Mod Podge is about $6. I used a coupon for both and so this project cost me about $6 total. I already had the clothes pins, but those are super cheap too, and if you don't have scrapbook paper around, you'll need some of that too--although fabric scraps will work fine also!

I made three sets of four today, but I plan on making quite a few more! 
I will say that card stock weight paper works better with Mod Podge than the thin papers--I learned this when making the Barbie house last year! Fabric also Mod Podges really well, but will be messier--I would probably glue a larger than necessary piece on and then trim or file down with a nail file, rather than cutting the fabric to size first.
 I put a layer of Mod Podge on the clothespin, stuck the paper on (I cut the paper to size beforehand), then after that dried, topped with two more coats of Mod Podge. Typical decoupage method :)
 The magnet roll comes twice the width you'll need. I just cut it lengthwise down the middle and then stuck it on. They work great! Not wimpy, which I was worried about. Don't you just hate it when a magnet can't even handle a single piece of paper without sliding down?? Me too ;)

I plan on clipping these to a few iTunes cards for a few gifts and giving some as stand alone gifts too, maybe attached to a small card with a Christmas sentiment. I'd love to see yours if you make some!

How is your Christmas prep coming along? I seem to have more time to work on little projects this year and I'm feeling relaxed and ready (definitely not the case in years past), but I hope that if you're feeling the Christmas stress, you will start asking yourself which things on your to-do list are just not necessary. I know it feels like there are soooo many people you need to do for, but ya know what? People are more understanding than we give them credit for. Especially the people who love us ;)


  1. fun! ...and I'm on the list you're checking twice, right? ;)

  2. I started earlier this year so things wouldn't get frantic. I still have a hard time doing projects ahead of time though. I have so many projects that I want to do all the time, that I tend to wait until I HAVE to do a it, to get on it. :o) So the things that need to be bought are mostly purchased, the things I need to sew...are waiting for tomorrow. :o)

  3. These are awesome! Probably my number one requested Christmas gift from others. Another trick is to just use washi tape.