My mom bought a ginormous pack of clothespins. As soon as I got my hands on them I painted them, and made them into magnets. Shortly after, I made this tutorial! Have you ever seen those little magnet men that are half magnet and half clip? Well these are just the DIYer's version of those! With clothespins! It takes advantage of the clothespin's open and closing function... basically their only function.
Heres the materials that you'll be needing...
#1 - Some fun nail polish. Doesn't need to be high quality.
#2 - Some clothespins!
#3 - Scissors!
#4 - Some tape for doing fun designs & color blocking.
#5 - Magnetic tape. Its cheap and at most hardware and craft stores.
It helps to clip the paper clips onto something like a ruler beforehand, because if you need to move them its a whole lot easier. The next part is optional.
For some I taped out design like stripes with plain scotch tape. I like the boldness of one bright color, but when you have a lot of neutrals like this its good to do patterns. Now do the fun part and paint them!
Once they are all good and dry take your magnet strips and, because my strips were too wide, cut them in half.
Put the strips onto the back of the clothespins and...
Perfect! Sometimes the magnet strips start to curl, but if you put some weight on the painted side for a while it should start to straighten out. It might also be a good idea to use tacky glue to glue it down because I don't really trust the dull adhesive.
Here were the colors I used, compared to how they dried.
And now the finished product!
You can open it up to clip things in and then there is the magnet on the backside so it sticks on refrigerators and magnet boards!
Here they are in action!
They are holding up some way cool old pictures that I got from a new super great antique store that my aunt and uncle helped me discover! Its close to my house too! Every time I go there I find new stuff! It's called Heritage Antique mall and you can check out their site by clicking HERE! Hope you liked this weeks DIY!